Hello…Hello…Who is it?

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I love talking to my family and friends on the phone. It is so much more personal than a text message or email. The other night, I called my oldest daughter, Taylor, who is away for the first time at school. When she answered the phone neither one of us had to ask whom we were talking to. After almost 16 years, I immediately recognize her voice and she recognizes mine.

This phenomenon is the same with any relationship. In order to recognize someone’s voice, we have to spend time getting to know him or her.

I have had people ask me, but what about with God? How can you be certain what you are hearing is actually from God? Since, I have never heard His voice audibly, I have to ask myself a series of questions to see if what I am hearing is from God or not.

The following list of questions is from Lysa TerKeurst’s book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. (A special thanks to my dear friend, Kristy Aiken, for making this beautiful picture incorporating the five key questions).

five key questions

By filtering everything through these five questions, I can quickly determine whether something is from God or not. He will never contradict Himself and His Word.

At this point in my life, I do not want to simply push my own agenda. I long to live a life saying Yes to God and therefore, I must make certain it is God’s voice I am following.

The next time you hear a still small voice, I encourage you to examine it to see who is on the other end.

What about you, how do you discern God’s voice? What steps have you taken to make certain you can recognize His voice?

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One thought on “Hello…Hello…Who is it?

  1. Jamy, I have been using Lysa’s questions as I try to discern God’s voice ever since I said Yes to God during the Proverbs31 OBS. They gave me a good feeling about what had already been happening in my life. I believe that God has been “speaking” to me all my life and even when I wasn’t always listening, He continued to guide me through His Holy Spirit. It is so exhilarating and joyful now as I am able to “hear” Him and see and sense the affirmations through Scripture (reading my Bible and other means), devotionals and sometimes like today just talking with someone from our hearts. A friend I hadn’t seen in a while worked at my school today and was telling me about a book she and her children are putting together about her husband, Gus. Gus passed away a few years ago after a long suffering illness. They are writing about life with Gus and now. It has been very therapeutic for the family. She was talking about hope which is my word this year and about rainbows. I asked her if she remembered that God told Noah that a rainbow would be the sign of His promise to never again destroy all the earth. She was so happy to hear that and asked me if I agreed that hope is a positive expectation! The whole conversation was blessed and left us both feeling so uplifted and praising God! Jamy, I rely on God to help me discern His voice and to give me the strength to say Yes!

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