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Girlfriends in God - Apr. 15, 2008


April 15, 2008

A Captive Audience

Gwen Smith


Today’s Truth

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV).


Friend to Friend

I spin plates. Not real plates. Metaphorical plates. I spin lots of plates at the same time. I multi-task; whether it’s small household chores or big projects. Doesn’t matter. This has been both a blessing and a curse in my life. Sometimes my attention is divided in too many directions, while other times I feel invigorated, energized, and blessed by the amount of things I can get done in a small window of time.


Being a plate-spinning mom can be a real challenge at times.


Okay…all the time.


When my kids want me, they don’t like to wait for me to spin three more plates before I answer them. When they were smaller, they figured out a way to stop me mid task, no matter what I was doing. They would place their chubby little hands on my cheeks, look me in the eye, and demand my full attention. Then they would deliver their message or question to their captive audience.


God wants you to pause the plate spinning and be His captive audience in this very moment. He wants you to be still, gaze into His eyes, and hear about the love He has for you. Maybe you’ve known of His love for years. Maybe God’s love is all new to you. Regardless, it’s time to stop and smell the sweet Rose of Sharon. It’s time to stop for love.


I’d like you to imagine His strong yet gentle hands reaching for your cheeks, lifting your chin, and drawing your eyes to His. He wants you to fix your gaze on His blazing, mercy-filled eyes. He wants your full attention.


Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for all of the times I fail to give you my attention. I shake my head at the very thought that you want to lock gazes with someone like me, yet Scripture clearly tells me that you desire to be sought after and found by me. I’m here. You have my full attention, please speak to my heart and help me to be your captive audience throughout the day.

In Jesus’ Name,



Now It’s Your Turn

  • Grab your Bible and read Psalm 103.
  • Write down your favorite verses from that chapter and journal about what they teach you.
  • Are you spinning any plates that you don’t need to spin? Learn to say “no” to opportunities that fall outside of your family, passion, and gifting.



More from the Girlfriends

I really want to encourage you to allow God to quiet you with His love today. No matter your struggles, fears, or doubts, He sees you where you are, knows your name, and loves you like crazy. Turn on your speakers and CLICK HERE let Gwen’s song, Broken Into Beautiful, remind you of how God’s love restores the wounded heart.


Gwen’s CD “Through All Generations” draws you into God’s presence with familiar hymns and modern songs of worship. To purchase a copy, go to Gwen’s website:



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