I listen to this podcast as it comes out, weekly. Every week, John, Craig, and whoever else are in for that week's discussion, talk about how they had sought God and asked Him what was on His heart for their listeners. I can't help but think that God must give them what to speak on based on what He needs to speak to me. :) I often can't believe just how perfect the current week's subject is to what I'm going through and learning.
Craig's example during the Conversing with God discussion of the way that God responds to us when we come to Him - how He doesn't just want us to come knock at His door and spill all of our problems, expecting Him to fix them, and then turn around and leave; but wants us to come in with Him, sit at His table, tell Him how we're doing, what we've been going through and feeling, and inquire about Him as well - so helped me. I find that as they speak of their relationships with God and their own experiences, that my hope and excitement for my own relationship with God grows. Sometimes God uses their words to shoot strait to my heart and convict me of something. Sometimes He brings light to an area that I was not seeing in truth. Or sometimes, He whispers words of love and encouragement to my heart, saying to me just how much He loves me and how He loves my heart and my desire for Him.
This podcast is such an encouragement to me and helps me to have such hope for what I know God wants my relationship with Him to be. I love how it brings clarity to things that I can often get overly emotional about and blow out of proportion. But most of all, I love how it causes me to desire, more than ever, a strong, intimate relationship with God, and to seek His face always.
Thank you so much, John and the Ransomed Heart team. God is truly speaking through all of you and offering such hope and encouragement to people like me. :)