How NOT to Hear God (Journaling Your Journey with Jesus)

Rhode Island beauty! Looking up from my morning walk, I was sheltered under this beautiful flowering tree! What is it? I know I should know...but alas, do not. ;)

Rhode Island beauty! Looking up from my morning walk, I was sheltered under this beautiful flowering tree! What is it? I know I should know…but alas, do not. 😉

“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.”
― A.W. Tozer

Good Morning, Friends. It is just before ten in the morning here on the East coast along the shore of Little Rhody. Spring has been whispering sweet nothings in our ears here all week. The neighborhood mantra about yard work seems to be “I’m so far behind”. I have heard this from just about every neighbor in the hood while walking the dog through our fairly pristine, in actuality, tourist/college neighborhood. Truth be told, the only yard that falls short is probably ours! But, let me not digress or sulk about my lack of domestic and gardening giftedness.

We have been seeking the Lord through Journaling, and right about this stretch of the path you are either feeling rejuvenated in your quiet times and journaling, or a little lost.

Or dare I say, you are completely lost and sitting ON the path, arms crossed, feeling frustrated wishing someone would either:

a. pick you up and carry you

b. drive you the rest of the way

c. Give you a clear concise map, GPS, or anything that helps make the journey less painful

Well guess what? Consider this your Journaling Your Journey with Jesus pit stop.

I have come to sit with you while you rest, gain strength and remember why you started the journey to begin with; I have brought some fresh provisions, practical advice and a tad of heavenly perspective. You’ll be back on track in no time!

First, let me share a few things I know that will guarantee you don’t hear God. Or at the very least will make it hard to hear His still small voice speak into your life in the here and now. AND friends, Jesus does want to speak into YOUR here and now. THIS here post, might be ONE way.

Three Practical (impractically speaking) Tips for NOT hearing God:

1. Avoid opening and reading the written Word of God at all– BAM!  90 percent of The Holy Spirit’s communication is conveyed through Scripture. Since God has chosen to reveal Himself through this means primarily and it has been well-preserved throughout time and history, you basically are severely limiting the hearing of God’s voice to you generally, and specifically through the Holy Scripture. Scripture repeatedly supports itself in this fact in many places, Here’s one (Romans 15:4). Or just start with Psalm 119 and meditate on that for a week- that might help convince you.

2. Avoid silence always. I guarantee it will be difficult for you to hear God’s voice if you are constantly stuffing your quiet moments throughout the day with noise, noise, noise. I don’t care if it is Christian programming, if you are not taking in the word of God, and are starved for peace and quiet, you will be an anemic Christian even as you gorge yourself with Christian broadcasting. There is always time for quietness. It is a choice. I know some like to have background noise and there is a time and place for that, but again, if every time there is quietness and you cannot tolerate it, I am going out on a limb here and saying you might be drowning out the voice of God in your life. God does not want you to be numbed to your life, as difficult as it may be. He wants to show you that in all things He is present, not distant; available and compassionate towards you.

3. Avoid listening to the teaching of a Pastor or Minister. It’s one thing to occasionally fall asleep on Sunday while the Preacher is speaking (My Pastor is not reading this post, so that is a relief!) or miss a sermon, BUT when we do, I assure you we are putting a hand over one of God’s favorite ways of speaking to us. To sit under the teaching of a humbly, prepared mouthpiece for the Lord, is one way God can speak to us. Actually, the Holy Spirit will use and speak to the whole congregation in a somewhat unified way. This is possible because our God is Supernatural. Showing up with a prepared heart, ready to receive the message that God wants to deliver through His chosen instrument is one of God’s often overlooked regularly occurring miracles! Also, the message is for YOU…not your neighbor, husband, sister, friend. Although it is for them to if they are there. OK, moving right along.

All that being said, the top three ways to hear God are though reading, studying, meditating on The Holy Bible, finding pieces of quiet and cultivating quietness and a listening heart in an otherwise noisy world, and maintaining a teachable spirit by embracing the teaching ministry (recognizing God’s sovereignty over all) that is at your place of worship or seeking to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ in community as He leads. I know there have been many who have been wounded in Christian community, and I say this carefully and not without empathy, God will lead you to a place of community. There is healing, there can be balance. Jesus longs to restore you and will do it. Follow Him. He is able to guide you who have His Spirit within. Trust Him, He is faithful. (1 John 4)

I want to share with you today a wonderful resource from the Discovery Series which is a ministry of Our Daily Bread. I love these little booklets and have quite a collection myself! One in particular is my favorite. It is called The Lord is My Shepherd- Rest and Renewal from Psalm 23  by David Roper. I want you to take a moment and click the title above or click RIGHT HERE or on the booklet image after you are done reading my post. This little booklet is available in full (in PDF) online for free. You can also purchase your own copy in a variety of formats for a small fee. I love the direction of the message in this booklet and am (un) officially assigning you HOMEWORK! I pray it will bless you and was so excited to discover that you could read it online, I HAD to share.

Well, I hope you are starting to feel revived, and for those who are plugging along well, may God continue to cause you to hunger, thirst and cry out for Him! I am journeying in Colossians, and have added Psalm 1 as dessert.  May you find Him as satisfying and delightful as He truly is!

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

Catch me with these hashtags: #iamredeemed #onwardchristiansoldier and all my planner pals, you know how to get me. May God continue to blaze a trail for you.

Let me know, how you are doing in the comments below. Next week, God willing, I will be sharing some specific prompts for your journaling journey- they are an option to try if you feel led, absolutely opptional.

*Read my latest Quiet Time Poem: The Birds and Trees

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thatsnoscrapCathie
    May 15, 2015 @ 12:56:49

    I thought I left a comment, oh well… I’m reading everyday I just have a mental block about putting anything down in writing. I do hear God speaking to me, in fact once he smacked me in the head to get my attention. Thank you for your encouragement and maybe someday I’ll be able to share a journal entry.

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      May 15, 2015 @ 13:04:20

      I’ve caught my share of wake up calls, trust me. I bet you will really like the booklet PDF, Cathie and it will encourage you. Sometimes when I do not feel like journaling, I will write out scripture, or words that jump out at me to that beg further exploration…sometimes the page can be intimidating, either way learning to listen and hear Him, is more important than filling many pages for the sake of filling them. Glad you are pressing on! 😉

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  2. Barbara
    May 15, 2015 @ 15:22:41

    Thank you for this Pit Stop, Dawn! I am slowly getting it together; perhaps if I DID slow down a bit – I like that you mentioned your “morning walk”, and the flowering tree is BEAUTIFUL!! I need to try to walk each day anyway…hmmmmm?! Forming a new idea: take a walk, make sure I have my Bible, devotions, journal and a pen…I’ll work on that and let you know!!

    Thanks for “leading” our journey!!

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  3. kelrohlf
    May 15, 2015 @ 21:33:08

    Dawn- I am being revitalized by this journey…I haven’t written in my journal this daily in such a long time…I needed this reminder to write(pour) out my heart to God on paper…to listen and take notes…your gentle reminders and courage to direct us back to God’s written word…which shows us that He indeed appreciates the written word as well as the message of his love that permeates nature and the myriad of object lessons displaying His grace, mercy and every day joys! Thanks for listening to him and encouraging me and and this community with your call to persevere!

    Love you friend!
    …thanks for the quote, too!

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  4. ocjarman1
    May 16, 2015 @ 23:01:18

    This is so odd. . .I have a quiet-time, but I don’t use my journal for it. I simply use legal pads. I’m using my journal for our “assignments” as read the book of Titus. I suppose it isn’t a huge difference; just noticing my writing behaviors.
    I have a question, completely off-topic [I think?]– has anyone used “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, in a strictly Christian context? Read as is , it’s very ‘New Agey’, what I’m considering, only after some heavy praying, to gear the book more Biblical principles. Any help with this, I’d appreciate it.

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  5. Jodi
    May 18, 2015 @ 07:51:58

    Dawn you continue to be an inspiration and I love seeing what you come up with next. May God continue to use you mightily!

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  6. I Carried a Watermelon
    May 18, 2015 @ 20:44:09

    I do love your writings, my friend. This, especially. So many truths in one little blog post…but the biggest and most important…get into the Word. Read it. Soak in it. Breathe it. Staying in the Word is the ONLY way we can be sure we are on track and walking with the Lord. When I am tempted to put it off I remind myself that Jesus is the Word, that my Bible is Jesus held in my hand, a living example and answer to every need I have.

    I haven’t blogged about this exercise, but I’m enjoying the journey. It feels good to be back on track with journaling. I have read Titus, but the Lord has me jumping all over the place and has been speaking to me about several things.

    Thanks for getting me motivated again.

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    • enthusiasticallydawn
      May 18, 2015 @ 20:46:46

      That’s what this is about, you and Him…so glad if that is the fruit of this. That is my heart’s desire, Stacy- just that thoes on the journey will truly draw closer to the one who sticks closer than a brother! Thanks for sharing. I will be praying for the rest of journey.

      Reply

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