Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
1 Samuel 3:10


I’m waiting


my heart is yearning

to hear

the whisper of Your voice.

To feel Your breath

upon my shoulder

and I’m reaching


as the breeze

whispers through the trees.

I know

in the depths of my being

it is You

whispering my name.

Beckoning me


be still and know

You are here

You alone

can calm and comfort

with just a


~Marcie Bridges


I’ve been in a mood of frustration lately. Just all the time. Every day. Too many things vie for my attention. Too many troubles surround me. I can honestly say, I feel a bit like King David when he laments to the Lord in so many of his psalms.


There are days I just crumble. I give up the fight and go down into the pit. I don’t even try to wrestle. I don’t try to nestle (as my sweet friend Nan calls it) with my Lord. I let myself wallow and worry.


But lately I have heard Him calling to me. Calling me to rest. Calling me to be still. Calling to me to listen to Him.


I have two choices. I can respond with a no, or I can respond as Samuel did the first time he heard God calling to him:


And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”


I was recently at a conference and was able to spend a very short but wonderful time with a dear sister-friend. Her words were so comforting and encouraging. But one thing that strikes me is her ability to hear the Lord in the moment.



She says when she can’t sleep, she often says, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” And she begins to pray. Some nights she spends the night just praying.


So as we stood in the hallway chatting, my friend started just speaking to my heart of the things she felt the Lord telling her in that very moment for me. And what an absolute blessing it was. I do not think I will ever forget that sweet few minutes with her.


Today as I spent the day questioning the Lord, just questions after questions, I am sure I heard Him say, “Calm down. Be quiet. Listen.”


It’s okay to ask questions. God can handle every question and frustration we have. But at some point, it’s time to be quiet and listen to His answers.


And it’s so hard to hear if we never quit talking. Paul says to be quick to hear and slow to speak. I think that applies just as much to our time with the Lord as it does with those around us.


Tonight, as I lay down, my head upon my pillow, I will say, “Speak Lord. Your servant is listening.”


How about you? Do you need to stop wrestling and just listen?


From My Heart to Yours,



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