Actively Listening to God
Thankfully God saw fit to introduce me to Becki Dudley. She’s a very special lady and not just because she’s my boss’ wife. In her I see the gentle, peaceful, love of Jesus. I’ve asked her to share a piece of her Jesus story with us. Enjoy!
I spent many years being “religious” before I understood what being a Christian truly means. I was addicted to being right and doing right. I went to church, studied the Bible, prayed. I thought I was on the right track…
…until I was challenged at a conference to see the Bible as more than just an ancient book of truth. To see it as one way that God is actively speaking to the world TODAY. Scripture says that he is “sustaining all things by his powerful word.” God is constantly speaking…are we listening? I began to read the Bible with a new focus -one of actively listening to God, not just learning what it said about this or that. Was it possible to know God personally? Did he even know who I was? After all, I had been trying to impress him for years – had he noticed?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-13)
The door opened WIDE! He began to speak into my heart, calm fears, encourage, guide, convict, & remind me daily of his love for me. All I had to do was ask. What else could I do but give him my heart? I had only known him with my head before. I was living life out of a fear of disappointing him. The love changed everything! 1 John 4:18 says “Perfect love casts out all fear!”
This journey toward eternity can be hard at times. But I know that God himself is with me, that he loves me. I am not alone and never will be. You CAN experience peace and joy in the midst of hard times. Real peace and joy. The kind you can’t really put words to – but it comes from understanding that the God who “spoke the universe into being” knows you intimately, loves you deeply, and will ultimately heal you completely.
Jesus is Lord.
Becki Dudley is happlily married to her husband, Tim. They share 6 adult or nearly adult children and step-children. Becki spends her time managing their home (lovingly dubbed the “Dudley Bed & Breakfast”), and running a small internet based business, She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, reading, and good conversation. Whenever a spare minute arises she daydreams of living on a small farm in Northwest Arkansas…
If you’d like to read how the love and power of Jesus Christ has transformed lives, click here to be inspired by the Because of Jesus series.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.