Words – Powerful Stuff

At the beginning of each year I spend a few days seeking God’s plans and direction for the new year. He always faithfully shows me an area in my life that He really needs to work on in the coming months.

This year was a little different, however. At the dawn of 2013 I spent time alone thinking, praying and seeking God’s leadership, as usual.

But God wasn’t saying much to me.

I spent another day alone, thinking, praying and begging God for His leadership.

He nodded and whispered, “Wait.”

Am I the only one of God’s children who hates to hear Him say that?

I was feeling desperate. I knew God was listening. I knew He could hear me and see me. I knew He had answers for me. But I just couldn’t “hear” His voice.

So, I crawled into my prayer-closet and asked God to help me wait, and to point me in the right direction to receive His plan for 2013.

So, where do you suppose I started my search for God’s directions?

I started with books.

The Bible, old devotional books, last year’s prayer journal, an inspirational book I’ve been reading for a couple of weeks. I finally felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit to buy a particular book. I did, and began pouring over its pages.

Whenever I need to hear from God I turn to words.

Once again I sought God’s voice in print. I read other Christians’ ideas, thoughts, conclusions and suggestions. I searched my own insights recorded over the past year.

I even Googled.

Words. I kept reading words until the Holy Spirit stirred inside me the knowledge that I was reading the right words – the words God sent my way to help me hear His words.  I couldn’t get enough of those words. I gulped them down like a starving woman in a cupcake shoppe.

How and where do you find God’s voice? His words for you at a particular time?

Readers are often touched by the words on page or screen.

And writers are given the sacred privilege of preserving such words to inspire other people we probably have never met, and never will until Eternity.

Words.

Powerful stuff, they are.

Let’s vow to write them with great care.

  1. Beautiful post, Jean! Oh, I love how God speaks volumes to us!!

  2. Kathy Rupff says:

    Thanks, Jean. Your post reminds me that God is always faithful to answer our requests for wisdom and insight, but often not right away! Hmmm… I really enjoy Joseph Prince’s Destined to Reign Daily Devotional.

    • Jean says:

      Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your visiting our blog and taking the time to comment.

      I’m not familiar with Destined to Reign, but I’ll see if I can locate it. Thanks!

  3. Cathy B says:

    It is overwhelming to me to think that God might say something through me that will influence people, and yet I keep sitting in front of this computer and writing the words I feel Him speaking. Thanks for blessing me today.

  4. Thank you for this insightful post, Jean. Words are containers of either life or death. How we use them makes all the difference in the world. One of my favorite Scripture verses is Proverbs 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” By extension, we could say that death and life are also in the power of the pen.

    Blessings,

    MaryAnn

  5. Jean says:

    Thanks, Sally, for your kind words.

    The book God led me to for this year is /The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears/ by Mark Batterson.

    Read it with a highlighter!

    Jean

  6. I love this post, Jean. What a wonderful mind-picture of a starving lady in a cupcake shoppe!
    I would like to know what you read that spoke to you for such a time as this.
    Thank you for being an inspiring leader.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and meet all your needs.

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