Learning to Talk with God

Learning to Talk with God

March 8, 2016

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?’” (Mark 4:13, NIV)

 

Lisa Harper

The single most difficult thing my adopted daughter Missy and I dealt with during our first few months together was not her HIV+ status.

It also wasn’t the frequent hospital trips or learning (and remembering) how to dispense her twice‑daily doses of three different medications.

It wasn’t even my futile, scalp-torturing attempts to learn how to micro-braid her gorgeous Haitian hair.

The most difficult, sometimes heart-wrenching, aspect of our first nose-to-nose season was learning to communicate.

On my five visits to Haiti during the adoption process, we’d managed to sort of understand each other with a few common words of Creole and English coupled with facial expressions and charades. I wasn’t prepared for the heartache our communication gap would cause once I finally brought her home to Tennessee.

The harsh reality of that gap became glaringly apparent one night after we arrived home. I’d gotten her changed into pajamas and settled into her special pink and white bedding and was singing a lullaby to help her sleep.

However, instead of becoming drowsy, she got more and more agitated. So I picked her up and did several things experts had advised me to do to let her know she was safe and secure. But my actions only seemed to make things worse.

Finally, after more than an hour of her growing increasingly fearful and me vainly trying to soothe her, I got out the Creole dictionary and attempted to ask if she was in pain. The second I began trying to articulate that foreign phrase, her head snapped toward me, her brown eyes focused on mine with laser‑like intensity and she began talking as fast as she could.

A torrent of unfamiliar words poured from her mouth. After a minute or two, when she could tell by my expression I didn’t understand, she put both of her hands on the sides of my face and began to speak very intently.

Eventually I replied in English, “I’m so sorry baby, but I don’t understand what you’re saying.” At which point she dropped her hands to her side, looked away from me with hopeless resignation and began to sob uncontrollably.

My little girl cried herself to sleep, and when her breathing finally settled into the rhythm of slumber, I walked into the living room, sank into the couch and cried until I didn’t have any tears left either.

I felt like the precious daughter I’d longed for since I was a young woman and fought for through an arduous two‑year adoption journey had tried to give me her heart, and I didn’t have the hands to receive it. She threw a relational lifesaver in my direction with every ounce of her 4‑and‑a‑half‑year‑old might, and I missed it.

What followed were some long, heart-wrenching hours. My own dark night of the soul. And it’s one of the main reasons one seemingly insignificant verse in Mark 4 — which I’d read hundreds of times before without really noticing — now packs such an emotional wallop for me.

“Then Jesus said to them,

‘Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?’” (Mark 4:13)

I think Jesus was trying to give the disciples God’s heart, and they didn’t have hands to receive it. Just like that horrible evening when I fumbled Missy’s feelings, they simply couldn’t see what God wanted to communicate with them.

Not many experiences have been more precious than the moments of real connection Missy and I shared in the days and weeks after that terrible night of total incomprehension.

Gradually, Missy’s English has improved. And the ah‑ha look that lights up Missy’s face fuels both of us each time she learns a new English word or concept.

Sometimes reading the Bible and learning to know God is like this. It’s hard in the beginning. Communication doesn’t feel natural as we’re learning how to talk with our Father in Heaven. But when we push through the hard parts, and actually grasp one of His promises or apply a scriptural principle to our lives, we are rewarded with our own spiritual ah‑ha moments.

The delight in each new facet of knowing Jesus satisfies our souls in a way nothing else can — it leads us to pursue our Savior with more and more passion.

Even more than Missy and I were made to be mother and daughter, you and I were made for deep connection with our Creator Redeemer! When we taste even a tiny morsel of the communion with the God we were created for, we’ll be ravenous for more!

Heavenly Father, I long to talk with You. Thank You for your desire to communicate with us. Help me to be still, close my eyes and pay attention to all that You want me to hear. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Corinthians 13:12a, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror dimly, but then we shall see face to face.” (NIV)

Mark 4:8-9, “‘Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
The heart of God is moved by the wounds of mankind. You’ll be encouraged to discover Jesus knows how heartbroken you are in Lisa Harper’s latest DVD‑driven Bible study, The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For. Get your copy today.

To hear more encouraging thoughts on life and parenting, along with her event speaking schedule, stop by Lisa Harper’s web site today.

Enter to WIN a copy of The Gospel of Mark by Lisa Harper. In celebration of this book, Lisa’s publisher is giving away 5 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here. {We’ll randomly select 5 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, March 14.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Think of the last time a tribulation or storm threatened your faith. Did your spiritual roots and foundation hold firm or did you find yourself pulled away from Jesus and shaken to the core of your beliefs?

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  1. Awesome reading

  2. Cyndy Reed says:

    It would be a divine blessing, if I won a copy. Just grateful for this devotion.

  3. Thank you for sharing. I really needed this message today.

  4. What a timely devotion… Recently I feel as though my faith has been threatened and though it is not the first time, it is the first time I feel as though my roots have not held firm and I have slipped away from Jesus. I have realized how easy it is for the enemy to get inside your head and feed you doubts and lies when you are not feeding yourself with the Word of God. I am thankful for this community and the encouragement to put on the armor I have failed to use in quite some time. I have felt like I have been watching myself from the outside for the past few weeks and I know I am in desperate need of that communication with my Creator to feel like the person He created me to be. Thank you for this good word!!

    • Cheryl Webb says:

      Oh Kelsie, thank you for sharing. I am experiencing the same thing and it’s a lonely place to be. It’s good to know I’m not alone. I’ve been a Christian for close to 60 years and I’ve had my ups and downs, but nothing compared to what I’ve gone through for almost 10 years. I used to be firmly planted in God’s Word; but in enduring a very difficult situation, I grew depressed and unable to focus on God’s Word and comprehend what I was reading. Now, I’ve been digging and searching for sites online that I’m familiar with and those new to me, such as this site. I praise God for moving me to do so for I have found encouragement in things I’ve read and the Bible verses I’ve read. I’m now moving forward to reading God’s Word, doing Bible studies, and praying like I use to do, knowing that God will lead me back to the happiness I once felt when doing so. I pray that you, too, will find a place of happiness with God’s help. Our God is a forgiving God. Thank you once again.

  5. Antoinette says:

    The last storm in my life shook me to the core and had un-rooted me. I have been a christian for may years( about 27 years) and I never understood how faithful people could walk away from a loving GOD and then my storm hit… if it not for the love of one person who chose to stop and care and help me through my hurt and pain rather than tell me to just get over it. I would not be a christian today. It has been about a year since that storm and I am now learning to trust GOD again and am growing a deeper relationship with HIM

  6. Kathryn Carpenter says:

    Can’t wait to dig in this study! Thank you!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this insight. It makes sense. Beautiful.

  8. I was so sad & then glad @ the reading of this story …
    In a short devotional you spoke volumes …
    Thank You :)

  9. God’s timing is always perfect. He knew I needed to read this tonight. Thank you for writing this beautiful post.

  10. After decades of following Jesus I know I always have much more to learn about His love. I now live with a rare, incurable disease and I know He is with me every single step on this path! :-) I am grateful for any resources I can find that deepen my walk.

  11. This is something that I am struggling with in my next step of growth in my relationship with God. Thank you for sharing this insight.

  12. Tana Madill says:

    Great devotion. As I work harder to learn more about God I hear him.

  13. Kathy Amos says:

    Great devotion. I desire a deeper communication with God.

  14. I’ve not been on talking terms with God for so very long. I’ve always believed in Him but not had faith. I have always loved Jesus, and Mary, and believe in saints and guardian angels, but haven’t felt loved by God since a child. I want to re establish my relationship with Him but just don’t feel he hears me or cares enough to love me. I need to learn how to trust in Him again… But I need help

    • Oh Sandy, God hears your every word. And noting you say can get in the way of his love for you.You can shout at him in anger, you can whisper hateful thoughts in his direction, you can ignore him completely–he won’t stop loving you!

      Lord God, let Sandy hear your words speak to her personally: “For I know the plans I have for you, Sandy, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Amen.

  15. I would love to win a copy of this bible study of the book of Mark. I have not completed a bible study of this book of the bible yet.

  16. I had to fight back tears when reading this; so powerful and relatable!

  17. Brenda Edwards says:

    I learn so much from your website. It would mean a lot to me to complete the book on St. Mark. I have stage 4 colon cancer and really need something inspirational in my life.

  18. This sounds like an excellent study!

  19. Johnetta says:

    This post was so encouraging! There’s no greater reward than knowing God deeply and more intimately.

    Thank you for writing.

  20. Meloney says:

    My faith was tested over the weekend and I really had to search deep in prayer and bible study to truly make sure my roots were still intact. While I am still battling a storm it dawned on me that my first instinct was to go my shelter, my hope my God and while the answers are not clear I am at peace. I am thankful for this devotional as it was as if God speaking directly to me

  21. Frances Quigley says:

    What a wonderful story. It never dawned on me that I might not be able to understand God’s words to me. But now I understand how that could happen.

  22. Alyssa avina says:

    Thank you.

  23. This devo today really touches my heart!

  24. Nancy Cochran says:

    Very inspiring. I must not quit even in these difficult times even though it would be easy to do so. God does not give up on us. He’s got this. I must be patient and listen.

  25. Jacqueline says:

    This was a wonderful article! Just hat I’m going through right now. Been talking to my Pastor about talking and listening to God

  26. Carol Fox says:

    I enjoyed reading today’s devotion, it was really inspiring; I would also like a copy of The Gospel of Mark. Thank you for posting this story.

  27. Missy is SOOOOOO cute. Thanks for sharing your experience and lesson.

  28. I feel like I can relate to this when I think about my conversations with God. I know He’s speaking to me but I can’t hear Him with my natural ears and then I get frustrated that God isn’t talking to me even though in my heart I know He is. He’s spirit and utters truth primarily through His word, through others and sometimes in nature. Doing my part to keep that line of communication open by surrendering my heart to His Holy Spirit that I might understand His words…that’s what I strive to do everyday

  29. I still pray and hope to hear from God daily. At times it just feels as if am not getting something right

  30. Ina Allen says:

    Dear Lisa…My heart goes out to you and your daughter. My prayer for you both is that God would put a translator in your life. God bless you for allowing Him to work thru you and your relationship.

  31. Amen

  32. Sasha Elle says:

    I TOTALLY get this. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes I feel like Jesus is right there in my face with his hands on either side of my face telling me his promises and of His love and I cannot receive it. But I’m glad He never stops. Praise Him
    :)

  33. Lisa, thank you for your testimony about communicating with God.

  34. cher bailey says:

    Yes please.
    Love Cher

  35. Katie Leonardo says:

    I would love this!

  36. What an awesome reminder that I was made with deep connection with my Creator Redeemer! at times I feel disjointed and distant from my God who gave Himself for me and I know that I was the one that moved far away.

  37. Tiffany says:

    I have been trying to hear God’s voice through my rocky marriage, but my broken heart seems to respond quicker than my Godly spirit. I always seem to have trouble hearing God, but I know that is my fault for not taking the quiet time needed to listen to Him. Would love the book! Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your heart.

  38. This is just what i needed to read tonight. Thank you. Would love to continue learning to communicate with our Father in heaven.

  39. Thank you for sharing ” Learning to talk with God”. I needed that at this very point in my life. It was very encouraging. Thank you!

  40. Kim Villalva says:

    Thank you for the chance! Your writings always point me to Him! Thank you for sharing your heart!

  41. Stephanie Bryan says:

    I am thankful for this word today. I need to learn to listen more and talk less in my relationship with the Lord.

  42. Susan G says:

    Lisa,
    What a great message. Communication is so important, with each other, and especially with God.
    Bless you!

  43. God Bless you! ❤

  44. Millicent Rose says:

    Thank you Ms. Harper. You message was powerful and an eye opener to my relationship with my oldest son.

  45. Melissa says:

    Would love to read this book!

  46. Thank you for sharing your personal story. I have always thought how blessed we are to have the complete Bible Story with so many answers, yet we still get confused. Thankfully God is patient, and His love endures forever. I see that between you and your daughter as well.

  47. I would love to read this book.

  48. Hi lisa just love receiving the word n scriptures would also love to receive α copy of your book god bless u

  49. Debbie Griffiths says:

    My husband has been retrenched and is at home all day whilst I work. We have been fighting so much and your devotion has explained why – we can’t understand each other at the moment due to the hurt, bewilderment and fear that surrounds us.
    Now I just have to figure out how we can sail through this storm together, as a team!

  50. Selina Swee-Singh says:

    Indeed…reading the Bible has been hard, often difficult to comprehend. I like to know not just more about Jesus, but to KNOW Jesus. I like to be ravenous and yet I do not know where to start or apply to my journey in Him. Prayerful to be continuously inspired more by your blogs and writings. Blessings & Grace Always.

  51. Belinda orren says:

    It is encouraging to know that everyone has their struggles. Seeking God and His word during those times can be hard. But if you persevere, His answer can change everything.

  52. God is good all the time he will make a away out of noway God is love

  53. Thank you for this message. I have trouble reaching out and praying in certain difficult times. Sometimes not even knowing what to say. But I take comfort in knowing the spirit intercedes for us.

  54. people need to get saved befor it is two late

  55. Brianna says:

    A wonderful reminder in a season of trusting God and growing in faith! Thank you for sharing your heart.

  56. Brianna says:

    I would love to read this book, thank you for sharing your struggles. Your message touched my heart and I said a prayer for you and your daughter. May your day be blessed.

  57. God’s Word is a comfort to me in the middle of a storm: I always lean on Romans 12:2. It reminds me that we are created in and for Abba. We must be grounded in the Word and His Son Jesus Christ to discern our lives and living out God’s Will.

  58. Hi Lisa.i just wanted to let you know my uncle speaks fluent creole and I’m sure if you still have communications problems he could help you. Reading that had me in floods of tears. It’s so lovely you have been able to bless your little dsughters life so richly and pour Gods love and compassion into it. praying for you and your family lol alli x

  59. Kara Henton says:

    I am trying to connect worth Jesus and God for the forest time in my life amd finding the process very difficult so receiving a copy free would be a great help as I am searching for help in learning how to connect.

  60. Tabitha says:

    Thank you for following the heart of the Lord to share your story as it was truly an inspiration and encouragement. Such an incredible reminder of how important the growth of our personal relationship is with our Lord!

  61. I’m guilty of being so busy i don’t always hear what is meant for me

  62. Belinda Jividen says:

    my son passed away in dec 2015 & even though i have always loved reading God’s word i have a stronger desire to read it now. i need the promises He gives us…it’s a daily yearning.

  63. Thank you, Lisa, for this message. I love learning more about Jesus’ love for us, and your unique perspective is encouraging and inspiring! God’s promises of renewal, strength, and love are new every morning! God bless your journey with Missy, and I can’t wait to read your new book!

  64. Liz Cress says:

    Lisa, I remember your very proud mama moment when you first introduced Missy in public, it was at Women of Faith in Columbus, OH. It was a blessing to see that put joy on your face!!! Love your message on communication with the Lord, when you have it and understand it you want more! Thank you for the reminder!

  65. Leanne Josoff says:

    I have an adopted daughter, too, and this message was a good one for me to read. Having patience and trying to listen and understand first, are great things to use in our relationship with others, including our relationship with God.

  66. Communicating with my 13 yo son who is currently in residential treatment for compulsive disorder has shaken me. Attempting to understand his mind set and the life threatening choices he has made is numbing. Trying to communicate to our other sons 14 and 12 why he is there and how we can help him is beyond the parenting skills I have learned in the 11 years they have been home with us. My baby is hurting and I don’t know how to comfort him. God help me. I know He will. Please God don’ t let me miss Your voice, Your teaching, Your love in all of this. Thank you Lisa for sharing your story. Praising God for bringing Missy home to you! I understand the struggle of adoption and the amazing blessings it brings that are beyond measure. Would be blessed by your book and it would be a great birthday gift for me today;)

  67. Holly Whitaker says:

    As always I am encouraged by Lisa’s words – even when I don’t have an experience quite like hers she can help you to relate. I loved listening to her at the many Women of Faith events I attended and I love reading her words in books and websites. Thank you Lisa for always hitting the notes of what is going on in life!

  68. Thank you for sharing your heart and for speaking truth.

  69. Julie Smith says:

    Lisa, I love you! You are so amazing. I had the honor of hearing you speak in Tulsa this past fall. The ladies that I went with and I still talk about you! “Don’t see Jeebus!” You are so gifted and such a blessing. Thank you for sharing your heart. In my dreams, I’m your honorary bestie. 😘

  70. Lorena miner says:

    I am recently delivered from 42 years of addiction and will love to have the book

  71. I would love a free copy of the book!

  72. Lynn Colquhoun says:

    Your words were powerful. Gathering materials for upcoming bible studies for our Tuesday PWOC. Would love to have a copy of your study.

  73. The devotion and verse from Mark is especially relevant since I just completed a challenging Bible study!

  74. Terry Dennis says:

    Thank you for sharing Lisa. A beautiful reflection of how God longs for our ah ha moments.

  75. Please I need this.

  76. Thank you for this timely message. As an educator, I am in daily contact with children whose language and or lifestyle bi don’t understand. Their frustrations cause them to act out and mine causes frustration. I am leaving this matter at the altar and seeking God’s guidance and direction.

  77. Thank you!

  78. Thank you for this heart-reaching reminder of how best to communicate with our Best Friend – JESUS!!!

  79. Deborah Carson says:

    I am striving daily to know & understand the Word of my Shepherd. I want to always recognize His voice as He leads me. To take more steps of faith. I so do desire discernment. I want to trust it is His words and not my own.
    Sometimes it is like a foreign language that I am struggling to understand.

  80. Kelly Wright says:

    Hi
    I have been longing to go deeper with our Heavenly Father and communicate better. I would love to win this copy of your book Lisa, so I can articulate and communicate with God on a level of deep intimacy.

  81. Diane wiesner says:

    Love your devoting of the girl you adopted and the communication barrier. That is how I feel wit God. Looking forward to your study on Mark.

  82. Darla Blake says:

    My group is searching for a new Bible study. Would love to read and study this book.

  83. Thank you so much for this encouraging word of wisdom and teaching you have shared with us sister Lisa. Drawing closer to our Heavenly Father is so important in this day and time. God bless you and your family. To God be the glory. Thank you for allowing him to use you. God bless🙂🌴

  84. Thank you for this devotion! Would love to read your book

  85. Whitney says:

    In tears of joy as I read your tweets and look at your website. Loved your devotion on Proverbs31. I adopted my sweet little girl, Grace, and I know the joy of motherhood after a long journey. I think we get to catch a glimpse of what it means to love that most ppl won’t see on this side of heaven. So blessed by what you’ve shared. And let me tell ya…I know all about the hair struggles! Still trying to figure all that out 💛

  86. Meanie Grant says:

    Thanks for your encouraging words. Please enter me in the drawing, I’d love to win the Mark bible study.
    Good Bless!!

  87. Great visual

  88. Shanise says:

    Your words encouraged me to seek God more, for my own understanding. To have my ears ready and open to hear. And by hearing the true words of a God, change and grow on my walk. Thanks

  89. Such encouragement! Thank you!

  90. Loved your analogy of not having the hands to receive. I go through this struggle often. I would love to win your book and read more in depth.

  91. Angela Kurz says:

    Would absolutely LOVE to have this. Thank you so much for all you do!

  92. Jocelyn says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! I especially love the truth in the last sentence; when we taste a tiny morsel of Gods truth we will be ravenous for more. I’m thankful for the P31 ministry and the devotions which are readily available daily. These readings are all so different, yet, so relatable to many areas within my life. After reading today’s devotion, I feel recharged and renewed. AND ready to encourage my other sisters in Christ :) AMEN!!

  93. Darlene says:

    Thank you for your transparency and insights that help the rest of us on our journey through this life. May God bless you and may you not grow weary!

  94. Alice Mowbray says:

    What a beautiful and well illustrated truth. It also encourages me to listen more intently for what God is trying to teach me during struggles.
    Father, may my hands be open to receive more of You.

  95. The Lord is my rock, my light and my salvation. Of whom shall I be afraid? It is with joy that I can run to him, place my hands on his cheeks and have his undivided attention as I burst forth with my swirling words, thoughts and emotions. But my heavenly daddy responds to me, too, when I choose to listen, read his word and study scripture. May I take time to do just this, and guide others to him as well.

  96. Great reading today.

  97. Would love a copy of your book! Enjoyed the devotional so much!!! 💜 💕 💜

  98. LaShaundra Tyler says:

    This was an awesome devotion. I’d love to learn more about the gospel of Mark.

  99. Adoptive parents are true imitaters of God who through His Son’s blood by our personal faiths He has adopted us as His very own and pour Himself on us with love and riches beyond all comprehentions. Thank you.

  100. Karina S. says:

    Thanks for sharing such a heart wrenching moment and using it for His work and glory.

  101. Would love a copy of your book ! Devotional was very inspirational!! 💜 💕 💜

  102. Wendy westphal says:

    Thank you for your thoughts and insight. It encourages me to know that we all struggle in some fashion as we walk this journey – not just me!

  103. Angela Raphael says:

    I would love a copy of the book.

  104. Mary Ann Bell says:

    Thank you for the words of encouragement.

  105. Leigh Anne Weitzenfeld says:

    Enjoyed the devotion!

  106. Mandy Eley says:

    Yes, please.

  107. Chris Earp says:

    How perfectly written. Thank you God that your love is so deep that you do not give up on us. Thank you Lisa for sharing your life and the Word in such a simple yet powerful way.

  108. Deborah McLaughlin says:

    “The Jesus we’re aching for”………wow……..I need that!

  109. I love the way you used your experience to bring Mark 4:13 to life in a different way. It brought that verse new or more real meaning. This is my first time on this sight reading one of the devitions. I’m happy I did.

  110. Would love to read Lisa’s book.

  111. sheila pires says:

    Thmak for all blessing words. I am brazilian and this the way to improve my english and be more close to God. I am taking care my mom in her last days on Earth, it is no easy, but in God we have strong to keep on. Thaks!!!

    • Sheila — May God bless you, as you comfort your mom in her final days. My prayers are with both of you!

  112. Leigh Doran says:

    Lisa, thank you for this and for your precious story. What a testimony to God’s love! Y’all have been touching my heart for years… And you have been giving God the glory all along the way!

  113. Allison White says:

    This devotion was very moving! I still want to know what Missy was trying to say, the way you want a movie to end on a happily ever after note! What courage to adopt and persevere in communication. I need to be so consistent with seeking communication with God. I am interested in Lisa Harper’s book!

  114. I enjoyed your devotion and would love to read your book!

  115. Thank you for sharing!

  116. Rebecca Leahy says:

    Please send a copy to me , I am struggling .

  117. Michele says:

    Thank you!

  118. Loved today’s devotion!

  119. Tara Jackson says:

    I would love a copy!

  120. Nicole Benjamin says:

    With so many people hurting & wondering whether Jesus truly understands our brokenness, your book will help me minister to people with various hurts while showing them in the Bible that Jesus understands & our heavenly Father knew what we’d face. God has,already made a way for our situation.

  121. Today’s devotion really spoke to me today it’s as if was written for me.

  122. Thank you for putting in words the feelings of our hearts and souls. The beginning is often the most challenging time but the fruits of our labor shall be multiplied!

  123. Kimberly says:

    Working in customer service I have brief experiences with people who struggle with English. I am fortunate to have access to interpreters. Last week I was talking to a woman who sadly said a person in my company was not nice to her because she could not understand her. I was so taken aback by her comment. I called the interpreter and smugly got the other person. Mentally I was “why did they not use our resources?” Then today I read this and I am totally humbled. God has all these resources and I don’t understand because I don’t use them! How will I ever understand? By paying attention to him (prayer, bible study, memorization…). Thank you for this much needed devotion.

  124. Thank you so much for your article. I’m looking for a Bible study to do with our women this spring and have been trying to find something different than the many Beth Moore studies we have done. Sometimes a new voice speaks to hearts with a different challenge. I’m very interested in your dvd series, but would love to check out the book first. My heart hurt for you when you shared your tears with your inability to communicate with your daughter. I’m so sorry you had to go through this. Bless you for adopting her.
    Pam

  125. Heather says:

    Thank you. This was much needed.

  126. Kelly snider says:

    Hi I would like to win the gospel of Mark book. I have struggled really bad in life right now.

  127. Elaine Kronberg says:

    Would love to be chosen for this book!

  128. Your book sounds like a wonderful resource. I would love to win a copy.

  129. Enjoyed today’s devotion. Thanks for a chance to win. Have been wanting this book!

  130. Shawnee says:

    Thank you for this timely word. God bless you as you continue to minister to women!

  131. Courtney says:

    I continue to work on m communication with God. I completely…

  132. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I would live a copy to share with others!

  133. Would love a copy of the new study.

  134. Jaci DeLessio says:

    I want to be closer to God. Great lesson!!

  135. I can so relate to those moments with my children when We simply didn’t understand each other. It is at those times that I went to God and asked for His wisdom. He has been a strong tower. Now that my children are grown, and watching my grandchildren grow as well, I can truly see His blessings. He has been and continues to be faithful.

  136. Lisa, Thank you so much for this devotional! We adopted two from here in the states and although there isn’t a language barrier, I feel there is sometimes a communication barrier between my daughter and myself. This devotional was a double blessing in that it encourages me to take it day-by-day with her AND to take my relationship and Bible reading day-by-day. I’ve been a Christian for many years, but I know God is faithful to me!

  137. Would love to win. My dad has a great way with words and communicating the unpleasant. Me…no so much.

  138. Servants are hands-extended doing the Master’s work. What a responsibility. What a privilege.

  139. Karna Swanson says:

    This encouraged my heart this morning. Thank you!

  140. Love this! I feel communicating with a teenager who speaks English cam be equally as heartbreaking and challenging.
    But, we can get the same ah hah moments. And I love it when God gets through to me, and I understand what/where/how he is guiding me.
    Love to have a copy of your book.

  141. This devotion was just what I needed today.

  142. Amanda McCord says:

    Beautiful and encouraging, thank you for sharing.

  143. I have loved Lisa from the first time hearing her speak at a Thirty-One National Conference. She is amazing.

  144. Laura Manahan says:

    Great words of hope this morning. Can’t wait to hear her in April at the BGCO Women’s Conference.

  145. Christen says:

    Such a great encouraging devotion. Thank you! Would love to read your book!

  146. Lisa we are enjoying you and Missy on Instagram. I have three daughters and I wanna laugh with my girls like you do with her. Thanks for sharing your life

  147. Debbie Carrocce says:

    This is what I need to do – listen & learn to communicate with Jesus. Thank you for reminding me to do so.

  148. Cassandra Johnson says:

    As I recently was struggling in my own life with frustrating circumstances I tried to communicate to my husband how I was feeling. It wasn’t til I went to the Lord with my struggles that it turned around. I can relate to how Missy felt in her early days in her new home.

  149. Lisa Martinez says:

    Thank you. This really blessed me to understand how God wants to be a significant part of our lives. Let’s let Him in.

  150. Kayra J says:

    Exactly what I needed this morning. Thank you

  151. Cynthia says:

    I would love a copy of your book as I am going to some difficult times. I know God loves me and is with me; however I need to hear His voice to help me through. I don’t want to and can’t give up!

  152. Sara Braun says:

    I needed this Devo today. Thank you for letting God use you to speak to me.

  153. Thank you for sharing this morning. I am challenged to communicate in a more godly way with a family member who is hard of hearing. I get so impatient.

  154. I am going to pass this on to my sister – in- law whose daughter’s family with 3 children of their own are adopting 3 more who are from the same family in Haiti.They have been waiting for at least 2 years and hoping and praying that they and their children will be flying there in March or April to bring them home with them. The Lord be with you as you witness for Him, about Him, and through Him, and as you bring up your daughter up to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  155. Thank you for this this morning.

  156. I would like to be able to read more of what Mark is telling us if we could only understand through his words.

  157. Lindsay says:

    I am currently facing a storm (divorce) myself, but I keep saying to myself that this is God’s plan. I know I have become closer to him going through this.

  158. Holly Alexander says:

    As a foreign language teacher and sometime mission team translator, I understand the frustration of not always communicating well. Thank you for sharing this precious story about your sweet daughter!

  159. Keisha kennedy says:

    What a beautiful devotion today! I love Lisa’s way of tying in her struggles with Missy and communication to our communication with the father. I can’t imagine what that must of been like for her but I can easily see where I have failed to understand what God was saying or when I felt like I was praying and He must not be getting me! Great encouraging story!

  160. Paula Bates says:

    Would love to read this book

  161. Hearing one thing and understanding it has been a big part of my recent studies. Things I already know are suddenly having new meaning. Things I never understood suddenly make sense. I love it!

  162. Stephanie says:

    I would love a copy!

  163. Reading Lisa’s excerpt was eye opening and I look forward to reading her book when financially I’m able. So many times communication is the reason so many relationships fail and we don’t live a fruitful life. Thank you Lisa for the insight you shared.

  164. The act of communication is so important, and the Bible is so clear about it. This was so encouraging to me. There are problems at my workplace with communication. This has encouraged me to pray more specifically before I go in each day.

  165. Teresa Norman says:

    I relate to this devotion because my son married a Beautiful Nicaraguan girl who has learned some English but I have struggled to learn Spanish. He serves on the mission field and I have made many friends in Nicaragua when I visit. It would be such a blessing for me to be able to communicate with them!

  166. This is such a timely word. I needed this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  167. Cathy Mayer says:

    Thank you for Proverbs 31 page! Always so inspirational!

  168. Ingrid McAuliffe says:

    What a powerful story that resonates so deeply for my own spiritual journey. I often don’t see or hear God’s messages for me right away. In fact, I feel like it’s taken me too long to understand, but I’ve tried to give myself the same grace Lisa did with herself and her daughter. Things worth our heart take time to grow, especially relationships. The more we get to truly know one another, the more we discover and begin to understand more deeply. We see ourselves in others and them in us. We grown in union with others and God. A beautiful journey. Thank you for your wonderful story today and helping me to see and hear.

  169. Ada Cartright says:

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder that day by day, step by step and word by word we grow closer in our communication with God and closer to His heart for us.

  170. Katherine Horne says:

    Good morning. I was saved as a young child. I know that I am saved but things just are not the same right now in my life. I am yearning for a connection with God that I once had, but feel like I don’t have at this point. My mother is not well and we have had to make many decisions regarding her health and welfare and they have me in a state of exhaustion. I am going to church and still doing everything that I can for The Lord but I long for the connection that I one had. I would love to copy of your book…something to help along the way. Thank you.

  171. My prayer, my study is to break the communication barrier/language barrier to better understand God’s word. Sometimes I just don’t understand. I thank God for loving me through my struggles.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Lisa, I’m sure your daughter knows she is loved too.

  172. Jocelyn Lacey says:

    This touched me in so many ways. Your quote of “You and I were made for deep connection with our Creator Redeemer” really hit home for me. I talk to God daily, but my time in the Bible leaves much to be desired. I would love this book. Thank you so much for the consideration.

  173. Misty Dosch says:

    Communication can be a great struggle at times. But if we ask God to guide our hearts we will find the best way to over come our struggle.
    I would love a copy of Lisa’s book

  174. I would love a copy of this book! I long to have deeper communion with the Lord!

  175. Carol T says:

    Pick me!

  176. What a wonderful devotion and it really spoke to me in my circumstances right now. Thank you for sharing that with us. I would love a copy of The Gospel of Mark 😉

  177. Since my brother’s death last year I have felt so far away from God that there’s an ache inside. I thought my walk with God was strong and healthy, but it wasn’t. The grief morphed into depression and I am just now trying to regain His Light to combat the darkness. God’s been pointing me to PRAYER and communication with Him as the way to come back. Thank you for your blog and the re-enforcement that I am on the right path.

  178. Melissa Ward says:

    I really needed this devotional this morning….regrettably I have wanderedfrom doing my morning devotions and communicating with God the way that I should since I have let myself become overwhelmed with life with a newborn…..thank you for the encouragement I needed to start making this a priority in my life again

  179. Tara Wilson says:

    I just finished her Believing Jesus study of Acts. It was amazing. Thank you for the chance to win. Lisa’s teaching is so enjoyable. I really love hearing her speak.

  180. I did my devotion earlier today and then I went to my e-mail and read this. A very descriptive text in my other devotional says “To find me and hear my voice you must seek Me above all else…” Wow! God is wonderful and he makes sure that when he is trying to get a point across he definitely let’s us know. Thank you for these words!

  181. Kelly Dale says:

    Thank you for this wonderful devotion. I can’t even imagine the unrest you felt not being able to communicate with your daughter those first few days, weeks, and months. Thanks for being open and honest and most of all thank you for the encouragement!

  182. Susan Anthony says:

    Thank you for this wonderful resource!

  183. What a great story.

  184. Carolyn Reddng says:

    Communication is the key words in listening to God

  185. “I yearn to bask in Your peace and walk in Your ways”!!

  186. Gayle Wright says:

    Your devotions are like a mini bible study. They have helped me to grasp concepts and learn scripture. Thank you for sending me a daily blessing in my inbox!

  187. Lori Krohner says:

    A Dear friend shared this website with me and I am so blessed to be able to start my day with reading your thoughts and God’s word. Thank you!

  188. Wendy Krueger says:

    I love listening to Lisa Harper and her for God, she is a great communicator.

  189. Mary Spaide says:

    This devotional really ministered to me today and I intend to find out more about the author. Thank you.

  190. Jessica says:

    Beautifully written devotion. I can only imagine how great the book is. I love the gospels!

  191. Thank you for sharing from your heart and for reminding us of the importance of communing with our Creator. There is no one, other than God, that can fill those dark recesses of our soul with hope and sustenance!

  192. Claudette Smith says:

    We should not be disheartened, our Lord is always there for us. He will never leave us or forsake us. Be faithful and be patient. I would love to receive a copy of this devotional. Thank you.
    Thank you for this inspirational devotional today. I would be happy to receive a copy.

  193. Tina Yvonne says:

    My sister Becki’a favorite gospel is Mark. I would like to win a copy for her. She has a nerve disorder in her hands, feet, back and face that spreads and flares up at times, especially under stress. Cold weather makes her feel worse. She lives in central Wisconsin. She is also a single Mom. Her 19 year old daughter was born with some hip and leg issues. Becki is going through such a tough season of life right now. She loves the Word and is always studying it for new insights. Her daughter has been confined to a wheelchair this past month as the doctors try to get her functional again. Then our aging Mom just moved into their 2 br/ 1 back apt. Mom is afraid to live alone anymore since she fell three times in one week awhile back. Mom also has the beginning stages of dementia and was just diagnosed with shingles along with a host of other physical ailments. I just know Becki would be thrilled to receive Lisa Harper’s book on the Gospel of Mark!

  194. Thank you for this “parable”. I learn every day that I have more to learn and understand.

  195. Very powerful message. God bless you!

  196. Kathy Kouba says:

    Thank you for the words from Mark. I am a Christian but struggle daily to take my prayers to Jesus and to walk with him. I feel God has prompted me to read the book of Mark so I have a better understanding. Your words are always an inspiration to me.

  197. Judy Hazelwood says:

    I teach a ladies small group Bible study and would love to study this.

  198. What a beautiful and moving reflection.

  199. Your words of love speak softly to my heart, thank you!

  200. I need to start a Bible study and this would be a good one I think.

  201. Mona Bender says:

    Lisa, I believe you are the best mother to Missy. I love reading about your adventures with her and also following you on Facebook seeing the pictures of that beautiful girl. You are a gift to her.

  202. I have served the lord all my life, and now that I am old, I want to learn more and more about my heavenly home.

  203. Missy A says:

    Thank you for that devotion today. I really needed it.

  204. Needing some fresh perspective!

  205. Ntombi Letsebe says:

    I’ve been longing to hear God speak to me, hope the dvd will help.

  206. Lynette Hughes says:

    Right before I read this, I was using my First 5 app. I was searching for understanding about something I had read. I resigned myself to not finding an answer this morning. Some of God’s way can seem confusing and foreign. However, I never have to doubt His heart. Even though I don’t always understand, I know Who holds me in the palm of His hand. I’m so thankful for this reassurance.

  207. I enjoy Lisa’s devotionals on Proverbs 31, so I’m sure her new book will speak to me as well.

  208. Angie Malan says:

    This was a great devotional!

  209. Thank you for sharing. God bless you

  210. I’m looking for a book to do for a bible study group and this one sounds great! I’d love to read it!

  211. Emily S. says:

    I loved this post! How encouraging and profound. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story!

  212. I am doing a study of Mark right now. This would be an excellent companion to it!

  213. Traci Magee says:

    I appreciate the daily devotionals!!

  214. Thank you so much for that insight. It spoke to my soul!

  215. Sounds like something I need to read!

  216. I love Lisa Harper! What a touching story of the importance of communication. This message will give me much to think about today…amazing how multi-layered life is. I’m glad for people like Lisa who can put into words what appears to be a simple lesson, but may carry much more depth upon close examination. I would love to read more in the book.

  217. Jennifer A says:

    This sounds like a great study. We are traveling the hard road of miscarriage right now and it’s been just 2 weeks. I’d appreciate prayers for myself and my husband. God bless your ministry.

  218. Shelene Reno says:

    I love this devotion. I have loved the Lord for years, but sometimes I still feel like a baby Christian when it comes to understanding His Word. Thank you.

  219. Isn’t it good to know that God is pursuing us and wants to communicate with us, even when we aren’t seeking Him?

  220. Tiffany says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  221. Marie J says:

    I love and read the daily devotionals. I would love to get the insights that will be provided in this study of Mark.

  222. Lisa, Thank you for these words today. I have been deeply touched by many of your words since hearing you speak at WOF in 2014 – having read several of your books as I work through what has turned out to be a couple of really difficult internal years – learning that “making it in life” is not the same as actually healing early life trauma. God has been “undoing” distorted perceptions of Him and the world around me…I hold onto hope that I will emerge with a deeper gratitude for who He really is and how He sees me – that I will walk in closer freedom with Him…

  223. Patricia Knapp says:

    I yearn for more knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.

  224. I find myself thinking about this very connection to God that want to be stronger. I am feeling so challenged in faith right now.

  225. Wanda Curtis says:

    Love the article, would love to read more from Lisa Harper.

  226. Reading stories like this are inspiring. I reconnected with the Lord when I joined a 12step program of recovery from Alcoholism. Until then, even though my daughter knew English, we did not communicate well because of y lack of compassion, anger and state of alcoholism.
    Since finding a higher power, reading the scriptures and being receptive to his message I changed; I now how compassion and patience and this has resonated to my relationship with my daughter who is in her twenties.
    I’m not the woman I use to be but I work everyday to be the woman my lord wants me to be.
    Keep sharing your story

  227. I have enjoyed sharing in the joy of your adoption of Missy. This lesson based on the struggle you experienced while learning to communicate with each other really reminds me how God and I sometimes struggle with each other. Thank you for your insight.

  228. I enjoy reading your words of encouragement. I would love to be a winner for a copy of Mark the Gospel Bible study.

  229. Leigh Ann Raper says:

    I would love to win!!!

  230. Well done.

  231. Lisa Williams says:

    Learning to communicate with my Heavenly Father as I walk down a road of my world crumbling around me. Trying to learn/remember that He is always there to listen and speak to my broken heart.

  232. Suzan mills says:

    I’m so interested to study the aching we have as God’s children to draw closer to Him and to his Son, Jesus

  233. Trisha Schreiber says:

    I am truly blessed every day by your ministry. Thank you!

  234. Suzan mills says:

    The Gospel of Mark:The Jesus We’re Aching For

  235. Sharon Franklin says:

    The devotion this morning spoke to my heart. I am involved in a Bible Study and was thinking this morning, “Why am I not getting this?” Your devotion encouraged me to not give up. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless you in the teaching of His Word.

  236. When I was a child, I prayed like a child, but as I have matured in my faith and grown closer to Jesus I can talk with him and anytime and anywhere. Walking along the ocean with the smell of salt air and the waves lapping the shore I feel his presence and I am able to pour my heart out to him. At night when everything is quiet in the house I am able to leave my burdens with Him and praise Him for the blessings of that day. He is always there ready to be a part of my life.

  237. Kari Kummer says:

    Thank you Lord for your unconditional love for me and the grace you have given me!

  238. What a beautiful post, spoke to my heart as im trying to help my toddler communicate with me, i had never thought of the way God wants us to make effort to speak his language more, and hear his heart, as well as how he aches to hear ours. Thanks :)

  239. Sierra Fleming says:

    I still struggle with this. Everyday is a new day to try and pick up where you left off to connect with God and his word. It seems like a foreign language now but one day its going to be second nature and like you never missed a beat!

  240. Patricia says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words! I would love to win your book.

  241. Angie Mosley says:

    Your devotions touch my heart in so many ways. I have been going through some major changes in life and your encouragement breathes Jesus into my soul and helps me gain strength from God’s Word. May God continue to bless your ministry. Thank you for ministering to women.

  242. Manuela lopez says:

    Thank you for sharing such a sweet story. I picture Jesus cupping our face trying to share His heart at times when we simply don’t understand. How precious is the Father’s love for us.

  243. At 54 I’m still trying to go to the Lord first. A work in progress.

  244. Such a great devotional. Thank you.

  245. What a sweet story of love, a parent’s love and God’s love for us.

  246. Carol McRae says:

    Today’s study really excites me and draws me to read Lisa’s book. I want to hear and understand God more. I can’t wait to read it!

  247. This particular devotional really touched my heart! Beginning to lead my first women’s bible study tomorrow and do not feel worthy to be leading others but I know the Holy Spirit will do the leading! Hoping that I can be God’s vessel by which many women break free from the chains and darkness in this world through God’s Holy word! Thank you for sharing and being that vessel!

  248. Melanie says:

    I had fallen from the word,one day saw this proverbs 31,something my dad had always told me read proverbs ,so I like this app and I truly enjoy reading this some days it doesn’t apply and some days it does ,thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement I feel the holy spirit in me is now smiling again…..

  249. I yearn to learn more about Jesus everyday. Thank you for this opportunity to win this book. God bless you.

  250. Thank you for sharing and caring.

  251. I have ran way to many times instead of letting GOD take care of it.

  252. You have a gift with words and a heart for God. Thank you for sharing!

  253. Thanks for sharing. I can picture God holding our face in His hands and wishing we too could understand.

  254. More than anything…that is my heart’s desire…to communicate better with My Lord and Savior..to really “know” Him by Name…

  255. Tanya Pollard says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart-wrenching yet inspiring story. It was thought-provoking, insightful, and encouraging. Communication is the key to any relationship and this was a great example of the struggles that come in the beginning and rewards that come with perseverance.

  256. Jennifer says:

    I love the daily devotional emails and I really want to lead the gospel of Mark study with a few of my neighbors. I hope I win!!

  257. Jennifer says:

    What a powerful example!

  258. Laura Jungeblut says:

    Thank you for this beautiful parallel of your story with Missy and our story with our Father. I was deeply moved. I look forward to your book.

  259. martha mcclure says:

    thank you for this word today! I needed this :)

  260. Elizabeth says:

    I was touched and uplifted by Lisa’s message today, “Learning to talk with God”. For 20 years, I have been trying to communicate effectively with my adopted daughter who suffers from debilitating mental illness. I am not so sure that the words are not understood, but her mental processes are so different that the words seem to deliver produce a totally different message. It feels like we are speaking a different language. Mental illness is my only “why” to Father God…..can there ever be peace in this lifetime when the brain doesn’t function rationally? Love endures, but Hope and Faith are a little shakey at the moment.

  261. I love the book of Mark. I have listened to it preached through by 2 separate pastors and even got to enjoy a program where a drama student recited the whole book! Now that was amazing.

  262. I’d like a copy fired my newly adopted sister who is struggling to make her faith her own.

  263. What a great opportunity. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  264. lesly greene says:

    Awesome story about your daughter.. Way to affiliate that with God in our lives

  265. This word was so powerful to me on this day as I reflected my heart broke as I think Of times when I can’t hear God because I am trying so hard. I don’t want to ever miss Him speaking to me. I am in Awe of this message. Thank you for ministering to me

  266. Melanie Ward says:

    Wonderful story that touched my heart….
    Would love to read your book….

  267. Sharon Johnson says:

    I would love to be able to understand the Bible more clearly.

  268. Kim Bowen says:

    What a blessing today.

  269. Whitney says:

    I love this analogy of the Father’s heart for us. Not that He doesn’t understand us, but I believe He sits and cries when we don’t understand what He’s doing. When He tries to keep us safe or when He saves us from a terrible life, adopts us and gives us a new home, we still struggle to believe He is anything but for us. I see this in my own life and I want to learn more of His language so that I may have deeper intimacy with Him who rescued me and loves me more than anyone

  270. Rachel DeBerry says:

    I’ve often wondered about the parables in regard to God saying “hearing they won’t understand.” I don’t understand, but oh how I want to…need to!

  271. The devotion you had posted today really brought to light what Jesus was saying to the disciples. Thank you.

  272. I’m never shaken to the core of my beliefs, because no matter how hard I am shaken, my core belief is always there. I’m shaken dry. I’m shaken crazy. Most of all, I’m shaken askew. I know the heartaches of miscommunication, of longing for a right relationship with my children, especially my oldest daughter. Today my prayer is to communicate words of love and acceptance to my adult child. Allow me oh Lord, not to judge, but just to be-her mom, her friend and most of all a quiet role model of a Godly woman.

  273. I am aching more for Jesus……………..

  274. J Johnson says:

    I am right where I need to be to receive this from you. This is my 5th confirmation from God to be still. My job told me they were letting us go and I have been on the job 27 yrs. I don’t have a degree although I work in education. Only God can do that. I have been afraid, angry, shortsighted and then finally peaceful. trying my best to be still and listen to what God is saying to me. He gave me Deauteronomy 31:6 this morning! I thank God I’m finally getting the breakthrough I have needed. I felt like you and your daughter while communicating with God about this situation. Thank you for being faithful in writing this message of hope for me today. I’d love to read your book.

  275. Debbie Underwood says:

    I’ve been a Christian 26 years, and still I long to hear the voice of Jesus more clearly. I know that I need to take more time to be still before Him. I’m excited for this new book by Lisa. God bless your ministry Lisa.
    Deb

  276. I’ve always struggled and wondered if I’m coomunicating with God in the right way and every day is a learning process to understand and learn his word. I will gladly read anything that’ll help me get closer to him. Would love to read your book.

  277. Barbara Bowman says:

    I would really appreciate having this book…I haven’t studied the gospel of Mark much..every word in the Bible has a meaning and I desire to learn and communicate who the Lord is and His will for me..thank you for the opportunity

  278. S. Miller says:

    I long to know more of Jesus!

  279. Jennifer Clyde says:

    This story is truly inspirational and hits home as three of my neices and nephews are adopted. The struggle with parenting an adopted child is real. Knowing that God speaks to those who will listen is precious. We need to slow down and be still to listen to what the lord has to say to us.

  280. Pam Moore says:

    I lost my son and I am going through everything that grief can give….I questioned God, I blamed Him, I was angry with him. That was my 33 year old son that was my world and I couldn’t understand how he could love and take the most precious thing away from me. We were sooooo close….Left me with two grandchildren that I am NOT allowed to see. the intentional hurting of another human being and using to do it causes anger and guilt. She was very jealous of our relationship as mom and son. I have to draw nearer to God to survive. He is the only reason I am still here on this earth…..Is the Lord Jesus Christ.

  281. I loved this devotion this morning. Such a clear picture of what it is like when we are new Christians trying to communicate with God and then how much deeper we can connect the more we get to know Him. Thank you for this today!

  282. I have felt like God and I are speaking different languages the past few months. My baby girl, not even 2 years old, is battling brain cancer. I am battling beside her to support her, fighting off worry, depression, anxiety, fear, and negativity. I would love to win a copy of this book to help me.

  283. G Stiers says:

    Thank you for your insight.
    I hope you,Missy and God continue growing together every day.

  284. Mych'Iayla Mathis says:

    Today’s devotional lead me to tear up. I have been like your daughter when I lived in Spain. I have felt that disconnect due to a language barrier. Likewise, I have been there with God. Today’s devotional really touched me. God bless you!

  285. Holly Poe says:

    I’d love to win a copy!!!!

  286. Alena Prysch says:

    As I read through this I was so touched by your story and how God used Mark 4:13 to speak to you. There are times in our christian walk where our communication feels like what you described you had with Missy. Three years ago I had brain surgery and chemotherapy for Stage 2 Oligoastrocytoma. This past December I found out there is regrowth. I went two weeks where I felt like God went silent on me. In my heart I knew He didn’t, but that silence was deafening. I told God that no matter, I would hold fast to Him and never let go. At the end of two weeks I heard that still small voice whisper, “you’re not alone.” What joy my heart felt! I love what you wrote… “When we taste even a tiny morsel of the communion with the God we were created for, we’ll be ravenous for more!” That’s how it exactly is! Thank you, Lisa for your words of encouragement to us all.

  287. D'ana H. says:

    Ravenous!! Awesome word – may I be ravenous for more of Jesus!!

  288. We are expecting our first grandson and have just found out that he will be born with a cleft lip and possible palate. Watching my daughter and son-in-law absorb this news and try to find meaning in this is heartbreaking in one since buy also a blessing. They have recently started going back to church and I continue to pray that they are able to hear God speak to them and give them meaning, peace and understanding for why they have been chosen to be baby Wyatt’s parents. I know that communicating with Him will allow them to help others and be the strength for other parents one day, like they are needing right now. Your book would be a blessing! Thank you for all you do! You can’t imagine the impact your words have on others at just the right time.

  289. Ravenous-wow may I want more and more of Jesus, and how many times I didn’t understand, so thankful for Him not giving up on me

  290. Being still to listen has always been a problem for me, I’m a doer and sitting still isnt my thing. Recently my husband has expressed being unhappy in our marriage. He has been withdrawn for many years. For the past 6 months I have been trying anything and everything to FIX IT, one morning crying out to GOD he spoke to my heart and I felt this overwhelming peace to just be still and be held. This isn’t yours to FIX, just pray for your husband and I’ll work on him. What a relief. Thank you Proverbs 31

    • Angie…your words were right on…This isn’t yours to FIX, just pray for your husband and I’ll work on him…that sounds like what God has been trying so hard to tell me…but the doer in me is so stubborn…my home is chaos…and I am failing miserably. I am so glad God sent your words of experience to remind me once again…this isn’t mine to fix…and I will continue to do my part and pray for him…and get out of the way.

  291. Angela Hobbs says:

    Thank You Lisa for sharing your story and Mark 4:13 to speak to me through this scripture. This encouraged me to make sure that me and the people around me understand the word of God, and learn to talk to GOD about what we are feeling and going through. Thank You! Agape

  292. Amy Standard says:

    This was a good read. I have had heavy on my heart lately to pray and talk to God more. Thank you for Proverbs 31 Ministries. God gives them the right words at the right time for many of us.

  293. Jean Reed says:

    I would love to do your bible study from the book of Mark.

  294. What a blessing this was to me! My mom lives with me and has Dementia. Our communication is very hard sometimes and last night one of those times! Thanks for sharing! Sure blessed and helped me!🙏

  295. Ann Kite says:

    Thank you Lisa- looking forward to walk with Jesus through the Gospel of Mark.

  296. Elaine Ehrhart says:

    I long for an intimate relationship with my Savior.

  297. Would love to win a copy of the book/study!

    Communication is so hard and is definitely an area the enemy likes to strike! Many many storms for this family.

  298. I have always known I’m meant to adopt a child some day… Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and personal story. :0)

  299. Dawn McMillan says:

    I really needed to read this today as I struggle to communicate with our Father. I enjoy reading these daily scriptures, but I needed this one today. Thank you!!!

  300. Shauntelle Modeste says:

    Lord I thank you for the moments of stillness in the early mornings and throughout the day. Your voice allows me to steal back the moments of chaos and confusion this world brings. I need you and all of you on this journey of life. Guide my thoughts and move my feet closer to your will. Amen.

  301. What a great reminder of how important communication is! Thank you for this great devotional!

  302. win or not, your article touched me deeply. i long for intimacy with my Lord and Savior.
    thank you,
    ginger

  303. Carol-Anne says:

    These devotionals are such a blessing. I’m learning more and more about God’s heart towards me and where Jesus is amidst the wounds. About 6 weeks ago my nearly 6 year old granddaughter told her mommy, my daughter, that she was being molested by my daughter’s new husband. Praise the Lord that this prompted my daughter to return to church. He has been moving mightily in my family in the midst of this devastation. My daughter’s steps are still somewhat tentative. I feel your book would really be a blessing to her. Thank you.

  304. Peg Milelr says:

    It is so difficult to quiet oneself to hear His voice and read His love letter though I strive daily to be into the Word. I yearn to know Him better so I can reach out and touch and minister to His children.

  305. It is hard for me to talk with God, who is not there in the physical, but the spiritual. I seem to repeat the same things over and over again until it doesn’t make sense to me. At that point I usually give up or become distracted. I know He is with me and wants to hear from me, but I always seem to fall short in the communicating.

  306. Karri Upchurch says:

    I have a broken relationship with both parents. They are both Christians but were very poor parents. As I grew up to be an adult after seeing how they put on a show of their faith to others, I walked away from God. Not really intentionally but from lack of desire. It put a dark spot on what I thought being a Christian was. I had to find my way back to god on my own terms, not theirs. I didn’t want my relationship with God to look like theirs, even though they would point out that I was an “immature Christian”. I begged to differ and I set my sights on what a real relationship with God was. Over the years my parents and I have grown close and apart again. It makes me sad that for people who claim they have read the bible many times seem to miss out on Paul’s instructions on not letting petty differences divide eachother. Titus 3:9. Makes me sad and at the same time it actually strengthens my trust in God because He has brought me so far He has been faithful to me and always there. He, unlike my parents, kept chasing me, loving me unconditionally yet disciplining me in love. He never walked away from ME because I didn’t see things Hos way. So many times we want to blame God for out problems. I could have taken that route. It would have been easy to blame Him as I was angry. But He waited Pathans I grew and matured and started seeking Him again and was there waiting for me to catch up with Him. I love you, Lord. Thank you for never leaving me! I will never leave you again!

  307. Jeanie Armstrong says:

    “The heart of God is moved by the wounds of mankind.” I love that! It has been in the valleys of my life that God has revealed Himself to me most clearly. I long to know Him more!

  308. One of the biggest revelations I’ve had, and sadly, it was just recently, is that I’m not alone in my quest for a deeper relationship with my Father. I say “sadly” because if I had realized it before, I wouldn’t have felt so lonely, for so long. I look, daily, for God’s wonder and sometimes can see it, easily. Sometimes, my humanness gets in the way and I only see my worry and fear. However, I feel that I continue my work, those days of worry and fear will grow less. I would welcome any help on that journey and this article has helped Thank you.

  309. Thank you for this article! I long to hear God!! Please put my name in to win the gospel of Mark.
    Thank you :)

  310. Ashlee Cobaugh says:

    Really enjoyed the devotional today.

  311. Thank you for sharing your insights!

  312. Such a good devo read. I can only imagine the frustration of lack of communication.. How amazing that Our Father communicates with us in an understanding way when we seek Him ♥

  313. kelly meredith says:

    thank you for this devotional. i am in tears thinking of how precious a gift to be able to communicate with our savior is and how often i don’t take advantage of it.

  314. Paige Paquette says:

    I would love to receive a copy of your new book! I know that it will be a blessing to many…starting with me!

  315. Maeleigh says:

    Would love the opportunity to read your book!! I recently have been experiencing trials at my job and none like no other! I have a manager in which I have never encountered one quite like her and have cried endlessly somedays, wished and prayed things I know I shouldn’t have and felt like I am just hanging by a thread! I know God will prevail!

  316. Thank you, Lisa, for the excellent reminder to push through our struggles to intimately communicate with God!

  317. Cindy Ziliak says:

    My husband and I are raising our 1 year old granddaughter. We’ve had her since she was 8 months old. After having 3 brothers and 3 sons, you can imagine the thrill of this gift from God. About a year ago she began to question her gender identity. Needless to say, it was the worst storm I’ve been hit with and there’s been many. I have drawn much closer to God and thankfully have a wonderful church home. We are far from the end of this storm, but I know God will bring us all through it. Prayers are appreciated!

  318. Good word!

  319. In recent months I have weathered a severe storm of depression. I felt so far from God. I felt as if He had disappeared. But now I realize although I felt these things that does not mean He was not there, in fact, He was…every step of the way. Depression of the clinical kind plays such tricks with our mind. As soon as I began to feel slightly better I was able to connect with Him again and now I’m back in the Word daily and working on strengthening our relationship!

  320. Dee Lobb says:

    Lisa your words reach to the depths of my soul. I’m just young in my devotion to Jesus and have much to learn. Thank you for your faithful ministry. It is well received here!🌹

  321. I have been studying the book of Mark for sometime now, so I thuoght I would join you group now.

  322. This is the first time a devotional has ever made me cry. My heart aches for Missy when I read how she was unable to communicate the cause of her agitation. I can almost feel the pain you as her Mother must have felt in wanting to help her but unable to know how to do so. I can only imagine how close the two of you are having gone through such a hurdle. God Bless you both,

  323. Im tired of being shaken! When will I stand strong? How would one do this study of Mark individually?

  324. Lisa Velasquez says:

    God is Good!

  325. Beautiful read today! Adoption is beautiful!

  326. Sukaina Meadowcroft says:

    Thank you so much for this ministry. I read your articles on FB & take away so much from them.ty for all the different writers & Godly advice given to us women.

  327. What a touching story. Thank you for sharing this message today. I struggle with all communication, not just with God, but with everyone. I have my whole life. I hope to break the cycle with my children, but it’s not looking good lately.

  328. The Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit also comes before God on our behalf. There have been times when all I could do was weep but I knew in my soul that God knew. He’s a perfect God and has laid out a plan for man to have a relationship with Him. Thanks for the Word this morning!!

  329. Wow. Just wow. God bless you & your beautiful daughter.

  330. Linda Hutchinson says:

    I want to be able to communicate better with the Lord God. Sometimes I feel like my belief is too shallow!

  331. Sarah Echols says:

    The parable of the seeds has been coming up in my life lately. I’m trying to pay attention! What a great devotional today. Thank you for sharing these tender moments with others. Great encouragement.

  332. Thank you so much for the daily inspiration. Have been experiencing a season of darkness and despair and it is only God that has taken me this far. I pray that I will grow in this relationship and not only hear, but understand and FEEL the power of God’s word.

  333. We adopted 3 and 5 yr old siblings from Russia 15 yrs ago. We went through similar things and continue to struggle with their early traumas.

  334. Kayla Brooks says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words and sharing your life stories. I just started reading your devotionals a few months ago, and I have been truly blessed. I appreciate your time and obedience.

    Today’s message was awesome!

  335. Rose Franklin says:

    Lisa.. God bless you and Missy. Reading your FB posts and watching your little videos of Missy shows that the two of you were meant to be mother and daughter.
    I am learning to navigate the Bible. I love Jesus with all my heart. Thank you Lisa for being such an inspiration to me.

  336. Kristen says:

    I went into this wanting to connect in one way and was very connected in two ways. My sister and family are in an adoption process out of Haiti as well. It’s been over two years and the waiting continues with being at a very critical point now. We’ve done much talking with God and are just being still in the wait knowing it’s in his hands. This was read was meant for me, thanks for the encouragement of sorts.

  337. Emily Graybeal says:

    I would love to win a copy!! I really enjoyed your devotion today on Proverbs 31!

  338. Great devotional!! It reminded me of this past weekend’s conference with Lisa in Savannah, Georgia. Thank you Lisa for reminding me to push through to communicate with God and with my own daughter–our relationship has become strained due to her lifestyle choices. At times it feels as though we are speaking different languages like you and your precious Missy were. I know that this too shall pass!

  339. Kia Ross-Evans says:

    So thankful for the Proverbs31 ministry team. It’s amazing to have been encouraged by your words growing up as a teenager! I am now 24 years old, I have been writing since I was in middle school and I am inspired by women who use their gifts and talents to encourage others in Christ.

  340. Pat Thompson says:

    I am slowly growing spiritually and so love your website. Please bless me with your book.

  341. I am going through the biggest storm of my life. It is like a hurricane that keeps increasing in speed. It stated with my mom is dying of cancer and I am her only caregiver. Watching a parent deteriorate that was your whole life is heartbreaking. Then I found out Thursday my husband is having an affair and asked him to leave. .it would’ve been our 20 year anniversary in 3 months. The time when I needed him most to be there with me, he runs to another women. Then watching my teen age daughter hurt so much emotionally and physically. And taking the brunt of her anger. .I’m trying to stay strong in my faith and keep reciting in my mind Jeremiah 29:11.
    I know God has a plan, I just pay I am strong enough to get through all of this. .

  342. I would love to win a copy of Lisa’s book, The Gospel of Mark! I read an excerpt from the weekly LifeWay email I get – SO AWESOME! I praise God for the many ways He provides to learn more about Himself & to learn from each other.

  343. I would love to win a copy of this study. I would like to use it for my Young Mom’s Bible study that I led every Monday. I feel it would be a great study for these Moms…

  344. I would love to win a copy of this!

  345. I would love to receive a copy of this book. Based on the Proverbs 31 devotion today, Lysa has a gift in writing.

  346. I would like to win the book about Mark.

  347. I needed to read this today. I’ve been discouraged to move forward w studying Gods word bc it doesn’t always feel natural. This gives me hope to keep trying and not give up!

  348. This devotional was absolutely beautiful and brought me to tears. I am a mother of 3, and although we speak the same “language” I often find myself unable to understand my eldest daughter, as we differ a bit in personality. She is getting older and I want to be able to speak to her heart, I want her to hear my words and understand them, and I want to understand her with an open heart. Thank you for sharing this story, it really has opened my eyes to the fact that I need to try to learn her “language” and pray for understanding when I am unable to comprehend what is going on. Thank you again. God bless.

  349. Thank you for offering this as a gift.

  350. My heart aches to know Jesus more, to know him deeply.

  351. Ruth Hillmann says:

    I have no words for how today’s devotion resonated with me. Both my husband and I have found ourselves unexpectantly unemployed since early February. As a result of this, I have recently re-committed to being in God’s word daily, searching for direction, and genuinely wanting to communicate with Him. Those ah-ha moments are becoming more frequent and I am rejoicing in them. Yearning for a closer walk with Him and would love a copy of The Gospel of Mark to aid in that process. Proverbs 31 ministry is such a blessing to me!

  352. Fay Rice says:

    Lisa, It was a true blessing to attend the Woman of Hope conference recently at St. Timothy’s Church & hear you speak. Your words touched me in a deep way. So much so that I’ve signed up to take your Bible Study “Believing Jesus” starting tomorrow night. I can’t wait to hear what good news you have to share!!!

  353. Marla Moore says:

    Lisa,
    Thank you for your words. As a mother of 3 boys, all I ever want for them is to be secure in their relationship with God. Thank you for this reminder.
    Marla

  354. Conni Hummel says:

    In the last 6 months, I have lost my mother and my husband. I moved and I had a stroke. I have felt alone although I have had the support of family and wonderful friends. However, I have despaired, wondering if I will ever find happiness again and purpose in life. The
    assurance that God loves me, as you love this child, gives me hope to carry on and look forward to a brighter future. Thank you for writing this encourageing story.

  355. Thank you for sharing this painful time. I work with women from many cultures in a public women’s clinic- the language phone makes all the difference for both of us.
    Praise God for the uniqueness of all peoples- let us reach out and hear

  356. Debbi mcclure says:

    Thank you for your devotion! Hearing Gods language is like a sweet lullaby, once we know where it is coming from and who is singing it.

  357. Thank you Lisa for this encouragement… I’m looking forward to getting into the book of Mark. I struggle with my communication with Jesus- I feel like it is one-sided and I don’t hear His voice. But I keep talking to Him everyday and working on my faith and trust in Him.

  358. Powerful

  359. I am leading a group of women in your wonderful ACTS study, and am excited to see the new study on Mark. I have a group of new believers/or maybe almost believers that I will be leading this summer, and I’m thinking Mark may be great for them! Thank you for your humor and your deep theological teaching!

  360. Thank you so much for sharing your heart . . . How so tru it is when we speak to God or hear His voice, is that what He is really saying? It is like understanding a culture when we live in The States. Understanding God and His way is so similiar. Just when we understand, He brings us deeper and wants us to come deeper with Him. If only I wouldn’t put Him in a box when I finally “get it”. Would love to have a copy of Mark. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  361. LaDonna Riley says:

    Would love to learn more through this study of Mark…oh, and thank you!!…ahead of time :)

  362. I’m a small group leader and we would love to do the study of Mark. I am constantly encouraging that one in one time with our Lord. Go deeper with Him everyday!

  363. Thank you so much for this. It resonated with me very profoundly. I have been praying lately to know God’s will for my life and for discernment. I am looking desperately for those ah-ha moments!

  364. Michelle Vasquez says:

    I’m in a difficult season in my family life right now. It has brought me closer to God, but I could really use this study of Mark right now! I love having a daily Bible study to work on!

  365. I would love to do this study.

  366. Karen Mahanes says:

    Thank you

  367. aundrea delarosa says:

    Thank you for sharing, i am currently reading Mark and this has helped me understand some things. Thank you for being obedient and sharing.

  368. Great Devotional. Would love a copy of the Bool!!!!!!!!!! :-)

  369. Emma Lou Weldon says:

    I would love the deeper study of Mark. Look forward to this.

  370. Thank you for giving a true example for us to relate to. My relationship with God took a drastic change when I lost my husband last June. I’ve searched and prayed for any communication from God, however, in my grief I’ve unintentionally blocked all communication with him! I would love any resource to help on my journey back to Him. Thank you!!

  371. Linda Young says:

    Enjoy reading your devotions daily. Never fails to be a thought that I need each day

  372. Beautiful devotional today. Sure tugged on my heart strings. My walk with the Lord hasn’t been easy but has been worth it. He has blessed me beyond measure through trials & tribulations & is the one who has seen me through. I would love to receive a copy of your new book to follow along with your Bible study!! And congrats on your new book!! Sounds like an Amazing read.

  373. Thank YOU for this beautiful Devotional today! I pray that I may grow in my faith to hear God everywhere in my daily tasks and ways.

  374. Tasha Saviano. says:

    God Bless you for your words of encouragement and your choice and of scripture to use to send Jesus’ resounding message home. I too am having difficulty with a language barrier, but this one with my teenage daughter. Trying to share Gods message with her choices, tantrums and my inability to reach her with examples, discipline and words have left me silently crying in the dark as well. Your message goes to all mothers and for this I thank you. God Bless….

  375. Awesome devotion today! Thank you so much for sharing and reminding us that although communication with God may not always be easy, it is worth trying for every day!

  376. I would love to do this study!

  377. This is a powerful story that I really appreciate. It helps me understand so much better.

  378. Ginger Hays says:

    Please!

  379. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  380. Kristen T says:

    Oh my goodness, this story hit me! It definitely struck a nerve that had been exposed. Time to really listen and talk with God!

  381. Thank you for your devotions. I so enjoy reading them🌹 It makes a difference .

  382. As I read and reflected on the devotional today, I remembered my first days as a Christian. My first Bible was a gift from my Grandmother and it was the old King James Version with red-lettering and ancient painting illustrations. I didn’t grow up in a “religious” home and it wasn’t until I joined a Jr High youth group that I found Christ. My most precious gift was my first NIV Bible from that church. The written inscription is simple: “May you find endless treasures in this easier to read version of God’s word.” One of the most obvious things to my leaders was the fact that I had not and could not read God’s word with the tools I had. Their gift to me was as important as the guidance that first brought me to God. That ability to communicate with God and to understand his words back to me, has taken me through many storms. I know I will always have that connection now.

  383. I love todays devotional and would love to win the book!!!

  384. thank you

  385. I love reading God devotional there ‘re so uplifting and encouraging. Especially when you’re going threw battles.

  386. Learning more about God’s Word is a love of mine!

  387. Jessica N says:

    I struggle with communication with God everyday, would love to learn how to talk to Him.

  388. Wow, what an amazing story. Thank you for sharing and giving us your story to relate even deeper to this passage. God bless you and your daughter!

  389. Kimm Lothrop says:

    Love your devotionals and your Bible studies. Thank you for sharing your life!

  390. Thank you so much for sharing this story!! I needed to hear this I struggle with communication with the Lord and I’m learning how to talk to him everyday.
    God bless

  391. Tammy Badger says:

    I loved this Devotion especially the part about reading God’s word. I’m learning to read scripture and it’s taken me so long to truly understand what God was trying to say to Me and I’m still learning.Though I’m beginning to understand it’s not how many times I’ve tried in the past God just wants me to try with an Open Heart. Like You are with learning to Communicate with Your Beautiful Daughter God wants to Communicate Us❤

  392. Just attended last year’s WOF simulcast as well am studying Malachi, one of Lisa’s bible studies so do enjoy Lisa’s insights. Most of all I need to know how to communicate with God better. This was a timely devotional.

  393. Patsy J Hinson says:

    Thanks for the devotional! I need to learn to communicate with the Lord in the same way you need it with your daughter. Your words have shown that to me this morning.

  394. My youngest son is 10 years younger than my third child and 20 years younger than my oldest. We struggle mostly because things are so different for him than my other children. I pray I have ears and a heart to hear my son. The same for our Lord.

  395. I love Lisa’s insights into God’s word

  396. i’am 17 years old and have been in a lot of hard ship. but i know that there is a God in heaven who i waiting for me just to call on him. thank you for sharing amazing story with us today that is just what i need this morning.

  397. Thank you for the chance to win a free copy of the study book, even if I’m not selected. This is a wonderful ministry.

  398. I am a member of a small group in our church learning the skills of discipleship and how to discern the teaching in a parable. My life is being transformed, and I pray for the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life like the author of this devotional.

  399. I love how Lisa mixes humor with the powerful messages from Gods word. Would love to win a free copy of her book.

  400. shar gough says:

    Seeing so many reading your devotional is such a blessing. Thank you for dedicating yourself to further His kingdom and to encourage our communication with the Lord.

  401. Hi,
    I just read your devotional “Learning to Talk with God”. Reading about you and your daughter Missy reminded me of my two cousins. They were adopted as teenagers from Colombia and their journey to understanding unconditional love and acceptance has been bumpy yet beautiful. I have loved being used by God in both the difficult times and simple times. When I step back and let this Truth sink in for me as well, I can see that my relationship with God is similar. I know that He is my “Abba” Father, but not growing up with a father has made it difficult for me to trust His unconditional love at times too. This lack of trust and fear of being abandoned leaves me wanting to draw away from God. He says that when we draw near to Him, He also draws near to us and that He will never leave or forsake us. This is a Truth I have to repeat sometimes daily, but regardless of the people in this world who have failed me I know that God never does. Thank you for this reminder and thank you for sharing so vulnerably about your family.

  402. heather worthington says:

    I am so glad there is an area of the bible that I can turn to, along with a guide that will help me lean on God during these trials . I am needing direction, strength and love!! To be able to learn and grow through God’s word and strength gives me hope. Hope to one share and reach out to others through these trials. Thank you for sharing your challenges and inspiration with us women… you Make a HUGE difference!!

  403. Kylie Elder says:

    I need this book! I was also adopted as a baby and my heart aches in so many ways for Jesus!!!!

  404. Annie Gonzalez says:

    Would love to read this book.

  405. Stacy Fortenberry says:

    I desire to walk more closely and hear Him speak and then go as He leads. This book sounds so helpful! I also work daily (as a counselor) with the broken-hearted and helping them find Hope is my mission.

    Thank you for sharing this work God gave you!

  406. Theresa Davis says:

    I’m not sure what to write here. I am blessed often by the P31 devotionals. I especially enjoyed reading today’s devotional about learning to talk with God. I do agree that the more we talk to God and push through the hard parts that it does get easier to talk to our heavenly Father. I find myself longing to sit at his feet to speak to him. Thank you for sharing your heart Lisa. I can only imagine how difficult it can be with the language barrier. But I know we have a great God and He can make what seems like the impossible Possible!
    Have a blessed day!

  407. Angela Benge says:

    Oh My, such a Beautiful testimony. Tears filled my eyes while reading it. Tears of JOY and sorrow that you were not able to communicate with the Precious Daughter you finally were Blessed with. It is like that with Jesus when we don’t understand what he is trying to tell me/us… I would be HONORED to receive a copy of your book. Thank you so much for sharing that Beautiful story with me. Have a Blessed Day!!!!

  408. Simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  409. Lyndle Phillips says:

    Thank you. This was perfect for today!

  410. For me I have to continually remind myself that my journey with Jesus is mine. I have been letting others especially my husband (who is negative) influence me, instead of me being the influencer. And I know better & this day have asked for forgiveness. Jesus yes I want a closer walk with you. Everyday………..

  411. I often wonder if something is going to happen that will shake my faith to the core. I almost fear that. But for now I walk strong in my faith, and for that I consider myself so completely blessed. Through bankruptcy, losing our house, unemployment, I know we are still blessed. I realized at some point that there were others around me that probably wondered why I was ok with my trying circumstances and what joy I felt it was because I knew Who cares about every single hair on my head. So for today my faith is strong in all circumstances by the grace of God.

  412. I have been so bleased by this devotional ! It has really helped my perspective on communications with those in my life :)
    Thank you !!

  413. Shellie Driscoll says:

    I would love to receive a copy of Lisa’s book!

  414. Sandy Scroggins says:

    I can relate a little to your experience. My daughter and two year old toddler are living with me right now. It is hard for us to understand what he is trying to communicate with us and he gets so upset when we don’t understand and we get upset because we don’t know how to help or what to do. I hope and pray that your communication barrier has lessen and will continue to improve over time. It takes time and patience :)

  415. Lila Schmidt says:

    Mark speaks to my heart, my mind and my soul.

  416. I would love a copy of the DVD-based study of Mark. Our little group of women meets weekly and just keeps growing!

  417. what a powerful way to help us understand Jesus’ words and the way in which he tried to communicate with his disciples and with us. How relevant for today!

  418. Cheryl Webb says:

    I would be thrilled to win “The Gospel of Mark” by Lisa Harper. I haven’t studied the book of Mark yet and this would give me the opportunity to do so. Thank you for this chance to win.

  419. Suzette Buffa says:

    I remember hearing your story on the Women of faith conferences. Such a JOY to know your sweet Missy is home with her Mama!!

  420. Ramona Logsdon says:

    I desire to have a deeper communication with God….. I pray but not that deep communication…thanks for this devotional you shared.. would love to have this for our Bible study with the gals…

  421. Sara Thompson says:

    I never ceases to amaze me how and when God chooses to speak to us. I desperately needed this particular devotion today. Thank you!

  422. Kay Mills says:

    As we sit at the feet of Jesus…oh what joy there is. I like it best when I don’t have to say anything at all…just bask in His goodness. Thank you for your devotional today. God is Good.

  423. Sally Ann Price says:

    This is a wonderful story.

  424. Melissa Rolf says:

    Your message so deeply touched my heart. I have been visiting with my sisters about adoption for my daughter and how she would be perfect to adopt a child. They already have a son who is 5yrs. and he would flourish with a brother or sister. They have looked into adoption, but said it was too expensive.

  425. Very helpful devotional today!

  426. This devotion spoke to me..I am having so many issues right now and I have questions about my relationship with Jesus…Thanks

  427. I want to hear his voice.

  428. DW Wenberg says:

    I LOVED the devotion for today! Thank you so much for letting God lead in your lives to touch others like me! It’s “crumbs” like these that I get that keep me going, so again, thank you!

  429. Sometimes I have trouble talking to God but most of the time I have trouble listening!

  430. Stacie Ellison says:

    Beautiful! Just what my heart needed today!

  431. I did need to hear this today and I need to pursue my relationship with him i’m in a dark place due to illness and i need to ask him for help and stop trying to deal with it myself thanks kristina yeiter

  432. I was not brought up being urged to attend Sunday school/church, but have always felt close to the Lord. Now at 80 I have had considerable time to devote to scripture, and Bible study. Thanks for sharing your stories which teach us/me more about the Lord love.

  433. Antoinette Woods says:

    That was a very heart touching story and very relatable…as I am trying much harder, nowadays, to connect with God, so that I can spread the Word more confidently and courageously and know what I am supposed to know…I need a lot more Bible study and would welcome this book!!!

  434. Dee Watson says:

    This was so beautiful and touching to read! My heart needed to hear these words today, and the prayer was just perfect. Thank you!

  435. Kim Duvall says:

    I would love to win a copy of Lisa’s book- I am thankful for her blog I read and am encouraged because I really want to know Jesus more and more each day- I pray that I hunger and thirst for the one true God ! Thank you

  436. This devotion put into eloquent words how I feel comunicating with God is. I would love to hear more.
    Thank you!

  437. Many times I have felt like God has had to hold me by the shoulders and get me to look at Him in order for me to understand. Spiritually, He has had to yell at me to get my attention, but He always does. How grateful am I for a Father that loves me unconditionally and endures for me. God is so good!

  438. Lianne Biegay says:

    I love these book clubs, I feel I learn so much to just reading your comments online.
    Thank You for helping me to get closer to GOD.

  439. Susan thielmann says:

    Anywhere I can go to learn more of our lord and savior I am there. God bless.

  440. Would love to read it!

  441. Lorrie Moudy says:

    This post totally makes that scripture take on such a new tone! I love that God always goes much deeper than the surface!

  442. Thank you for the graphic illustration with your daughter to show us our Heavenly Father’s heart – to love us, to know us, and to communicate with us. God really just wants us to communicate with Him and love Him back – through our words and actions. Blessings!

  443. Kelly Mickelson says:

    I would LOVE to try this out!

  444. Tammy Morales says:

    Thank you for this post.. I could literally feel the pain you were feeling as I was reading this post. I find myself having a real hard time communicating with God.. I have the desire to want to have effective communication but I get lost in my words and what I should say and how to say it.. I find extreme comfort in visiting your website and reading your posts.. Thanks for sharing and helping so many of us form a better relationship with God. :) God bless you and yours!

  445. Cindy Scherm says:

    It is easy to have joy in my heart when my prayers are answered the way I wanted but I know true joy in the Lord comes when I can be joyous and content in trials and tribulations.

  446. Love to read this each day for the encouragement of not giving up or thinking that God isn’t hearing me.

    • Joana Sereki says:

      Sometimes I feel like GOD is not really there, but when I try to be still, and just keep that silent moment, I can really feel that he is speaking to me. The world is always crazy, as it tries to crab most of our time, so we tend to forget to hear what GOD is trying to tell us, but for me personally, I just need to leave all this crazy things that surrounds me, and just listen to what GOD is trying to tell me, before I can take a step forward.

  447. ROBIN CALHOUN says:

    I enjoy reading the devotions and stories from different authors everyday before I start my job. This gets me ready for the day ahead. Thank you for all you do to further the kingdom of God.

  448. Sharon Laughlin says:

    This is a very poignant story and sometimes I feel like little Missy trying to understand just what it is that God is trying to tell me. That is a lonely place indeed.

  449. Thank-you for sharing this beautiful story of a learning experience with words for both a mommy and precious little girl. Isn’t it so like God to teach his promises through the eyes of a precious child, and her loving mother. Thanking Jesus for his promises and for the love he shows us everyday. God Bless you and your little girl. Loved reading about beautiful adventure, and how God was watching over her and you , what a learning experience for all of us. Thank-you for sharing!!

  450. I would love to strengthen my relationship with God and learn to communicate with him more readily.

  451. As a person who just recently started reading the Bible, I often feel like I am reading a different language. But day after day, I pick up on more of what God is trying to tell me through His Word.

  452. Sometimes I feel like little Missy trying to figure out just what it is that my Heavenly Father is trying to tell me. It is a very lonely place indeed. Thank goodness for women who are willing to share their stories and be of help. thank you.

  453. If I am quiet .. listen ..to understand ….will find out what I am suppose to do? will I hear? will I misinterpret? I am stuck in prayer & tears …. a family member a 1,000+ miles away is in physical & spiritual sickness… he is in need of God’s intervention …. my words have fallen on deaf ears as if I am speaking another language ….I think, if I could put my arms around him ….. if I knew what to do …I go
    about my day …trying to listen for God’s answers …brought to fear for my nephew’s body ..must most of all for his soul …

  454. Annette Kuykendall says:

    My husband, whom I love with all my heart, has told me that he no longer wants to be married, that he is happier being alone. I am devastated. He told me that he has not been happy for a while now and will not seek counseling with me or speak with a pastor. I have turned it over to God. I am immersing myself in His word and I have many prayer warriors praying. I love my husband and I want my marriage to continue. I am putting my trust in the Lord and I have faith in the Lord. I know He will take care of me. I just pray that my husband’s heart turns to flesh and he finds happiness.

  455. Thank you for the reminder that communication takes work, but it is worth every ounce of that hard work!

  456. May I learn what Goe wants of me and for my family each and everyday!

  457. Ellen hunt says:

    Would love this!

  458. April 19th will be one year anniversary of me getting baptized and I have had so many ah ha moments in bible study, Sunday messages, or even listening to worship music this year that have completely changed my life for the better so grateful to just now realize THAT is how God is communicating with me. Love love love that. Love love love God!!

  459. Ashley Payne says:

    thank you for the Word today!!

  460. Would love to read this book! Thanks for pouring out your heart!

  461. Lisa is a true inspiration. I loved her study on the books and Acts.

  462. Melanie Callahan says:

    I would enjoy the opportunity to read and study this book. Thanks!

  463. This is an area I struggle with. I seem to be able to write words of prayer, but I’m always intimidated by praying around others. Thank you for your words of encouragement that talking to our Lord is natural, and wanted. Thank you!

  464. Tammy Williams says:

    This sounds wonderful!

  465. Rose Carpenter says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to possibly winning this book. I so enjoy your daily devotionals. God bless you

  466. Velma Cox says:

    Due to my mother dying when I was seven; my dad giving me to one of her relatives then taking me back; I was refused by my step-mother and then given away again; it has been difficult to really trust anyone with my whole heart! My husband says I only do surface talking and trust. Part of that, I believe, is that my past is often brought up to explain why I think the way I do. I AM the person I am today due to my past, however, God has been cleaning house at His pace because He knows what I can handle. It has been difficult for me to have a deep connection to God, but I am not giving up. Thank you for this devotion!!!!

  467. Alison Luprek says:

    You are such an encouragement. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you for all you do, and may God bless you!

  468. Monica Vianna says:

    I’d really like to develop hands to receive God’s heart

  469. Jacquie Petersen says:

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  470. Such a touching story, thank you for sharing!

  471. You spoke to my heart -Longing to know God to know Jesus and really understand and feel when they talk back – Cant wait to see them face to face!

  472. We are currently studying the book of Mark in our Sunday am worship service. I would love to have this bible study to accompany our studies. Thanks for all you do

  473. GRISELDA GARCIA says:

    I would love a copy of this book! Thank you for all you do! :)

  474. Sandy Stewart says:

    I love Lisa’s real-life attitude and application of scriptural truths. Sometimes it can seem as if a portion of scripture is almost a different language and she is so encouraging in continuing to try until that ah-ha! moment when the Holy Spirit helps us to understand.

  475. Reasonably sure you don’t get too many responses from males, yet in so many cases the devotionals can be applicable to any gender and I truly enjoy starting my day with Proverbs 31.

    Lisa, I enjoyed your story so very much. My only concern is that I hope you don’t continuously refer to Missy as your “adoptive” daughter; she is your daughter and she just happened to become a part of your family through the process of adoption. As the father of two incredible girls that God blessed me with through the adoption process, we as Christians should realize the amazing gift that adoption is as God has adopted us in to His family yet are we labeled as “adopted” Christians? No, we are simply Christians. Anyway, I look forward to continuing to read more about you and Missy as your story unfolds. God Bless for sharing.

  476. Delores Perley says:

    What was Missy trying to say?!?!
    I love Lisa Harper and her studies – they are so real and relatable.

  477. Annie Sutton says:

    Proverbs 31 has ministered to my heart in so many ways in the past few years . I have been going through alot of emotional healing . I am learning who my Heavenly Father really is and how He truely loves me , not in a judgement way. His Grace , Mercies , unconditionalove , gentleness . To be able to communicate with Him as my Abba,Father . That He will never leave or forsake me , He can’t .

  478. Oh the sweet feeling of connection I had in this devotional. Thank you Mrs.Lisa for boldly and confidently sharing your struggles and how you have overcome them. Love this so much!

  479. April cothron says:

    Entering drawing to win 1 of 5 copies

  480. Pamela Hunt says:

    I am trying so hard to learn how to pray and follow God’s plan for my life. This website has truly inspired me.
    Thanks so much!!

  481. Jessica Champion says:

    Any opportunity to get closer to my savior cant be passed up! ❤️

  482. Katherine Bruton says:

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your posts and photos. There is a kindred sisterhood among believers that I find lacking during my working hours, so any time I can slip away for a moment and connect with someone who is like-minded is a blessing! Thank you for being one of my blessings!!

  483. Amanda Stutzman says:

    Thank you for your humor, authenticity and love for the Word!

  484. Loved reading this when I woke up this morning! Came back when I saw there was a give away!!

  485. Lisa dawn says:

    Thank you💕

  486. Tanya Pearce says:

    Really enjoying the site! Just checking everything out to make sure it is saying same thing as my King James Version….

  487. What an awesome message. So powerful

  488. Jamie henry says:

    Lisa is a wonderful Christian woman who I have followed since she spoke at our thirtyone conference. I love going to her page and watching her journey with missy. It is another example of God’s glory.

  489. Peggy Salitros says:

    Yes – I need to learn to listen. the Gospel of Mark has been suggested as a summer reading, but I need direction – this seems the perfect solution. Blessing to those who receive this gift!

  490. Faith Hope Love.. Everyday in everything.. 😊

  491. Thank you for your ministry!

  492. Diana Vigil says:

    Thank you for blessing us with this story.

  493. What a blessing this read has been. To win, another blessing. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your blessings.

  494. Ashley Veath says:

    This was exactly what I needed! I have been feeling disjointed and asking for God to draw me in and teach me to pray and push close to Him. Thank you!

  495. I love personal examples to bring out the Word in real life experiences. Thank you for sharing.

  496. Bea Hernandez says:

    Wow!… Just what I needed. I’ve been lacking the discipline and concentration to read through my bible studies. I am hungry for His Word but fail to have the patience to understand. I suppose I am so desperate to already know Him that I forget it’s baby steps that get you there.

  497. Carolina says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Would love to win a copy of your book. Many blessings.

  498. Man this hits home. I have been trying to understand my group of 8th graders who seem to put everything out there online and how that conflicts so dangerously with their faith and walk with Christ. Perhaps for now we just speak different languages.

  499. Joycelyn says:

    Just started a study on the book of Mark. I would love to win a copy of your book for a deeper study.

  500. As someone who teaches English Speakers of Other Languages, I can easily relate to Lisa’s experience with the communication gap she relates in this devotional. Often my students are passionately telling me something in their native tongue, yet I have no way of knowing what they are sharing with me. It saddens me to know that I will never know my students as well as I would like, simply because there are not enough hours of contact time during the day to even formulate a proper conversation that all of us would be able to comprehend. Still, I see the light bulb moments every so often and it reminds me why I became a teacher in the first place. Whether it is a new English word, concept, or phrase, I may not understand the journey that brings us to that point, but I am fully aware when the light comes on and they take hold of that new piece of knowledge. Likewise, I am forever grateful that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords cares about me enough that he listens to every single moment of communication I have with him, even if I am mumbling through my tears or sitting silently with no sound resonating from my lips. He loves all of us more than we could ever imagine and he longs to hear our voices. No matter what language we speak, God understands them all. What a wondrous and priceless gift from Heaven above!

  501. I would love a copy of this study. I recently studied James and would love to add Mark. Thanks

  502. Pj saunders says:

    Love love the gift God has given Lisa to convey is word!!

  503. Cynthia smith says:

    I really enjoyed this article. It is so hard when you want to communicate and you just can’t seem to be able to do it.

  504. Jennifer C says:

    Would love to win

  505. Susan Pelt says:

    Love parables a the gospels

  506. It’s a good reminder to myself about learning to talk to God of my worries and committing to His hands instead of worrying myself.

  507. Parables are deciphering meanings can be a challenge.

  508. I like readings Proverbs 31 postings. I hope I am a winner.

  509. A deeper understanding of the Gospel of Mark…How Awesome!

  510. Nicholette R. says:

    soo good <3 I love those scriptures we find that mean nothing to us before but all of a sudden become a staple in our life!

  511. Darci Hiten says:

    Love this! My Lord is my closest friend!

  512. Whitney says:

    Would love to win!!

  513. Beautiful message. Something we all need to work on.

  514. John T. Thornton says:

    Thanks for sharing this, it brought a few tears to my eyes; both my wife & I are dealing with unemployment & it’s a struggle at our age. We are both Christians but are learning to totally depend on God for everything, all our needs but it is also bringing us closer to each other & more importantly to the Lord, we realize He does things on His time, not ours; God is never in a hurry but He is never late either, His timing is perfect! thanks for the chance to have your study on Mark, it would be a blessing to us!

  515. Would love a copy!!

  516. Kayla Michaud says:

    Thank you for sharing-such a blessing!

  517. What a wonderful read .)

  518. Alyssa Luiten says:

    Love this message. Thank you!

  519. Amber Duncan says:

    So, so good, thank you for sharing.

  520. Would love to have this blessing :)

  521. Jane cruchelow says:

    Would love a copy & read more! Thank you for sharing!

  522. Sue Turner says:

    Your thought for the day could be an eye opener for some. With the passing of my husband I’ve found myself clinging more & more to HIS WORD! Gods Word continually meets my needs & even though the tears still may come I’m leaning more into HIM for my comfort & guidance.

  523. Shannon O'Connor says:

    Every day I struggle with learning to communicate as a single mom with teen age boys. I recently had a moment of sheer frustration and in that moment I truly felt God’s love. We as God’s children infuriate Him on so many levels, but his unending grace, love, and sacrifice allows us to forever be safe and loved in his arms.

  524. Christina adams says:

    Would love a copy!

  525. Dana Hott says:

    I love Lisa Harper. I saw her at Women of faith one year and I was so touched by her. I just finished her Believing Jesus bible study and it was fantastic! God bless you!

  526. Crystal says:

    After a season of drought I’m beginning to feel hope pushing up through the hardened soil of my heart. Thanking God He never gives up on trying to talk to us!

  527. Would love to have this 🙏🏼❤️

  528. More of HIs truth in my life.

  529. Amanda Grubb says:

    I desire a closer walk with God!

  530. Cara Gardner says:

    I am currently going through a storm but feel planted in my faith. I would love to dive into this and then hand it off to my sister in law who is just starting her faith walk.

  531. Thank you for your words today. They spoke deep into my heart. Thank you for sharing parts of your beautiful story with Missy. You are incredibly blessed. I hope to get a copy of this book, as I have recently just felt a sense of longing to know Jesus in a way I have never known.

  532. Marylou Purpura says:

    Saw Lisa this weekend in Savannah. Have been praying for restored health and the needed rest to bring about complete healing.

  533. Toyia Bridge says:

    I feel so blessed by this today ❤️️

  534. Melissa Byrd says:

    Such a beautiful message!

  535. Would love to have a copy

  536. Yes. Blessings abound with this devotional today. Praise Holy One!

  537. Kathy Nash says:

    I heard Lisa speak at Feminar 2016 in Longview, TX. So enjoyed it and was blessed by it. I pray God’s blessings over both Lisa and her precious Missy. Thank you Proverbs 31 for the daily devotions, encouragement, and lessons. God bless each one of you.

  538. Jennifer says:

    My current prayer for myself has been asking God to draw me closer to Himself, so that I can know Him better and understand His will for my life. This study sounds like an exceptional tool to help me grow closer to the Lord.

  539. Tammy Benoy says:

    This is wonderful would love to read the whole story

  540. Thank you for your post, communication and listening and understanding are so important, especially understanding God’s word.

  541. Rose Veil Lizardo says:

    It would bring such joy for me if you Proverbs 31 will choose me to have your book. I am so relate with what others were experiencing with their spirituality. Im longing to hear God’s voice and to feel his presence. Thankyou! ☺

  542. judy ruggiero says:

    Hi Lisa, after believing Jesus im so happy to be able to be a part of something else you are doing. Its so true, i long to actually hear from God. I sometimes hear what everyone says is “the still small voice,” but how about a great big clear voice. Thats what i long to hear.

  543. Susan Jaggi says:

    Lisa’s blog, “Learning to Talk with Jesus,” was a real eye-opener for me today. Her story of trying desperately to communicate with her newly adopted daughter was such a clear picture of what I sometimes struggle with in talking with God. I would love to receive a copy of her book on the Gospel of Mark.

  544. shih Hui says:

    Hi,
    I am from Singapore. God has been using Proverbs31 as one of the revelation avenue where He speaks to me eversince I was saved last year.

    I have been and am still very blessed through Proverbs 31. God bless every one of you in the ministry.

  545. Kathleen Zuniga says:

    Beautiful message.

  546. Mary G Johnson says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book. Thank you for the opportunity through this giveaway.

  547. April N says:

    I am absolutely inspired by the love and inspiration that transpires through these devotions.

  548. Theresa Wellman says:

    I am searching for ways to grow closer to Jesus and understand God’s word.

  549. I would enjoy the study of Mark by Lisa.

  550. Such a wonderful devotional.

  551. Laura Morris says:

    What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing! I would love to be one of the 5 who get your book! God Bless you!

  552. Would love a copy to try out for our women’s bible study. Thank you for such a beautiful devotion and such a reality of how important communication is.

  553. Vera Orr says:

    Loved hearing you at Feminar in Longview in Feb. We have done your Study on Hebrews and really enjoyed it. Would love to do your new Bible Study on Mark at my home church! Vera Orr, First Baptist Church, Mt. Enterprise, Texas

  554. I’m slowly growing my relationship with God our Father & Jesus our Lord & Savior, I would enjoy the devotional to continuing my growing relationship.
    Lisa’s story of adoption & language/ barriers involved touched ne as an adoptive mother of 5 special needs children. They all speak English but communicate differently according to their needs. Havibg the aha moments of understanding with them was amazing & a real sight to behold their growth.
    I want that aha moment of connection with our Lord, as a daughter of the King how much pride he must feel when we, his children connect.

  555. Jessica Cornejo says:

    I’m always so inspired by these testimonies! Thank you.

  556. Nikki Smith says:

    Love the testimonies

  557. Marlene says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I can use all the encouragement I can get these days!

  558. Thank you for your devotion. I love your love for your daughter. It is beautiful. My face was rocked when my mother in law passed away. She had cancer and she suffered for a long time. We prayed and prayed and prayed for her. In her words she said it was not meant to be. I had to choose that she was better with Jesus. I mean I knew that in my heart, but my heart was hurting too. God did a work in me in that time of my life I saw him in ways that I’ve never seen him before so I am thankful. And I love God more than ever. Thank you again for sharing that devotion. It was beautiful and inspiring.

  559. This sounds like a book I could really use to help me in my prayer journey. The blog was very inspirational. God bless you and your little girl!

  560. Theresa Kelleher says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and your faith with us!!

  561. How many times our Heavenly Father has revealed himself to me in a more intimate way through the interactions between me and my children! So often it requires those times when we have run out of our own resources for us to see more clearly that which is right before us in the WORD! He gives understanding that enriches our relationship with HIM when we face those things in ways we can relate to! Even as moms, before the LORD we must be as children, for such in Christ we are.

  562. Thank you for sharing your teachable moments with all of us. There is so much room for growth. I would thoroughly enjoy a copy of your book.

  563. I’d love a chance to read more of Lisa’s work.

  564. Madelyn says:

    Would love to win a copy.

  565. Kimberly Thomason says:

    Would love to win a copy. Done a study on Mark before and it was so interesting and thought provoking. Loved the class we did at church. Really enjoyed it.

  566. Amanda spiegel says:

    Love this and these words of encouragement! Can’t wait!

  567. Very inspiring! I would love to read the book!

  568. Sarah Merritt says:

    Love to win a copy. Love the books, teachings, and bible studies……

  569. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win a copy!

  570. Ginny Fredenburg says:

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  571. Kristen Spencer says:

    This was beautiful. It struck my heart and resonated deeply within me. I have been a Christian since I was 8 years old and I am now 41 years old. I took many detours from my walk with the Lord and I can say I have missed out on “leaning on His Word” so much in the gap between that span of time because I didn’t know how to read it and when I did, I became so confused. Even today, as I have renewed my relationship with the Lord, I am reading His Word and still struggle comprehending the words I read. BUT, I know that this is my only means of learning to hear from the Lord and learning how to communicate to Him. I am so thankful that I was able to read this today.

  572. Brianna Jo Runke says:

    I know this is a shot in the dark but I also know if God wants me to get this He will provide.

    Reflecting I actually have currently hit a trial. I have struggled with eating issues for 12years, full blown eating disorder for 6. I’ve been doing amazing in recovery for the past year. And in the past few months my relationship with God has grown so much I feel inseparable from Him. However in the midst of it all I stumbled, after being sick for only one day I began slipping back into old patterns and beginning new hazardous ones. Although I feel my roots and faith are still firm and I am still extremely close with God, I feel like I’m still being shaken. Although I know Him and feel Him I’m still doing things I know aren’t in His Will for me.

  573. Jessica N says:

    It would be wonderful to win a copy! If not, I’m definitely adding it to my Amazon cart!

  574. Michelle B says:

    Thanks for sharing you story and encouraging words! I would love to win a copy of your book!

  575. Mary Jane Payne says:

    Exactly 4 years ago my husband passed away while serving on a mission trip in Alaska!! These past 4 years have been like riding a roller coaster & I just want to truly know His will for the rest of this journey!! I would enjoy Lisa’s new book about Mark! I definitely know there’s more to life than just surviving!!

  576. Thank you for this. This gives me the revelation that the key to better communication with our Father in Heaven is to read His words unceasingly. Even though I may not understand now the “Ah-ha!” moment will come if I persist.

  577. Krystal Stewart says:

    Awesome reading

  578. This is very good post about how to communicate with God. Ever since I got saved at 17 my communication is becoming better and better. Thanks for this post.

  579. Jenny Velez says:

    Thanks for sharing about your journey with your daughter. May God continue to guide and bless your family. I will try to get your study on Mark if not selected. I’m sure it will be a great study.

  580. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. My husband and 2 teenagers were recently in Haiti on a mission trip to a children’s orphanage. I have heard stories and seen the precious smiles on the faces of these children!!

  581. Linda Archie says:

    I have heard different ones say, how the Father speaks to them and longs for him to speak to me. I, know it would
    be awesome to actually hear his voice. I’m truly blessed to know that you are willingly to read this comment.

    Thank you
    God Bless

  582. Casey Gray says:

    What a powerful message!

  583. I can’t even imagine your frustration, nor Gods when he calls out to us, but we don’t listen. I know Missy wanted to hear you, but she couldn’t understand. I know God calls to me and I don’t always understand. I just have to keep trusting and praying knowing He will get me where I need to be if I keep trying to obey Him.

  584. I needed to hear this today. God’s perfect timing.

  585. Precious Cross says:

    I would love to win the new release on Mark and grow closer to our Lord and Savior!

  586. Patricia says:

    It must been very frustrated to try to figure out what Missy wanted. I was a young mother and would get frustrated when everything I tried to comfort my newborn daughter failed. I know that I don’t always understand what God is trying to tell me. I just keep praying and know he will show me what it is he exactly is asking of me.

  587. Alyssa B says:

    I would absolutely love to win a copy of Lisa Harper’s study!

  588. Thank you so much for your transparency. I can’t wait to read your new book.

  589. Casee Fetzer says:

    Such a good comparison I feel often. Looking forward to reading the book and getting deeper in the Word

  590. It’s an spending time with the creator our father and friend
    I feel overwhelmed by life at times having recently gotten married feeling like pulling out of the marriage you have blessed me with your articles and have given me the zeal to hold on

  591. Lisa Wall says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about adopting this precious child. I would love to win your book! I pray for you and Missy to continue to break through your language barriers. God bless you and your family

  592. T Haazen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win, sounds like a great book.

  593. Taylor Beck says:

    So glad I stumbled upon this devotional tonight. Thank you! I would love to win this.

  594. Rebecca says:

    Sounds like a book that I would love to read since I loved the last book the best yes. I would love to chance win this book.

  595. Phyllis Lane says:

    What a blessing my insomnia is tonight……these words……

  596. Jomaierah says:

    I am so touched by your story. I could imagine how hard it could be for you and your baby not to understand each other because of the language barrier. I am glad that Missy have been progressing well. I pray that you will both cherish each other and that the Spirit of God will unite you both so that nothing will hinder your love for each other. God bless you heart and hers.

  597. Mel Ramirez says:

    I have felt the exact same way. My husband’s first language is not English either and during the Bibke study conducted in his native language we attend, he sometimes shares from the heart. It goes far beyond what he generally shares with me bc he can not fully express himself the way he means in English. I do not speak his first language. So I have later come to tears knowing I missed hearing the heart pouring of the one I love…I really relate to that. It helps to have the verse quoted in the article as well as the article itself. Thank you. I found hope in it.

  598. Belinda says:

    I’ve been a Christian for over 2 decades, but the last 2 years trial with a special needs daughter have left me feeling like I have forgotten how to talk to and listen to God. I do so long to have that aspect of my relationship with God strengthened again.

  599. Odette Miranda says:

    I would love to win a copy.

  600. Stephanie Schiefer says:

    What a blessing to read this. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  601. I am enjoying the Proverbs 31 material. Thanks to each of you that contribute. The spreading and teaching of His Word, reaches more people when it is available this way.

  602. Working on my listening skills….would love a copy of the Bible Studym

  603. I loved this, because there are times I feel so distant from God, and this encourages me
    I do have those times when He gets through and I have to write it down, so I won’t forget. I am thankful that I am not alone here. And I am thankful that He always gets my attention again.

  604. Leah Wilson says:

    This study sounds wonderful. In always looking for more ways to grow closer to God.

  605. Amy Houle says:

    I need Jesus more and more eaxh day. And every day that I learn more about him, I learn that I must lean on Him even more. I’ve been working on a study of Jesus through the book of John, which often has me looking through the other gospels for more details of the events. I know I there is so much more to learn and I can’t wait to learn it!

  606. Terri Adkins says:

    I love Proverbs31. It reminds me I’m not the only mother who struggles at times. Thank you!!

  607. Tammy Lee says:

    I would love to win this! Need to put God first! Thanks P31!

  608. Debbie F says:

    What a challenge Lisa had and also did her daughter being in a new place and not knowing how to exactly communicate her needs/wants. I feel this way many times not knowing how to communicate what I feel when praying but I know the Holy Spirit is interceeding for me on my behalf. There have been times I felt like giving up and going to church and just giving up on what God had for me. But because of others praying too I got through those times.

  609. Missy Glover says:

    I know the struggle is real. I have been able to keep my faith but it has been difficult watching my husband wrestle with his faith because of the employment trials he has been going through the last couple years.

  610. So excited to maybe win!

  611. MaryLou Tindall says:

    I praise Jesus every morning for another day! My faith did hold strongly through a recent Aortic Valve replacement of which the need was discovered during pre certification for a knee replacement. (Still need the knee repaired). I felt that God prolonged my life to be able to serve Him through my volunteer counseloring at my church’s Compassion House Ministry. We have been able to offer help to many families, physically with goods and spiritually with sharing the love and salvation message of Christ. Yes, my communication with the Lord of my life has flourished thru my health trials and the service of the Compassion House. Praise His Holy Name!! Awesome God!!😊

  612. I sooo want to know and feel God more. Would love a copy of this book.

  613. Enjoyed the devotion I read today and would love to read more of your writing. I look forward to your teaching at FBCW in May.

  614. If this reply is chosen for the book, I would like it to go to Brenda Edwards who posted also. Thank you.

  615. I love reading the touching, relational words of Lisa Harper.

  616. Robyn Kolk says:

    Always so much wisdom. I truly look forward to reading these devotional severe day, thank you!

  617. Sheryl Williams says:

    Thank you for posting this. I wasn’t raised Christian so I am still learning and growing as a new Christian trying to grasp everything. This was a beautiful story. Thank you again.

  618. Kelsie Delgado says:

    Perfect timing for this scripture. Thank you.

  619. Thank you for such a wonderful message. In one of the biggest storms in my past, is when God drew me in and opened my eyes to really understanding what was in His Word; the mercy, grace, wisdom and power. This is when I really began the journey of understanding and communicating with our Almighty Father. Thank You, Lord, for your presence in our lives!

  620. Kirsten G. says:

    Thank you for this. I am struggling with my faith right now. It’s a pretty scary place to be in. I would love the chance to read this book.

  621. Kristen Sapienza says:

    Reading His word daily shapes my life! Thank you!

  622. What an awesome treat it will be to have this book. Lisa Harper is such an inspiration to me. She continues to find joy in each situation she is faced with. I follow her on Instagram and it just brings a smile to my face & heart when she shares Missy moments. Their story is so beautiful! I look forward to reading more of the message God has given her to share with us. May He continue to lead in her life.

  623. Would love to learn and soak in more truth…

  624. Would love to read more inspirational words and truths about our heavenly father!!

  625. Jaime T says:

    Wonderful devotional! Thanks for sharing.

  626. This devotion was such a blessing today. I am in a season of really seeking to know God. I’ve went to church my entire life and gave my heart to Jesus as a little girl 18 years ago. I know a lot ABOUT God; however, I’m struggling to KNOW God. This devotion gave me hope that understanding comes little by little. I need to just cling to Jesus!

  627. Dawn Parks says:

    I went through a study done by Lisa on the Song Of Solomon, (or Song of Songs) on the website called RightNow Media. It was awesome! Would love to have this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win. God bless!

  628. Mandy A says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional. It came at such a perfect time for me!

  629. Shannon says:

    I would love to win this!

  630. What an awesome testimony. God spoke to me through your words. I love that

  631. Abranda Williams says:

    This was a wonderful devotion. I have actually seen Lisa Harper speak in person and the love that radiates from her glowing face when she talks about Missy is just amazing.

  632. Keiko Loether says:

    I am new to Christianity as I started attending my current church about a year ago so reading and understanding the Bible is still a challenge to me. I sometimes feel dreaded to read even a daily devotion and get frustrated not knowing a deep meaning of the verse(s). But after reading this, I think I don’t need to understand “everything” but reading God’s word is about a connection between Him and I. It’s about spending a quiet time daily with Him and knowing that He is with me.

  633. Samantha Genung says:

    I love this post along with every other post shared by women in this ministry. I can always find something to connect with, and also to apply in my own life/relationship with Christ. Thank you for continuing to provide tools for application as well as facets of fellowship to connect & grow. I love P31 Ministries :) & I love our Creator Redeemer!

  634. Connie Edwards says:

    Loved todays words. So needful…so helpful.

  635. paula fairchild says:

    I don’t know what to comment except that I learn and grow so much through your ministry, and this particular post really speaks to me. I often feel as tho no one understands me, or that I don’t understand all that I need to understand about God or the life I long to lead in His service. I long to know more, and I’d love to read this book.

  636. I’ve been searching for a devotional that can help.me with coming closer to the lord. I have such a hard time understand and get discouraged. I found this, this morning and it spoke volumes to my heart. This is what I’ve been searching for a way to help my know God’s heart. Thank you so mich.

  637. Sarah Bryson says:

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  638. Lisa, I met you near the beginning of our Haiti adoption process a couple of years ago at the True Women’s conference. I have followed your homecoming with Missy and have longed to bring our own daughter home. We are nearly 3 years into the process and we found out a couple of weeks ago that our precious daughter passed away suddenly. All we had left was passports and visa. She was almost home. We are devastated and heartbroken. This Proverbs 31 devotional seems like it could be written for me specifically. I can’t understand what He is saying.
    It hasn’t wrecked my faith to the core, I haven’t distanced myself from Jesus, we are too strong together. Our relationship can withstand even this. But I am left with empty arms wondering what just happened. And so many other thoughts and questions….
    I need to get your study on Mark. Maybe I’m not even ready for it yet. But thank you for writing this, Lisa.

  639. Jessica G says:

    I’m really like her she is great teacher and speaker.I would really enjoy her book.

  640. Still learning, always learning.

  641. My life has felt like it’s in turmoil recently and it won’t stop. I would love to read this book.

    Thank you

  642. Trish Sprecker says:

    Always trying to learn to hear better and understand, not just Jesus; I have children of my own, and sometimes we speak different languages. It is the rite of parenthood, learning to speak the language of our children’s hearts.

  643. Sonja Ruehle says:

    I love anything Lisa teaches on and would cherish winning her book on Mark

  644. Thank you for the opportunity to win this!

  645. Kelley Hull says:

    I want to know God deeper!!!

  646. Joanna C says:

    I love the practical examples you use with Missy to show us more and more about our Heavenly Father. Your Bible studies are enlightening and help me to know Christ more and more. Can’t wait to start this one! Thank you for sharing your heart!

  647. I thoroughly enjoyed this devotional and would be like to have the book to continue the study.

  648. Edwina McConnell says:

    Thanks for the learning to talk with God email today! Very helpful,currently dealing with child teenage difficulties and have been attempting to set myself up into a “War Room” of prayer with God.

  649. Gail Schwettmann says:

    Can’t wait to see her in OKC!

  650. I truly enjoyed reading this devotional today! I love Lisa!!

  651. Ellen Cole says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart and your challenges. You help people more than you can imagine.

  652. Kate Semer says:

    My brother’s name was Mark.

  653. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  654. Thank you for sharing your love for the Lord.

  655. Dena Neely says:

    Would Love to win a Copy!

  656. Dena Neely says:

    I would Love to win a Copy of this book.

  657. Dena Neely says:

    Love to win

  658. My family and I have been moving around a lot, my husband is in the army and every few year we have to pack and move, and with that come new church, new people …it hard for us, but we have learn that every time we move is a new season, God opens a new door, our pastor recently ask us to lead the marriage ministry and we accepted,even that we know there are people more qualify than us , but we know if He call us He is going to Do it ,us not with our strength but with His .

  659. Marilyn Beeson says:

    I would love to read and study this book. I enjoyed this article.

  660. Necole harris says:

    Would love this study!

  661. Yvette Mealing says:

    I’m about to journey on the adventure of womens ministry leadership.. my deepest desire is that our women experience spiritual transformation and we develop a community of christian women ready to serve God and reflect his love in our everyday lives strengthening our sisters and bringing others to Christ. I think this book would help me both personally and also provide tools for womens ministry leadership and teaching. Blessings.

  662. Wow. This is awesome! I’d love to win a copy of this and dive right in. :)

  663. Tatina Firle says:

    Sometimes even when we speak the same language we are still miles apart. I know when my children reached that tender age of 12; the world fell apart. We no longer had that parent child connection. The boys and their father constantly bickering. No more hugs and kisses, no more sweet faces. Replaced with demands and electronics. I know through faith and trust in the Lord, it eventually works out. My oldest is now in college and he and his father are closer than ever. They spend more time together when he’s home then I do. I’m saddened because my little boy has grown up and doesn’t need me as much anymore. I know the Lord has my son, and this is his way of repairing a past relationship.

  664. Thank you so much for your insight. I love this website I have really learned alot. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

  665. Judy Grivas says:

    I would love this book….thank you for doing this.

  666. Elaine Newcomb says:

    I think this would be an awesome book. Lisa is a wonderful Bible teacher and author.

  667. Kathy Kurzendoerfer says:

    Thank you for sharing. This book would certainly help my relationship with God. I would love it❤️

  668. Julie Holok says:

    I love learning through Proverbs 31 and the First 5 app. I’m certain this DVD study would be amazing and will help build my family and my relationship with Jesus.

  669. Grace Crapitto says:

    I truly long to learn how to talk to God and learn how to open my ears to what He has to say to me. I recently had a life threatening situation and God pulled me through. So my prayers are to show me the reason He left me here. Let me for once do something for Him. I would absolutely love to win and read this book!

  670. Kelli Leo says:

    I’m so eager to do this study whether I win a free copy or have to purchase. Thank you for the chance. God bless.

  671. Tami Araica says:

    Love reading your stories. This one was great! Thanks for sharing.

  672. Rebecca says:

    Wonderful!

  673. Ruth Griffith says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement! The more I read the Bible the more I understand, and then I want to read more and more. His truth is awesome!

  674. Cher Dombowsky says:

    In the words of my 2 yr old daughter, “me! Me! Me!”
    😉

  675. I do understand what it was like not to understand what your little girl wanted and the helplessness that you feel as I have had a similar issue with my little girl. She is my niece and we took her in when she was two-and-a-half years old. That was 11 years ago. She is a special needs a little girl with severe autism and everyday I’ve learned to lean harder and harder on the Lord because He is the One who created her and I go to Him to ask for help when I don’t know what’s going on because she can’t talk to me. Thank you for your devotion. It resonated in my spirit and I appreciate you for being so honest.

  676. lindsay miller says:

    This is simply beautiful. Over the past 2 years I’ve been growing in my faith and God has made His presence to me numerous times. I’m thankful for a Savior who longs for da eep and personal relationship with me. Thank you Jesus.

  677. Nicki Sanders says:

    Thank you for this inspiring story. I am so excited to get the study and learn more.

  678. LoriSue Luster says:

    He is always speaking to me, in a multitude of ways; but can I hear Him? Do I know His voice? I pray that He continues to teach me how to listen, see and sense Him more each moment.

  679. Cindia Quinones says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I wish everyone the best of luck. Blessings

  680. Candis Cammon says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart.

  681. Darby Jordan says:

    Would love to win this study! I have to admit, for YEARS and YEARS I stayed frustrated with trying to read the bible on my own, before ever being saved, all I would do is cry and yell… “How am I supposed to understand and learn anything if everything is written in riddles!!??” Riddle solver I was not! So, I would close the bible in complete despair. Thankfully today I Am Saved by Christ Jesus and I take small bites of reading Scripture to understand what Jesus wants ME to know to help me in MY walk with Him! Thank you Jesus for giving us a learning curve! Amen!🙏🏼✌🏼️🤓💓🗝📖⚓️🙌🏼

  682. Courtney W. says:

    I truly believe God gave Lisa Missy so she can communicate the relationship of mother/child vs God/Me in a way so many have never experienced. This was one of those times for me.

  683. Julie Sawyer says:

    I would love to read more! Thank you for this opportunity.

  684. Kathleen says:

    What a great read! Definitely spoke to me this morning

  685. I want to thank the Lord for you telling your story . This is my first time on your Web site The lord truly spoke to me threw your words . May God bless you ,Thank you

  686. Two-way communication in a relationship is vital.

  687. Thank you for this beautiful message today! I needed it this morning <3

  688. I need, want to be better at just being still, listening and understanding God. I know just reading the bible is not the same as understanding what God is trying to tell me. thanks for the reminder

  689. Sharon Westra says:

    I love the book of Mark. When we first began attending the church we now are members of (about 8 years ago) our pastor was preaching through the book of Mark. There is so much to learn from Jesus in that book. I would love to study Lisa Harper’s book.

  690. Erin Trosclair says:

    I, too, need to become better at being stil and aware of God’s communications for and to me. Thank you for this post.

  691. Robin Rozanski says:

    This really spoke to my heart today and I would love to read your new book. I just finished the week Propel women’s study at my church that you were a part of and loved it!

  692. Would love to win and study mark

  693. Reading the gospel mark right now!

  694. Reading the book of mark right now!

  695. this made me cry I struggle with talking to God am I doing it right is He listening, this gave me assurance any attempt at talking with God is heard and I am not doing it wrong at least I am trying thank you :)

  696. So appreciate the way you communicate and make scripture understandable. I’d love to go deeper into the gospel of Mark with your help!

  697. Victoria Marshall says:

    What a wonderful incite today. Interestingly enough, my daughter just went through a similar situation. She is in Equador on a Mission trip and she is always filled with life, and love to share with others, especially the children they work with but on this particular day, she experienced, as Brene Brown says in her book Daring Greatly, that her ” Gremlins” were speaking to her or even yelling at her! “You are not adequate, you do not know there language, you can’t even talk to them! ” Then, God stepped in and filled the communication gap. As my daughter explained it, as they were all walking out to play, “God put her tiny little hand into mine.” and though they could speak but a few words to one another, they mostly spoke through Love. They hugged and Kaorin, my daughter spent that whole time playing with this little girl using hand jesters, and playing games and running around. Though they had little words, they had lots of laughter and love. Through her ability to push through and silence the Gremlins, she was able to as you stated,” push through the hard parts, and actually grasp one of His promises or apply a scriptural principles,” of true Godly Love into both of their lives.”
    Thank you for sharing and I pray that I am able to fight through my Gremlins and push through the feelings of inadequacies and not always understanding what he may be saying in Scripture. I believe that as I keep pushing through, he will reveal it to me in our intimate quiet time together and I will get to experience that deep connection with my Redeemer.

  698. The statement “The heart of God is moved by the wounds of mankind” spoke volumes to my soul today. Thank you for your devotional.

  699. Rhonda Prince says:

    My LBS ladies and I are doing the bible study with excited anticipation beginning March 22nd.
    My heart yearns to be in better communication with our Jesus.
    It would be neat to win a copy to give to any one of the ladies wanting to join our little home LBS group who can’t afford one right now.
    So I decided to leave a comment and see what happens!

  700. Mary Hilding says:

    Would love to get a copy of Lisa’s new book.

  701. Pamela Brown says:

    Winning would be Awesome 💥
    Thanking you & Believing in advance!

  702. Holly Mills says:

    Thanks for sharing! This is my first time on this page, and what a great experience.

  703. Michele Piper says:

    I recently heard Lisa while at a women’s conference at Savannah Christian Church. I really enjoyed her teaching style, she makes the word of God ‘Pop’ for me by using modern anecdotes. The DVDs would be great to share with our newly formed women’s bible study group.

  704. Angela Tatone says:

    Thank you so much for posting. Love all of your devotions.

  705. April Brower says:

    Please pick me. I am in desperate need of guidance in the correct direction to god right now. I’m completely lost with my faith and what path I’m supposed to be on in life.

  706. Stephanie S. says:

    Would love to win this book!

  707. Patricia Burk says:

    It would be a blessing to receive this at this time in my life.

  708. Joy Murry says:

    I would love this book. I have been struggling trying to build my relationship with Jesus. I want more and I want to be a leader but I stop and I dont understand why.

  709. I have learned so much thank you that you all have given your time and talent to give honor and glory to God .

  710. Rebecca M says:

    I have a son who turned 3 in January and when he talks it is mostly jiberish and we have a hard time communicating. He gets frustrated bc he thinks he is saying something tangible but it sounds like nonsense to me and that frustrates me bc I can’t help him with what he needs or I lose out on hearing his explanation of play or artwork. I also hear other 2 and 3 year olds talking to their parents and I always wonder why God has put us in this situation. It gets really hard some days and those are the ones I’m calling out to God for help. My son does understand everything he hears and he can be very creative when it comes to getting his point across. I always tell myself it will happen in God’s time but it’s hard waiting for that day.

  711. I’m desperately clinging to the promises of Jesus and learning how to communicate with Him. Thank you for sharing.

  712. Dawnielle says:

    Learning to hear the Father’s voice and clinging to Jesus’ promises. Thank you for writing a book to help that process

  713. Teri Sohl says:

    This story of what happened with your daughter broke my heart then gave me hope. Thank you.

  714. Sara Ross says:

    I am so thankful for Lisa’s open heart and wise words. I am so looking forward to this study!

  715. Martha Chopin says:

    Reading your devotion made me realize how heart broken we leave God when we don’t listen to His voice! We think we can figure things out and control the here and now. When all along He is talking to us and trying to show himself to us if we would just be still and close our eyes and listen as you said. Thank you for the story and the visual to stop, close my eyes and LISTEN! We have to have faith and let him control and lead us!

  716. Brittany says:

    Would love love love a copy of this book!!!!!!!!

  717. Brittany says:

    Would love love love a copy of this book!!!!!!

  718. Love this! I am currently reading through Mark in my daily devotions. Would love to read this book.

  719. I’ve been struggling to just sit and talk with God much less listen to him. I’ve had so much hurt in my life and I’ve prayed so much but have seen little change that I wonder if God is still listening to me. I’ve pulled away but I want a relationship with Him because I know he hasn’t pulled away from me.

  720. LeeAnnOrange says:

    I have trouble admitting that I’m brokenhearted.

  721. What a great analogy, I really appreciate it! I’m going thru a lot getting guardianship of my grandson, I’m emotionally exhausted and need some tools to hear him!
    Thank you!

  722. Thank u for your encouragement.i am struggling with talking to God because I feel unworthy

  723. Lisa Fiedler says:

    May God bless this book to help the millions to know God’s love for them.

  724. Cindi Murphy says:

    It would be a blessing to win this book!

  725. What a memorable story. Thank you for sharing. I think too often we dont listen to God or each other. I know I have a long way to go.

  726. PAM ARNOLD says:

    I heard you for the 1st time in Longview, TX at Womens Feminar, you were such an inspiration to me.

  727. Geralyn Miller says:

    I would like to share some of my “stepping stones”. I have been brought thru so much and God wants me to help others
    ….to encourage them. ….to love them

  728. Robin Johnson says:

    I’m a disabled 57 year old heart patient who
    Just had social services cut
    Now I’m cut with an eviction.
    My !other is old and sick and
    Can’t help much! My daughter is on
    Serious drugs and her husband
    Is the spawn of satan! Please
    Please pray that I will return
    To sanity….love Robin

  729. Angela hoffman says:

    I am uplifted and encouraged.

  730. I am excited for this book!

  731. Nancy DiGiondomenico says:

    So enjoy Proverbs 31 postings on Facebook. Always seem to touch the right spot. Thank you.

  732. So excited for this book!

  733. tears rolled down my eyes reading this.

  734. I needed this today. Thank you for sharing your experience and personal revelation from God.

  735. Vanessas Swangles says:

    What a awesome word on communication, I would love to have your book

  736. I so enjoy reading your scripture verses daily. I am trying to live my life getting closer and closer to Jesus.

  737. Tammy Turkett says:

    Thank you for your post. It can be difficult to communicate deeply with God, and not just for new Christians. I’ve been married for many years, and a Christian for more than forty. I find communication with God similar to communication in my marriage. There are times where things are great, smooth, almost seamless. And that’s fun! Then there are other times, dry, sometimes lenghthy, distant, and I can’t understand, or I am even angry. With my husband, I think it’s because we’re both sinful & so different! With God, I believe it’s because we are so different (and I am sinful.) I’m so thankful He always wants time with me, He is waiting, He will always listen and I RUN to His presence!

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