Monday, March 16, 2009

The Word Is GREAT!

It never ceases to amaze me how God chooses to speak to us individually.

What might be an obvious "word from God" to one person may not even make sense in our own vocabulary.

Have you ever been excited by your own personal revelation only to have those you share it with smile and nod politely?
Or after hearing a sermon that seemed specially tailored to your circumstances you discover the person sitting next to you heard a completely different message?

Personally I think this is one of the mysteries of God and a demonstration of His "Living and Active word." What else could survive the test of time and still be so revealing and relevant thousands of years after it was written? God's desire is to speak to us in a personal way, right where we are at. If only we will have ears to hear and eyes to see.

I was reminded of this over the weekend when my husband got his own "message from God" in a place he would be sure to see it.

Each year he chooses a "word for the year". It is supposed to be a word that keeps him focused on the LORD and one he can apply to his life daily. One year he chose "JOY" (an interesting choice for a guy who is often known as "grumpy"!). Needless to say that was a challenging year.

This year however his word is "GREAT". His philosophy is that he can say it when he is happy but he can also say it when he is frustrated (oh great!). I have to say that so far it has worked pretty well for him. Especially when it comes to the ups and downs of sports, which are a huge part of his life.

Then over the weekend his beloved Missouri Tigers basketball team won the Big XII conference championship so he was actually experiencing some "great joy".

And can you guess what the headline was on the next mornings Sports page?

That's right, it was "GRRREAT!"

And it didn't go unnoticed by my husband who proudly held up the paper and said, "Isn't God amazing? It's my word!"

Thank you God for giving my husband a personal message in a language he would understand, and thank you too for giving him ears to hear and eyes to see. I pray that we would always be receptive to hearing from you!


Melanie Dorsey said...

This was a great post! I got a word from God for the year, too.
It is "Double." Wouldn't you know the very next day through circumstances the enemy tried to replace it with the word "half." But God is faithful and trustworthy. I'm thankful for His promise to hold onto when problems arise. For there is always His provision.

luvmy4sons said...

I have noticed that before. Sometimes I hear somthing that is so profound to me and falls flat for hubby. God knows our hearts...and how to motivate each where it is at that moment! Even within scripture I have had a verse POP out at me when it is a verse I have read again and again, but THIS time it held significance. It is living and active! Great post!

Laurie Ann said...

I think it's wonderful to have a word for the year. I have a verse but not a word. I'm so glad God spoke to your husband in a way that he could notice. How great is our God?!

Runner Mom said...

Isn't it amazing how God uses basketball to speak to us!!!!! Loved this!!!


RefreshMom said...

I haven't checked in for the past week or so--I'm glad to see you back! I've felt almost guilty in the past when I've taken home an entirely different point from a sermon than the one the minister was trying to communicate. I have learned to really appreciate though how God does speak each of our individual languages and communicates directly to us in the way we'll 'get it.' Even basketball and news headlines!

Kathy S. said...

Kelley, this post is so sweet~because God is so intimate, and because it highlights the "childlikeness" of men. No matter how "manly" they are, there is that young heart they keep that is so sweet (unless they have the flu! lol)

thanks for sharing!

Christina said...

Pretty cool if you ask me.

I have had the same experience about hearing an entirely different message. Sometimes It gets me thinking when I get to hear what others thought.

Jenny said...

That is GREAT! Can you believe they are registering for the She Speaks again? That was the beginning of my blogging, pretty much. A whole year! Time flies! Are you going this year?

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Never before has a SPORTS PAGE got me so doggone EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome story! GOD LOVES HIM!

Heather said...

I love this!
How funny for God to do things like that, especially when it is so right out there like that... I can definitely identify!

Also, just wanted to let you know that I am now working from a new blog address...
I am going to be using blogger exclusively...

God bless,

Julie Gillies said...

I love how God does this for us, Kelley. I especially love it when He does it for our husbands! He's so Grrreat! ;)

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