Back in 2005 when I started a blog, I wrote simply because I needed to pour out all of the emotions that were roaring inside of me. I wrote from passion, frustration and pain. Honestly, I didn’t care if anyone read the words or not.
I wrote because somewhere in those words,
I was leaning into God.
Now, ten years later, there are many bloggers and lots of chatter. I’ve been distracted to say the least. Distracted by technology, cool marketing tips, loads of books and better bloggers.
Somewhere in the midst of all that I’ve drifted way from my first love… writing from my heart to share my God-story.
God is always listening, waiting for our cry—the words from our soul. The prayers of our heart.
God hears. And God responds.
God is speaking today, but in all of the chatter, I’ve been missing His responses.
So I invite you, today, to join me in returning to our first love.. God. God is speaking. He has a message for you, and He has one for me. What will He say?
Start with this simple prayer:
Lord, I know you are here and I know that you HEAR. I am listening today, Lord. What will you say to me?
Feel free to share what you hear on this blog. It’s okay, though, if God has a word for you to keep to yourself. He does that sometimes, too.
I love you guys, and pray that you’ll be blessed today in a very special way.
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This fits right in with what my boys and I are reading about listening to God in John Eldridge’s book Waking the Dead. Thanks for the confirmation of what God wants me and my sons to focus on right now. God bless.
Tonya, I have not read this book. Is it good? Do you recommend it?
How do you know that the voices you hear in your “heart” (ie., head/brain) are invisible spirits; God or Satan? Isn’t it entirely possible that both the “good” and the “bad” voices you hear are simply YOU talking to yourself? Human beings have internal conversations with themselves all day long:
“Wow. I am such an idiot. That was really a dumb thing to do.”
“Wow. I sure did a good job today. My productivity is the best in the office. I sure hope the boss notices.”
That’s a good question! John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” The more you sink into Scripture, the more you will know God’s voice. Those whispers you get will NEVER contradict Scripture. NEVER. So, God’s voice (the instructions of the Holy Spirit) will always be whispered in love… His words will not put you down as your first example.
Isaiah 30:21 says, “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” This is the promise to Israel, and through Christ, it is our promise as well.
Draw into God’s Holy Word and in quiet time with Him. Ask Him to reveal His will to you and to protect you from the wrong voices that come you way throughout any day. His Words will edify others, and be a light, and encouragement, to others, and glorify Christ. Wait to hear Him… and lean on Scripture heavily. Again, no word will ever contradict Scripture.
Finally, study the Words of Jesus in Scripture. In Jesus, we can see what the Father is like: Loving, compassionate, redeeming, encouraging, and strong. Know Jesus, and the rest will fall into place.