In October 2021, Carole Crossley, the author of a daily devotional book entitled ‘Are You Listening’, was invited to a local cafe to speak about her life.
Carole shared how she came to write the devotional and what aspirations she had for the book. She has also kindly agreed for us to use extracts from her book on a regular basis. If you would like to order a copy of Carole’s book, go to ‘Are you Listening’ (2019 Jesus Joy Publishing used by permission).
Beware that whatever you offer to Me to bring change into you or your circumstances may have been a nudge from My Spirit. I do not go back on My promises so, if you invite my input, expect it. I have given you free will; I often need a contingency plan. These plans only come into operation when you have strayed from the original path. I will work out an event to change your course.
My timing isn’t the same as yours; I am never in a rush. Sometimes My children need to experience their own way before coming round to Mine. I allow these learning curves in order to build up your experience and character. You will eventually realise the error of your ways and we will begin again. Come quickly with your mistakes and ask My forgiveness. As a parent easily forgives a child, so it will be with us.
“Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me which offends you and lead me along the path of life everlasting.”
Can you see the pain caused to Me when you have doubts about My existence? I’m invited to come into your life; I live in you! What can cause these doubts, My child? I have granted each one of you an enquiring mind and, if you truly search for Me, you will find Me. You question why I allow such terrible world and social events. Believe this – My angels and My Son are in constant battle to combat these horrors and safeguard people’s souls.
I need more steadfast Christian soldiers to help in the fight. I do not want to spend time with questions that are not for this life. Your faith is all I ask. I do not want you to go off at a tangent. Good debate on spiritual issues has its place but it is more valuable to believe that I work diligently in this world against the powers of darkness.
Father, forgive me for doubting You. I believe in Your goodness. The situations in the world cause me to question why You permit these things. Help me when I waver and lose sight of Your hand at work. I believe that You teach and strengthen me as I witness the dire circumstances of others. Help me to hold on to my trust in You. Amen.
1.The people you will always remember are the ones who made you feel loved when you were at your lowest.
2. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
GIFT OF PRAYER
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