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How to Two-Way Journal with God

Hello friends,

In my previous blog post, I discussed two-way journaling as a way to learn how to hear God’s voice clearer. You simply journal your prayer to God, and then turn around and write to yourself from God’s perspective. It may sound nuts at first, but scripture says that God has poured out His Spirit onto all flesh. Whether you know Him or not it means He sees you. He knows you. He is speaking and drawing you. He loves you so much.

Your job is to learn how to tell the difference between your own thoughts, God’s thoughts, and any enemy thoughts. Two-way journaling is a way of practicing. As you write “from Him,” over time you will start to see things from Him that line up with scripture. He may tell you things that He confirms through other people or circumstances later. You will be able to look back on your writings and see times when He spoke something to you that came true just as He spoke it. The more you do it, the more confident you will get at knowing His voice versus  your own.

Today I two-way journaled and though it is personal, I thought I’d share it with you. I want you to see how personal the Lord is. I’ve been two-way journaling for 20 years. Don’t expect your journaling to be as specific at first if it isn’t. Practice is what makes His voice clearer.


Dear Father,

I thank you so much for the beauty you have made out of me. Without You I am truly nothing. Left to my brokenness and the broken world we live in, there is no hope for me and I know it to my core. There is nothing I could do on my own to fix my brokenness.

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But you made up for my weakness. You reached down and became a part of this world and your sacrifice… your sacrifice purchased and covered my brokenness. It made my brokenness OK. It gave me a place to stand to find you. And find You I did.

I didn’t find ‘the hope of You’….

I didn’t find an emotional imagination that makes me feel better….

I didn’t find weakness…

I found YOU.

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I found Jesus, the son of God. And I found out that you are more real than anything in this world. And YOU made a way so that we can be connected again to the Father. You point us to the Father. Because of You Lord, I found a compassionate and loving Father. I found the Maker of Heaven and Earth. I found a King who conquered the brokenness. I found a God who has a plan. I found the Holy Spirit who communes and talks with me. I learned how to hear your Spirit. You reveal mysteries to me. You lead me beside still waters. You keep my feet from stumbling. You show me plans you have that blow me away. You speak loving kindness to me and your Spirit has spoken nothing but love and support. I’ve learned that the enemy often poses as You and likes to speak condemnation and judgement in Your name. Oh how we need to learn to hear your voice clearly!

And now you speak to me of new things coming. Things that in the flesh bring fear, sadness, joy, and excitement – all at the same time. So Lord, I give my fears, sadness, joys and excitement all to You. If you are leading, new paths are paths of beauty. They are paths of goodness. They are paths that take us beside still waters… and even if we were to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, as long as you are leading I will fear no evil.

Wendy, dear daughter… how I love when you come to my throne in prayer and worship. I am concerned for your welfare. I do think of you and your family. I do love you and  want to bless your socks off! I will not leave you or forsake you. I will not lead you to a foreign land and then leave you! I am not like that. I am a shepherd that sees the journey through to the end. Don’t fear new things! Don’t fear new paths. Each path I take you on chisels away at the rough stone and I use the paths to create a beautifully designed gemstone in you. I’m making something beautiful out of you. Lean into Me. Trust Me. Trust my goodness. This life is but temporary anyway. Your real life starts the day you step into eternity with Me. This life is the shadow. This life is the test. This life not promised to be pain free, sin free or to feel good. You have fleeting glimpses of those things but it is not your every moment reality. So climb this next mountain with Me dear girl. The journey will make you stronger and you will see some great sights along the way. The view is amazing at the top and I can’t wait to show you and get you there.

Father, you know I will follow you up any mountain, along any path… because even in the middle of the shadow of death, I am safest when I am closest to You. Your love is so much sweeter than anything I have tasted….I embrace your wisdom and I embrace your love and that is all I need. So, like the Will Reagan/United Pursuit song says, “I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open.” I trust you with it Lord. Give me the grace to follow You with love and low stress bringing blessing to those around us, not burden. How great is your love.


CLICK HERE to read my January challenge to you to make 2015 the year you learn to hear His voice clearly.

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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.

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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.