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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Radio Dial

The Internet Cafe is Thrilled to welcome Beth Misner today!

Yesterday I was in the throes of getting the kids out the door for school, reminding my son to brush his teeth, asking my daughter if she had her report in her backpack, tripping over the dogs, looking everywhere for my shoes, then the keys to the car…AGAIN, when my dearest husband made the mistake of asking me to be sure I stopped at the dry cleaners to drop off his clothes from our recent trip. My reaction to him was definitely not my finest moment, I'm sorry to say. I am not too proud to say that my voice was a few decibels louder than it normally is.

As I dropped off my little cherubs at school, I realized I needed to step away and regroup--what is it we say to our kids? “You need an attitude adjustment!” I needed an attitude adjustment, that's for sure. What had transpired at home that morning reminded me of when I was in high school and used to listen to the radio at night.

We lived in Eastern Tennessee and had no television at that time. I enjoyed listening to AM radio at night and would dial in the station that played radio theater shows. The only problem was that as it got later, stations right next to the radio theater stations would punch up their frequencies and would begin to bleed over onto the station I was trying to listen to. The signals would get crossed and I would have to constantly adjust the dial to find just the spot where the signal would come in loud and clear again. This happened so many times during the course of a one-hour broadcast!

I realized that was what had happening to me that morning—-I needed to adjust the dial to receive the station I wanted to hear, the frequency of the Holy Spirit. When we have moments like that and we take the time to step away, adjust the dial and get that clear signal again, God's Spirit can continue to be heard in our hearts and minds. We get that attitude adjustment that we need, because “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16 ESV).

As I drove back up to the house after dropping off the dry cleaning, the joy of the Lord coursed through my mind, heart and body. I greeted my surprised husband with a great big hug and a big, bright smile, being once again tuned in fully to Jesus Christ.

As you go through your day today, be sensitive to when you feel that the station needs to be dialed in a little bit better. What do you notice during those times? How do YOU "adjust" the dial?

Watch the reactions of those around you as you consciously engage the Helper, the Holy Spirit (John 16:7), to pull out of moments where you are beaten down by circumstances or situations that threaten your sense of peace and joy. How is God glorified in those moments?

The Message says it this way in Philippians 3:15

let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision - you'll see it yet!

Dear Lord, help us to recognize those moments when we have lost your signal and are not living our lives on your frequency. We pray that the Helper, the Holy Spirit, will lead us into Your will in all things. Keep our minds focused on you, lifted up above the things on this earth that try to drown out Your voice. Father, we pray that you will give us ears to hear and willing hearts to obey. In Jesus’ blessed name we ask this, Amen.

In Him,

Beth Misner

My life's purpose is to bring glory and honor and praise to the name of Jesus Christ, the God of Heaven. It is through Him and by Him and for Him that I live and breathe and have my very being. I am student of the Bible and a disciple of Christ, and hold a bachelor of arts degree in theology. I am a prayer leader for Moms in Touch International and have the honor of serving in the body of Christ as the prayer ministry coordinator of my church, Baseline Community Church ( I pray that my life and work will touch your heart and mind and that the Light of Life, Jesus Christ the Lord, will shine upon you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful and oh so true!

September 20, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet said...

Amen! Great post! Praying that all of us remain "tuned in".

September 20, 2008 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger fly baby in OKC said...

Beautifully written, Beth. I have had those moments and actually LIVED in that kind of state for a long time. I am now tuning in to hear God's words louder and clearer than ever! Praise the Lord that He was waiting with His arms open wide to receive me yet again! What amazing grace! :o)

September 20, 2008 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger sailorcross said...

Thanks for reminding me to "stay-tuned" at all times. How many times do we wander off, or too many distractions calling to us and we are unable to clearly hear the Lord calling to us.

I love the analogy you used of the radio--very easy to remember in these times--I need to adjust my dial.


September 21, 2008 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger una sognatrice newyorkese said...

beautiful words, sometimes i feel that God calls me when i get lost, it happened so many times in the past when i got lost He came to find me in soo many ways and i think this week He called me again when i found this blog, i aways say "this time i will never get separeted from God" but never works, i get lost and He always come for me...i hope He never gets tired to come and get me! sorry for my english...hhahaha!

September 21, 2008 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger ChristiS said...

How very true! I remember those AM radio days as well! Where in Eastern TN were you living....I'm right across the TN line in Scott County, VA, but have also lived in Kingsport and Johnson City, and my dad is from Knoxville/Morristown!

September 21, 2008 at 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christis, I lived in Dayton, TN--halfway between Chattanooga and Knoxville. Loved it!

September 21, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

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