Friday, May 16, 2014

Learning to Hear the Voice of the Master

A devotional by David Wilkerson. 

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:17).

Those who truly know God have learned to recognize His voice above all others.
He wants you to be absolutely convinced that He desires to talk to you—to tell you things you’ve never seen or heard before.

I believe that three things are required of those who would hear God’s voice:

  * An unshakeable confidence that God wants to speak to you. 
You have to be fully persuaded and convinced of this. Indeed, He is a speaking God—and He wants you to know His voice so that you can do His will. What God tells you will never go beyond the boundaries of Scripture.
  * Quality time and quietness. 
You need to be willing to shut yourself in with God and let other voices completely hush away. True, God speaks to us all day long. But whenever He has wanted to build something significant into my life, His voice has come only after I shut out every other voice but His.
  * Asking in faith. 
We do not obtain anything from God (including hearing His voice) unless we truly believe He is able to convey His mind to us—to enable us to understand His perfect will! 

God is not a tease! He will not allow the enemy to deceive you. When God speaks, peace follows and Satan cannot counterfeit that peace!

“But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the
porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by
name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth
before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger
will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of
strangers” (John 10:2-5).

I had to ask myself the question.  "Am I learning to hear the voice of the Master?"  Do I believe that God really wants to speak to me?  So many times, I try to make the Lord speak, but in reality, He is just waiting for me to prepare my heart...prepare to hear His voice.  

Am I spending that time alone with God? Taking away all other distractions and quietly waiting.  

And am I asking...  

John 14:13-14
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the son.   If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it."

Are you learning to hear the Voice of the Master today?   
God Bless You ~ Jordan 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Wedding of Anthony & Maryann

This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Kansas.  The purpose of the trip was a wedding, and as a bonus, I got to help with the photography... so here are some of the pictures!
Lots of neat little details...
 This was an outdoor wedding, and this was in Kansas, and out here, it is windy most of the time.  But they were blessed if a fairly calm, sunny day.  Praise the Lord!   
"Ready to walk down the aisle"
"Husband & Wife"
"The bridal table"
"Dad", signing the quilt...instead of a guest book, they used this quilt, a really cool idea!  

"The reception"
"High jacking the truck... literally!!!"

The Bridal Party Photo Shoot!

"Anthony & Maryann"

Some of the "fun" shots!!

I know this is kind of blurry, but I couldn't resist posting it....
The other goofy one... 
"Happily Ever After..."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Adventures in France...


One of the reasons we wanted to go to France was to visit the Ranck Castle, built in the 1600 or 1700's by some of our cousins Ancestors (or was it descendants? ). Unfortunately, we received a rather cold reception...and so we didn't get to see more then the outside.  But it wasn't a wasted day... On the way back to our "house", we drove through this cool, old, medieval type village.  There was only one street in the town...and it was so short, we drove through it twice, just for the fun of it.   
"Medieval village"
"In a crusader's fort"

A Day in Arles, France

"Vineyards in southern France"
We happened to be in Arles, France over the Easter weekend, which is a big holiday.  And the whole city was having a festival.  Marching bands on every other street corner, and people everywhere.  But we also got to do, and see things that otherwise would not have been possible. 

"An old Roman Colosseum, built in 90 AD" 
"Inside the Arena"
"ruins of the old amphitheater" 
We got to see a lot of exciting things, and even participated in some cultural traditions.  
"The famous white horses"
 The most exciting part of the day, was watching the Bull fights.  
The "high school" bull fight 

It was quite exciting... and this is just a taste, the real thing was quite a bit more exciting!  

 Back to Germany

Konzentrationslager Natzweiler-Struthof, the only concentration camp in France.  Most of the people kept in this camp were French Resistance fighters. 

"The French Flag"
"The gate into the camp"

The Rhine River Valley 

"The Rhine River, with vineyards in the foreground"
"One of the many castles we saw along the way" 
"The Rheinstein Castle"
An old Mennonite church in the town of Weierhof... 

The pipe organ inside the church... I even got to play it!  

Then Tuesday morning, after we dropped Linford off at his school, the rest of us headed to the airport.  After an adventure trying to find fuel for the rental vehicle, and getting it back in time.  We were on our way home.  With only one more adventure awaiting us.  I'll put it this way, I think the Philadelphia International Airport will have a beautiful bed of tulips, imported from Holland...

This trip has been an absolute trip of a life time... I've never had so many adventures, and exciting things happen all in the same trip.  It was a blast traveling with the "cousin gang", and on the way home, we were making plans for more trips.  One to Italy, and Israel, and then one to Australia... We are currently accepting applications for others that would want to join us for these trips, and are also looking for sponsors :).  
"Lilac's!  And yes they smelled just like the ones we have here"
Thanks again to each of you that prayed for this trip!   God Bless you     ~ Jordan