Sunday, July 5, 2009

Colored Pencils in our Lives

God's colored pencils splashed across the sky in San Jose, Costa Rica

I have a secret to share ... I'm on a journey this week. A journey of hearing God's voice and teaching others as well. Tonight, as I sat to prepare my teaching, I couldn't find my favorite colored pencils, you know my favorites, the ones that just perfectly underline things and feel comfy in my fingers.

In the grand scheme of preparing a lesson for a 5 day teaching (with only a day's notice) the pencils were not super important. But, they were to me.

I asked everyone, my family, the guests in our home, nothing. I looked in all the normal places, nada. A bit sad, I almost gave up. But then that still small voice, the One I am learning to listen to, told me to look in a certain box. (where the pencils would never be)

For those of you who don't know me, I love being organized, I would never have looked in the wrong place for my chosen sticks of color, without a gentle nudge. But, they were right there.

Without even thinking, I said out loud "YAY Jesus! I love it when He does that for me." and skipped up the stairs to keep preparing, pencils in hand.

God delights to communicate with us on the big things, and the little colored pencils in our lives. May He color on your life today with all of His promises.

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40 comments:

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

May He color the words of your teachings - with love! May He color the words of your paper with encouragement and grace! May He color your days this week with peace, comfort and joy!

So excited for you and all those attending your teachings! I know you will do great!

Blessings and love!
Jill
Butterfly kisses are all around us these days!

Lauryn Abbott said...

Hi Sarah Dawn! What a delightful post! Thank you for the smile you put on my face and the warmth you put in my heart! I pray your teachings go well and transform lives! Blessings!

christy rose said...

Amen, I pray that God annoints your mouth to speak and teach the hearts of those who hear the fullness of the Truth that He has shown you to present. Isn't it wonderful to listen and hear the voice of God directing our lives.
I loved your post today!
Christy

TanyaLea said...

Beautiful post. I can just feel the gentle warmth and love of our Lord through your words! Isn't is wonderful how He cares about even the little things in our lives. They are small blessings from above for learning to hear and listen to that ever powerful "still small voice" within. HE IS FAITHFUL!! God bless!! <><

Natasa said...

beautiful post...

Jo Princess Warrior said...

oh yay! I love it that Jesus is interested in the little things that matter to us. xo

Andrea said...

I love the still small voice. ;o)

Shonni said...

That is such a sweet story of the God's love!

Andrea said...

Sarah Dawn:
Amen...Isn't is awesome how GOD delights in every aspect of our lives.
Today, I am splashing around in HIS glory with you. I am rejoicing in the colors of life...and thanking HIM you found your favorite colored pencils. HE IS AWESOME!
Blessings and prayers, andrea

Hope said...

Dearest Sarah Dawn,

Isn’t God just so good to care about the small things that matter so much to us! I love this little story of His great love.

Thank you!
♥Hope

Latte Lady said...

Our Heavenly Father is so sweet, isn't He? I am always amazed by His power and His gentleness.

I see that we have some things in common. I am an organizer and I like to underline too. Although, I use my fave highlighters!

Praise the Lord for you and your inspiring words. It seems, by the comments, that you bless many!

Lauren said...

this is beautiful! Rainbows always make me think of God's love, mercy, and faithfulness...

RCUBEs said...

May many more be drawn to your Spirit-filled teachings. God is awesome and makes us know of His presence through the little things like your colored pencils. God bless.

Yolanda said...

YAH GOD, He is so much in the little things and we expect Him in the big things. Those little things to me, are HUGE.

Looking for His color this very day....

Jenn@Spejory said...

He is so faithful even in the littlest of things!

How I wish I could sit in on your teachings. What a blessing to read your words here!

Lindsey said...

I love that small voice! It is so powerful to think that the God of all creation lovingly chooses to speak to us in a whisper.

Mike said...

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog! I will be following you as well and I've been blessed by the posts I've already read! Praying you have a wonderful day!!!!

StephG said...

The above comment from "Mike" is actually me, Steph, from Quiet Time & a Cup of Coffee! Apparently my hubby was signed in and I didn't know it :)

Heart2Heart said...

Sarah Dawn,

I am so glad that by listening to God's small still voice you were able to once again add some color back into your life.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Bevy said...

Lovely - I too love it when He shows me where something is. Colored pencils are important to you so they're important to Him. :)
God bless and hope and pray the study goes well.

Jenny said...

Isn't it great! What a beautiful post. I know what you mean about the pencils, for me at work it's my highlighters.. I'm glad He told you where to look;)

Mich said...

It just proves that nothing is too small for God to care about. May He SPLASH you with blessings as you go and teach.

Jennifer said...

To hear His voice so clearly..so plainly - what more can we possibly ask for?? God bless -

Jennifer said...

Great post.
Striking photo -- razor wire, on a backdrop of a rainbow, the symbol of God's promise.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I just love your blog title! All week I have been thinking about just "splashin in His glory!"

That rainbow is just awesome and it reminded of a comment my sweet granddaughter Mikaela made when she was almost 6. We were driving down the road and she said, "When God made the rainbow I wonder if He used markers or colored pencils?" I just loved that and I love how your post brought back that memory for me.

Joyful mom said...

Oh wow, friend. God has truly blessed you with the gift of being able to write beautifully. Your words flow from the page right to my heart.

Hope you're having an amazing day in the Son!

3 Blessings said...

I LOVE when He directs me and I listen. Isn't God so good. I love your rainbow picture too.
Amy

Kimmie said...

His voice is so sweet, so faithful and so very good to hear always. Glad you were able to hear Him directing your path to the pencils.

Bella has landed safely in Costa Rica...they are off to minister to a youth group of 7,ooo!

They will be posting pictures...
www.mergeahead.com
follow the links to missions...2009 Costa Rica. They plan to update daily, God willing.

We sent 176 skirts and 53 pairs of shorts to give out to some Nicaraguan refugees...can't wait to see the pictures!

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

girlinaglasshouse said...

God does those things once in awhile just to remind us that He is a God who knows us intimately...so that we will not doubt Him during those times when He seems not to speak. But the delightful image of you skipping off with your colored pencils has really blessed me tonight!

3 Blessings said...

Sarah Dawn,
I nominated you for an award at my site.
Award
Amy

Faith Imagined said...

This really illustrates that God wants to be involved with every part of your lives, even the small stuff!!! BTW, I just love your blog!!! The imagery is amazing!!!

Hope said...

Dearest Sarah Dawn,
I have a True Heart Award for you on my blog, because you are always giving me a friendly splash.
♥Hope

Sue said...

What a beautiful illustration of God's care for us, even in the "small" things! Glad you listened to His still small voice!

And thanks for sharing!

Jayme said...

What a wonderful voice to hear!
I left the instructions for adding music to your blog on my blog (i'm new to this too...didn't think to leave it on your blog...just replied to my own) I hope it helps!
Jayme

mom-2-4 said...

I love it when we're still enough to hear God's voice. May God use you mightely as you prepare your lessons.
Blessings to you,
Julianne :)

California Isoms said...

Your site and your words are beautiful. As someone who loves to create, your words and visuals really speak to me. Thanks for leaving your kind words on my blog. I will be visiting you often, too!
~ Cory =)
www.notforman.blogspot.com

Holly said...

That rainbow is beautiful! I wanted to thank you for stopping by Carleigh's blog. I love to hear from new people who visit and I'm always pleased to hear her story has touched someone. May God bless you!

Connie Arnold said...

What a lovely post! Thank you for splashing that bit of color into my day!

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Oh how I love this "God In The Details" testimony! Whooeeeee!

http://joyinthetruth.blogspot.com/2008/10/god-in-details-salty-give-away.html

Denise said...

May God continue to color your life with beauty.