When God Ignores Us – Part 3

Ever feel like you’re being ignored? Like someone is not listening? Frustrating isn’t it? Very!
Sometimes I feel like nobody is listening to me: not my kids, not my friends, not my boss. Can you relate?

What about when I feel like God is ignoring me? Now that is the pits, for sure! I pray and seek and ask and knock, and it’s like my prayers are falling on deaf ears. What could be the problem?

Well, I hate to say this and this may be a strong pill to swallow, but usually, it’s not the other person and it’s definitely not God. It is usually us.

Ok, let me explain. When I feel like I am being ignored by someone down here on earth, it is usually because I am not communicating enough. There is some sort of blockage, disconnect if you will.

The same is true with our communication with our heavenly Father. What could be blocking our hearing from God? Let me give it to you in one word – unforgiveness.

Am I harboring unforgiveness towards someone? Now if we are honest and really dig deep, we can usually come up with at least one person we are angry at or have hostility towards, right? We are not to let the sun go down on our anger, and there is a good reason for that. Because harboring negative feelings and thoughts towards someone hinders our relationship with God.

Matthew 5 says “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Who might you be angry with today, dear one? Is there anyone past or present that you might be holding a grudge toward? If you are having trouble hearing from God, I would encourage you to seek within and let go of any unforgiveness.Until next time, keep looking up!

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When God Answers "Yes"

Most of us like the word “yes”, don’t we? I know I do. When someone asks me to do something I really want to do or I find something I really love, my immediate response is an emphatic “YES”! I am passionate about it. There is no hesitation, no doubt, no waffling.

A friend of mine was recently considering buying a certain car. As she relayed the pertinent facts, figures, and safety features, I noticed there was no enthusiasm in her voice. “You really don’t sound too excited about this car,” I verbalized. “Do you really want to buy it?” “No, I don’t think so,” she admitted. A few days later, she called me up all excited about another car she found and bought that one instead. She has been a happy camper ever since.

Here’s another example. Let’s take the shoe shopping experience. Shoe shopping is difficult at times. Either I can’t find my size, the right color, they cost too much or they don’t fit right. Bummer! And so frustrating. But when I finally find just the right pair of shoes, and they are comfy and even on sale, YES!!!!! I get so excited. It borders on euphoria at times.

That’s how it is when God tells us yes. God wants to bless His children. He is our heavenly Father and He wants to give us good gifts. If we are excited, enthusiastic, and filled with joy, that is a good sign.

Now hold on a minute. Sometimes we are excited at first because of the idea of something, so don’t go off rushing to buy that new Lexus without giving it some serious thought. What I am saying is that if we don’t have an enthusiasm and excitement about some issue, decision or person, the answer is probably not yes.

Let me know your thoughts on this or any other issue. I am listening. Listening to God is not hard once we get the knack of it and although I don’t have it down perfectly myself, I do think I am getting better at interpreting 🙂 Until next time, keep looking up!

When God Ignores Us – Part 2

Speaking of listening, many times people have a hard time hearing “no” from others. We want to hear the word “yes” don’t we? Most of us want what we want and we want it now. True? In fact, I read somewhere that a sales technique is to get the client to start asking questions they will agree with and that gets them in the mode of saying “yes” and therefore more likely to buy. Interesting, huh?

When it comes to hearing the word “no” from others, if we are mature, most of us can handle it without getting our feelings hurt. But how about when it is God who says “No”? How do we feel then?

Not so hot, is what I want to say in my flesh. When I have my mind set on something, I usually will do whatever it takes to get it. I am not a quitter. But my perspective changes when I listen to God and really choose to hear His still small voice instead of my own. “Is this really good for me?” “Is this God’s best for me?”

How do I know that God is saying “No”? Good question. There are clear signs. Some of which are such as strife, struggle, conflict, things just not working out, no sense of peace, closed doors, loss of blessing, losing sleep. If we pay attention we will hear the answer. We will know.

“No” is a hard answer to accept, isn’t it? We feel disappointed, hurt, and saddened. Sometimes we may doubt that God really loves us. But the truth of the matter is this: God loves us so much more than we could ever imagine. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. When God says “no” to us, it only means He has something better in mind for us. It is a way of protecting His children.

Take this example. I had made plans to go away for a long weekend to go biking, hiking and glory in the beauty of the fall foliage. Then comes the tornado watch and the rainstorms. Plans changed. My prayer was and is “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” The key is the attitude we have when we hear no from God. Do we pout and complain and act like babies or do we accept things and act like adults?

Sometimes we don’t understand why God says no at the moment, but it may become clear later on. Take heart and look on the bright side. Just as parents must often say no to their children for their good, so it is with God. He only wants the best for His children and that means sometimes He has to say no to us. It is all part of our journey to faith. Until next time, keep looking up!

Hearing From God – 1

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need guidance and direction in life? Are you searching for your purpose?

Well then, read on. In my upcoming book, I talk about all these, but today I want to talk about hearing from God.

Many of us want to hear from God. I know I do. From time to time, someone asks me “How do you hear from God?” or mentions that I seem to have a “good connection”. How does one develop a “connection” with God?

Let me suggest that developing a connection with God is very similiar to developing a connection with someone down here on Earth and we all know how to do that, right? What’s the first thing you do when you want to get to know someone? You spend time with them, of course.

Getting to know God works the same way. In order to learn to “hear” from God, we must get to know Him first by spending time with Him. There are way too many voices and choices out there clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us to prevent us from spending time with God.

Just like any new friendship or relationship, we must make a conscious choice to be with God so we can get to know Him. It might help to think of God as a person, instead of some nebulous force “out there yonder”. God is closer than we think, and it really is not rocket science to learn to hear His voice.

Until next time, let me know how you spend time with God and in the meantime, keep looking up!

Hearing From God – 1

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need guidance and direction in life? Are you searching for your purpose?

Well then, read on. In my upcoming book, I talk about all these, but today I want to talk about hearing from God.

Many of us want to hear from God. I know I do. From time to time, someone asks me “How do you hear from God?” or mentions that I seem to have a “good connection”. How does one develop a “connection” with God?

Let me suggest that developing a connection with God is very similiar to developing a connection with someone down here on Earth and we all know how to do that, right? What’s the first thing you do when you want to get to know someone? You spend time with them, of course.

Getting to know God works the same way. In order to learn to “hear” from God, we must get to know Him first by spending time with Him. There are way too many voices and choices out there clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us to prevent us from spending time with God.

Just like any new friendship or relationship, we must make a conscious choice to be with God so we can get to know Him. It might help to think of God as a person, instead of some nebulous force “out there yonder”. God is closer than we think, and it really is not rocket science to learn to hear His voice.

Until next time, let me know how you spend time with God and in the meantime, keep looking up!