Buzzers and Beeps!

The printer in my small office whirred, spitting page after page into the tray below . . .

Good!  Things were rolling along as I assembled current events and curriculum for that evening’s class.

A loud buzz interrupted my fixation.   I stood for a moment and a second buzz signaled from the laundry room.   My cue.   Dutifully, I left the computer area and headed down the hall.

With my arms full of clean, dry towels, a little thought approached me from inside. Actually, it was already a full-blown idea which included a directive.

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“Oh yes, “I said out loud.   “I will do that in just a minute.”

Grabbing the wet laundry from washer, I hurried to fill the dryer and get it tumbling. Moving right along! Things were getting accomplished for both work and home!

The thought was still in the forefront of my mind.  It had to do with taking care of something important – not for me, but for someone else. It was for someone who had a certain need. As I mused, I wondered why no one else had helped yet.  I knew it was the Holy Spirit nudging me, and I would get right on it!

The towels spilled from my arms onto the sofa.  Turning to go, I heard the printer in the office, still busily at work, accompanied by an indistinguishable fluttering sound. I listened for a minute.   Things seemed okay.  Glancing back at the clean laundry and then at the clock, I told myself that it wouldn’t take long to fold and put these away, so I dove right in and got it done.

About that time, my ear was alerted to a beeping sound in the office.  The out-of-paper tone sent me scurrying to add paper to the printer.  What a mess I discovered!   Papers had fluttered to the floor and now the printer was jammed too!

On top of having to clear a tough printer-jam with stuck paper coming out piece-by-piece, re-collating all those lessons took quite a bit of time. 

Just as I finished, the dryer buzzed again. The second load was done. Turning the printer back on, I gave it some keyboard commands.  Its usual revving sound indicated that it was back in service.

The garbage truck pulled up in front about that time, and I could tell when it had finished dumping the cans.  Hmmm…they were late today. Making a mental note, I knew I should pull those trash cans in soon, so my husband could get into the driveway when he came home from work.

Off to the laundry room once again, I grabbed another load of dry towels.  This time I was aware of the same thought that had grabbed my attention earlier.  Arms full and heading down the hall, I responded to the the thought out loud, 

“Okay, I’ll do that in JUST a minute!”

I was about to the living-room to unload and fold, when I heard a sharp reply,

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

Stunned!  I was stunned.  What was that?  It came again.

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft – – -”

I stopped in my tracks!

Those words had been spoken by God to King Saul.  They were in the Bible and I had read the account.  Now they were coming at me!

Those towels fairly flew out of my arms as I tossed them like hot potatoes!

I whispered,

“Thank you, Lord, for being so merciful with me.  Thank you for allowing me to practice when it isn’t a life-and-death-situation.   Help me to be obedient quickly.  Help me to stay focused at hearing Your voice and reacting at once.”

As it turned out, my heavenly errand accomplished what it was supposed to, albeit, a little later than it should have been done.  The person was blessed, and God’s love had been shown.  Any later, and they may have done without. 

Rolling back the years to when my kids were small, my thoughts turned to a time when one of them needed to be seen by a doctor, but I had no money to cover the bill.  My confidence was that God would supply the funds because I had been doing what He directed me to do. I knew He would take care of me!!

When the time came around for the medical visit, I asked God what I should do, and got the answer,

“Go with ME in your pocket.” 

So, I wrote on a little piece of paper, “God – Paid by God” and put it in my pocket.  I kept my hand around that little note and confidently went to the appointment.

About the time the appointment was to end, a scurry of emergency vehicles arrived.  The doctor and nurse apologized, but hurried us out of the office, promising to call for a follow-up. Off we went, rejoicing.   

Some people act off-the-cuff, and hope God will come through, but I wasn’t presuming or being foolish.  I knew God’s voice.

A couple of days later, when I returned from helping a friend, my front door scraped over an envelope at the entry.    A five-hundred dollar money order!  The note said,

“I felt like God told me you needed this right away and to get this to you last week but I kept forgetting.  Hope it helps and is not too late.”

No name.   No matter.  God had supplied.    Just think if that person HAD acted when God spoke to them. 

Personally, I NEVER want to hear that reminder about rebellion again!   Alerted to all those other noises and signals, I had neglected the most important one of all – – God’s voice.

Am I perfected in all these areas?  Absolutely not, but I am so much better at setting aside what I am doing and responding to the Holy Spirit’s nudging – especially about praying for people.

To be ever alert to His promptings and to be instant in season are my constant goals!
This post is Linked up today with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday Use it on Monday

And with Hazel’s Tuesday  Tell Me a True Story
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When My Heart Hurts

My Heart Breaks
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When my heart hurts
Nobody can help
I can’t even hear what they are saying
Thoughts in my head, pound and pound
I only hope someone is praying

When my heart hurts
No medicine can cure
The darkness of soul, unprotected
Loneliness shrouds, silent and cold
I feel so lost and rejected

When my heart hurts
I must reach for the Light
And not wait ‘til I’m halfway oppressed
The Rod and The Staff, my comfort will bring
My heart and my spirit are blessed!

4/13/11
Nancy Kehr

This post is Linked to Shanda’s On your Heart Tuesday

Also shared at:  “Tell Me a True Story” http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

 

My Goal is to Let them Go! (Repost)

Abstract Painting – Rejection to Acceptance
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My Goal is to Let them Go!

Past rejections, let them go

They can’t control you, so let them flow

So far away, no more they’ll scar

They have no power, to hurt and mar

Jesus freed you, let Him heal

His Life within you, will now reveal

How close to you, He’ll always dwell

Assuring you, all fears He’ll quell

Past mistakes are over and done

You are more than their total sum

Assaulting thoughts, try to condemn

Don’t yield at all, just run to Him!

You were always, special indeed

God’s strength is what you really need

Accepting you with imperfection

He’s given you His own reflection

Guard your heart and bolt it tight

Think God’s thoughts, walk in His might

You overcome, by what He did

You’re blessed, you’re loved; you are His kid!

By Nancy Kehr 3/21/11

This post is Linked to Shanda’s On your Heart Tuesday

And shared at  Hazel’s Tell Me a Story  http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

A Song From My Heart

Rain Down on Me Oh Prescious Holy Spirit
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A Song From My Heart    (As I grab my guitar to worship)

I begin every prayer with  “Oh Lord, YOU are God, and there is none else beside YOU!”  Make up your own tune and sing this along with me!!
Oh Lord….YOU are God!
And there is NONE else beside You
Oh Lord….YOU are God!
And there is none else beside You!
And your people,  Your people
They are those who shall never be ashamed
Oh Lord…..YOU are God!
And there is none else like YOU!

Oh Lord….You are King
And there is none else like YOU
Oh Lord….You are King
And there is none else like YOU
And your people,  Your people
They are those who are called by Your Name!
Oh Lord….You are King!
And there is none else beside You!
Oh Lord….My soul sings!
For there is none I desire , but YOU!
Oh Lord….My soul sings
For there is none I desire but YOU!
And your people, Your People
Shall rejoice in Hope and praise Your Name
Oh Lord….my soul sings
For there is none I desire, but You!

(Sometimes you’ve just got to make yourself sing it out or say it out-loud)
This post has been shared with Sandra at:  Still Saturday

Got My Coffee, Got My Chair (repost)

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Got my coffee, got my chair
Kicking Back, a moment rare…
 
 
Thinking on some days gone by
Certain memories make me cry.
 
 
Tears of sadness, tears of bliss
Thanking God for, joyfulness
 
 
Wishing never, changed a thing
Only God can purpose bring
 
 
 Life is shorter, than we see
Hurry, scurry….just to be
 
 
 Looking back now, all too fast
Year have faded, into the past
 
 
 The past is gone, cannot amend
Today is what I have to tend
 
 
 I’m glad for Peace that Jesus brings
He gives purpose to everything
 
 
Shuffled around so, as a child
Uncertainty trained emotions, wild
 
 
It always was hard to believe
Let alone Love to receive
 
 
As a child my fears would worsen
But now I am another person
 
 
Contentment grows in me each day
I let God come and lead the way
 
 
Inside and out, He’s restored
Praise to Jesus!  Praise You Lord!
 
 
He brought me to, His fountain deep
He said I would be His to keep
 
 
I remember, when we met
A place in time I won’t forget
 
 
From that day, there’s been a song
He built me up and made me strong
 
 
 Now it’s my turn, just the same
To build up others in His Name
 
 
 To help them see that their life matters
And God can patch up all their tatters
 
 
 A warrior sturdy, of God’s own hand
My own devices cannot stand
 
 
That news I bring with clarion sounds
Deliverance flows, when God abounds
 
 
 Though I can’t see my future time
I thank my God today is mine!
 
 
Got my coffee, got my chair
Zest for Life is in the air!!!
 
 
Thank you God, for another day!


This post has been linked with Joan Davis at: Sharing His Beauty

Also shared with Hazel’s Blog party at:

“Tell Me a Story” http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/