Oct 31, 2008

Random Question - When Did You Seek Him?

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You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

When did you seek Him with all your heart and what did finding Him look like?
If you never have, today might be a good day to do so. He promises to be found. :)

This scripture tells us that we need to seek Him with ALL of our heart. Some translations say "with your WHOLE heart. Not just a part of it. Not half-heartedly, but with everything you've got. There are times where I have to admit that I've taken a half-hearted approach to seeking Him, but today we're focusing on a time when I have sought Him with my whole heart. There have been lots of times but I'm going to go back to one of the first times.


In my high school years I was an agnostic. I did not know if there was a God. Growing up I had believed that there was, but due to wrong doctrine being crammed down my throat, followed by bad influence from my "friends", I ended up questioning the truth of it. By providence there was enough of a seed of Truth planted in my heart that God had more than enough to work with.


I wondered if God was real and figured that if He was then He was certainly more than capable of telling me Himself. I was tired of people and their opinions. I didn't believe anyone knew for sure, at least not the people I knew, and all they wanted to do was make me believe their opinions. So I prayed. I asked God if He was real to prove it to me. Not prove in a disrespectful way. I told Him that I wouldn't believe people because I've already heard them, but for Him to tell me Himself in whatever way He wanted to. I prayed this a lot. I wanted the Truth of the matter. Not so that I could satisfy my curiosity, but so that I could work on getting right with Him. It only made sense that if He was real that I should want to be on His side. I mean really the alternative wasn't too appealing. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.


One day I was sitting on the steps outside of our apartment with a friend, just talking about whatever, and God said "I am real." Not audibly but inside my heart. I had never heard that phrase before but I knew that it was spoken inside my heart. That was the only way to describe it. Who knew your heart had ears!? I looked at my friend and said "God just spoke to me! He told me He was real!" I don't remember what my friend said, and it didn't matter because I knew the Truth of the matter. God was REAL. He didn't tell me to do anything, He simply answered my question. I SO LOVE that He does that. He is so personal with us that all we need to do is ask a question and know that He is big enough to answer it. He is after all, GOD.


There's more to this story and I will post about it later if you're interested. For now it's your turn. Write a post on your blog about a time when you sought Him with your whole heart and what it looked like to find Him. Use Mr Linky below to link to your post so we can read about it.





Edie





15 comments:

Tammy R said...

Edie,
What a great story! I'm so glad our hearts have ears, just like you said.

The verse that you used for today is on my computer as my wallpaper.

Sue J. said...

How interesting (yet not surprising in God's plan of things) that, though you had doubts, you still opted to PRAY to GOD! And you must have believed that He was going to answer that prayer, because you prayed more than once. The Holy Spirit had started fanning that small spark of knowledge deep inside you.

And you DO know when God speaks! What a blessing then and now and always to draw upon.

Beverlydru said...

I had heard the advice that if you need to hear the voice of God, ask Him what He thinks of you. Oh, what precious and tender words He will speak!! It's true! I've done this many times. One key thing- you have to listen!! Have a blessed weekend.

Chatty Kelly said...

I'll be back to answer...possibly linking up Monday. But (off topic) I wanted to thank you for your comment at my blog and tell you I love ya girl! Don't ever worry about sharing your views. As long as you do it respectfully (which you always do) I'm always ready to hear it.

Happy Reformation Day! :D

Barb said...

Edie - I will post a response probably tomorrow.

My initial thought, reading your comments, is that it is so sad that there are people who don't realize that they HAVEN'T sought Him with their whole heart... they think they have, but they've only searched in comfortable,acceptable little bits and pieces. If only they can realize that there is so much more...what JOY would fill their hearts!!

Irritable Mother said...

I AM interested. Please post the rest of your story!

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

Hi, Edie!

Loving hearing a bit of your testimony! :)

By His grace, He sought me first. He led me to Him. Time and time again, He picked me up and put me back on HIS path. Now I love Him and seek Him. He is truth, love and light. His Word is alive. :)

Great post!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

I loved reading your story Edie...
And I'm so anxious to hear more!
You know... I postively RESPECT your views, and I have to tell you, I've learned SO MANY things from and THROUGH you! You have an amazing heart for God... AND YOUR PURPLE DOES SHOW!
I love that your REAL.. but I love more than anything that YOU SEEK HIM.. AND MODEL HIM in your ABSOLUTE EVERY DAY... -- You TRULY LIVE IT EDIE... and I KNOW... BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT YOU REALLY TRULY HEAR HIM.
I'm so glad to know you.
Lea

Debra said...

Edie,

I loved reading this. I love reading about when God shows up and speaks to us and we are paying attention and don't miss it!

I will be watching for you to post the rest of your story.

I asked God a question once about forgiveness when I had been hurt extremely bad. It was when I was so wounded and I was lashing out at the Lord. I reminded Him what a good girl I was and asked Him why this particular thing happened to me and then I asked Him to show me if I had any wrong in my life that contributed...NOTE TO SELF ** NEVER ASK GOD TO REVEAL YOUR SIN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW IT!!

The Lord spent the next few hours reminding me that I had not submitted to my husband willingly, lovingly. And a few other things as well....I finally had to sit and beg for my own forgiveness for my own faults.

Yes, the Lord shows up and speaks to our hearts when we need Him to. And I for one am so grateful. Thanks for this reminder Edie. Happy Saturday to you, sweet sis.

Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Great post! Melissa

My ADHD Me said...

Yes, I do want to hear The Rest of The Story.

Have been working on my answer to your Random Question. Have written and deleted numerous times. not sure if I will be able to get it or not. But not giving up!

Truth4thejourney said...

Hi Edie,

Great question. I've had several times in my life where I sought hard after God and the results were always amazing! A closeness that words cannot describe.

Love,
Sonya

PS. I'd love to hear the rest of your story!

God's girl said...

Edie- perfect timing on the post:) I will eventually do one of the random questions. I have to tell you how much your comments bless me. I really worry about saying too much or being too invasive, but I also have this intense "rising up" inside me of being tired of the enemy's deceptions which people believe. I want to speak truth, but very, very much with love, although, I'm not sure I always come off sounding very gentle. Your comment on CK's gave me the courage to say what I did. Yet, there are people who will still be blind to the truth:( Thanks again!!! It really means a lot to me:) Heaven

Chatty Kelly said...

Okay, I'm in. And I'm off to read part 2.

Dorothy Champagne said...

I have a question relating to your testimony. From a girl who grew up in a Christian home with a Christian family, can you tell me: what could've someone said to you in middle or high school to make you seek out Christ? My children (obviously being raised in a Christian home) frequently come across kids their age who have no background of Christianity. Jesus is as real to them as Santa Claus. Do you have any insight as to what could be said to someone who simply has had their heart hardened to what they believe to be "nonsense"? (great post)