Before I became a Spiritual Director and Life Coach…it all began at an amazing weekend at a Women’s Retreat (March 2011). I look back and see how God opened the door to hear His voice more clearly many years ago.
At the retreat, I was blown away with an exercise we were to do with someone we hardly knew. It entailed listening to God for a message to give to that person. It was a shocker when our facilitator announced this to our particular denomination. However, she was a prominent pastor from our same denomination and we trusted her. When she shared with us that whenever she’s done this exercise before, it’s worked every time, we were willing to follow her lead. Talk about a stretch for the denomination I was in. I found myself excited with anticipation ready to see how God would speak to all of us. Some women were not too sure and at first felt threatened to do such an intimate exercise with a stranger.
So, what happened?
After the exercise, she invited women to share their experiences and we began to hear some amazing results. God’s message through my partner to me was spot on. My partner was moved to tears with the message God gave her through me. For her, it was a message of hope through a dry time in her life.
The exercise was a reminder to us that God can speak when we are willing to listen. He can speak to us through nature, through His Word and through others – even complete strangers!
Looking back to that powerful weekend many years ago…
…at the time… although I was one who had the gift of faith, a heart for intercessory prayer, one who lived to spend my regular 6AM time quietly listening to the Lord, who lived to pray corporately with others, and who did regular prayer counseling with others…
…that weekend God wonderfully surprised me with MORE of Him!
Our facilitator wonderfully showed us how we can ask God questions and He will answer, because He longs to speak to us!
Now, several years later through more Scripture meditation and training, I have the privilege of teaching people how to hear God’s voice in healing prayer sessions that takes one far deeper (than what I share above)… in order for my clients to walk out of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, addiction, broken relationships, and on and on…
God longs for us to hear His voice! Hearing our Shepherd’s voice makes all the difference!
Below is the page of our retreat workbook which I then started using during my quiet times with God when I ask Him questions and sit quietly and listen.
In our workbook and throughout the weekend, she also had shared guidelines to discern when a voice is from God and when a voice is from the Enemy. Valuable stuff!!!
Here it is: We Can Hear from God – the teaching and worksheet
Go find a quiet corner and get started!