After a busy, fun-filled weekend last weekend, this weekend was calm.......
I just realized I only mentioned ONE activity we did last weekend....Disney on Ice but haven't talked about our zoo trip last Sunday.
I must remedy that but you'll have to wait a little while I work on the pictures :-D
Anyway, as I said, this weekend was calm. We picked up Chris on Friday and spent Friday evening and most of Saturday working on holding the couch down LOL I did get up and work on the house a little, packing summer clothes away (who else cries a little when it's time to swap out summer for winter clothes? LOL) and working on a give away/sale box.
Sunday tho, was a little busier; McKayla was singing, along with her choir class, in the Sunday morning worship services. They sang for 2 of the services, 9:45am and 11:05am service (we have a total of 3) and she along with the rest of the kids (Kindergarten thru 5th grade) did a wonderful job. It takes a lot of willpower to be still when your 5 years old and standing in front of the whole congregation for any length of time. :-)
This is only the beginning of her choir "career" tho. Last year, Pre-K choir was nothing compared to this year (and the coming years). This was their 2nd performance of the season and they have a total of 5, yes, 5 performances coming up in December. Back to back actually. 1 performance on a Friday, 2 on a Saturday and 2 on a Sunday. Singing with the adult choir no less. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a few more Christmas performances thrown in somewhere too. That's probably not the end of it either, I'm sure they'll have a least a couple more performances after the holiday seasons too before they're out for Summer. She's in the big-time baby! LOL
After the children's wonderful performance, we had another great sermon. We had missed last Sunday's b/c of our Zoo trip (still to be told.....see, I'm getting better achieve1dream! LOL) and that happened to be the first of a two part series.
So this weeks sermon was titled: "Knowing the Voice of God". Once again, I've included my notes along with the verses we read. :-)
1 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
Verse 4 says they KNOW him.
Have you ever gotten a phone call from someone and not looking at the screen to see the name, you hear their voice and know immediately who they are?
Have you ever been in a room full of people and someone calls your name and you know without a doubt who is calling you without even seeing them?
What about, if you're a parent, and you walk into your baby's daycare. You look all around but can't find your baby, but then he/she cries and you know exactly where he/she is based on his/her voice.
I'll go even further; What about being a pet parent. Have you ever been outside and you've heard your dog, or cat, or horse and even though it could've been another animal, you knew for a fact it was yours?
It's the same with God:
He is our Shepherd and if you follow Him, you know His voice.
Attributes of the Voice of God:
1. Agreement ~ God's voice is always in agreement with God's Word.
2. Consistent ~ God's voice is always consistent with its message.
3. Persistent ~ God's voice is persistent. It's not a fly-by-night voice.
4. Quiet ~ God's voice is quiet. It's not a raging sound. *
5. Deep ~ God's voice speaks to the deepest part of you.
* 1 Kings 19:11-13
11 Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
If God is peaking to the deepest part of you....
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
"Today, if you will hear His voice,
Have you heard God's voice?