Recognizing The Voice Of God

By Kevin Williams

In the Old Testament Book of 1 Samuel, there is an account of young Samuel being called by God. This is a remarkable story that holds some valuable lessons for those who read it.

Eli was a man of prayer and a priest who had two wicked sons of his own. The story is as relevant today as it was to those who lived it. Samuel grew up as a young boy who had been prayed for by his parents and was dedicated to the service of the Lord.

In chapter 3, we read of God’s call to Samuel. This young man had observed the worship, sacrifice, and specificity involved with Temple service to God. Many of us who attend Church, and are involved in personal, as well as corporate expressions of love for God, know what it looks like.

I am often struck, though, that even as Samuel, we miss the call of God amidst the noise and distractions of our times. Do you recognize the voice of the One who calls to you? There are voices that are easily recognized as familiar, because we hear them so often. Friends and family members are heard every day in our experience.

Eli knew that the Lord was calling to Samuel, and told him to answer with this response. “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Will you respond in like fashion to God as He calls to you in a familiar voice, circumstance, or situation? Be encouraged to recognize the voice of the one who loves you and wants you to know His voice. Are you listening today?

Strength For The Day

Each week, PAYH shares a devotional; “Strength For The Day,” by Chaplain (Col) Stephen W. Leonard, USA, Ret. In addition to being a retired US Army Chaplain, he is also the husband of our Co-Founder, Glenda Anderson Leonard. His writing is both moving and inspiring and will most certainly lift your spirit and encourage you in your walk with Jesus. To receive his weekly writing, you can subscribe online at You can also read past writings by clicking here.

God is blessing PAYH!

We’re beaming with gratitude today, thanks to a generous donor who gifted us a fantastic Ford Expedition!

This vehicle is going to help our Home in so many ways:

  • More opportunities for outings and adventures: We can explore new places, attend workshops, and participate in community events, broadening horizons and fostering positive connections.
  • Smoother transportation for medical appointments and essential errands: Accessing healthcare and necessities just got easier, promoting well-being and independence.
  • A comfortable and reliable space for group activities and outings: Building friendships and shared experiences is crucial, and this spacious vehicle provides the perfect platform.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to our generous partner for this incredible gift! Your kindness will make a lasting impact on the lives of our young people.

Want to join us in making a difference? Share this post, spread the word, and consider donating to Paul Anderson Youth Home. Every contribution, big or small, helps us empower our residents to reach their full potential.

Kassten’s Parents’ Interview

God is a God of second chances. Not only do we believe in what the LORD is doing through PAYH, but Kassten’s parents also have seen and believe through personal experience the change the Youth Home has made in their son. Listen to their story.

PAYH is excited to once again partner with the Chick-fil-A Organization for the Chick-fil-A Vidalia Road Race that will be held on March 2nd, 2024. It is a day for the whole family, with food, games for the kids, on-site shopping, and of course, the Road Race itself. The proceeds will benefit PAYH, WinShape Camps, and Vidalia Heritage Academy. Go to and become a part of this amazing event.

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