Friday, May 14, 2010

Do I?

"Ask yourself, 'Do I really believe God can speak to me?'  Think of an example in which you heard God clearly guiding you in some direction.  If you can't think of one, commit to ten minutes a day of complete solitude for the purpose of listening for God's voice.  God, requiring of you few words at this point, understands your prayer.  Take on a purely listening attitude, nothing more.

"You are listening for two things (perhaps you will be rewarded with both).  One is a specific memory of a precise time and place in which God clearly guided you in a certain direction, which you faithfully followed.  Reflect on how this direction affected the course of your life.  The second is guidance God wants to give you now.  Maybe you are wrestling with an issue, or maybe you are too complacent in your own comfortable life.  Maybe you, like many of us, have slipped into self-satisfaction.  Perhaps the 'Hound of Heaven,' as Francis Thompson calls God, is exhorting you to do something more or different with whatever time is available to you.  Be open if your listening exercise results in a distinct prod from God's holy thumb..."
--Valerie Hess, "Habits of a Child's Heart"

Do you truly believe God is interested in your life?  That God wants to be with you and guide you to a more fulfilling and wonderful life?  Are you willing to allow God in, to listen, and to act?

When is a time God has guided you?  How was your life changed?

What could God be guiding you towards now?  Are you willing to follow God's guidance?

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