I get up early in the morning before anyone is up. Take out the dogs and watch the sunrise. I get dressed in my running gear with my Iphone and headphones. The way I feel if I get out by 7 am is much different than if I wait until 9 and have done some of my chores or computer work stuff. My day doesn’t go as well getting out later in the morning. I don’t hear God’s voice as clearly.
Nature spurs the true feeling that God is here and the quiet that accompanies the nature puts him very close to me. I usually start with Worship music. Love Phil Wickham’s secret place and always feel like that is where I am going when I play it. Sometimes I just play music the entire hour or hour and half I am out there. Sometimes I run the whole time and sometimes I walk and run as I get lost in my thoughts and don’t realize I am not running anymore.
I usually get out on the golf course behind my house since no one is golfing yet or I hit the trails. Both are quiet and I can feel him and talk to him easier as I am alone with God and Nature. Sometimes the music just sets off the Holy Spirit and I feel chills throughout my body. Joy is a big one and a mixture of his spirit and the endorphins that are released make me feel like nothing else can. Some days when I am struggling with something or I just feel I want to listen to words instead of music I will listen to a Bethel Sermon of the week podcast. It is interesting because usually it is a topic that is very close to what I am going through or need to hear. I have never ever listened and thought this doesn’t apply to me or I have heard this before. Other times I will get a random thought that I need to act on. If I act on it immediately through adding it to a list, journal or if it is a communication that he wants me to have with someone. I do it immediately otherwise later in the day it doesn’t seem as important or I forget about it.
When he speaks to me very profoundly I get out my voice recorder and talk into it. I asked my husband a question that was financially related and I needed an answer. Perhaps it wasn’t the correct time to ask but he lashed out at me. We didn’t speak to each other the remainder of the day. The following day I got up and typically I let those things go but not today. I was still angry and feeling no love for my husband. I put on a worship song. I wasn’t feeling the Holy Spirit as I was holding on to my anger. The topic was LOVE. If you want a successful marriage “Love one another even when you are not feeling the love.” This is a great example of how God speaks to you through others. I got out my voice recorder and recorded the pertinent parts of the sermon. I said ok lord even though I don’t want to speak to this man right now and I think he should apologize to me I am going to go home and hug him and love him. I walked in the door and he was sitting there eating breakfast and gave him a hug. I told him what had happened and he smiled and gave me his I’m sorry look and that was it. Success. This is on my recorder and I listened this morning so I could give an example of my journaling. I look up a scripture relating to his voice and I got Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another tenderhearted forgiving one another even as God for Christ sake hath forgiven you.
A few years back I went for a run and was speaking in tongues and I wasn’t praying about anything in particular. I was worried about a financial situation we were dealing with at the time and it kept running through my mind as I prayed. I saw something sparkling in the sunlight in the mulch on the trail I picked it up and it was a ring. People ask me if it is a diamond and I don’t know and don’t care but I do know God had placed it there for me to let me know he was going to take care of my family financially and that I was his bride. I felt it so strongly when I picked it up. This of course I recorded as well and I have verbally told the story. Where I found the ring there was no way someone just lost it. I thought about the movie I had seen the week before where jewels were falling from the sky. I think it was Finger of God.
2Corinthians9:8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left to share with others.