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Do you ever wonder what it would be like to actually hear God speak to you? Like Moses at the burning bush, I can imagine I might hide my face too (Exodus 3:6). But I also have so many questions... What is my purpose here, Lord? How can I serve your kingdom? Who am I to help others?
There are times I would love nothing more than to hear God's direction loud and clear. I imagine it would come like a booming voice from heaven, declaring the intended path I should be taking.
But God doesn't speak that way, does he? Rather, he speaks in a quiet whisper to our hearts.
Even though we long to hear the sound of God's voice, there are many ways to listen for his still small voice guiding you on your journey to find purpose. You CAN hear God's voice. Today, I'm sharing a few of those ways to help you better listen for God's quiet whisper to your heart.
Reading His Word
There is truly no better way to hear God speak than to read his Word. The pages of the bible are filled with God's actual Words. And the best part? God's Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), so we can trust it to be relevant today.
So, how does God speak through the bible? Well, that depends most of all on us actually reading it.
Try setting aside 5-15 minutes each day to simply sit down and open your bible. Busy schedule? Make it happen tonight before bed. A few minutes can make a big impact. Don't know where to start? The Gospel of John is one of my very favorites. It's about 3/4 the way back in your bible.
Begin making this a daily activity. Add it to your family calendar and read the bible together. You can read one Psalm or Proverb per day to get started.
As you dig deeper in to God's Word, you'll begin to notice verses coming to mind more readily throughout the week. Whenever I truly commit myself to reading my Bible, I find that happening to me too and it almost feels like God speaking directly to my heart in the moments I need him most.
Spending Time With Him
How do you nurture your closest relationships? By spending time together, of course. Isn't that why we date before we get married? And why we have discovery calls before we hire a coach? Building a relationship with God is the same way - you must spend time with him to learn how to hear his voice more clearly.
Even though it may seem intimidating at first, you've already taken the first step. Spending time in God's Word is a huge part of spending time with God himself.
Begin the habit of morning quiet time. I can honestly say that my spiritual growth truly began when I started devoting my mornings to God.
If you're not a morning person, that's okay! I honestly wasn't either, but I promise you can make it happen little by little. Read this post to learn more about how I became a morning person.
Start your quiet time by asking God to be present, to join you and to speak to you this morning. Then open your bible and begin reading. Spend as much time as you wish in the Word.
One of my favorite ways to connect with God is through journaling. You can write your prayers, or write about what's on your mind, or write about what's happening in this season of life. God cares about all of it, dear sister.
Another great option is to write the Word. Lara Casey created the Write The Word Journal series to inspire your bible study, and I absolutely love it! Each day has a few bible verses selected and a lined page to write them out. Then there's another page to write what's on your heart today. Keep track of the date and journal your gratitude at the top of the page.
It's a really beautiful experience to actually write out God's Word. And it helps immensely with hearing His voice more clearly.
Talk With God
PRAYER. I can't emphasize it enough, sister! God wants to hear what's on your heart and he wants you to come to him with your fears, worries, gratitude and love. The only way to do that is through prayer.
If you're unsure where to start, I recommend starting with gratitude. Tell God what and who you're thankful for. After all, they're blessings from God himself.
Then tell him what's on your mind. What good things are happening right now? Not so good things? What are you worried or fearful about? Take those things to the Cross and leave them there.
Ask for what you need. Matthew 7:7 says "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Conclude your prayer by simply saying Amen.
You can do this whenever you need or want to! God always wants to hear from his children.
If you struggle to find time for prayer, I urge you to make the time. One of my favorite times to pray is in the car on my way to work. It starts my day off perfectly by connecting with God.
How to Know Something Is From God
Even once you've implemented most or all of these strategies, it can sometimes still be hard to tell when something comes from God. This could be another post by itself, but I do want to share a few ways to discern for yourself:
1) Ask yourself: Is this in line with what I've read in the bible? If the idea you have doesn't align with God's word, then it probably isn't from God either.
2) Consider: Is this something I just really want to happen, or do I honestly feel a pull on my heart for this? We're only human, so it can be expected that what we deeply desire may seem to be from God, when actually it's our own desire speaking instead.
3) Look for repetition: When God is serious about something in the bible, he often repeats it. Have you noticed similar things happening in different places? Or has the same verse appeared multiple times recently? This may not be a coincidence! God may be trying to tell you something.
Every week, I like to share a quick action step that is designed to help you simplify various aspects of your life or business. This week, you're going to seek God's voice and learn to hear that quiet whisper above all else.
Start by working through each suggestion above. Little by little, add one at a time to your daily routine. It may take time, but your relationship with God will deepen and you will become more in tune with the sound of his voice.
When have you heard God's voice? Share in the comments below how God has spoken to you and what he begins to tell you through this process.
In His Grace,