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How you know when God is speaking to you


One day last week I was walking around the fence line with my dog. We had stayed close to the fence in our old walking path when I noticed a branch that needed to be carried to the burn pile. As I walked back toward the path, I saw my dog suddenly stop and begin looking at the ground. I couldn’t see anything, but he remained frozen in a ready-to-pounce stance. He watched and waited, and all at once pounced and started digging. Of course it was a gopher, but its run was at least 8 inches underground.

Well, he didn’t get the gopher this time, but he certainly dug and sniffed until he was sure it was long gone. I’ve seen him do this same thing a lot and once in awhile he gets the gopher and proudly carries it around looking for the right place to bury it. He must be so in tune with his place in life that he can sense the presence of something that is not visible.

Thinking about this, I couldn’t help but wonder: How did he know it was there? From that deep in the sand, no sound would carry, it seems to me, and the sand wasn’t even disturbed as far as I could see.

I couldn’t help but think that this is so similar to when God speaks to us. He can cause our senses to recognize his presence if we remain aware of his presence and ready for a word from Him. And to be ready we must spend time reading His Word, the Bible; getting to know His ways; and understanding that He is a constant presence in our lives. It amazes me how often I hear people speak of how “lucky” they were that something happened to keep them from harm. Do we often not realize that those fortunate times were actually God working in our life, trying to get our attention and draw us nearer to Him? Do we not know how important we are to Him?

First Baptist Church of La Vernia (or lasagna) enjoyed some great days just this past week during our iFamily Conference/Revival. The worship services were special with messages that stirred hearts and it was for sure a time of revival. There were fun moments and downright funny moments and the Holy Spirit was there for all of it. Good news: Revival doesn’t only come at church-scheduled times. It’s a personal thing too, and when we’re ready to get personal with our Lord, He will lead, guide, protect, and love us beyond imagination a true revival.

We’d like to share this Good News with you, and invite you to visit our church on Sunday morning. Visit our website,, for more information about us, our scheduled service times, and special activities. Or call the church office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and someone will be happy to give you the information you desire. Our early worship service begins at 8:10 a.m. and the second service is at 10:45 a.m.

We look forward to welcoming you and hope to share some of our many activities right through the end of the year. Have a great week and give God the glory!

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