Minding the Nudge

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Friday evening’s vibrant sunset

Steadfast keeping eyes on You

You never fail to see us through

our circumstance and mundane days

when we seek to walk Your ways 

So I mind each little nudge 

I listen and I do not budge

revealing purpose in due time

He knows best- Father of mine! 

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Sunset pic #2

It was a lovely evening.  One daughter at a sleepover, and the other one sitting at the dining room table playing a board game with a friend.  I was sitting with them, putting together a puzzle.  All was peaceful, and then my daughter jumped up and said we have to go outside and see the sunset!

We would have missed it if she had not been on the  lookout.

I find that’s true with my walk with Him as well. When I am seeking Him, when I “mind the nudge” to go and do what I feel in my heart He asks of me- He always shows up.  I woke up one morning last week, thinking about someone and praying for them. I didn’t know how to get in touch with this person, and for some reason, I couldn’t get them off my mind… so I kept on praying for them- every time He put that person on my heart.

The next morning, I had planned to take the girls out to eat brunch and do some shopping.  I had been in a funk for most of the week- for no reason in particular, other than I was coming down off the excitement of Holy Week and Easter.

So we woke up the next morning, and headed off to the restaurant to have breakfast. It was a gorgeous morning and we had such a good time people watching and chatting about girl stuff. After we ate, we headed off to do some shopping.  

Isn’t it funny how you can make your own plans, and then He reveals what His plan was all along?  All week I had intended to go to this place, and all week I had been praying for this one specific person- who I didn’t even know how to get in touch with.  And guess who was there shopping?  That very person who I had been praying for!

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Sunset pic #3

Now, I have lived here for (almost) 11 years, and I have never- not even once– seen this person in any store I have ever shopped in, that I can remember.  It was definitely a God- incident that I saw them there.  Teary eyed, I hugged them told them about how I had prayed for them all week… and God met us right there in the middle of the store.  His timing is perfect.

I thought back on the entire events leading up to that moment we saw one another.  Every little detail… that He put this person on my heart all week… and that He put me in the exact spot at just the right time that morning… it really is amazing to see how He orchestrates the events of our lives when we are minding those little nudges.

My walk with Him gets sweeter as the days go by.  He’s like that sunset-

some evenings we wait…

and wait…

and don’t see a thing.

And then other evenings, He aligns everything in perfect order and we catch a glimpse of Him.

He’s always there- we just have to be on the lookout!

 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

24 thoughts on “Minding the Nudge

  1. My brother, Bob Brown wrote a poem called “The Nudge.” He has a book of similar poetry titled “Seated Above, Looking Below.” Here is The Nudge:

    The Nudge
    It was at a most unusual hour
    Actually long before the dawn
    And it was long after midnight
    When the nudge caused me to yawn

    There always is that tendency
    To ignore and drift back to sleep
    But the nudge came once again
    As the deep called unto the deep

    The hour had a certain silence
    The stars were wonderfully bright
    That nudge brought a divine stillness
    And it moved the poet to write

    Tomorrow the sunshine will arise
    In beauty, in warmth, in power
    Then the noise of life resumes
    So I cherish the nudge, this hour

    ©Robert A. Brown 2015

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    1. Remember doing those connect the dot pictures as a kid? I think God does that with us…He makes the coolest little dots, He allows us to make connections and draws awesome pictures :). I shall mosey on over to read his post this morning!! Thanks, Paul!

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      1. Now I have a picture of a very young and studious me – pencil in hand, total concentration, tongue sticking out a little (why does that happen?) – poring over the monthly magazine with the dot-to-dots page! Wow – now that is retro!!

        🙂

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  2. Yup, God has great fun with us, I think. I’ve always loved “Easter Egg Hunts” as a kid, and now making them happen for kids. But… do you ever wonder if Our Father gets to play this with us too… with a whole world to tuck such treats away in?

    Grace — LM

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