Hearing God's Voice

How to have a better week…

“To drink from your well and be changed by your glory, how could I ask for more?” – Meredith Andrews

It’s Monday, what have you got going this week? Appointments? Decisions? How is your job going? Would you like anything to go better? How about your children or family members, are there things going on with any of them that you’d like to see help come their way?

For those who are Christians, this is only a gentle reminder. For those who are not sure what they believe about God, this is a challenge.

Take 10-20 minutes today for yourself, get in a quiet place (I know, at my house with 5 kids around – sometimes that is the bathroom!) and open your heart to the God who created you. Talk to Him. I suggest starting off with a praise or thank you… What are you thankful for? What do you love about His creation? Today I am loving a snow covered mountain out my window. I am thankful for beautiful healthy children. I am thankful for a faithful husband. I’m thankful for essential oils which have done so much for my health. I’m thankful for good friends… it could go on, but I want to be sure to tell Him. The Bible says to ‘enter His courts with praise.’ It’s just a good idea to get in the right frame of mind when coming before His throne.

And that may sound weird to some, but when you pray or ask something of God, that is where He is. He is on His throne. That is where He hears you from… so often I like to imagine a picture in my mind of two enormous doors swinging open into a large throne/ball room. The Word says that the Father is on His throne and that Jesus is sitting at His right hand, so that is what I imagine. I see myself walking up to them and having conversations with them. There are times when the picture in my mind takes off with a creative picture of the encounter…. like times I see Jesus run down the stairs and embrace me, or times I see myself sitting on the Father’s lap… if I get images in my mind like that I just go with it. It helps me feel closer to Him, and once I’ve greeted Him in my mind, thanked Him for things and told Him I love Him, I bring to Him the concerns on my heart…   a friend’s premature baby struggling with illness, the desire to improve my creativeness at my job, a parent’s health concerns… I imagine myself sitting or standing with Jesus and telling Him these things and then asking for help this week, and then trusting Him and letting it go in His hands.

hands

I’ve found that seeing these pictures in your mind as you approach Him make prayer time much more memorable and meaningful, and I believe He meets you in that picture. His Spirit is on all flesh and in all flesh. I believe it is His Spirit that holds our very atoms together. He is in us and is able to speak to us in our minds. He is able to help guide your thoughts and speak to you through them. If you envision in that moment something you weren’t planning on, like Jesus stroking your hair or putting his arm around you… I believe He’s possibly causing that, joining you because you did after all, come to meet Him.

If you don’t feel safe yet hearing Him in your mind, then journal your prayers and write down the praises you have for Him and the requests on your heart. However you do it, just make sure to do it. How many weeks sometimes go by where we don’t bring prayer nor praise to Him?

If you want to see change in your life and you want to see Him get involved, you have to communicate and develop your relationship with Him. Sure He knows all things but there is something powerful about speaking a request. Often the Lord has directed me to become more specific in my prayers, so I know that it is important that we ask specifically for things with our mouths.

So I leave you today with encouragement to take a little time and give it to Him. Commit the week to Him, even if, and especially if that is what you are short of – time. Ask for more of it this week and watch what happens… watch windows of time open up that you weren’t expecting and see yourself get more done than you thought possible. It happens all the time.

Here’s a song by Meredith Andrews that speaks to quieting yourself and hearing Him. It talks about taking those minutes to turn the world off and listen to the Lord. It mentions that when we’re caught up in life or stressed out, His voice becomes less clear. May you take time today to hear Him better….


“In Your Arms”

By Meredith Andrews
(feat. Jared Anderson)

I’m turning the world off
Embracing the silence
Walking away from all the voices
That are screaming in my ear
I’ve been too caught up
I’ve been so stressed out
And all of the noise replaced the whisper
That used to be so clear
So I close every door
And put my face back on the floor
And I’m in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are
Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your armsI’m letting my fears go
Giving You control
For You are the one who holds me closer
In my soul’s darkest nightEverything I see
Is so temporary
So help me to run the race before me
With eternity in sightNow I close every door
And put my face back on the floorAnd I’m in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

To sit at Your feet
At Your table of mercy
To gaze on Your beauty, my Lord

To drink from Your well
And be changed by Your glory
How could I ask for more?
Jesus, how could I ask for more?

Than to be in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace

And I’m in Your arms
Where I belong
There’s no other place for me
Than right where You are

Some things just don’t change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I’m in Your arms

 

 

Wendy Selvig is the author of the book Snatchproof, The Art of Hearing God’s Voice.

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