Prayer

Hey guys… This post doesn’t “have it all together”. This post isn’t carefully thought out or organized. It’s not much of anything except asking for help. For several years I’ve dealt with a great deal of anxiety, and it’s gotten a lot better over the last months, but lately it has been creeping up again, sometimes. Anxiety wrecks my life and I do not want it anymore, but I just can’t break free. Please pray for me

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Does God Speak?

Well maybe it’s kinda over done to pose a question as a blog title… oh well, I don’t really care ūüėČ

To answer that question in a word: YES

And now I will expand on that short answer, because.. well my post would be pretty short and pointless if I left it at that, and it wouldn’t help much either ūüėČ (OK sorry for my weird goofy writing style tonight, I’m in one of those moods)

Anyways, here we go…

I believe that God desires to speak to us all the time- ¬†like literally every second, if we will listen. Well, I correct myself- He IS always speaking to us, but it’s a matter of whether we are listening or not. So many times in the past I’ve heard from my peers that “God isn’t saying anything to them” or “I can’t hear His voice” but I think that we just don’t understand how to listen to His ever present voice in our lives. It’s not a lack of Him, but a lack of us understanding/listening.

So how do we better understand? I’m in no way an “expert” in this, I haven’t gone to school for anything to do with this. But I do know things from my experiences, and from the testimony of the experiences of other people, too. So I’ll share what I know- feel free to comment on what you have experienced differently!

I know that everyone is different- duh. And so different people will experience God’s voice in different ways, which makes sense. I know people who experience God best while listening to music, driving their car, reading God’s Word, being in a completely quiet space, reading books… the list goes on and on. But if you’re still wondering how to do this, just knowing some ways to focus on God still might not help you.

Here’s how I have found I best hear from my Daddy God

1. Pray for clarity, and the ability to discern the enemy’s lies. Pray that God will speak to you and pray for a blocking of evil thoughts. God will answer this prayer for you in amazing ways.

2. Start with something- if I just try to sit and listen without any context, I find it very easy to become distracted. My mind just starts to wander and I’ve gotten nowhere. So I have something to kinda “start” my time. This can be anything from a song or album that I listen to, a Bible verse or passage that I meditate on, a sermon podcast, or a devotional book or blog.¬†

3. As I listen or read, I have a journal beside me. I write down things that I find particularly stand out to me and any questions or thoughts that come up

4. After I am done reading/listening and I run out of things to write, I stop. This is when I will make my mind blank and focus on God- and this is when I hear Him speak. I write down the things that come to my mind, without “editing” as I go. I just write. It’s cool because sometimes all I hear is a word or two, or a short phrase, and sometimes I end up with what is more like a letter from God to me. Other times my page is full of song lyrics or scripture. God speaks to me in many ways, and I love that about him.¬†

5. When God’s done speaking, I stop writing and take some time to just read it over again. I read the words that God has for me, and sometimes it is so overwhelming.

Through these times, I learn so much about God and his heart for me. He always has a word to encourage or correct me, and I have been very blessed by these times spent with Him. It’s sometimes so hard to make the time to do it, but I have never come away from it feeling regret for the time I spent with God. So I guess this is an encouragement to seek God out. Make an effort to hear what He is speaking to you- and find what works for you. It may take some time until you get it, but when you do, I promise you it will be worthwhile

I hope this has helped or encouraged you in some way as you read this, and I hope you spend some time with your Abba Father soon. He misses you ūüôā

Be blessed! xo

2 Truths and a Lie

I’m not here to play the game that the title of this post might suggest, but rather reveal both the lies Satan feeds us, and some truths that God has for us to fight those lies with.. I’m just going to get into it, not much need for an introduction, I don’t think

Lie #1- Because of your sin, God is mad at you

Truth #1- Psalm 103:12- He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

God doesn’t hold a grudge against your sins, he desires to remove that sin from us, as far as the east is from the west.. A phrase that is used so often in the church that it almost sounds cliche, but it is God’s promise to us, and true. Satan wants you to hold on to the guilt and burden of your sins, but God can take it away.

Daniel 9:9- But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.

When we ask him, God is quick to forgive. He doesn’t stay “mad” at us for our sins, and he always shows us his mercy. The enemy wants you to believe that your sins are not forgiven, but that is one of his lies. God wants you to give him your sins, and he wants to forgive you, despite the sins you have committed, big or small. We all sin, and God desires for every person to turn to him with our sins and rest in the truth of his great forgiveness.

Lie #2- You are alone

Truth #2- Psalm 34:18- The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit

Psalm 145:18- The Lord is near to all who call out to him, to everyone who calls out to him sincerely 

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you

Time and time again in the Bible we are reminded that God is with us always, and will always answer when we call to him. No matter whether we are depressed or joyful, tired or energized, God is there. When we feel lonely, he is our comfort. The devil pushes these feelings on us, he feeds us the lie of loneliness. But God is always near, we are never alone.

Lie #3- You don’t matter

Truth #3- Matthew 6:30- And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

1 John 3:1- See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are

The Bible tells us that God cares for everything- a common passage reference is the sparrow, found in Matthew 10. In Matthew 6 God also talks about the flowers and how he cares for them. If he has love for the flowers, his love for us as his children is obviously there, too, as we matter much more than a flower to God. He cares for us immensely, we matter to him. He loves us with a Father’s heart- and not an earthly father, who can make mistakes and sin and love imperfectly, but with a¬†perfect¬†Father’s heart. We are children of God, the apple of his eye, and we most certainly matter!

These are just a few of the many truths God has for you, and his Word, the Bible, is full of many more. Take these truths and hold them in your heart. Do not believe the lies of the devil, for he desires destruction of your life, but rather trust in the Lord and seek to understand his truth

I’m hoping this will bless your heart today!¬†