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It's His Call

And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. I Samuel 3:9
Attentive Ear.Samuel had an ear that listened to the Lord. We see evidence of this listening ear when he was working with Eli the priest. The Lord called Samuel in his sleep three times and each time Samuel responded by going to Eli and saying, "Here I am; for you called me." Eli's response to Samuel the first two times essentially was "Go back to bed Samuel, I did not call you." We know that Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. Eli recognizes that the Lord is calling Samuel the third time and tells Samuel to go back to bed but instructs him to respond to the Lord by saying, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening."

Awaited Call.Samueldid just as Eli instructed and when the Lord called the fourth time, Samuel r…

Tolerate the Tyrant

“...Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.” I Samuel 24:6

Hired On.David was anointed future King of Israel by Samuel and shortly thereafter he was hired by the then present King of Israel, Saul. Saul's servants were seeking someone who was skillful on the harp to quiet Saul when the evil Spirit from God would terrorize him. Enter...the future King David, professional harpist 'hired' for Saul's court.   

Hot Pursuit. Saul quickly becomes jealous and threatened by David's presence; the one whom he desired for peace and contentment suddenly became the object of his ungodly obsession and pursuit. Saul was in hot pursuit of David's life. David chose to spare Saul's life and only cut off the hem of Saul's robe when Saul was "at his fingertips." When David had the opportunity he refused to 'stretch out his hand against th…

3 Poignant Reminders: The Man of Sorrows

He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
 Isaiah 53:3 
It is Well.  Horatio Spafford, a successful attorney lived in Chicago with his wife, Anna and their five children. In 1870, their four year old son passed away from scarlet fever. A year later, the Spaffords lost all of their real estate investments to the Chicago Fire. On November 22, 1873, the Spaffords set sail for a trip to Europe absent Horatio who was tending to business and would join his family later. The steamer that held Horatio's family was struck by a British iron sailing ship and the steamer sank within twelve minutes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Anna was rescued and when coherent, telegraphed Horatio stating, "Saved alone. What shall I do?" It was at this juncture that Horatio penned the famous hymn---It is Well With My Soul.

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In Bright Moments & In Trouble

Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.  ~Helen Keller
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Accurately Handling the Word of Truth 2 Tim. 2:15
What is important? If you have a personal relationship with Christ, you have a wonderful blessing in this life and that is to get to know Jesus better and share Him with others! We get to know the person of Christ through the study of His Word. We get to know the character of God through the study of His Word.
Bible Study.  So how do we go about studying the Word of God so that we may handle it accurately? First, while it maybe obvious, we must take the time to read the Word of God. Watch Dr. Woodrow Kroll as he speaks about What's the Best Way to Study the Bible?
Are you willing to settle? When you come across a passage of Scripture that seems baffling to you or appears to conflict with ano…

Empty Space

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

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Not Want?Maybe you have this Psalm memorized and have uttered it time and again. Have you ever given thought to the word want? Below are some examples of the word want as it is used in the Hebrew in other Old Testament Scriptures*: Psalm 34:10: The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lackno good thing. Proverbs 13:25: The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wickedgoes hungry
Proverbs 31:11: Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothingof value. Ecclesiastes 10:3: Even as fools walk along the road, they lacksense and show everyone how stupid they are. A Space to be Filled. The use of the word in want above indicates an 'emptiness'; a space that is vacant and needs to be filled.  This is not an exchange that takes place but rather the filling of a hole that is present …

Prayer

Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. ~E.M. Bounds
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There is now an entire prayer team for Blessed Quietness. If you have a request for which you would like us to pray, you can submit your request via "Contact Jennifer Joy" and it will be disseminated to the prayer team.
The blog is for the purpose of ministry and encouragement and the prayer team would also like to support you through prayer to the Living God. 
Blessings,
Jennifer Joy

Give Up And Gain During Lent!

We all want Canaan without going through the wilderness.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/ravi_zacharias.html#5FMLslPl428QgfFR.99 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:6-8
Giving up. This is Day 2 of Lent and maybe you are at the point where you want to give up already. Go ahead! Follow your heart and put your attention elsewhere. Why put yourself through unnecessary misery?


Gaining. Whether or not you have been gaining during Lent is a question only you can answer. It is not the physical tonnage to which I refer but rather that which is to be gained by pursuing a relationship with Christ. Many of us choose to give something up in order to focus on Christ more during Lent. But, how many of us give up somethin…

Suffering: Part of God's Plan?

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Burning Deep Within.Why did God allow this to happen? Why is suffering in His plan for me or anyone for that matter? I cannot make sense of all of this.The question that all of us wrestle with at some point in our lives. Maybe you have never received an answer to this question and you are wondering why God did not intervene. Where was He? And, you might even be questioning whether God really loves you. And, if He loves you, certainly He would not want you to go through this pain. You are correct.

Good News. It was never God's intent that we endure suffering. Suffering commenced in Genesis 3 with the entry of sin in this world. Suffering was voluntarily entered into by the human race.…

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