Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day 22: What Do You Believe?

Note to the readers:  The next ten posts may be a little different than the rest of the series.  I am thinking that there will be less teaching and more active engagement.  I hope you are blessed by them and that you feel comfortable interacting in the comments.
Jen Final

My sweet bloggy friend and fellow Soli Deo Gloria sister, Jodi Shaw, is an artist.  I recently asked her to do a 12x12 mixed media project for me, which is the inspiration for this post.  Here are two pictures I took of the project:


Profound, yes?  

What I believe is how I will live.

Do you believe that you will hear God's voice?  And, if so, how does that play out in your life?  How does it shape how you live?  If you don't believe you will hear it, what is the root of that unbelief?  What hinders you from opening yourself up to His voice?

Challenge:  I'm going to ask you to take a bit of a risk here.  I'm going to ask you to be vulnerable.  Instead of journalling or just thinking about these things in your head, I'm asking you to at least consider writing your answers in the comments.  Honestly, as much as journalling and thinking are good for you, it doesn't allow others to learn, commiserate, agree, be nourished, etc.

Don't forget about these amazing authors of other "31 Days Closer to..." series:


8 comments :

  1. I’m a new follower; I found you through a blog hop, and I'm so glad I did. Your site is a lovely offering to God.

    I have a page on my site that lists more than 200 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon and follow back!
    NCSue

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  2. I know that My Lord hears me, because I chose to open myself completely and surrender my 'self' to Him.

    It is not easy Jen, since this culture pushes for us to be in complete control.

    Oh, but the Joy and Freedom I received once I let go....

    Wonderful posts - as always ;-D

    Mrs. M.

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  3. The noises all around can get in the way. From TV to being out in this world but there are ways God can be heard and it varies from person to person, situation to situation. I believe I will hear God and find Him and He will also find me. Meeting me in what is wonderful and what is broken. Reading His word and spending quiet time away from noise, for me but also through my therapy time and when I am in public places. Confirmation has increased faith and hearing more.
    A few years ago I wouldn't hear, I missed opportunities, I wasn't allowing Him. As Mrs. M said "culture pushes for us to be in complete control." I wanted to be in control so why would I hear? I made the noise, I didn't read nor listen. The root back then - not believing God would forgive me so I would go on my way.
    Now I have true confidence in the Lord and cannot thank Him enough! I'm not perfect but His word transforms, seek and listen, ask and listen.
    Have a blessed day!!

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  4. I often thing God's voice comes in a "loud and clear" voice. I forget that He speaks softly and quietly at times, although still profound. I truly believe that God is always speaking. He speaks through His Word, through art, through the beauty that surrounds us, out of the mouths of babes, through friends, through encouraging blogs. The point is, am I listening? Sometimes I don't ask the right questions of God, in order to hear the answer. I want control of my day, so I forget to invite Him in. I do truly want to learn to live my life by the Spirit of God, always listening and always hearing.

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  5. I do have a sense when God talks with me. Often it is simply love, or loving silence. Not "go save the Nineveh!" type of message. I do know I also miss His voice and His nudges when I get too wrapped up in busyness and self centeredness.

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  6. Jen ~
    First...I love knowing that something I created is now in your hands, your home. It is like a part of my heart has been sent to you.

    But so much more...because that phrase, "what you believe is how you will live" emerged from the pages of my journals of dialogue prayer. I do believe that I can hear the Lords voice, that I can now distinguish it from myself, and I can recognize the enemy whispers too. And yes, the first step is believing that it is even possible. Believing He exists, believing that I can find Him, and believing I can hear Him.

    BTW, have you read Mark Virkler? He says hearing God's voice is as simple as
    1. quieting yourself down (stillness)
    2. fixing your eyes on Jesus (vision)
    3. tuning to spontaneity (instead of control)~Holy Spirit
    4. and writing (journaling)

    I'll have to go back and read your 31 days, Jen. Hearing God's voice is so available and real. And I believe He means for us to hear!
    Love, jodi

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  7. I have thought about this too, Jen. I believe we always act on what we really believe, not on what we just say we believe or think we should believe.

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  8. I believe I will hear from God, so I go around listening, expecting to hear, see, read, experience His leading.

    Literally, when I go out for a run or hike, I pray within the first few minutes: "Lord, open my eyes, open my soul, to hear from You!"

    And
    I
    do.

    No, I'm not special or insightful...I'm just listening, looking, expecting.

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