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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 20, 2011 - When God Speaks

By Kristen Feola

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6, NIV).

(See also Luke 1:13,18,30,31,34,38.)

Zechariah was a priest and devoted follower of God. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were well along in years. They were also childless.

One day, when Zechariah was burning incense in the temple, he received a visit from the angel Gabriel. When Zechariah saw the angel, he was filled with fear.

Gabriel said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.”

Zechariah’s response was, “How can I be sure of this?” Because of Zechariah’s unbelief, he was silenced by God until the day his son was born, unable to speak a word.

Six months later, Gabriel delivered another message, this time to Elizabeth’s cousin, Mary, who was engaged to man named Joseph.

Gabriel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus” (Luke 1:30,31, NIV).

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (v. 34).

After the angel explained that she would be conceived by the Holy Spirit, Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant. … May it be to me as you have said” (v. 38).

Because Mary’s question demonstrated great faith, she was blessed to give birth to Jesus, the Savior of the world.

When God speaks to you — through His Word, circumstances, or other people — how do you respond? Do you doubt, as Zechariah did? Or, are you submissive and obedient, as Mary was? Do you ask God, “How can?” or do you say, “How will?” Do you question the God of the impossible? Or, do you trust Him?

Like Zechariah and Mary, you, too, have been chosen by the Lord for something extraordinary. Something supernatural. Something miraculous. Don’t be overcome with fear and worry, trying to figure out all the details. You don’t have to understand how everything God says will happen. Just believe that it will.

— Kristen Feola is the author of the book “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast.” She and her family attend James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo. Kristen blogs at



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