The Shepherd's Voice - Encouragement Café - Dec. 30, 2014

The Shepherd’s Voice

Café Menu for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Today’s Special is: Hearing God’s Voice on Dirt Roads

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Shannon Milholland

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“The Lord ismy shepherd... he restores my soul...” Psalm 23:1, 3 (NKJV)


Like a sheep, I’d wandered beyond the boundaries of the shepherd’s voice. He was still speaking but my heart, hardened by divorce and difficulties, refused to hear Him. Anger and bitterness echoed in the empty halls of my soul.

God chose this precise time of my life to draw close enough to my ear that I would hear Him above the clamor of my resentment. Deep within, He knew I still clung to my hope in Him. He nudged me to share my glimmer with a coworker.

Out of a battered and bruised heart, came the offer of hope to a fellow wandering sheep. He accepted my offer.  Six months later he accepted Jesus’ offer of forgiveness.  Six months after that, he offered me a diamond ring.

The Lord shepherded my heart when it strayed onto far away dirt roads. Tenderly He beckoned me back to the fold. When I heard His voice, I listened. Hearing Him restored my soul.

Take Out

Take a moment to quiet your heart today and ask Him to fill the spaces of your life with the music of His voice.


Heavenly Father, lead our hearts into Your arms. Open our hearts to hear Your voice. Restore our hearts to the joy of Your presence.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

For more encouragement, read A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller and download Shannon’s 8 Life Transforming One Sentence Prayers. For more tips on how to connect with God in your everyday moments, visit her at Shannon Milholland.

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