Long time no write, right?
I’ve been v-logging more lately instead of blogging. You may read my thoughts below, if you’d rather.
⬆️ I’ve included the video link above so knock yourself out!⬆️ 🎧
I hope to debunk a lie and bring some encouragement to you today. I also have a recommendation. My encouragement is that you do hear from God. In Scripture it says, My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. ( John 10:27)
God is always speaking. You hear voices, voices of condemnation come in sometimes and we can hear those. Voices that tell us we are less than or not enough, we can hear those.
God is speaking to us, too. He is drawing us by His voice. He is the WORD! How can you be THE word and not keep speaking?
Some people don’t believe God speaks to us today. He only speaks through the word of God. Please understand this, I am a big fan of the word of God! But, if what they propose is true, then I don’t know what to do with the Scripture that says, “Today if you hear his voice do not harden your heart.” Even our conversion happened because we listened and heard the voice of God.
So it’s important to read the word of God and the more we read the word of God, we’ll hear him speaking to us.
He speaks to us so don’t limit yourself from how His voice will come. It could be through a friend, it could be through music, it could be through nature, it could be just His presence. He speaks, He’s always speaking to us!
He is always speaking His voice of love over us and you are wired to hear from God!
So don’t think of yourself as one who’s disqualified or can’t hear or is distant from Him. He is always speaking, it’s in your DNA to hear from your father. He created you He made you and He wants you to hear him. So I would like to just debunk the lie that you don’t hear or the thought that you’re not worthy of it because he’s always speaking. One of the stories that I love from the Old Testament is the story about Samuel. He was a young boy who was taken to Eli and was to live with him.
Samuel was laying down at night when he thought Eli had called him from another room because he heard,”Samuel, Samuel!” and he got up and he went to Eli‘s room and he said, “Did you call me?”
Eli said, “No, I didn’t call you go back to bed.” He did this repeatedly, until finally Eli got it! Oh, God’s talking to him! He told Samuel, “Go back and lie down but next time you hear it, when you hear it say, ‘Speak Lord for your servant hears.’”
Sure enough, Samuel went and lay down and as he was lying there, he heard again, “Samuel, Samuel,” and he said, “Speak Lord for your servant hears.” My encouragement for you today is just to understand He still speaks. You may know I wrote a book, He Speaks – Hearing the Voice of God through Journaling and I thought it was so great that the song “The Voice of God” came out at the same time. The song talks about all the ways that the voice of God comes to us. I was just amazed, did this song come out at the exact same time? Holy Spirit, thank you for your genius in that! I highly recommend that song to you.
And so I am unashamed to recommend my latest book to you. Even right now God is speaking to you; He’s always speaking. The book is called He Speaks – Hearing the Voice of God through Journaling. What do I mean by journaling? I mean I simply quiet myself, look to Jesus, calm down and then whatever I hear, I write down. I never write down anything that is contrary to His word. or opposite of the Scriptures. I’m always in the Word of God. I love the word of God! He speaks to me in and through it.
I’d like to share an entry from He Speaks and tell you I also wrote another book called, I’m Listening; a companion journal for He Speaks. So I’ve written things down and the cover of the book has photographs of a few of the actual journals that I’ve written in.
Once you practice the art of listening, I hope you’ll gain momentum, or maybe you’ve done this for years, I wanted to make sure people could keep the momentum going and new entries could be kept in the I’m Listening companion journal.
I’m Listening journal and He Speaks both have a place for you to write what you hear from God.
Let me include an entry as an example, I just picked Entry Number 15…
I always start with “The Lord says my Love…” there are great explanations in the book’s Introduction and How to Use this Book sections in the beginning. It’s quite important to read those sections to get the most out of the book.
Hear from God as you read these words:
The Lord says my Love…come close and lean in. I am near to you. I’m right here! I see you, I see every tear you cry, every encounter with a friend, every laugh that comes from your belly and every move you make. Each day I delight in who I made you to be. You are mine! I love you!
I made you to be blameless, pure and holy. Come to me for my blood has cleansed you. I desire to make you strong, firm and steadfast. I desire to give you the joy of the Lord because I am your strength.
Stand back and watch me work! I will released you from the bondage to decay. Keep praying and casting your cares and trusting in me. The victory that I have for you is better than you could ever ask or imagine. My ways are higher than your ways. Remember to trust in me and do good. I am right here, I can be found in the warmth of the sun, the chirping of the birds, the beauty of the flowers, the waves on an ocean, gently falling snow, the touch of a child and the cry of a baby. Drink in my goodness and mercy today.
The way that I formatted the book, there’s always included in each entry :
• Scripture to Embrace
• Question to Consider
Then after, there’s a place for you to sit and practice the art of listening for yourself!
Let me continue reading from entry #15:
Scripture to Embrace:
“Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.” Lamentations 3:32, 33
The Question to Consider:
In what life situations or circumstance can I yield to the truth of God‘s ways being higher than my ways?
Prayer from He Speaks: (I pray this over you right now)
Lord, thank you for being right here with me and seeing me. Thanks for another day. Fill me with joy today and allow my strength to soar. Help me to see you in everything around me as I drink in your goodness and mercy. Amen
Declaration that you say aloud:
Stress and strife have no voice or power over me! Holy Spirit, I welcome you to lead me today!
So dear one, that’s just an example from book I wrote called, He Speaks – Hearing the Voice of God through Journaling and its companion journal, I’m listening.
I recommend both of these to you!🥰
They are available on Amazon or you can go to my website: Rachelinouye.org
I am really excited that it’s going lots of places and I hope that it goes to every state and every nation all around the world!
I believe you can hear from God! so I wanted to bring encouragement that you can! Be blessed to hear from God because the love He has and the way He wants you to hear Him is particular to you. He’s so wired you for that.
You’re set up for success not failure!
Bless you today!
This is the song I mentioned earlier. Enjoy!