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70 Ways to Hear God Excerpts & Study Guide

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Contents

Introduction

Hearing from God

How to Hear When God Speaks

Why You Don’t Hear His Voice

How He Speaks to Us

The Chronicles

About the Author

Introduction

Communication is a dialogue between two or more people. However, it is not effective if one of the persons is not listening or if someone isn’t speaking plainly. Furthermore, it definitely isn’t effective if a question being asked is not answered or if the message being communicated is completely ignored. Have you ever experienced being on the speaking end, asking questions, for which there is no response? What about the times when you ask God a question, but He says nothing? Perhaps, He’s spoken, but you’ve misunderstood or missed His communication.

I know exactly how you feel because I’ve experienced those moments, too. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve communicated with God, you can still miss a word from Him. But why miss a word when you don’t have to, especially when you really need it? There are various reasons why you may be missing His answers and messages; one of them being that you aren’t communicating effectively on the speaking or listening end.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve been in difficult situations when I needed answers and didn’t get them; it caused frustration, stress, and even depression. So, I understand how difficult it can be, which is why I’m sharing my personal experiences to help you discover and understand the following things about your communication with God:

* How to hear when God speaks

* Why you don’t hear His voice

* How He speaks to us

As you learn these things, your communication with God will improve!






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Hearing from God

How to Hear When God Speaks

Hearing God is not always easy, but it is simple. Sometimes, it can be effortless. Other times, you must prepare yourself and clear your environment. Just like in our earthly conversations, sometimes, there are barriers that prevent us from hearing and understanding a message; there are “noises.” You may have some noises in your life that need to be quieted, so you can hear God.

Sinning habitually and willingly can also be a blockage. Repent of your sins and simply ask God to remove anything that may be obscuring your hearing. In addition, you must be submissive, meaning you need to open your heart and spirit, as well as, your ears to hearing Him. Cast all your own selfish motives and desires to the side and become completely open to God’s will. You must be willing to submit to however, whatever, and whenever He does what He does.

The number one way to increase and open up the channels of communication is in one word. As generic and cliché as it may sound, it is what I’ve discovered is vital. As people, we spend excessive time focusing on relationships with other people. This is ordinary and understandable because we are human and humans make the world go round. If you lived in a world where you were the only person, I doubt it would be a life worth living.

As painful as relationships can be, they move us. But, how is it that during our detrimental times, we get so wrapped up in relationships and seeking help from people with no power? Shouldn’t our most intimate, time-consuming relationship be with someone who can help solve our issues? Who can soothe our pain? Who can give us answers to our questions? Who can love us infinitely and unconditionally as we all desire? It’s so simple until it’s complex. Yet, the primary key to improving your communication is by improving ― Are you ready for that one word? Well, the thing that may be holding you back is ― intimacy. Even if you currently have a relationship with the Lord, how intimate is it? When you have a genuine, caring relationship with someone, you speak with them about everything without hesitation. According to John 15:15, the Lord is our friend and He confides in us ― He will tell us things. Just as He confides in us, He wants us to be comfortable confiding in Him.

During moments when you can’t hear God, take the time to improve your relationship with Him. Fall on your face shamelessly, until you hear Him. I don’t care how long it takes. God seeks our hearts, souls, spirits and lives. Our everything. The closer we get to Him, the more we can trust Him. I guarantee, once you reach the ultimate intimacy with Him and experience communication beyond what you can fathom, you will never be able to doubt the ability to hear Him again.


STOP: Make a list of things you can do to increase your hearing of God.

Why You Don’t Hear

As I said before, you may not be able to hear God due to blockages such as sins, selfish desires, and lack of intimacy. However, there are also times when you don’t hear Him because He’s not speaking. There’s nothing worse than speaking to someone and not receive a reply. That will put you on the fast train to feeling alone.

I know what it’s like to feel alone, especially when you are always misunderstood. It’s even worse when you’re always a good listener for everyone else, yet, it seems that no one listens or hears you. And if they even attempt to, you sense their hesitation to impart wisdom to you because they are intimidated. If you’ve ever encountered such a dilemma, I’m sure you’ve felt that you are normal and have issues, just as they do. You just don’t broadcast your issues or consistently dwell on them and you don’t wear your issues on your forehead or the affiliated emotions on your sleeves. Therefore, people don’t “see” your issues or emotions, so they assume all is well. As a result, there’s no one to cry to. Perhaps, people don’t “get it” because you’re crying to the wrong ones about your particular situation.

Moreover, there are times you cry out to God, and you know He hears you because when you intercede and pray for others, you witness changes and breakthroughs in their lives. But somehow, there seems to be static in the connection when you send your personal requests. Have you ever been in this position and felt like there was no one to turn to for help? This is such a painful and lonely place, and I definitely get it. However, just because you don’t hear from God, it doesn’t mean He isn’t listening or speaking.

Even when we’ve clearly heard Him in prior times, I’ve found that there can still be other moments when we miss His communication with us. Sometimes, His communication is loud, blatant, and obvious and may even occur multiple times as confirmation. And then, there are times when you’re confused and asking God what’s up because the air is filled with silence. You find yourself going back to the beginning of time to make sure you’ve repented for every sin you’ve committed since you were in diapers. Of course, I am being facetious. I simply mean, we try super hard to make sure we’ve covered all bases. We stress our brains trying to analyze if there was a sin we missed and didn’t repent of. Nevertheless, our sins may have nothing to do with the lack of communication.

There are so many other reasons we could be missing a word from God. On the other hand, it is similar to taking a test in school when the teacher remained quiet. It is not appropriate for the teacher to speak during the test. It is exactly what it is: a test. It’s the time to apply all that you’ve learned during the good moments when the sun was shining and all was going well. It’s the time to see if you can apply all that you’ve studied. It’s the time to see just how much you truly learned.

Yet, I’m not here to scold you because I’m definitely just as imperfect as you. No matter how many times I’ve communicated with God, I still have moments when I’m confused. Just to be even more transparent, I’m still working on being stronger during the testing times. There are moments when God and I are in constant communication and flowing ― then He goes silent on me. If He stays silent too long, I start second-guessing myself and then I have to repent, lean on His Word, and trust Him. I once heard someone use the analogy that He is like the GPS system. Sometimes, it will become silent and stop giving directions. But its silence does not mean the GPS system is not functioning or is disengaged. It simply means to keep going; you’re on the right track. Nonetheless, because you are unsure of where exactly you’re headed, you tend to become apprehensive and even wonder if the system has suddenly become defective and stopped working. But, if you make a wrong turn, the system will speak. Thus, I always affiliate the silent moments of God with that. If He isn’t saying anything, I trust that I am going in the right direction and I just keep going. I know that He is my Father and no loving parent wants to see their child go down the wrong path. Hence, I lean on trusting God more and more, even when I can’t hear Him.

It’s not always comfortable, but we must have faith, which is the evidence that the things we hope for will come to pass. I’ve come a mighty, mighty long way and I’m still a work in progress, but I know God will never leave me. He is my fortress and my ever-present help in my time of need. He is yours too. We must lean on His Word and trust it because it is truly alive. His Word, as well as His very presence, has proven to be true to me. I know God is real. He’s spoken to me too many times for Him to not be real. Even when we don’t hear God, He’s still very present and very active!


STOP: Make a list of reasons you haven’t been able to hear God. What are you going to do to minimize those things?

How He Speaks to Us

There is no limit to how God speaks. It can be via coincidental incidents, dreaming dreams, knowing knowledge, visualizing visions, and vocal voices, as you will read about throughout this book. God speaks through His Word, people, dreams, visions, numbers, patterns, things you see, literature you read, a “knowing” in your spirit, and many other ways. I’m not going to try to name everything because He is limitless. The bottom-line is that there are no boundaries to how God can and will speak to you. As you read about my experiences, you will understand that I’m not mighty enough to create such occurrences. Furthermore, if you’ve ever had any doubt about God’s existence or power, it is about to be diminished as you read this book. I am confident that your faith in God will increase. You’ll learn various ways God communicates and witness His fresh, new strategies. But most of all, this book is for you to improve your communication with God. As you improve your communication, your relationship with Him will improve and your hope, faith, and trust will increase. These are essential elements to experiencing a new, peaceful, prosperous level of living. To reach new levels in your life, you need to renew and reach a new level of relationship with God.

Sometimes, we make it appear as if getting close to God and hearing Him is hard. There’s a plethora of misinformation that can easily create dizziness when you try to eat from everyone’s table of spiritual food being served. Yet, all of the religious tactics won’t give you a true, profound relationship with God. Those antics make you feel like you’re never good enough or you’re never doing enough for God. Needless to say, we don’t have to do anything to deserve His love or even earn blessings and grace. But, there is one main thing we should do ― believe! Believe in God, believe God, and believe God’s Word. Without faith, it is impossible to please God and anything is possible if a person just believes. You need to know that God has a word for you. Have faith that you are capable of hearing Him.

Hearing God doesn’t have to be tedious or ritualistic. You just need to become intimate with Him, which doesn’t have to be difficult. Just be who you are; go to Him, just as you would anybody else. Yes, He speaks through people and the Bible, but people have perverted the truth of God and sometimes, you don’t always understand what’s in the Bible. However, these are not valid reasons to remain distant from God and confused about how, when, and what He speaks to you. The best message and interpretation of what God is saying is the message that you specifically get from God and interpret yourself. God deals with us based on what’s going on in and around us. Therefore, the best communication you can receive from God is the one you get yourself. Others can be helpful, but you need to know and hear God for yourself. I pray that as you read about how God speaks to me that you will receive revelations about how God speaks to you.


STOP: Make a list of ways that God speaks to you. List specific incidents, such as dreams, numbers, and visions. Refer to this list often to remind yourself of ways that God speaks to you.

The Chronicles

1. Driving Me Crazy

I tend to make friends very easily. I even make friends as I travel and I actually converse with people from car to car via our driving. We tail, follow, and dash in and out of traffic together. One day while driving, I made a friend as I typically do. This person was driving the way I like to drive ― fast! I figured I could reach my destination faster if I drove faster, which is just typical fast drivers’ thinking. Right?

Suddenly, I heard a voice say, “You need to let her go. She’s about to get a ticket.” I would’ve thought that I was crazy; however, I looked in my rear view and side mirrors because I like to pay attention to my surroundings. I noticed a black car. It had to be moving extremely fast because I could tell that it would catch up to me within the next few moments. I slowed down and moved into the far right (ahem- slow driving) lane. My friend was then in the middle lane, getting further and further ahead of me, making it harder for me to see her clearly. Then, there was the black car, moving past me and making me feel like I was driving in slow motion. The black car moved from the far left lane to the middle lane and soon enough, it was on the tail of my friend. All I saw next were blue lights!

At that point, I was so shocked about hearing a voice and the warning actually manifesting in front of me, I started screaming. “Oh my God! Oh my God! I just heard a voice, and it said she was about to get a ticket and now she’s getting a ticket! Oh my God! I can’t believe it!” I must’ve ranted about that for at least five minutes straight without stopping to even take a breath. Honestly, I would’ve thought I was going crazy if it wasn’t for my passenger confirming that the car we were following was indeed getting pulled over. I might’ve thought I daydreamed the entire incident. Lol.

Note: God sends warnings. Look out and listen!

STOP: Think of a time when you thought you were going crazy, but you later realized it was God. Remember, He doesn’t always show up as we expect Him to.

2. Travel Light

Once upon a Saturday morning, I recall traveling. It was me and one other passenger. I didn’t plan to be away for more than a few days, so I packed light. Nevertheless, after riding for about 1.5 hours, traveling was becoming heavy. I could feel the weight expanding and becoming heavier. As I drove I became more and more uncomfortable as the minutes passed by. I tossed and turned in my seat slightly. I no longer seemed to be traveling light. It was as if I was hauling a heavy burden.

Something began to scream my name. Then, I experienced a sharp pain. My bladder was full and heavy and the rest area was nowhere in sight. It doesn’t seem like it now, but at the time, having to relieve myself was the most urgent and important thing on Earth to me. I was desperate for relief, but not desperate enough to stop on the side of the road in broad daylight; so, I started to pray. I prayed to God for a rest area. I know how this might sound to lots of people. Some may be thinking, “God isn’t going to just build a rest area within seconds for you.” He actually could if he wanted to, but just how much glory could and would He get from that?

Nevertheless, after praying, an inner voice stated, “The restroom is going to be right up ahead.” This might sound like a coincidence or a lucky guess, but it wasn’t. How do I know? Well, when the Spirit reveals something, it’s a different feeling from any other feeling. In fact, it’s more than an emotion. It really is a “knowing.” You just know. And by now, I’m sure you’ve guessed that after hearing the voice, a sign appeared stating the next rest area was within a few miles. I was relieved at just seeing the sign. I was most definitely relieved when I released and emptied the heaviness so I could continue traveling light.

Note: When the Spirit touches you, it is more than a feeling. The facts always follow.

3. Too Short

I’d just come out of a slump in my life and somehow, things were declining again. I was down on my luck and having a rough time financially, as we all do at some point or another. I had worked and actually made quite a bit of money. Yet, I was still hundreds of dollars short of paying a significant bill. I sold valuable items I owned for much lesser than I had paid. And I was still short.

Of course, I’d already prayed to God and was confident that He would come through for me. I’d already gotten extensions and the very final day came to pay the bill. When I awakened that morning, I was still optimistic. However, as the time passed by and 5:00 p.m. seemed to be getting closer by the second, I became apprehensive. There was no sign that God was still going to help, as I’d been believing. All I could do was keep talking to God to keep my head above the rising water.

As the time continued to speed up, there was a knock on my door. It was my cousin, with whom I’d shared my dilemma. I didn’t tell her about what was happening to receive sympathy or money. I simply needed to release the pressure from my chest. Nevertheless, as she came in, she had a smile on her face. Then, she sat down and as she reached into her purse, she asked how much money I needed. I told her I needed $300. She counted and handed me a stack of money. And there it was ― BOOM! Waterfalls! I was not expecting that at all. Yet, she told me about how the night before, the Spirit told her to give me some money.

After pulling myself together from the emotional release of pressure, I gathered the other money that I already had. As I counted, it turned out that I was $370 short, not $300 as I’d told my cousin. But then, I counted what my cousin handed me; it was not $300. She’d actually given me $370! The exact amount that I was short. She didn’t know I was $370 short and neither did I, until that moment; but clearly, God did!

Note: Sometimes, we don’t know what we need, but God always does. Just because you don’t know how you’ll get what you need, doesn’t mean you won’t get it.

STOP: Think of a time when you were in short supply of something, but eventually received what you needed. Did you doubt that you would receive provision? How did you feel when you finally received it? Think on these things during moments when you feel you won’t receive what you need.

4. Sister

I watched her walk down what seemed like a never-ending hallway. I stood immovable, in a trance, until she was no longer in sight. Once she disappeared, I was able to resume getting ready for school. I fought to hold back tears as I told myself that I was wrong and going crazy.

Later that day, my mom picked me up from school as usual. It wasn’t out of the ordinary that my aunt was also in the car. But, why was my sister’s boyfriend there when she wasn’t? I could feel the stiffness in the air as we drove home. Then, all I could think was, “That’s it. She’s gone. She’s not coming back. She’s dead!” The waterfall of tears started, but everyone in the car was so in a trance that no one saw me crying. I wiped the tears and gathered the strength and confidence to speak, “Mom, where’s my sister?”

The immediate hesitation was confirmation enough. “Um…she’s not home right now…” Soon enough, we arrived home. My mom told me to put my backpack in my room and come back to the living room because she had something to tell me. I moved as slowly as I could. Although I already knew, hearing the words would ensure that it wasn’t a nightmare or me losing my mind. As I went back into the living room, my mom really knew no other way to say it but, “She’s dead!” BOOM! Immediately, I screamed and the waterfall of tears crashed through the wall of strength.

Earlier that morning, as my sister and I shared the bathroom to both get dressed for school, “something” told me, she was going to die. I was just a child and didn’t really go to church much, so I was very unfamiliar with the Holy Spirit and how God speaks. For all I knew, I was going crazy. In fact, I sort of thought I was and chose to ignore what I knew and was feeling. Yet, I was able to tell her that I loved her that morning, although that had no effect on the pain I felt.

Along with the pain, I also suffered because I thought it was my fault for not saying anything. Of course, I know now that nothing I said could’ve changed God’s plan for her that day. Or was it God’s plan? Could we have prayed over her and changed what happened that day? Because I was silent, I will never know. That’s a prime reason that I cannot afford to remain silent regarding what I know about God. People perish because of a lack of knowledge, and I refuse to let anyone else perish just because I’ve chosen to be silent. I might have been silent then about God speaking, but since I am now familiar with many ways that God speaks, I will speak (unless He tells me to be silent).

Note: Silence isn’t golden if God gives you the words to speak. Those words are worth a lot more than gold.

5. Peace of Heaven

I opened my eyes to a small figure lying next to me in the form of my son. At that moment, I began to cry because I felt selfish. Not that I would intentionally leave my child if I had a choice in the matter. However, it’s like I didn’t even know or remember that I had a son. Yet, upon awakening, all I could think about was what if my son had awakened to the lifeless body of his mother.

What drove me to those thoughts? Where exactly had I been that would make me not want to return? Well, this wasn’t dreamland. This was one of those moments when you just know. Yet, I’m guessing I had a case of sleep apnea that night and had stopped breathing. Sleep apnea is just that: you stop breathing while you’re asleep. During this timeframe, my sleep apnea had actually improved from the perpetual nights of waking up constantly gasping for air.

Whatever the case was, I’d somehow landed in a place that is indescribable, even years later as I’m telling my experience. This place was beautiful. It was beyond peaceful. It was like what the Apostle Paul described in 2 Corinthians 12. I cannot even utter to describe it. “Peace” does not even begin to explain what this place was like. It was too magnificent and it was as if I had no remembrance of my issues on Earth. This place seemed to be something like a garden. I was so excited, I said: “Yes! I made it! I’m here. I’m home.” Then, there was a white silhouette that appeared. It had no definite shape or form to it. But, it spoke and said, “You’re going back!” I pleaded and said, “No, but I’m already here. I don’t want to go back.” Again, the voice spoke and said, “You’re not ready. You’re going back.” I said no again, but then that’s when my eyes opened to me looking at my son, sound asleep next to me.

Based on how I felt and the level of “knowing” I had upon awakening, I KNOW exactly where I went. It was truly a place of peace. I’ve experienced peace on Earth, but it comes nowhere near to even a piece of Heaven’s peace. Heaven is real!


STOP: Think of a time when someone told you something and you didn’t believe them, but it was ultimately revealed that they were telling the truth. Even though you didn’t believe them, the truth still existed, right? The existence of God’s truth and kingdom is not dependent on your beliefs.

6. Life under Construction

I was used to working at home; however, I reached a point where my life was under construction. As I passed through the job site (so to speak), I was hitting one bump in the road after the other. For some apparent reason, my employer’s computer kept listing me as unavailable for work at home, even after making numerous calls to inform them that I was available for another assignment. Needless to say, I ended up having to commute to work. I appreciated maintaining a position that paid my bills and then some, especially after being on the short end of receiving, due to “construction”. Yet, I needed to get out of the building any and every chance I could to talk to my daddy upstairs.

During one of my breaks, I was doing my usual. Enjoying nature. Observing the sky. The people. The environment. Walking and talking to my Dad as I often did about the path I’d been on, my current life, and my future. Then, suddenly I heard someone plainly and clearly say, “Well, what do you want?”

“Well, you know, I really would like to go back to working at home. That will allow me to resume writing and it’s time efficient…” I told Him that working at home was the best fit for me for many different reasons. It would definitely make things easier for me. I further explained myself and headed back into the building to complete my work day.

When I got home from work that evening, I had a voicemail that someone left earlier in the day (but after the time I had my conversation with God). Lo and behold, the voice message was to see if I was available for an upcoming work-at-home assignment! Was the timing of that call a coincidence? I think not. The timing of that call was a God incident! He asked me what I wanted. I told Him and I received it!

7. Light in Darkness

For some reason unknown, I felt uncomfortable around him. There was just something about him that didn’t feel right. My being about twelve years of age or so had nothing to do with it. Somehow, all I could feel was there was something off and dark.

Years later when I was age twenty-something, while visiting my grandmother, she and I were watching the news. There was a story about a woman setting a mental institution on fire. As more details were revealed, my grandmother recognized the woman as a girl who grew up in her neighborhood. Apparently, the girl went crazy after being molested and assaulted by relatives including her brothers. One of the relatives’ names just so happened to be “that man” that I always had an eerie feeling about when I was just a child. I never knew he grew up near my grandmother’s house until that day.

So, how did I have an inkling as a child that something wasn’t right about this man? Never mind how I seemed to be the only child having such an uncomfortable feeling about him. The spiritual discernment I experienced was the Holy Spirit. It was God revealing the truth and shining His light on darkness.


STOP: Think of an unfortunate incident that you’ve witnessed or experienced. Now, think of the lessons learned or things gained from it. Would the gains have been as profound if someone just told or gave them to you? Sometimes, a light only shines so bright because of the darkness that surrounds it.

8. Who’re You Going to Call?

A relative needed a car and I truly wanted to help. After all, she’d helped me to get a car before. So, I had intentions to contribute money; however, life happens and I was unable to. After feeling bad about wanting to help and not being able to, I did what any other kind-hearted person may or may not do out of desperation. I did exactly what I had to do to get that car for her. I dropped down on my knees and prayed.

Have you ever seen the infomercial about the crock pot or some other cooking device where you can place the food in the pot and forget about it, without overcooking? It’s the commercial when they say that you can “set it and forget it.” Well, that’s pretty much what I did. I prayed, set it in God’s hands, and forgot about it. I guess it was easy for me to forget and not obsess over it because I trusted God. But then, one day (perhaps a couple of weeks after), my phone rang. I received a phone call stating that my relative had gotten a new Benz.

She didn’t exactly have the so-called resources that you typically need when purchasing a vehicle. Yet, she called me and then I called/prayed to my Father and voila! So, I have a question for you. When you need help, who do you call? I hope not Tyrone. I hope not Ghostbusters! After reading this, you had better start calling Jesus on the main line!

9. To Be or Not To Be (A Leper)

What I know, realize, and recognize in my life, and the lives of others is that the things we speak actually manifest. It was the year 2005 when the doctor diagnosed me with an incurable skin disease. Ultimately, I had surgery and multiple outbreaks after surgery. There was nothing that could be done.

The suffering increased at first because of my mental state. I think the pain was more than it actually was just because I kept thinking about the nasty bumps, lumps, cysts, and ooze exploding from my skin. However, I became so devastated until I started saying, “I don’t have this. I don’t care what the doctor says.” I would say it even while having outbreaks. I prayed and refused to believe that I had a disease. It took months for the power of my words to manifest, but I guess, I kept saying it so much that I actually started believing my own words.

Now, it has been over ten years, and I’ve been outbreak and disease free since 2006! With that being said, I don’t care who says what, you need to be saying something different (if that person is not speaking healing, growth, and prosperity). Talk to God, repent, and ask Him to remove anything holding your prayers up. Forgive yourself (if applicable) and continue living your life. Of course, believe for the best and most importantly ― expect it!


STOP: Do you know that research studies are now being done that scientifically prove what this article reveals? Our bodies are listening to our thoughts and aligning with them. Our words and thoughts have power. What are you constantly saying and thinking about your body?

10. Wake-up Call: Sound the Alarm

Typically, I’ve always been a light sleeper. Nevertheless, I must’ve been deep down in the ocean. I could’ve sworn I was floating. And I could’ve easily awakened confused about where I was and what exactly was happening. However, I heard a voice call out, “We’re going to go ahead and wake her up.” The minute he finished saying the word “up,” my alarm clock sounded. It was as if he spoke and then immediately hit the button on the clock to sound the alarm.

I know this particular testimony is extremely short; nevertheless, it has had a long-lasting effect because I am still here ― in the land of the living! My friend, that was not a dream! I know what I heard; it was loud and clear! The voice that is ― although the alarm was loud and clear too, like it always is. I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the sound of the alarm clock. However, I am and will always be glad to hear it and have it awaken me daily ― an angelic voice is nice to hear also.

11. Showered with Blessings

I was a little frustrated, almost to the point of stressed out. I had been in the house all week long, without any outings whatsoever. So, I was looking forward to having a reason to get out of the house on the weekend, despite not having much money to spend. Nevertheless, I needed to replace a desk that I’d sold.

I took a shower in an attempt to wash off my frustration. Yes, I said it ― wash away my frustration. Showers help to relax me. Bath time is one of the few moments when I can block out noises and slow down my constantly running thoughts. Water calms and relaxes me. As I showered, I heard a voice say, “Now, you know you’re going to have to do better than this. Push!” The voice proceeded to tell me that I would not have to worry about anything and that I would be told what to do. So, I said okay and decided to lie down after showering. As I allowed my mind and spirit to reach a point of calmness and relaxation, the voice resumed speaking. I was reassured that I would not have to worry about anything; I would have the money to buy the desk, as well as grocery shop. Then, this voice stated, “All you have to do is…” Certainly, it wasn’t anything immoral or illegal. Nevertheless, I would like to keep some things to myself. Sorry. I love you, though.

The main thing I want you to recognize is that if you shut down your own thoughts and emotions long enough, you’ll be made aware of God’s. In this particular scenario, I could’ve continued to be caught up in my feelings and never-ending thoughts, but I made a choice. Yes, that’s right. A choice. And just as I had the option to calm myself and reject being emotional and depressed, you too have choices you can make. Choose wisely.


STOP: Do you ever have moments when you’re so depressed and frustrated that you don’t want anything to cheer you up? Will being stubborn and resistant make you feel any better any faster? What can you do to knock the wall of resistance down so you’re open to hearing God?

12. Suppression

The battle with depression seemed to be never ending. Having many family members who had their battles with it, depression seemed to be an epidemic curse placed on our family decades or maybe even a century ago. Nevertheless, there I was battling with this ugly thing on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I didn’t have much money to spend, so I decided to make it a movie watching day. For a person with nothing special to do, I was enjoying myself as I relished the comedy and action movie genres.

As I watched television ever so comfortably in my living room, I felt something crawling on my face, so I quickly reached to knock it away. What I touched was wet. Liquid. Tears. Of course, I was confused. What was I crying about? I was having a good moment. There wasn’t anything on my mind and on a conscious level, nothing was bothering me. However, it took only a few moments when suddenly, I felt pain in my heart. I honestly didn’t understand how I could have nothing on my mind, and yet, be hurt and crying. Moments after feeling the pain in my chest, I became enraged. I was livid! How long was I going to have to battle with this? Why wouldn’t it go away?

I found myself standing in the kitchen and saying to myself that I was going to start living carelessly. I would start doing anything. I would do evil to others and hurt them. Maybe, if I hurt someone else, it would somehow soothe my pain. After all, I was always trying to save and help others but it had done no good for me up to that point. As I thought to myself, “Yep, that’s it. I’m going to start doing stuff to other people,” I heard a voice say, “Now, you know better. You know that’s not how God made you.”

I looked around wondering if I was going crazy. But, the voice reassured me that I wasn’t just making up voices or going mad. The conversation went on for hours. Then, I began to hear several voices praying for me. They told me that anytime I start to feel a little pressure to just breathe; they revealed that they’re always with me and praying for me. “We love you.” Is what they said.

There were many questions that I’d asked God in recent times. During those several hours with what I assume were angels, they actually addressed and spoke about every question and concern that I talked to God about. On that particular day, I went from being emotionally bound to being rescued and “broken out” by what I never saw. With that being said, take note that just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. That’s actually an excellent mantra to apply when exercising your faith. Just remember that there’s existence beyond the obvious.

13. Prophesied Prophecy

A relative had spoken to me about her pastor: how God used him, and how prophetic he was. Because of what she’d told me, I was intrigued. I advised her that I wanted to meet him so he could prophesy on my life. At that point, I’d never received a prophecy, so I thought it would be interesting.

I finally had the chance to visit her church; however, it was New Year’s Eve so there really was no time to be introduced to the pastor. Yet, I was fine because, at that point, I just wanted and needed spiritual food to eat to start the upcoming year just right! I sensed that the year ahead was going to be even better than the last. I could feel the Holy Spirit strongly as if I was sitting in the first row, although I was in about the seventh row back. Because I was praising and worshipping so much, I kept opening and closing my eyes. I recall seeing the pastor walk pass other rows to come to my row, but then I closed my eyes again as I basked in the Spirit. I heard the pastor’s voice closer to me and as he continued to preach, I could tell that he was next to me. Perhaps, just two people away. I opened my eyes; his hand was on my forehead as he stood directly in front of me, prophesying.

I had to watch the recording of the sermon. The church is large and is televised, so luckily, I was able to review. I needed to watch a playback because I had missed the beginning of the prophecy, as I was lost in the Spirit. Anyway, the pastor’s prophecy was accurate and the word of wisdom he delivered regarding instructions was also relevant. God gave me a desire in my heart to receive prophecy and he fulfilled it. Just as Proverbs says ― God will give us the desires of our heart, meaning He will implant the things into our hearts that we should desire and He’ll fulfill them. In addition, it seems I prophesied the prophecy.


STOP: Think of a time when God put a desire in your heart and it came to pass effortlessly. Write it down and refer to it when you feel the need to force a desire to come to pass. Sometimes, a delay or a denial is communication from God. Are you open to listening?

14. Answers before Questions

Life can be challenging. As a result, there are many frustrating questions to be answered. How awesome would it be if you had answers before your questions ever developed? Extremely awesome, right? But, if you were always made aware that the answer was an answer, the question would never develop. I think that’s why some events occur in the sequence that they do. Answers and questions can be presented to us in a manner that they’re distinguished only in hindsight.

A few years ago, I was offered a job around April. I didn’t give it much thought, but over the next couple of weeks, I was contacted regarding ten different jobs. I was confused and wondering why so many employment opportunities were coming my way when I was secure in my current position. Nevertheless, about two weeks passed since being contacted by the various employers. Then, unexpectedly, I received a notification that at the end of that business day, I would be unemployed.

I prayed and decided that I was going to be okay. But I wasn’t confident that I was going to be okay because I’d been contacted many times in the prior weeks. I’d already refused those offers. Even so, I still felt that I was going to be okay. How did I know I would be okay? Because I prayed and I trusted God to take care of me.

The next day, which was the first day of being unemployed. I was celebrating, happy, blasting music, singing, and dancing. I was so joyous because I viewed this as an opportunity. It was an opportunity to vacation from work. I’d been working so much; I think God made me take a vacation because I would have otherwise not done so. Nevertheless, on the first full day of being unemployed, I received a call. By the time the call ended, I was hired! Just like that. It honestly wasn’t even much of an interview either.

I believe that because I chose to trust God and was sincere about leaving the situation in His hands that He responded expeditiously. No one can tell me that God doesn’t answer when you call! There’s always a positive perspective that can be taken, even in unfortunate happenings. Having trust and faith is a matter of choice.

While I’m on the subject of jobs, I’ll tell you about another incident. Unlike the previous example, I wasn’t given the answer prior to the question, but I was seeking a job. I prophesied with faith that I would be contacted that particular week. I didn’t prophesy based on any recent contacts or conversations. I just decided to believe and speak what I wanted into existence. And guess what? I was contacted about five different jobs in one week! But wait! There’s more ― a third example! This was also an entirely different time period from the other incidents. I knew the contract I had would have soon expired ― as in a couple of weeks. So, while it was on my mind, I decided to pray for a contract extension. One hour after praying, I received an email stating that my contract was extended!

Note: Sometimes, what it takes is for you to pray and speak a word of faith and be highly convinced that the thing you speak is going to occur. It’s cool to believe and expect, but you need to KNOW!

15. Shopping Grace

Do all women really love to shop? Yes, no, maybe, somewhat? Well, I’m probably the only one who is in the “somewhat” category, which is perfectly fine because it just further solidifies why I’m called “unique.” I like being able to buy what I want, but it’s only fun when I know exactly what I want and have a list. Control freak, I know! Otherwise, shopping fun falls into the “somewhat” category when I’m just browsing for anything and in that case, the internet is my number one favorite place to shop!

One day, I was browsing the internet for the perfect picture to finally put the finishing touches on my newly decorated bedroom. I had no idea what I was looking for and was perplexed (the spoils of joy when you finally have enough money to buy anything). I finally narrowed down my search and decided that I would choose between just two stores. I selected my colors and toggled between the tabs of the two stores as I browsed for the perfect picture.

“I love the sky and water,” I started thinking to myself. Then, suddenly it hit me! “If I could find a picture with blue and brown that has the sky and water...” It was all of about five seconds after thinking that when I scrolled down on my computer screen and there it was! It was perfect: a blue and brown picture of the sky and ocean! Some of you may be thinking, this was a prophetic moment and perhaps, it was. However, it was also evidence that God is listening, even when we aren’t intentionally submitting requests and talking to Him.

There is absolutely no way that I caused the picture to appear like that. I can and will attribute it to the God in me. However, my question to you is this: If God can cause a simple request like that to be granted (and I wasn’t even talking to Him about it), then can’t He grant requests when we are talking directly to Him? Of course, He can. I don’t think there’s ever a time when He’s not listening to us, assuming our hearts and spirits are in the right place.


STOP: Think of a moment when you just so happened to be in the right place at the right time. There are no coincidences. Just as God placed you in the proper position then, He’ll do it again. He’s always leading the way. Who and what are you following?

16. The Package

I hope you read Chronicle 15 because this is a continuation of it. So, now that I’ve told you about how I found the perfect picture, let me tell you about when I received it. Honestly, the huge empty space had been that way for months. Everything else in my bedroom was finally set up and perfect and I actually sort of liked the huge blank wall. Nevertheless, I finally decided to give in and search for the perfect picture. Excited about filling in the empty space, I started wondering when the picture was going to be delivered. I retrieved the tracking link, but before I could actually read the tracking information, there was a bump against the door. As I approached the door, I heard someone walking away. Then I heard what sounded like a truck pulling away. When I opened the door, there it was ― the package. It was only a moment prior that I was so curious about its arrival status!

This is just a simple example of how things are always working and fitting together perfectly without our efforts. We tend to want to know when something is going to occur, even though God already has the package on the way to our doorsteps! Sometimes, God wants participation from us and other times, He doesn’t need/want our involvement, other than trusting Him and having faith. Searching for answers can have no influence on anything, other than increasing impatience, like when I was tracking the package. I knew it was on the way, but I was excited and thus becoming impatient, so I wanted the package when I wanted it. With that being said, let God deliver on His timing and it won’t be a moment too late.

Note: Seek and you shall find!

17. I Was Just Playing

Just as I do and don’t like to shop, I do and don’t like to move. I like the excitement of moving to a new place, but not so much the work it takes to get there. Every and anybody knows that if you have a regular job, you need to take a few days off from that job because moving is a job! If you didn’t think you had much before, this is the time when you find out that you actually have a lot. I typically try to lessen the amount of work to be done by selling and giving away as much as I can stand to.

One particular time, I sold and gave away so much stuff until I didn’t even have a microwave. In my new place, I decided that I didn’t want to have extra, unnecessary things either. I still had moderate chic decorations, so I really didn’t need much anyway. As far as not having a microwave, the oven was working just fine for me. However, my mom felt that it was absolutely necessary for me to have one. She completely omitted my refusal and one day, she showed up with a microwave. It was at that point that she wooed me, and I decided that I wanted one, so I gratefully accepted it.

I happily restructured my kitchen décor and made room for it. When it was time to test it, guess what? It didn’t even work. I pushed button after button, but the microwave was lifeless. There was absolutely no feedback at all. Not a sound. Not a light. Although I didn’t initially have a strong desire to have a microwave, I started to feel a little disappointed when it wasn’t working. I’d finally reached a point where I was excited to minimize my gas bill and also heat my food faster but all to no avail.

I decided to turn it into a humorous moment and I started to pray over the microwave, as I laid my hands on it. Suddenly, I received the urge to stop playing like I was praying and to pray for real; so, that’s what I did. I closed my eyes, put all jokes to the side, and started praying aloud for real. Then, I tested the microwave by pushing the buttons and of course, by trying to heat something. And that’s when my sibling started shockingly screaming, “Mom! Oh my God! This girl just prayed over the microwave and fixed it. Now it’s working!”

Note: You have power that you aren’t aware of and therefore aren’t using.

STOP: Think of a time when you were “just playing” or weren’t really expecting a desire to come to pass, but it still occurred. What are the things in your life that you need to get serious about? If God moved when you weren’t really expecting Him to, can’t He move regarding something you are serious about?

18. Catching Feelings

When I told him that he’d fallen asleep on me the night before, I asked him how, why, and what did he feel. He looked at me and gave me a one-word answer. “Peace!” is what he said.

The night before, a family member became distressed, distraught, and heavily weighed down by a recent mistake he’d made. He spoke about the countless number of blunders he’d made and how he was still making them. He was tired of his shortcomings and felt worthless. Clearly, he felt screwed up and that maybe, his life wasn’t worth living. I’d never seen him break down and cry out so passionately and painfully. When a person is experiencing pain, I’m typically compassionate; however, I started experiencing something way beyond compassion. I suddenly felt an immense amount of pain in my own heart, as if I was the one in such emotional turmoil. As the pain increased, I realized that I was literally catching feelings ― his feelings.

I desperately wanted him to experience pain relief and peace, so I hastily grabbed my oil and began to pray. I applied my hands to his torso with every intention to permeate him with peace. I have no idea how long I’d been praying, but I noticed he was very still and silent. I wiped my tear soaked face and began to shake him and call his name. He was asleep! The next day, I spoke to him and mentioned that he fell asleep and when I began questioning him about what he’d felt when I laid my hands on him, that’s when he replied “Peace.”

19. God Stopped It

When I was in my early twenties, I had a dream that an angel appeared to me and told me I was going to die soon. I was told I wouldn’t live to see my mid-twenties. I was excited! Of course, by that statement, I really don’t have to tell you that I was suicidal at the time. But after that dream, I knew I didn’t have to do anything to speed the process and I lived with stimulating expectancy just knowing my suffering would be over soon.

When I was about twenty-four, my friend and I were riding in the rain on the expressway. We drove around a sharp curve, but then we were on a straight path. We drove through a puddle of water and it felt like we were then on a pair of skates. My friend hit the brakes and the tail end of the car started a slow motion dance. The back moved from side to side and then the rest of the car decided to get into the motion also. That’s when the entire car started spinning around on the expressway. As I looked up, all I saw was 360 degrees. The sky was spinning in a circle! I recalled the dream of how the angel appeared to me. I leaned back, grabbed onto the door, closed my eyes, and said, “Father, forgive me for my sins. Here I come.”

Suddenly, there was silence. I opened my eyes slowly, and it seemed that everything was still. I started looking around at everything in sight and checking my body for pain. I searched for evidence that I was a ghost. As I continued looking around, I noticed the car had stopped on a portion of the expressway that just so happened to not have a guard rail. Had the car stopped just a couple more inches over, we would’ve exited the freeway via the embankment and experienced a drop that would’ve guaranteed no survival.

As I sat completely up, I saw we were facing oncoming traffic. Luckily, the cars had ample time to stop before reaching us. People came to our rescue and asked if we were okay. I honestly didn’t know what I was at the time. However, I was more rattled inside than outside. To everyone’s surprise, there wasn’t a scratch on any of us. After placing our misplaced souls back into our body, we proceeded on our journey. As we drove off, stiffened and in shock, all I could think about was how just before the car went tumbling over and down the embankment, God stopped it!

Note: Just before everything goes down, God will stop it.

STOP: Think of an instant when you physically moved just in time. As a result, this move caused you to avoid a car accident, robbery, bullet, fight, hospitalization, sickness, etc. Do you think it was your own power that saved you? What caused you to move?

20. Energy (Part 1)

Have you ever been in a room when someone walked in and then suddenly, the entire vibe changed? Everyone in the room may have been laughing and having a good time until Nancy entered; somehow there is a feeling of negativity. Energy doesn’t lie! My admonishment to you is to remain cognizant of people’s energy and the effect that it has on you. If you aren’t being positively added to, I’m pretty positive that your positivity might be subtracted. Energy rarely stays exactly the same. If you’re happy and a certain someone comes in, you either become happier than before or some of the happiness may decrease.

I had a friend who always had issues. According to her, the sun never shined, the moon didn’t exist, all men are dogs, it’s impossible for anything to ever go right and blah blah blah. I should’ve paid more attention to the changes in myself. I would speak with her and initially be happy, hopeful, positive, and optimistic. By the time our conversations ended, I would be completely drained. I tried so hard to pump her up with positivity that I was losing mine and exhausting myself. As time passed, her problems increased, and she required more help. Even when her issues were resolved, she still found a reason to complain and be unhappy and negative. When the jealousy and lies kicked in, I had no choice but to terminate the friendship. Plus, it felt like my optimism regarding many things was terminated too.


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