10 Ways to Find Time to Spend with God

When you just don’t have the time… the Lord wants to spend more time with YOU.

Several times recently, I have heard of Susannah Wesley.  She was the mother to John and Charles Wesley, two of the founders of the Methodist faith.   She had nineteen children (nine of whom died as infants), but there was a time each day where she would go sit in her chair with her apron over her head.  When she did that, her children knew she was spending time with the Lord and not to bother her.  From her home came two men that were the founders of the Methodist faith.  I think it’s safe to say that her daily quiet time ended up pouring into the lives of her children and helped form them into be God-fearing, Jesus-following adults.

Moms: it is absolutely fine to have a set time where your children know not to approach you unless it’s an emergency.

In fact, we have to put distractions aside sometimes to press into the Lord.  (That’s why she used an apron!)  Now, children are a blessing, not a distraction, and as they get older, they can be taught to respect your time with the Lord.  I can’t think of a better positive influence on my daughter than to respect time with the Lord and see that it is important for herself as she grows into adulthood.  Having a set time can help teach boundaries and responsibility.  Those are never bad things.

In a culture where we feel we are not being good mothers if we are not at our children’s beck and call, we can easily overcompensate and raise children that aren’t capable, responsible, and respectful of others’ time.   We can also swing the other way into ignoring our children if we’re not careful.  If we want our children to be God-fearing adults one day, we need to show them a life wholly committed to the Lord – and that begins with the way we spend our time.

Now, despite the tagline, I DO think every effort should be made to get up and spend time with the Lord each morning.  I know it just makes my day run so much more smoothly.  He helps me prioritize my tasks and guides me into making the right choice in everyday decisions.

Even if you wake up later than usual, if you’ve got 5 minutes to spend in your Word and prayer, please take them!  For those days that just don’t start right, or we need MORE of Him, here are 10 additional ways to find time to spend with the Lord:

  1. Turn on the TV for the kids.  (Really.)

Sometimes as moms, we try to do it ALL.  Including spend every second with our children or doing things for them or for our husbands or our home.  Let me tell you, though, spending a set amount of time with the Lord each day rather than spending that time with your children will pay dividends in your relationship with them.  When I walk away from time with the Lord, I know it was time well spent.   It helps me deal with my daughter, my husband, and my housework with an attitude so much better than time without Him.  Trust me on this: God doesn’t condemn you for putting on some (decent) form of entertainment for your children so that you can spend time with Him.  Sometimes, they just wake up before we do, despite our best intentions.

  1. If you work outside the home, spend your lunch break with the Lord.  If you work inside the home, institute a quiet time each day.

I’m not saying it’s easy, but I have done this.   During the last year and a half while I was teaching (when I didn’t have a student teacher), I would close the curtain to my room, turn off my lights, and read my Bible on my iPad.  People who thought they needed me (mostly to chat), would assume I wasn’t in my room, and people who were desperate to talk to me would knock and enter anyway.  Did I miss eating lunch with my friends?  Initially.  However, spending time with the Lord gave me a peace my friends never could.  If you work inside the home, institute nap time or quiet time each day and use that time to draw close to Him.

  1. Spend time exercising and meditating on the Lord.

We all know exercise is important; pray while you do it.  If you can read your Bible while on a treadmill, go for it!  If you want to listen to praise and worship in your earbuds, do it!  If you find a preacher that you feel the Lord speaks through to you, listen to their podcasts.

  1. If you have kids, ask someone to babysit.

If you have kids and a husband, ask him to watch them while you work out.  If a grandma lives close by, see if she will watch them once a week.  She may offer to do it more than that!  If you have a close friend, consider swapping time watching each other’s kids once in a while to get by yourself and spend some time with the Lord.  If she finds it difficult to get alone, she may relish the idea of trading off with you.

  1. Take a trip to the local store.  Pray on the way there and on the way back. 

Maybe your go-to store isn’t Walmart, but wherever it is, I suggest either going by yourself or putting on Christian music for the kiddos to sing along to in the backseat.  It keeps them occupied and it gives you time to relax and pray.

  1. Turn off the radio.

Pray when you drive.  I’m all about listening to Christian music, but sometimes I just need to pray!

  1. Hang out in the bathroom. 

You know, like the guys do…  Forget the phone and talk to God.  I promise He doesn’t care if you’re in the bathroom – as long as your heart is with Him.  Not joking folks (well, kind of), sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!  While you’re at it…

  1. Pray in the shower.

God will help you prioritize your day in the morning, or help you have peace in the evening.  Let’s be honest, even the kiddos don’t generally follow you in there!  (If they do, it’s time to start employing the lock!)

  1. Pray while you do laundry, dishes, or other mundane housework.

Trust me on this.  God has spoken to me while I washed dishes, grocery shopped, and hung laundry.  If you can talk to a friend while you’re doing those everyday chores, you can talk to the Lord – He wants to be your friend!

  1. Figure out what your biggest time-waster is… and turn it off.

Now, I know this one is easier said than done.  It’s almost as hard as waking up earlier.  I know for me, there is a particular Netflix series that I REALLY want to watch, but some days you just have to say, “No, Lord, spending time with you is more important than the siren call of my show.”  You know, the one you want to watch while you’re prepping dinner, or at the end of a long day.  If you’ve had this thought before, consider it your confirmation that the Lord wants to spend more time with you.  Maybe you like to settle down and scroll across Pinterest or Facebook.  I’ve even had a game on my phone that is hard to let go of.  Turn it off this one time and you’ll begin to wander how much time you have spent doing things that don’t matter – compared to spending time with the Lord, which definitely does!

 

Am I suggesting that we aren’t to have any fun or any time where we just let our minds relax?  Absolutely not!  I am all about having fun, spending time with my loved ones (my daughter in particular), and relaxing in the evenings several days a week.   We were not made to work every moment of every day without rest and relaxation.  These are just ways I have found in my busy day to meditate (concentrate) on the Lord, which is always time well spent.

Are these methods a bit extreme?   Perhaps, but sometimes you have to be adamant that you WILL spend time with the Lord.

Have I employed each one of these at various times?  Yes.

Do I do each one each day or even each month?  No, but I do usually find myself talking to God – and trying to listen – during the quiet moments of my day.

In fact, if none of these ten methods chimed with you as “do-able”, pray and ask the Lord to help you find moments in your day to call on Him, listen to Him, and read His Word.  You won’t regret it.

 

If you’d like to read more about listening to the Lord, might I suggest my blog series, Breaking Busy?

 

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Bible Study: Be Careful Which Voice You Listen To

If you haven’t read Be Careful Which Voice You Listen To, please do so.  (It opens in a new link!)  Also, all scripture references are from the New King James Version of the Bible (unless otherwise stated), which I took from blueletterbible.org.

In Be Careful, I felt the Lord wanted me to not only put some things I have “thought” (the lie of the enemy), but also, what He said in response.  Many of those are reassurances that He has given me personally, although not all of them.  Sometimes all we need is a timely Word of Truth to combat the lies the enemy tries to plant in our hearts and minds.

But enough about the enemy!  Moving on to what the LORD says to us!

 

“I am faithful.”

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself. – 2 Timothy 2:13

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:24 

 

“Bring it to Me, I care.  Give Me your burden so I can help you.”

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

 

“You’re my creation.  I knit you together in your mother’s womb.  I have every hair on your head counted, and there’s not a tear you’ve cried that I haven’t seen.”

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. – Matthew 10:30

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? – Psalm 56:8

 

“You’re the apple of My eye.  I have loved you since the beginning of the world, and I’ll never stop.  You can’t ever outrun My love.”

Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, – Psalm 17:8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. – Ephesians 1:3-6

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

… That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19

 

“I knew every mistake you’d ever make and I sent my Son to die for you anyway.” ther

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God, How great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. – Psalm 139:16-18

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. – Psalm 86:5

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  – 1 John 1:9

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.  He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty of our sins.  For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.  People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time.  God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. – Romans 3:23-26 (New Living Translation)

 

“I can make a way where there is no way.  I call things that are not, as though they are.  I will teach you how to prosper if you call on Me.”

Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

… (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed – God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did… – Romans 4:17

“Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there.  And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit have sent Me.”  Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. – Isaiah 48:16-17

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3

 

“Pray for wisdom – I give it freely when you ask.  Listen to Me, learn from Me, and I will help you.”

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. – James 1:5

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29

 

“If you follow after Me with everything inside you, I’ll take you places you’ve never dreamed of going.”

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21

 

“If I say it once, I don’t need to say it again.  If you will follow Me, it’s as good as done.”

“I have declared the former things from the beginning;
They went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it.
Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.  Because I knew that you were obstinate,
and your neck was an iron sinew, and your brow bronze, even from the beginning I have declared it to you;  before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you, lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my carved image and my molded image have commanded them.’ – Isaiah 48:3-5

So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. – 1 Samuel 3:19

 

“It’s OK to not be perfect.  Bring your perfectionism to the foot of the cross and leave it with me.  Don’t shackle yourself to expectations others put on you or that you put on yourself.  Concentrate on your walk with Me, and I’ll make even your enemies at peace with you.”

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.  For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.  And with Him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.  You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.  Then God made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins.  He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:12-14 (New Living Translation)

When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7

 

“They were just sinners saved by grace.  You need community and encouragement, and they are gifts from Me.”

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.  Let them do good, that they may be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.  – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

 

“Follow Me, and I’ll bring them to you.”

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:32-33

 

“You let Me work on you, and I’ll work on them.  I will knit your hearts together.  I am the God of reconciliation.”

Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’: and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:1-5

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. – Colossians 3:12-15

“Children are a gift from Me, and I want to make you a fruitful vine.”

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. – Psalm 127:3

 

A Song of Ascents.

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.

When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the LORD.

The LORD bless you out of Zion,
And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.

Yes, may you see your children’s children.

Peace be upon Israel! – Psalm 128

 

“I will help you.  I will show you what to do.  You do your part to be faithful, and I’ll remain faithful.”

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the LORD of hosts” – Malachi 3:10-11

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’                                      – Matthew 25:20-21

**Please go read Matthew 25:14-46 for the Parable of the Talents for the bigger picture here.**

 

“You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  You need make changes and I will help you.  Start small and look to Me, and I will teach you discipline.”

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.  Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.  1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established. – Proverbs 16:3

 

I hope you enjoyed the Bible Study: Be Careful Which Voice You Listen To.

If you’d like to go back to the original post (without all the scripture references), you can find it here.

 

 

Be Careful Which Voice You Listen To

My husband and I have rather recently started watching LOST on Netflix.  Now, we’re only into Season 2 at this point, but it seems odd to me that when the people who have landed on the island via a plane crash get too far into the jungle from the beach, they start hearing whispers.  Voices in the wind, I guess you could say.  They look around frantically, trying to see if they are in danger of being kidnapped or killed by an unknown organization on the island.  Usually, something dramatic follows the whispering.

 

I used to have a really hard time knowing which whispering voice inside my head I should listen to.  Be honest – you hear voices in your head too!   Frequently, they may sound like they’re from your perspective, but they don’t originate with you.  Those voices fight for a position at the forefront of your attention.  They seem to wrestle endlessly in certain times of your life.  My prayer is that the Holy Spirit can shed some light on this area of our lives, and show us how to find freedom from the struggle.  Because the struggle is real.

 

You hear the voices when you’re conflicted about something.  

You hear them when you’re trying to make a difficult decision.   

You hear them when you’re doubting your abilities, and yet you know you need to move toward a specific goal.  Maybe you hear them when you know you should do something, but you just don’t want to

They’re the voices you hear every day of your life – if you’re being honest with yourself.

 

You see, one voice is that of the Holy Spirit.  The other is of the enemy of our souls.  It’s (almost) like the cartoon angel and devil on a guy’s shoulders.  Only it’s not funny when it’s happening to us, and sometimes we have a hard time determining which voice to listen to – especially because our thoughts don’t come dressed in red and white with pitchforks and halos.  Sometimes it’s hard to know which voice is speaking.

 

If you’re not careful, you can tune into the wrong voice, and those words can become what you think about, listen to, focus on, and direct your life toward.  No one wants to blatantly direct their life according to the wrong voice, or in the wrong direction.  Yet so many people we know and love listen to the wrong voices.  They ascribe to the wrong truth.  They start believing the lies about their self-worth, their lives, and their future. If they’re really honest with themselves, they see themselves -as less than, not enough, and unlikely to receive.   

I’ve been that person at times, so I speak from experience!  Let me tell you, the constant wrangling can wear you out!  Sometimes we call the negative voice “stress.”  Maybe we call it “doubt” or label it as “fear”, but the truth is that it’s not good for us, and it comes from the Pit.  We want to embrace the truth, but we have a hard time hearing it over the stress, doubt, and fear.

These anxieties that bounce around in our minds can echo forever in our hearts if we don’t deal with them through the power of God’s Word.

 

The Bible says,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

Now, normally when this scripture is preached or taught about, it is in reference to two people where there is friction or outright arguing.  However, I believe it applies to the voices inside your head, too!  We don’t wrestle against ourselves.  The Holy Spirit (who lives inside us when we come to know Jesus) wrestles with the advance of the enemy on our lives, and in particular, in our minds.  All those negative thoughts masquerade as our thoughts, vying for our attention and our concentration.  

Where do was and fights come from among you?  Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? – James 4:1 (NKJV)

 

James goes on to talk about how friendship with the world makes someone an enemy of God.  Then he continues to say…

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?”

But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to youCleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:5-8 (NKJV)

 

To submit to God, we must know what He says in His Word and follow His guidance.  That will help us listen to His voice.  Jesus talked about His followers, His sheep.  He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s Hand.

I and My Father are one.” – John 10:27-30

 

If you have a hard time believing that God talks to us, please go read 7 Ways God Speaks to Us.  (Don’t worry, it opens in a new window!)

These thoughts we have when God speaks to us are not Old Testament, God-talking-out-of-a-burning-bush examples.  God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, and it comes as a thought.  What God tells us will ALWAYS line up with His Word.  If we want to follow Him with everything inside us, we must be in our Bible and pray (and wait) for His guidance.  Pray that He would speak to you, to help you differentiate the His Truth from the enemy’s lie.  Ask Him to shed some light on the lies you’ve believed.  Ask him to renew your mind and purify your heart to hear from Him.  If He shows you an area where you did not submit to His truth, and you accepted the lie, He may prompt to ask forgiveness for it.  Once you do, it is under the blood of Jesus, never to be remembered by God again.  

If you find yourself dwelling excessively on whatever area that you’ve struggled with (from the point of asking forgiveness forward), and you start feeling down about it, remember, God doesn’t bring condemnation, He brings conviction.  Conviction is love-based.  He loves you, wants to draw you near to Him, to forgive you, and help you to do better through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  If you start taking on the mindset of “I’ll never be able to let go of _________,” and feeling badly about it, perhaps even hopeless, you need to pray that God would show you where those thoughts are coming from and that He will help you deal with them.  So often the enemy tries to throw back in our face what has already been forgotten about by God.  If you’ve read my first post, I talk about a cargo plane crashing into the Sea of Forgetfulness.  God won’t remind you of past mistakes that are covered by the blood of Jesus.  Those thoughts are from the enemy to get you distracted from what God really wants to accomplish in your life.

 

Back to resisting the lie of the enemy…

To resist the devil, we must recognize his tactics first.

We have to recognize that whatever thoughts the enemy may throw our way even if they sound like they’re from our perspectivethey are contrary to God’s Word for our life.

We have to know which voice to listen to, so that we can submit to one, and resist the other.  We don’t want to be double-minded, right?  It’s exhausting!  It’s stressful and frustrating, wondering which voice we should listen to.

 

So, as I was jotting down thoughts for this post, I came up with some things that will help us recognize what IS NOT God’s still, small voice.  When we read His Word, we can begin to recognize thoughts and beliefs that are contrary to the Bible, and we resist and reject them.  You resist them long enough, submit them to the Lord for His help and guidance, and they will stop when you’re consistent in pulling them down.  That’s why it says to resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

The voice of God    (Bible Study to follow!)

It’s NOT the voice that says, “There’s no hope.”

It IS voice that says, “I am faithful.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “Nobody cares about my struggle.”

It IS the voice that says, “Bring it to Me, I care.  Give Me your burden so I can help you.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “God doesn’t care.”

It IS the voice that says, “You’re my creation.  I knit you together in your mother’s womb.  I have every hair on your head counted, and there’s not a tear you’ve cried that I haven’t seen.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I’m not loved and I never will be.”

It IS the voice that says, “You’re the apple of My eye.  I have loved you since the beginning of the world, and I’ll never stop.  You can’t ever outrun My love.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “What I’ve done is too bad for God to forgive.”

It IS the voice that says, “I knew every mistake you’d ever make and I sent my Son to die for you anyway.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I can’t do any better for myself.  My circumstances will never improve.”

It’s IS voice that says, “I can make a way where there is no way.  I call things that are not, as though they are.  I will teach you how to prosper if you call on Me.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I can’t seem to do anything right.”

It IS voice that says, “Pray for wisdom – I give it freely when you ask.  Listen to Me, learn from Me, and I will help you.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I’ll never achieve that level of success.”

It IS the voice that says, “If you follow after Me with everything inside you, I’ll take you places you’ve never dreamed of going.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I’ll never achieve the dream God instilled in me when I was younger – that was just immature faith.”

It IS the voice that says, “If I say it once, I don’t need to say it again.  If you will follow Me, it’s as good as done.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I’ve messed up – I’m on God’s Plan B for my life.”

It IS the voice that says, “I will redeem your present situation and fulfill My purpose for you.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I have to be perfect or I’ll be rejected by those who say they love me.”

It IS the voice that says, “It’s OK to not be perfect.  Bring your perfectionism to the foot of the cross and leave it with me.  Don’t shackle yourself to expectations others put on you or that you put on yourself.  Concentrate on your walk with Me, and I’ll make even your enemies at peace with you.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I don’t need church – they’re all hypocrites anyway.”

It IS the voice that says, “They were just sinners saved by grace.  You need community and encouragement, and they are gifts from Me.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I need to keep looking everywhere you go for a future spouse – or I’ll miss them.”

It IS the voice that says, “Follow Me, and I’ll bring them to you.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I want to leave my spouse.  I’d be happier without them.”

It IS voice that says, “You let Me work on you, and I’ll work on them.  I will knit your hearts together.  I am the God of reconciliation.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I’ll never have a child.”

It IS the voice that says, “Children are a gift from Me, and I want to make you a fruitful vine.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “I’ll never be debt free.”

It IS the voice that says, “I will help you.  I will show you what to do.  You do your part to be faithful, and I’ll remain faithful.”

 

It’s NOT the voice that says, “It doesn’t matter what I eat or if I take care of myself – we’re all going to die somehow.”

It IS the voice that says, “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  You need make changes and I will help you.  Start small and look to Me, and I will teach you discipline.”

 

Be careful which voice you listen to, my friend.  

Listening to the wrong voice can take you places you never intended to go, and never wanted to end up settling.  Remember, being able to determine the voice of the Holy Spirit is a skill that develops as we read the Word and spend time in prayer.  Ask the Lord to speak to you and He will as you Wait on a Whisper from Him.

 

For more help on figuring out which voice is speaking, read TRUTH: Dispelling the Lie.

 

** I have a Bible Study backing up all of the statements that I feel God would say to you in response to the enemy’s lies.  I will post them in the next few days.  Subscribe via email and you can receive them in your inbox!

Bible Study: Finding Hope and Healing after Miscarriage

If you haven’t read Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, you might want to, otherwise this Bible Study (of sorts) may not make much sense.  The blog post for Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage was so long already that I decided to take all the scriptures I mentioned in it, and just make it into a Bible Study.  I’ll still put the 5 Universal Truths, but underneath will just be the reference I made and then the verse(s).

Also, I typically read from the New King James Version of the Bible because it was what my parents read, and was therefore quoted that way to me.  I will often go to the New Living Translation for an easier read, and if you would like to look each scripture up in your preferred version, please do that instead!  After each quote is the scripture reference, just use that to find it in your Bible.

 

Ready to go?  Read on!

 

1. God Loves You and Has Compassion on You.  

He cares for you.

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV*

He has compassion on you.

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without sin. – Hebrews 4:15 NKJV

He has a book with our whole life recorded in it.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When [as yet there were] none of them. – Psalm 139:16 NKJV

He loves you and wants you to be healed.

3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, [saying]: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. 4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. – Jeremiah 31:3-4 NKJV

He had to turn His back on His own Son – God had to forsake Him, leave His Son and turn away.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” – Matthew 27:46 NKJV

Jesus had to die for the forgiveness of our sins – we have been redeemed by Christ.

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:21-26 NKJV

Jesus conquered death, Hell, and the grave.

18 “I [am] He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. – Revelation 1:18 NKJV

Jesus called the children to himself and said to let them come.

16 But Jesus called them to [Him] and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. – Luke 18:16 NKJV

 

2. Your Baby was Created in Love and They’ll Never Know Anything but God’s Purest Love.

Even if we live a long life, it will still be full of sorrow.

10 The days of our lives [are] seventy years; And if by reason of strength [they are] eighty years, Yet their boast [is] only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. – Psalm 90:10 NKJV

One thousand years to us is like a day passing for the Lord.

4 For a thousand years in Your sight [Are] like yesterday when it is past, And [like] a watch in the night. – Psalm 90:4 NKJV

In Heaven, there is no death, crying, illness, or pain.

4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4 NKJV

 

3.  He Doesn’t Want You to Give Up Hope.

Our time on earth is that of a vapor.

14 whereas you do not know what [will happen] tomorrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. – James 4:14 NKJV

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4 Man is like a breath; His days [are] like a passing shadow. – Psalm 144:4 NKJV

This is a momentary pain that will be overshadowed by the pleasure of being in God’s presence.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen [are] temporary, but the things which are not seen [are] eternal. – 2Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV

You have a future.  You can hold onto hope.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

He can’t say anything that doesn’t serve the purpose for which it’s intended.  His words don’t drop to the ground. 

8 “For My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, Nor [are] your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:8-11 NKJV

God’s words: they are life-giving and powerful. 

12 For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

He says if you seek Him, He will give you the desires of your heart. 

4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 NKJV

Hope deferred makes the heart sick.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But [when] the desire comes, [it is] a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12 NKJV

 

4. With His Help, You Won’t Drown in the Pain.

God raises up a standard for us against the flood of the enemy.

19 So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. – Isaiah 59:19 NKJV

He says when we walk through the waters, He’s with us, and the water won’t overtake us.  When we have to walk through the fire, we won’t get burned or scorched.   

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called [you] by your name; You [are] Mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I [am] the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. – Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV

Cling to Him like never before, and He’ll bring you through this.

19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 “that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He [is] your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV

 

5.  He Wants to Bring You Peace and Rest.

He says to come to Him if you’re weary and heavy-laden, and He’ll give you rest. 

28 “Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

He wants you to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need. 

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV

He wants you to rest.  He wants to shepherd you through the valley of the shadow of death. 

1 A Psalm of David. The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. – Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

Side Note:  It’s the valley of the shadow of death, because it LOOKS LIKE DEATH.  A shadow is only a larger image cast off an actual object.  It only appears that way if we temporarily forget that Jesus has the keys to death and the grave.  There is no eternal death for our little ones.  Our babies are in Heaven and if we follow Jesus, we will be with them again one day.

 

 

* Each and every scripture listed came from the Blue Letter Bible website.  I use their app all the time for my personal Bible time.  (I am not an affiliate of BLB.org)

 

If you are walking through healing from a miscarriage, or maybe even experiencing one now, I would love to pray with you.  If you would like to contact me via my Contact Me page, please do.  I will never share any of your information.  If you feel like you’re alone, I assure you that you’re not.  Contact me through my page and we can converse via email or private messaging of some kind.  I would love to help you in any way I can.  If you have other questions or helpful comments, please submit them below.  I welcome the interaction.

Also, if anything in this post was encouraging to you or could be encouraging to someone else, please share it with them.  Please consider the sensitive nature of miscarriage and either post to everyone you know (because you never know who could need it) or send a private message to women who could use the encouragement.  Thank you for your discretion in sharing!

If you’d like some of my backstory, please visit my first post, Why “Waiting on a Whisper“.

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Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage

The whole reason I started this blog was to encourage women.  In particular, I feel the Lord wants to encourage women who have walked through the heartbreak of miscarriage.  I speak from experience.  The Lord has given me four children, but I only have one that I get to keep on this side of Heaven.  She’s so smart, sweet, beautiful, and funny, but for the past four years my husband and I have wanted to give her a sibling and add to our family.  The Lord has blessed me with babies I’ve prayed for, cried for, and begged for, but I haven’t got to keep them.  I know that there’s a lot of terrible things people have to survive in life, but I feel like women who have experienced a miscarriage after trying for so long to have a child (or even not so long), have the greatest high and the lowest low – and they don’t feel like they can talk about it.

 

Ladies, this is the very reason we’re advised to not speak of the life inside us until the 13th week!  It’s because the unthinkable may happen, and we may lose the child we’re carrying.  No one wants to get excited for something, and then it not happen.  So we hold our breath, and say our prayers, and only tell our best of friends and maybe our closest relatives.  In my case, I only told people I knew would pray fervently for my fourth pregnancy.  I knew that the people I let know about the life inside me would have my back prayerfully as the baby grew – and would pray for me just as emphatically if I miscarried again.  Part of me didn’t want to have to disappoint my loved ones – as if I could determine whether or not it would be a healthy pregnancy.

 

One of the most important things I “took away” from experiencing three consecutive miscarriages, was that it is a loss that must be grieved.  It’s not just the loss of the child you’ve so desired – which is so very tragic – but the loss of the dream of what that child would be.  It absolutely is something you have to grieve.

 

It was hard for me to grieve the loss of my babies.  Only after the third miscarriage did I really wrap my mind around grieving for them.  It’s easier to mourn my father, who I had memories with – good and bad.  It’s easier to mourn the loss of him because I have other people that remember him too.  We can share funny stories and laugh and recall all the best times we had with him.  That’s what people do, right?  Think about the good times we shared with the ones we loved and lost.

 

Miscarriage shatters that idea.  It’s a baby we don’t get to hold right now.  It’s a life that no one outside close friends and family knew about.  There were no “tangible” experiences, if you will.  No photographs, no funny stories.  All there seems to be is loss.  It’s heart wrenching, and if you’re not careful, it can harden your heart.

 

You see, if you’re a follower of Jesus, you really only have one enemy.  His name is Satan.  His whole goal for his existence is to lead God’s people away from Him.  You see, we were created in the image of God, and we were made to worship Him.  The enemy jumps at the opportunity to lead us away from the Shepherd.  Let me tell you: walking through a miscarriage will show you where you stand with God.  Even if you are secure in your faith, it can rock you to the core.  It will challenge what your faith is made of, and it can make you question how God sees you, and even if He loves you.  It’s so hard to accept what we can’t understand.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the Word and in prayer over the past year and a half, and I can only tell you what I’ve come up with.  These are the truths I stand upon.  Doubts will come.  They only become beliefs when we accept them and don’t challenge them. 

 

So if you’ve gone through a miscarriage, here are some things I think you should know.  I’ll call them Universal Truths – because no matter your situation, no matter God’s plan for you, you can hold them as your truth too.

 

  1. God Loves You and Has Compassion on You.  (Sometimes this is the hardest Truth.)

 

He cares for you.  He has compassion on you.  He has a book where all of your days are recorded.  He knew this would happen to you (it’s not His fault – it’s a fallen world we live in), and He has already started preparations to walk you through this hard time.  If you’re reading this, He wants you to know that you stumbled upon this article written by a woman that has faced what you’re facing – so that you can receive healing and a little bit of clarity on this side of eternity.  He knows you’re heartbroken.  He knows the doubts the enemy has and will place in your mind – but He wants you to remain steadfast in His love and KNOW that HE LOVES YOU.

You see, He had to give His son up too, for a little while.  He had to turn His back on His own son – because He loves you that much.  He sent His son as a little baby for the sole purpose of His eventual sacrifice for the forgiveness of your sins.  Jesus was the payment of our sins so that He could redeem us from the enemy’s grasp.  So that death, hell, and the grave would lose their power over us – and our babies.  My friend, Jesus loves the little children.  To Him, the thought of keeping the little children from Him was reprehensible.  That includes the baby or babies that you’ve lost.  God loves you and He loves your baby too.

 

  1. Your Baby was Created in Love and They’ll Never Know Anything but God’s Purest Love.

 

Your little one made it to eternity before you, never to experience the pain of life on earth.  We can all agree, that while we all plan to give our baby the best life we possibly can, they will still get hurt.  They will still fall off their bike and skin their knee, still have their feelings hurt, still have struggles in this life.  Please hear me on this.  Your baby will never know anything but the purest love: the love of their parents and the love of our Heavenly Father.  Let that sink in and bring you peace.  No illness, no heartbreak, no fear for them.  Just peace and joy and love all around for your little one in eternity. 

 

  1. He Doesn’t Want You to Give Up Hope.

 

If you’re a child of God, a Jesus follower, you will see and hold your baby again.  Our time on earth is a that of a vapor.  Here a few moments and gone.  Even if we make it eighty years on earth, it’s a moment in the vast expanse of eternity.  So when you’re reminded by the enemy that “God allowed your baby to be taken from you,” you remind yourself that it’s a fallen world, and God has rescued your baby from the grip of the enemy before it could ever be in harm’s way.  To God, we’re here for a moment, so your baby is just enveloped in love for a few moments until you are with them again.  I know it seems like it will be a long time until you will be with them again.  I promise you though, once you make it to Heaven, you’ll have your child for eternity and this momentary pain will be overshadowed by the pleasure of being in God’s presence.  You have a future.  You can hold on to hope and make the most of this life you’ve been given while you’re here.

If He gave you the desire to have more children, He will fulfill that desire.  It may not be the way you imagine or by your preferred schedule, but if He’s told you He’s good for it, He’s good for it.  You see, He can’t say anything that doesn’t serve the purpose for which it’s intended.  His words don’t drop to the ground.  They are life-giving and powerful.  He says if you seek Him, He will give you the desires of your heart.  That’s not a wish list – it’s a download and installation of His desires into your heart when you pursue Him.

We know that hope deferred makes the heart sick.  If you’ve suffered through a miscarriage, it certainly makes your heart heavy, but DON’T GIVE UP HOPE.  Healing is on the way!  He wants to help you heal from the heartbreak of miscarriage and give you hope for your future.  He wants to give you life when all you’re feeling is lifeless.

 

  1. With His Help, You Won’t Drown in the Pain.

 

Sometimes, when we’re caught up in the flood of the enemy, we think the attacks on our bodies and minds will keep coming – that there is no end.  I’d like to remind you that He raises up a standard against the enemy.  He says when we walk through the waters, He’s with us, and the water won’t overtake us.  When we have to walk through the fire, we won’t get burned or scorched.   He says to FEAR NOT.  You won’t drown in the pain.  Cling to Him like never before, and He’ll bring you through this.

 

  1. He Wants to Bring You Peace and Rest.

 

He wants you to come to Him and find peace and rest – for your mind and your soul.  He says to come to Him if you’re weary and heavy-laden, and He’ll give you rest.  He wants you to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need.  He wants you to rest.  He wants to shepherd you through the valley of the shadow of death.  He’s with you.  He wants to comfort you.  Let Him.

 

In closing, I want you to know that I have been where you are.  Maybe our circumstances aren’t identical, but I have made it through by the grace of God, and you can too.

My prayer is that you will be able to look back at this difficult time in your life and give God the glory for it.  That might seem impossible now, but give the Lord your broken heart and He will heal it.  He LONGS to heal your heart.  He has compassion on you and He loves you.  You’ve been led to this article for the express purpose of allowing Him to heal your heart.

 

I would encourage you to pray about the following:

1. The Lord would help you to not allow the tragedy of miscarriage to harden your heart – or wound your heart against Him.

2.  That He would heal your body, heart, and mind. There’s nothing He cannot heal.  It’s hard to face what we struggle with, but He is more than capable of removing the pain and inserting peace in our lives.  If we will face it, He will heal it.

3.  That He would help you to have wisdom as you walk through this time of your life. That He would help you to have an eternal perspective of your life and that of your baby.

4.  That He would remind you of His truth for your life.  Sometimes we believe God makes us promises.  Pray that He would reveal His will for your life, and that He would show you truths through His Word that you can stand upon when doubts arise.

5.  That He would comfort you and your family and give you peace and rest as you wait for His direction for life.

 

“God is God, and God is faithful, and He cannot be otherwise.”

– Lucretia Noble

 

If you call on Him, He will be faithful to heal you and give you hope again.

 

If you’d like the Bible verses I referenced in this post, please see my Bible Study: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage.

 

If you are walking through healing from a miscarriage, or maybe even experiencing one now, I would love to pray with you.  If you would like to contact me via my Contact Me page, please do.  I will never share any of your information.  If you feel like you’re alone, I assure you that you’re not.  Contact me through my page and we can converse via email or private messaging of some kind.  I would love to help you in any way I can.  If you have other questions or helpful comments, please submit them below.  I welcome the interaction.

Also, if anything in this post was encouraging to you or could be encouraging to someone else, please share it with them.  Please consider the sensitive nature of miscarriage and either post to everyone you know (because you never know who could need it) or send a private message to women who could use the encouragement.  Thank you for your discretion in sharing!

If you’d like some of my backstory, please visit my first post, Why “Waiting on a Whisper“.

>>> Bible Study: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage

 

7 Ways God Speaks to Us

You know when you read something and it really resonates with you as TRUTH?  Maybe it’s a quote on Facebook or Pinterest that makes you think, “Wow, that’s good!”  It almost always makes you want to do something you already know is good for you.  I’ve said before that when I hear something I think is from the Lord, it “chimes” with my spirit.  There’s just something that stands up inside of you that says, “YES!!!”  (You with me here?)  That’s how we should be when God speaks to us!  It’s not always that easy though –  sometimes we’re not sure He’s doing the talking we’re hearing.  I mean, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like when I’m praying, I’m always waiting on a whisper!

 

Seven Ways God Speaks To Us

He speaks to us through:

  1. His Word

Sometimes something resonates with you, strikes a chord, “chimes” with your spirit.  A lot of ways to say “it hits your spirit like a ton of bricks.”  Maybe you’ve prayed for an answer, and as you’re reading His Word, you feel like what you’re reading is written exactly for you.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” – Romans 15:4 (NKJV)

 

  1. A godly friend (or mentor)

I am blessed to have a couple of seriously great friends that really encourage me.  When I go to them for advice, they offer ways to deal, biblical perspective, and hope that I can keep moving forward with wisdom.  God will speak to you through godly people in your life!

“Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.” – Proverbs 27:9 (NKJV)

  1. A timely word

I love it when I listen to someone preach and it’s EXACTLY what I need.  It’s not necessarily the whole sermon – although it has been before!  Sometimes it’s just one sentence that stands out like God Himself said it to me.  As if He were saying, “Yes, Charity, that one was for you!”

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” – Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”      – Proverbs 16:24 (NKJV)

“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season,                  how good it is!” – Proverbs 15:23 (NKJV)

  1. Lyrics of a song

My good friend recently reminded me that I used to hear from God through songs.  I definitely believe that God does this.  To be honest, I only ever listen to Christian radio and praise and worship music.  That’s just my personal preference.  Frequently God will bring song lyrics to my mind that are exactly what my heart is feeling.  Often, they have some kind of biblical background or lyrics straight from the Bible.

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” – Ephesians 5:18-19 (NKJV)

  1. A mental nudge

Often, He speaks to us through what I’m going to start calling “A Mental Nudge.”  The Holy Spirit will nudge us toward things, and make us aware of His intent for our lives.  If you ever feel like you’re being nudged in a direction for the benefit of the kingdom, prayerfully consider what the Lord is trying to tell you.

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)

  1. Presented opportunities or a challenge

It seems like I’ve heard several times lately,

“There comes a time to DO.  We keep praying, we keep seeking the Lord, but ultimately, sometimes you just have to ACT.  Christians say, ‘Oh, I need to pray about that.’  NO!  The Lord has told you to do something, just do it!” 

I suppose I kept hearing that because I was  riding the fence (heavily) on whether or not to start this blog in June.  I felt the Lord was leading me to it with everything I looked at – I even was listening to one of my favorite preachers, and the last thing he said on the podcast before he closed the message in prayer, was “If He wants to, God can even teach you how to start a website!”  Funny how He kept trying to convince me to start a blog and I was so reluctant because I knew it could be a very large time commitment if I wasn’t careful.

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”                       – Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV) 

“The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is                 from the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:1  (NKJV)

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”- Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

  1. Prayer – sometimes actively praying, sometimes in the waiting

The Holy Spirit was sent to teach us and bring to our remembrance all the things God has said to us.  Personally, I think that means both through the previous six methods of hearing God, and also just waiting on Him.  The Holy Spirit is the mouthpiece of God into our lives.  In John 16, Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit:

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”                                  – John 16:13-14 (NKJV)

 

 

NOTICE THAT IN ALL THESE METHODS, YOU HAVE TO LISTEN AND OBEY.

 “So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22 (NKJV)

Pray that the Lord will speak to you.  I can promise you that He wants to get your attention about something!

Just make sure when He does speak, that you listen and obey.

Want to know more about waiting for God to speak?  Check out my first blog post about Waiting on a Whisper. Happy listening!