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Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. Melissa,

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. Can’t stand all the noise & lights of big city living. Would love to live more out in the country. This world is so noisy right now. Everyone crying out for our attention. It’s no wonder people can’t hear Jesus. They are busy running around looking/listening to all that stuff. Jesus says in Psalm 46:10 “Be still & know that I am God”. He is commanding us to slow down, tune out the world & just sit quietly. That is the only way we will truly hear His voice. Like sheep we know His voice & will heed it.

    Blessings 🙂

  2. Yes! ~ to everything you write here. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. It is so easy to become overwhelmed by all that is happening in our world – floods, storms, droughts, illness, fires and violence. There are days when I simply cannot watch the news. Quiet time with God is my balm. Praying daily for our world~

  3. Melissa I love what you said about the sheep. Who listened to their Shepherd when he called them. They turned round and followed his voice. Went to were they heard their Shepherd. They didn’t let any thing or anyone stand in their way of hearing their Shepherds voice. We are to do the same with our Shepherd who is Jesus. Don’t let anything get in the way of hearing his voice. As we are the sheep Jesus is our Shepherd. Like it says in “Psalm 23 verse 1. The Lord is my Shepherd”. That is so true. But Satan the Old Devil will try to make our days so busy that we are way too tired too stop spend time with the Shepherd Jesus. In Bible and Prayer reading. Listening to his still small voice talk to us through the Holy Spirit. When we are in that oneness with no detracting noise to annoy us. We have to disapline ourselves not to get so busy in our day we are too tired to hear from Jesus our Shepherd. As when we do make time. We can really hear the Shepherds voice. As he could have something wonderful to say to us. Or we might be have to be disaplined in some thing in our lives that is not good for us. By our Shepherd Jesus. To live better for Jesus. We could make a big mess in our lives if we don’t. We don’t be want that to happen. Jesus being the loving Shepherd will do anything it takes to get our attention. Especially if we are getting lost. Going down a path that is not right for us. We are lost. Like the shepherd. If one sheep is getting into trouble or lost he goes the shepherd. Looking for the lost sheep or the sheep that is in trouble. Help it out of trouble. Bring it home to safety. Jesus our Shepherd want’s to do that for us his sheep. That is us who are saved. Help us out of trouble or lost going the wrong way. So as we don’t make a big mess of our lives. So only way to be doing the right thing in life and living our lives right for Jesus the Shepherd. Is to make sure we don’t get so busy in our day. That we get tired. Then we don’t have time to spend with Jesus our Shepherd. If We don’t we will go of track. Get lost. Get we are not thinking right. Or not thinking of Jesus our Shepherd. The only way to live right and not get lost or go the wrong way. Is Jesus our Shepherd know us. Is to make sure we make time for His word and prayer. We will become better Sheep for it. With Jesus as our Shepherd. Our live will be better all round. We then will not get caught doing things we shouldn’t be doing. Just living our lives for the true Shepherd Jesus. I say Amen to this. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little

  4. “We can’t know the tone of His call if we’re not used to hearing it over and over again. So when the world feels loud and things are moving too quickly, slow down, friend. Open the Word and listen to His voice until you can hear it clearly, even from 200 yards away.” THIS!! Yes. Thank you, Melissa.