Our new home came with an alarm system.
Complete with a speaking voice.
I have named her Sylvia.
Yes, I have a curious need to name things. Like my car, Eddie the Ford Explorer.
Most everything in my house is named. The cigar store Indians are named.
All of the wooden bears in our collection are named. And my stuffed animals? Puh-leeze! Of course they are all named!!
(A sampling? I know you're curious...
Cigar Store Indian – Chief Standing Bull
Carved Bears – Woody Buzzcut
Stuffed Animals – Spidey the Adventurer)
So, one day as "The Hub" and I were leaving out the front door after arming the alarm, and listening to the disembodied alarm voice say:
"Armed away. Exit now."
"OK, OK. We're leaving. Wow, Sylvia is so strict."
I have no idea how I came up with that name. I'm thinking that "she" somehow conveyed it to me telepathically.
Sylvia is a lifesaver.
She alerts us if anyone tries to break in. She lets us know if a window gets shattered. She warns us of smoke, or open doors and windows. She provides us safety and protection.
I got to thinking one day – wouldn't it be great if I had a *Sylvia* in my own life?
One of those little alarm systems that would alert me to the dangers in my life.
"Warning – Temptation approaching. Walk away."
"Warning – Life struggle ahead. Have faith."
"Warning – Sin lurking. Steer clear."
"Warning – Incoming fear. Stop, drop, and pray."
I'd like to have a little internal *beep* that alerted me to those times when I'm about to depart from the narrow way.
Actually, I do.
So do you.
As a believer, we have the BEST warning system available.
And it's not a disembodied, mechanical voice.
It's the Voice of a Person – the Advocate – the Helper – the Comforter – the Counselor – the Holy Spirit.
The challenge is to tune ourselves in to hearing His Voice.
This is my prayer.
Remember that old song "Day by Day" by Godspell?? (I'm severely dating myself here, I know):
Day by day, day by day
Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly, day by day.
Such good words.
Yes, He is always speaking to us. Mostly in His still, small voice. An inner prompting. A gentle nudge. A quiet word of advice.
Discernment – that's what we need. The spiritual "ears" to hear Him.
After all, He has a way of alerting us when the enemy tries to break in. He lets us know if our faith is about to get shattered. He warns us of sinful smoke, or when the doors and windows of our hearts are open to temptation.
He provides us with safety and protection.
I'm gonna start listening more. I want to hear Him.
He is the One who will keep me alert and armed.
Speak, O Holy Spirit, speak to me.
Armed and Dangerous
"Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you." (2 Timothy 1:14)
How does the Holy Spirit speak to you? How does He protect you?
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Michelle at HEAR IT ON SUNDAY, USE IT ON MONDAY
Hazel at TELL ME A TRUE STORY
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