Recognizing God’s Voice

I don’t know about you, but I really want to hear God’s voice. Really. I want to live by His will and His way. But sometimes it’s hard to recognize his voice. When I’m faced with a decision, I take it to God in prayer. But sometimes I don’t hear an answer, and I’m left scrambling to figure out what it is God wants me to do.

I’m reading a book that discusses recognizing God’s voice, and I plan on doing further studying about this. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and findings about it here on my blog.

God’s Voice…

  • Stills you
  • Leads you
  • Reassures you
  • Enlightens you
  • Encourages you
  • Comforts you
  • Calms you
  • Convicts you

Satan’s Voice

  • Rushes you
  • Pushes you
  • Frightens you
  • Confuses you
  • Discourages you
  • Worries you
  • Obsesses you
  • Condemns you

(I got this list from the book “Choosing God’s Best” by Dr. Don Raunikar.)

Hall of Fame Ballot, 2013

Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame election is just around the corner. Of course, I’m just a fan, so I don’t have an actual ballot. But if I did, here’s who I would vote for:

  • Edgar Martinez
  • Curt Schilling

That’s it. Just two players this year get my vote. For me, any player that took steroids automatically doesn’t get it, which dismisses many players. As for clean players, one of the things I look for in determining whether or not a person is a “hall of famer” is whether or not that player was thought of as a dominant player during his career.

Martinez makes it because he was one of the best hitters during his day. He won’t make it (at least not this year) because he spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter. But I don’t look at that as a handicap, because it is part of the game after all. Besides, he was capable of playing 3B or 1B, he just didn’t because of the DH position. He was one of the most feared hitters of his day – despite many players around him on steroids. He was a two-time batting champion, and probably should’ve been given the 1995 MVP. He was a pure hitter. His numbers don’t look quite as good because of all the steroid use by other players, but when you think about it, he really was one of the games best hitters.

As for Schilling, he gets my vote because he was very much a dominant pitcher. He played an integral role on 3 world series champion teams, was a world series MVP, was a 6-time all star, was the runner-up for the cy young award 2 times (and might’ve won a cy young if not for other pitchers who were taking steroids *Roger Clemons * cough * cough *), led the league in strike outs and innings pitched twice, led in complete games 4 times…to me, that exemplifies a dominant pitcher.

As for other players who were clean but I’m not voting for… Fred McGriff, Alan Trammel, Tim Raines, and Jim Morris just barely miss my vote.

McGriff was a good power hitter. His numbers don’t look quite as good because of the steroid use around him. But I don’t quite think of him as being a truly dominant player during his day. He was a very good player, an all star…but he wasn’t quite exceedingly dominant.

Alan Trammel was a good short stop. Had a little bit of power, pretty good speed, got on base, and played good defense. He was a good short stop, but not really an exceedingly great one, and when it comes to the hall of fame, I think a player does need to be above and beyond “great” in order to get in.

Tim Raines is a player I’m on the fence about. I might very well change my mind and vote for him next year.  He was a speedy, switch hitting outfielder. He was fast. Really fast. Led the league in stolen bases four years in a row, and stole 70+ bases 5 years. One year he stole 90 bases. Those are huge numbers. However, he played during the 80’s, when stolen bases were more common than they are now. Still, though, he was fast. He led the league in batting and on-base percentage once. He walked a lot. He was a very good player. But was he a hall of fame caliber player? I don’t know. I don’t think so. At least, for now. He was good, but I don’t think he was “great.” He never won an MVP, finishing in the top 10 in voting 3 times, but never got higher than 5.

And finally, Jack Morris. He’s best remembered for pitching one of the best games ever. He was a work horse, a good pitcher. But was he a dominant pitcher? He had flashes of dominance, but was he truly a dominant pitcher for an extended amount of time? I don’t quite think so. I might change my mind on him in the following years, but for now, I don’t think of him as a hall of famer.

The kind of woman I want:

Proverbs 31: 10-31

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.