spiritualinspiration
spiritualinspiration:

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO…
✓Start Over
✓Chase Your Dreams
✓Create Healthy Relationships
✓Understand God’s Power
✓Change Your Ways
✓Be Positive
✓Hope
✓Accept The Lord
✓Make A Difference
✓Forgive The Person Who Hurt You
✓Learn Something New
✓Do What You’ve Always Wanted To Do
✓Say “I’m Sorry”
✓Be Inspired
✓Begin Again
✓Put Your Past In Your Past

spiritualinspiration:

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO…
✓Start Over
✓Chase Your Dreams
✓Create Healthy Relationships
✓Understand God’s Power
✓Change Your Ways
✓Be Positive
✓Hope
✓Accept The Lord
✓Make A Difference
✓Forgive The Person Who Hurt You
✓Learn Something New
✓Do What You’ve Always Wanted To Do
✓Say “I’m Sorry”
✓Be Inspired
✓Begin Again
✓Put Your Past In Your Past

msunderstoodwoman

Anonymous asked:

How do you learn to listen to God's voice, or know what it sounds like?

msunderstoodwoman answered:

I’ll start with the second question first:

God speaks to everyone uniquely. I have friends who literally HEAR God speaking to them. I have friends who hear from Him through dreams, and others who see visions. It’s hard to think God is speaking to you when you never experience Him like that- I certainly haven’t. But I believe God speaks to us uniquely because He knows none of us is like anyone else. To me, it’s mainly through music, reading, and writing. Sometimes I start a blog post, and I don’t even know what I’m going to write, and 30 minutes later, it’s done, like 7 pages long, and I’ve learnt a lesson from God in what I wrote myself. When I listen to worship music is when I hear Him most clearly because music is something I love dearly. 

I remember the first time I ever heard from God. This was back after Junior High. There used to be this Christian library a friend started in his boys quarters, and I used to hang out there with my friends. I was walking and talking to God like I usually did- not really expecting Him to talk back. And I just thought up this question: “Why do we keep having to cover ourselves in the blood of Jesus when we’re scared? Isn’t it supposed to be done once and for all? Isn’t Your protection permanent for me as Your child?” And then out of nowhere, the answer popped into my head: “Because when you sin, the blood fades. It’s like why you have to keep asking for forgiveness- not because I haven’t already forgiven you- but because there is power in acknowledging your shortcomings and knowing that only I can help you to become whole again.”

And trust me, I was cheeeesing. I KNEW without a doubt that there was no way I could have come up with that answer myself.

And that’s what the voice of God is like for ME. It appears in the things that speak to me (music and writing), and also in this still small voice that can sometimes feel like I’m talking to myself. When I do something wrong, it chides me and doesn’t stop nagging until I make it right. When I do something right, it applauds me. When I’m worried, it gives me peace.

And to the first question: How do you learn to listen to God’s voice?

Here’s a lesson I learned. When you hear that small voice, the one you think is you just talking to yourself like you have some kind of split personality? Listen to it. Obey it. Next time you hear it? Listen and obey again. The more you listen and obey, the louder it gets. The louder it gets, the clearer it will be that it’s God.

God is not much of a shouter- I think He got tired of that in the old testament, because people never listened to Him either way. He won’t force His instruction or guidance on you. Learning to listen to God is like… picture it like this: A father leaving His daughter a trail of candies. One piece, then two, then three… If she doesn’t get tired and give up, satisfied with just 6 candies, eventually she’ll hit the jackpot.

The more you listen, the better you’ll be at listening, because it will be more clear, and you will know it’s God. But when you push it to the back of your mind, and you ignore it, the smaller His voice will become.

msunderstoodwoman

rock-my-boatey:

Everyone chooses to tell me their problems and that’s cool. I’ve always been that person who listens to other people’s problems and help them through situations but I’m rarely asked if I’m good. That’s cool but they fail to realize that I have burdens of my own to deal with and sometimes I really want to help them carry their burdens but my hands are full.

I know I’m supposed to write this post now… I’ve been meaning to write it for days now but I didn’t know how to express what I thought …even as I write now, I don’t know what exactly I want to say… But I know I wanted to text to a friend that “you learn to love the thing you need but what you may love may not be what you need”. Before I could send it to her, I decided to open instagram and I see this picture on my timeline and I say to myself that it is time! 

So a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a colleague and he asked me what I’d use to marry someone and I said purpose then love. He asked me why and my answer was that if He’s christian and we both heard from God that we are to be joined in marriage, then God has a purpose for our union so Id put that agenda first before I put my ‘feelings’ for him after. That’s to say that if I like/love a guy and God hasn’t given either of us an instruction to wed.. Forget it! Because to me once we keep focus on our goal or purpose , the Holy Spirit would keep the attraction or union together.. But if I love Him with no purpose then what happens when his attitude changes or as women say ‘he’s not the man I married’ then i have no destination to hold on to. I feel like in a purposeful Union, if (that’s a big if) the love is dimming you will learn to keep it burning because you know you two together have a mission to complete for God which is bigger than your feelings. I really hope I’m making sense.

Why would i put purpose before how I feel… Because I believe you learn to love the thing you need. If God has a plan for us together, how dare I reject it by putting my canal feelings on the line before His purpose. Once I know it’s Gods hand on the matter, I’d pick that and learn to love him each day because I need him and he needs me. Look at most Hollywood couples they put feelings first and what do we see happen? Then we look at Indians who sometimes don’t even see their significant other until the wedding yet their tradition and respect for their parents is what they put first and later learn to love their spouse. Even respect for parents holds a union together more than feelings, how much more putting God’s purpose first.

I’m not saying don’t love your significant other, I’m however saying put the voice of God first before you add how you feel because sometimes what you love is not what you need but what God says you need is always something you can love. Gosh I really hope it makes sense because up there in my head, it’s well put together but for some reason I can’t express the thoughts. 

So before you go hiding behind trees with your love or singing knock you down with your hand on your heart and eyes closed because you think you have found the one, look out for the voice of God! What is He saying about this person? Does He have plans for this Union? Because it’s going to be such a waste following just your heart, getting a great partner yet missing God’s will, when you can chase after Gods will and walk into love with it ( yes I don’t think we fall in love, I think we choose who we love so we walk into it lol) stay blessed

I know I’m supposed to write this post now… I’ve been meaning to write it for days now but I didn’t know how to express what I thought …even as I write now, I don’t know what exactly I want to say… But I know I wanted to text to a friend that “you learn to love the thing you need but what you may love may not be what you need”. Before I could send it to her, I decided to open instagram and I see this picture on my timeline and I say to myself that it is time!

So a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a colleague and he asked me what I’d use to marry someone and I said purpose then love. He asked me why and my answer was that if He’s christian and we both heard from God that we are to be joined in marriage, then God has a purpose for our union so Id put that agenda first before I put my ‘feelings’ for him after. That’s to say that if I like/love a guy and God hasn’t given either of us an instruction to wed.. Forget it! Because to me once we keep focus on our goal or purpose , the Holy Spirit would keep the attraction or union together.. But if I love Him with no purpose then what happens when his attitude changes or as women say ‘he’s not the man I married’ then i have no destination to hold on to. I feel like in a purposeful Union, if (that’s a big if) the love is dimming you will learn to keep it burning because you know you two together have a mission to complete for God which is bigger than your feelings. I really hope I’m making sense.

Why would i put purpose before how I feel… Because I believe you learn to love the thing you need. If God has a plan for us together, how dare I reject it by putting my canal feelings on the line before His purpose. Once I know it’s Gods hand on the matter, I’d pick that and learn to love him each day because I need him and he needs me. Look at most Hollywood couples they put feelings first and what do we see happen? Then we look at Indians who sometimes don’t even see their significant other until the wedding yet their tradition and respect for their parents is what they put first and later learn to love their spouse. Even respect for parents holds a union together more than feelings, how much more putting God’s purpose first.

I’m not saying don’t love your significant other, I’m however saying put the voice of God first before you add how you feel because sometimes what you love is not what you need but what God says you need is always something you can love. Gosh I really hope it makes sense because up there in my head, it’s well put together but for some reason I can’t express the thoughts.

So before you go hiding behind trees with your love or singing knock you down with your hand on your heart and eyes closed because you think you have found the one, look out for the voice of God! What is He saying about this person? Does He have plans for this Union? Because it’s going to be such a waste following just your heart, getting a great partner yet missing God’s will, when you can chase after Gods will and walk into love with it ( yes I don’t think we fall in love, I think we choose who we love so we walk into it lol) stay blessed