In preparation for 2016, I shared a survey asking a series of questions. One of which was “Which of the following areas do you struggle with the most?” There were about 5-7 topics that rose to the top of the list. I then asked my blog readers, my vip email list & the women in my private fb page which of those topics you’d like me start with and can you guess which one had the highest number?
Yep you guessed it, it was quiet time with God to clearly hear from Him. Now if you are reading this and thinking, that wasn’t on my list, no worries, I’ll be addressing all of the top topics you selected at some point throughout this year.
I got you! ;)
Ok so with that said, I wanted to share what works for me when I need to hear from God more clearly during my quiet time. Now let me say that it’s been almost 20 years since I committed my life to Christ, so don’t be so hard on yourself. This is a skill that takes time, patience, diligence and consistency.
You may not automatically recognize the voice of God because you aren’t sure if it’s him or you. I get it. I’ve been there and to be honest if I’m not careful to set time aside to commune and spend time with God, even some 19 years later, I question if what I heard was Him. If I happen to busy myself with the world’s cares and my own cares without giving them to him and letting him guide me through them, I get caught up in the busyness and chaotic noise of the world around me.
Can you relate?
- You want to spend time with God but you don’t know where to start.
- You want to hear from him more clearly but aren’t sure if what you hear is him.
- Your life is so crazy that trying to find quiet time is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
- You hear people say they hear from God but you have no clue what that’s like.
Well because you wanted to see your boo. I don’t care how long of a day you had, you weren’t going to let that day go by without talking to or seeing him/her.
Take a second and really think about it.
This is what God wants from us. He wants to spend time with us. He wants to talk to us. He wants to love on is. He wants to be the first and last thing on our minds and in our hearts.
Now I know what you’re saying, “yeah Detra that’s sounds good and all and yes that’s what I want, but how do I get to that point.”
I get it and I’m going to help you out.
Below are some of the things I do to hear from God more clearly during my quiet time.
Yes I use them!
Check them out and figure out what you can immediately implement.
- Schedule it in. Put it in your calendar.
- Start small. Set aside at least 10-15 minutes. If you’ve never done this, don’t schedule 30 minutes to an hour. You will overwhelm yourself.
- Eliminate all distractions.
- Set the tone with worship music.
- Be Open.
- Read God’s word and let it speak to you.
- Get Quiet.
- Reflect on what you read and how it will affect you today.
- Get a journal/notebook to write down what you hear.
- Be consistent. It will feel uncomfortable at first, but keep at it.
Now keep in mind there are other things you can do to hear from God more clearly but here are just a few to help you get started. Also remember that prayer and quiet time are different. You’re idea of prayer may be giving God your laundry list of to dos, saying amen, then getting up and going about your day without letting Him respond.
That’s not prayer, that’s a monologue. This is why you may not be able to hear clearly from him. You haven’t sat still long enough to allow him to respond. Once you pray, sit tight, get quiet and let God speak.
Give God the same kind of love and attention you want from Him.
Listen, there are days that I don’t say a word other than “God I want to hear from you. Speak to me today. I need you.”
Especially if what I’m going through has me on my last leg and there really isn’t anything else for me to say.
If you’ve been there you know what I mean.
Hopefully this post and the strategies I shared will help you on your journey to hearing from God more clearly.
Want to have these suggestions at your disposal to print and hang up to refer to?
I figured you would, so I created a Quiet Time Checklist for you to refer to when having your quiet time with God.
Next time you prepare to get quiet and have some alone time with God, use my FREE QUIET TIME CHECKLIST to help position you to hear everything God wants to say to you.
Until Next Time…
Hug + Love + Prayers