I’m a Metal Head!

Congratulations to the winners of Sometimes He Whispers Sometimes He Roars!

  1. Chargaile who commented on September 12, 2012 at 9:04 am
  2. Monica who commented on September 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm
  3. Wendy Franke who commented on September 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

Marilynn Chadwick will email each of you and get your contact information so she can send you your prize, congratulations! Now on to today’s amazing post by my dear friend Noelle Dey.

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Noelle and Digger
Noelle and I at
She Speaks 2012

Noelle is one of my dear friends with an amazing heart for Christ and it is my JOY to have her as our guest today!

Noelle Dey is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and the author of “Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body.” She pulls from her life history, including surviving heart failure at the age of 28, to share her compelling story of transformation as she coaches others through their own transformations. Noelle lives in Southern California with her husband Ryan, their daughter Sierra and their Corgi-Chihuahua mix, Digger.

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Does it take an act from heaven for you to have a special quiet time? I don’t have barriers in my daily devotionals… but I love nothing more than an extended quiet time at the beach on a Saturday morning.

I wake up extra early.

I tiptoe around the house, praying no one wakes up.

That includes the dog.

I use my cell phone to light my path instead of turning on the lights.

I splurge on a Starbucks coffee knowing my homemade brew would surely romance my husband out of bed.

It takes a good five minutes to open and close the front door to make sure it won’t creek.

But once I pull out of our driveway, I’m in the clear!

That was the sequence of events a couple weeks ago. Harps played. Angels were singing. I had my Bible, my coffee and I headed toward my favorite bench which is on a small cliff overlooking Laguna Beach.

Oh Lord, You are so good! Thank You for this incredible beauty. Thank You for loving me so dearly and for creating this perfect Father-daughter date!

And then?

Out of nowhere Mr. Metal Detector invaded my view. He walked up the beach and then back (and then up and back… and up and back…) ruining my view of the crashing waves. He had big headphones and a belt with a round pocket to hold whatever he found. He waved his metal detector from side to side… and he never stopped. The entire time I was out there… he never stopped!

After an hour, I got back in my van, annoyed that God allowed that wacko (oops… did I just say that? I mean that sweet man…) to ruin our special date.

On the drive home, I felt like God was whispering in my ear. Noelle, that’s how I want you to seek Me! Are you looking for Me and the wisdom I give like that man at the beach? He’s seeking riches! He’s looking for clues with his eyes. He’s listening with his headphones. His metal detector is his tool to uncover treasure. And he’s not merely thinking about things, he’s actively moving in his pursuit… and he never stops!

Wow. So my special Father-daughter date was meaningful. Beautiful. And it left me with an exciting challenge. Would you like to join me in this challenge? God’s word says:

Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. (Proverbs 8:10-11 NLT)

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV84)

How can we use our eyes, our headphones (ears), and our metal detector (tools) to seek God throughout our days?

For me, my eyes see His magnificence in the sunrise, His love for details in wildflowers on the side of the road. I see His humor in my Corgi-Chihuahua’s underbite.

When I use my God-seeking headphones, I hear His voice when I am still and He impresses thoughts on my mind. I hear Him in praise music, sermons, my daughter’s laugh, and in my husband’s voice.

My Bible is my main metal detector. Other tools I use are godly books and I follow online Bible teachers (I love Heather Bleier, Wendy Blight and Melissa Taylor to name a few).

And you? How are you following Mr. Metal Detector’s lead? How are you using your eyes? Your headphones? Your metal detector? Share your ideas! Inquiring minds want to know! Leave a comment below and be entered to win one of three copies of Transformation by Truth.

Abba,

You reward us when we sincerely seek You. If we lack wisdom, we should ask and You’ll give it to us… generously… and without finding fault! Help each of us to fall deeper in love with Jesus. When we do this, the natural byproduct is a deep thirst for You and Your wisdom. Thank You for giving each of us godly eyes, headphones and metal detectors to help us in this journey. Thank You for this amazing community of God-seekers and for Heather’s leadership. Bless each person here today with new ideas for growing closer to You.

In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen!

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In my newly released book Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body we seek God’s transforming power to become spiritual powerhouses…to overcome negative thoughts… and to create our healthiest bodies. God has plans to prosper you and nothing is impossible with Him! Let’s journey together with eager expectations… just like Mr. Metal Detector did as he sought treasure on the beach.

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19 thoughts on “I’m a Metal Head!

  1. I use my eyes to really see those that I come in contact with while I am out running errands. I am in awe of God every time I sit out on my deck and gaze up at the thousands of stars in the sky.

    My God-seeking headphones pick up His voice in the rustling of the leaves and the buzzing of the bees around my rose bushes. I hear His voice every time my husband or my children tell me that they love me.

    Like you, my main metal detector is my Bible. I also go metal detecting while attending a Bible study at a local church and the homework that follows.

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    1. Lori, thank you for inspiring me to hear God in the rustling leaves and the buzzing bees. I love how the intricacies of His creation says so much about the Creator!

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  2. I just love this story because it brings God’s LIVING and ACTIVE Word alive….gives me a great picture of what it really means to seek after the riches of the treasures we have in God’s Word. Thank you, Noelle!!!!

    Praying by the minute for your sister this morning.

    Love you,

    Wendy

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    1. Wendy, you certainly have a powerful ministry! You minister to me as a Bible teacher… through encouragement… through powerful prayer… Thank you for YOU. Your minute-by-minute prayers sustained us… and each prayer was answered perfectly. I love you.

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing, Noelle! I love the imagery you present, especially this part:

    “Are you looking for Me and the wisdom I give like that man at the beach? He’s seeking riches! He’s looking for clues with his eyes. He’s listening with his headphones. His metal detector is his tool to uncover treasure. And he’s not merely thinking about things, he’s actively moving in his pursuit… and he never stops!”

    I didn’t know you survived heart failure. From someone who has dealt with a minor heart condition since childhood, I’ll be praying specifically for your health! God bless you, girl!

    Suzanne

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    1. Oh my goodness Suzanne! We are heart sisters! Thank you for those prayers… God has completely renewed my life. I will be praying for your physical heart… your spiritual heart is absolutely gorgeous. God bless YOU!

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  4. Thanks Noelle for sharing this story. I use my tools when get up every morning and have my quiet time. I try to spend an hour reading devotionals and doing a bible study. Right now I am doing a study called “All things wise and wonderful” by Wendy Blight. It is really a good study and I am learning alot. Throughout the day I pray little prayers to the Lord as my mind thinks about different things. That way I keep the communication lines open all though my day.
    Have a great day, Polly

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    1. Polly! I did that same study. Wendy is such a gift. God has taught me so much through this beautiful lady. You are a beautiful portrait of Philippians 4:6 with your prayers! Thank you for that wisdom!

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  5. Very beautiful Noelle, as always your love and hungry for God shines through your words that pour forth from your heart.

    I especially loved the phrase in your prayer…”When we do this, the natural byproduct is a deep thirst for You and Your wisdom.” This states the feeling that I awaken with each day.

    I too love Bible teachers, like Heather, Wendy, Melissa AND Noelle. You, my child, are also a teacher.

    My eyes search for beauty in nature and people, because when you look closely enough, you see God in every detail. My ears hear God in the objects, people, animals, wind, rain and His small voice that actually shouts out His love for us. My tool is my mind being bent toward Him and my desires to feel Him and His love like a blanket covering me. To read His word and to search His thoughts that He is sharing with me. Oh, if only we take a few moments out of our busy day, He is waiting for us.

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    1. Oh Mom C… Part of the way I’ve learned God’s intimate parental love has been through YOU. You continue to love me and show me deep wisdom. I love you.

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  6. Such a great post…thank you!

    Lately, I’ve been using my eyes to appreciate God’s beauty to us. I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone else has noticed the butterflies fluttering during the day and the stars at night.

    I’ve used my ears to really pay attention to the lyrics of the songs on the radio station. It’s a beautiful thing to be feeling a certain way and have God speak to you through a song that you may have heard a thousand times, but hadn’t paid attention to the lyrics.

    The tools I’ve been using are books written by great Christian authors. I’m also seeking a small community to surround myself with.

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    1. Marilyn! I’ll be extra vigilant to look for butterflies today! Don’t you just love seeing God’s beauty in these gifts? My heart lights up every time I see a hummingbird 🙂 And, like you, I love the intimacy we can enjoy through lyrics when our hearts and minds are tied into the true message.

      Abba, thank You for Marilyn. Thank You for her Christ-seeking heart. In Jesus’ Name, I ask that You would surround her with other believers to be in community with… to live life with. Bless her with like-minded, Jesus loving friends- whether it’s an online or in her neighborhood. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! xoxo

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  7. Love this…so very true! I too like everyone use my eyes to see his beauty all around us. Worship music feels my soul with him and of course my bible. But honestly lately besides my bible studies, devotionals and scripture reading/memorizing ….I have been using journaling and pray as my main tools. I have found that during my quiet time or anytime I am writing I am searching for him, for his beauty for his signs. As my pen hits that paper I feel like I am in a deep conversation with the Lord and his words are coming out at me on my paper, My head is filled with Bible verse to look up and quotes that help feed me grace and strength. My prayers have turned into deeper conversations rather than just normal little prayers here and there. So I guess My Metal head right now through out the whole day is my notebook and my prayers 🙂 Many Blessings to all ❤

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    1. Oh my heaven Lauren… All I can say is a huge Amen! Something very deep and intimate happens when I journal… it reminds me of love letters. Thank you for bringing this truth to light! You lit my heart on fire!

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    1. Beautiful (inside and out) LISA ALLEN! Hello dear friend! Thank you for the incredible gift of encouragement you shower on all whose path you cross. You have gifted my life immensely! xo

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