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Bonnie Gray is the author of Sweet Like Jasmine, Whispers of Rest, wife, and mom to two boys. An inspirational speaker featured by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today, she’s guided thousands to detox stress and experience God’s love through soul care, encouragement, and prayer. She loves refreshing your soul at...

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  1. Bonnie,
    God is not silent in the silence. I know God hears the prayers that I pray in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. I know that He sees and hears the desires of my heart. Yet, often there is silence. Thank you for the reminder that hope is born anew this Christmas. If God can become God made man for our redemption…then nothing is impossible for Him. I’ll look at the stars and be reminded of this hope. Thank you…
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Thank you Bonnie for the reminder that God knows the dreams in my heart. I haven’t blogged in a while on Heart Choices but I knew I had to link up with you today to write about HOPE. I loved reading your words of hope. You provided encouragement to me today and I thank you. Only He knows the intimate desires of my heart and I was able to write about my prayers.

  3. Your words spoke directly to my heart today, Bonnie. Yes, we all have dreams we may have let slip away. It’s so good to be reminded that God hasn’t forgotten about us. That He sees us each and every moment. And even more than that, He is there with us. Thank you for this reminder today:)

  4. Oh how I know this all too well, “Sometimes night isn’t something we see with our eyes, but something we experience in our hearts” …yet, “In Christ alone my
    hope is found,

    He is my light, my
    strength, my song…”

  5. Thank you for this post, Bonnie. As I pondered the questions you offer at the end, I’m reminded of how much God has given each of us. And yet, it’s easy to let go of hope and grip discouragement.

    I loved these words: “God has kept everything we’ve waited for in our lives and in our prayers — dreams maybe we let slip through our fingers.

    God has not forgotten. God has heard your prayers.

    God has heard your voice. Calling out to Him in the night.”

    There is great comfort knowing God keeps everything, even those things we let slip through our fingers. Thanks for this, and for the call to embrace Jesus during the Advent season.

  6. So beautifully written! I love advent and the way it helps me focus on Christ. I did not grow up practicing advent, but my husband and I light a candle everyday and read an advent devotional. It is the most meaningful thing we do during the month of December. It was important to me to read your words of how God has not forgotten us or left us alone in our longings, our hopes, our disappointments and our prayers. It reminds me of an advent reading; the author wrote about how God answered Zechariah’s prayer in the midst of doing the work he was called to do. He always shows up.

  7. I’m so glad God knows the dreams we’ve had, even if we give up on them. Some of my dreams seem too far-fetched, reading your words today give me hope to not give up on them. Thank you.

  8. I especially love those Advent whispers from God, Bonnie. They grip the longings of my soul. He remembers us and longs for us to listen to Him. To open our hearts to let Him love us. He delights in giving us hope in Him. Thank you so much for these loving reminders. Praying God will fill you with hope and peace this Advent season!

  9. Hmm. I didn’t expect to cry this morning. I don’t think it’s only bec our new puppy got me up four times in the night (altho maybe.) I think it’s because you said He understands our waiting and our hoping. And sees and knows and remembers all our prayers – even the ones we’ve forgotten we prayed. Thanks, bonnie. You’re a gem.

  10. “Is this real? Should I go? I imagine the magi asking.” I know have, still do. Yet the one thing remains. The star keeps shining through the dead of night…and gives hope

  11. Bonnie,

    God isn’t silent in the silence. God has kept everything we’ve waited for in our lives and in our prayers. God has not forgotten. God has heard your prayers. It is easy to forget and lose hope in the waiting! I have felt this for too long now. Wondering, questioning, asking. My desire this Advent is to be near God and feel Him intimately! This year more than ever I need Him and His love! Been rough patch for few years!
    Blessings 🙂

  12. Bonnie,

    You are always inspiring to me. Thank-you for your beautiful flow of words.

    Blessings to you,,

    Penny

  13. Bonnie,
    “I remember” ! Think I will savor this whisper from my God. My whole Advent is being upturned (in a good and surprising way) this year. It all began as I wrestled with my cynicism of hope and asked God for a wee sign that He really did see me (my trying circumstances I’ve been waiting in for a long time) and then how beyond a shadow of doubt listened to HIs tailor-fit message to me through the pastor’s sermon on the first Sun. morning of advent. Yes, I needed courage to move toward the light of hope. This post continues the blessing & renewed hope for me this week.

  14. This is beautiful and so true. He knows those silent and unspoken hopes I have in my heart that I’m desperately trying to hold onto. I know He is faithful and able and He has not forgotten me.

  15. “Though the journey is paved with sunrises and sunsets, dusk and dawning, trials and long days, God is faithful.” This statement of yours, Bonnie, reminded me that I have to face this reality: the hopes and dreams I hold dear may not be what God has in store for me. But my spirit says, that’s OK, because what HE has planned will serve a greater purpose. Now if my emotions will just stay lined up with my spirit!