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How to Have a Helping Heart by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

I want to help people.

This basic thought occurred to me yesterday as I joyously agreed to assist a new friend in learning how to create and edit a podcast on Garageband. I immediately thought about the written tutorial I would put together for her, what she would need for this training session and the type of lunch I would provide when she came over to the house.

That’s when I thought about my heart’s desire to help others. We do it through our POP Talk media by advancing powerful ministries and messages that encourage others. We facilitate it through our books, blogs and conferences. Pearls of Promise is all about helping people—in particular women.

In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Apostle Paul said we should “comfort the fainthearted, help the weak and be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14, TLV). Earlier in 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Paul prayed that the Lord would cause the Thessalonians “to increase and overflow in love for one another and for all people…” (TLV)

You might think, That’s easy with the people I like, or who like me, but what about those people who get under my skin, or the ones who I know don’t care for me?

The good news is you do not have to do this in your own power.

Paul goes on to pray for the Thessalonians “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way…” then he says, “Greet all the brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 28 NLT). He said to greet all brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss. What? Even the ones who I don’t feel like kissing?

To do this, we just have to pray for the God of peace—the Holy Spirit (our helper)—to show us how to help and love those who we might deem “unhelpable“ or “unloveable” and to give us what we need to be a helper, like Him, to the ones where extra grace is needed. We accomplish this in His power, not our own.

So maybe someone is coming to mind. Let God pour His love into and through you, then helping them will become natural. I am currently praying to love a person who I feel does not care for me. I am asking God to give me favor in this situation and to reveal to her my heart—my helping heart.

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The Voice by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

I was about to leave for lunch with a friend when I heard a soft voice, “Why don’t you take your Hebrew book?” I argued with the thought. I’m only going to lunch then coming straight home. It makes no sense to take my book. So I didn’t.

It was a nice lunch, then afterwards when I got into my car I noticed that my right rear tire was at nine pounds and all the other tires were normal. It was nearly flat!

What should I do? I called roadside assistance, then the dealership. I found out I have something called “run flats” which means I can drive the car on a flat tire for about fifty miles without damaging the rim or the tire, so I headed to the dealership.

Fortunately, the car dealer was only about four miles away, but it was kind of like being a walk-in at a doctor’s office. It took longer to be worked into the queue so I was there waiting for about three hours. I did run into a friend who was having maintenance done on her car as well. She was tucked away in a cubicle with her computer and things to do, intensely working. I kept thinking, If only I had some work with me. Then I remembered The Voice, and realized the Holy Spirit knew what was coming and was trying to give me a heads up.

I want to get better at tuning into The Voice and I’m not talking about the television show. I want to hear The Voice that promises, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).

So what does The Voice sound like?

It’s an impression on your spirit.

It can be audible, but that is rare.

It is a thought that comes through your mind.

If you are a Christian, don’t discount The Voice.

Yesterday, I did listen to that impression on my spirit. I had RSVPed to attend a prayer gathering in advance of the election. I really wanted to go, because I think prayer is so important, but yesterday afternoon I hit a wall. My plate has been extremely full this week, and I realized I was exhausted. Next week we are taping two television shows and one of the guests is staying with me, so you know what that means—I go into what my husband calls “Drill Sergeant mode” and the vacuum and dust mop come out. I felt like God was saying, “You need to rest, Lisa. You cannot keep going at this pace.” So I cancelled, took a nap and had a quiet dinner with my husband. It was the right decision, and therapeutic, because when I get over-tired, let’s just say I am not as positive. The Holy Spirit knew what I needed.

Will you tune your frequency to The Voice today? I am praying that you and I will not miss anything God wants to say.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

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