What does God’s voice sound like? Like an author’s voice is unique, God has his own tone and diction, sometimes parental, and that’s how I distinguish His voice from my own thoughts. God’s voice is loving, and it never contradicts the Bible.
I first heard God’s voice when I was a 12-year-old runaway. I followed a lady home from a bus station. As I waited in her living room, an inner voice commanded, “Leave!” I recognized it was God’s voice warning me so I obeyed.
I didn’t hear God’s voice again until my fiancée Mark was murdered. My soul felt like an empty cavern. But then, God’s voice guided me through each day, taking me from mundane decision-making, to caring for my children well. God never pointed me in the wrong direction, so I came to trust Him for my family’s needs. Most importantly, He consoled me whenever my heart seemed the heaviest.
After that, I could hear God’s voice. My mind became cluttered and I pushed God’s voice away. Even so, He stood by me, waiting and watching, ready to intervene at a moment’s notice.
When I moved, I heard God’s voice once again. As I was unpacking, I realized my engagement picture to Mark was missing. I cried out to the Lord. A familiar voice said, “Look in the box.” I never looked in the box that held Mark’s keepsakes. I continued searching. All the while, God’s voice persisted. Finally, I looked in the box. The picture was right on top!
A short time later my children and I were baptized. That was a transforming moment.
A few years ago, I received a life altering diagnosis. I was given ten years to live. It was then that I knew I must find God’s voice again. So, I cleared the clutter from my mind and I told God I was done fighting. I asked Him to take over completely.
Now that I have prioritized my relationship with God, I am happy. In the quiet of each morning, I ask Him to show me the way, and I leave my concerns at His feet. I am at peace. His presence, and my trust in Him has made the difference. I no longer carry the weight of worry. I like to crochet as I wait.
I spend my days praising God through songs. I anticipate His directions, and we talk a lot now. Despite the illness, God has become my best friend and confidant. I am amazed at the peace I have now that I willingly listen for God’s voice and heed His directions.
What about you, friend? Don’t wait for a life-altering situation to prioritize hearing God. His gentle voice will bring peace to your soul, and purpose for your days, whether they are many of few.
Heavenly Father, help me to listen for Your voice of wisdom. Amen.
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Elise has been writing creative fiction since she was eight years old. She holds several Associate of Arts degrees; one in Liberal Arts, two in Social Sciences, and one Technical. Throughout her college education she maintained her membership with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was a single mother of two, and taught college-level English to fellow ESL students.
A Promise Kept was Elise’s first book, a partial memoir, for which she received the 2010 Readers Favorite Award. It was featured in More magazine, and in a local newspaper. In June of that same year, The National Association of Professional Women featured Elise as Author of the Month. Elise has recently finished her complete memoir, Wildflower. She is working on a true story, embellished with a fictitious flair, entitled With Only a Horse.
Elise lives with her husband Roberto in Woodinville, Washington. She has two grown children, Dale and Lexi. She is proud to share that her son served his country in the United States Navy. Elise enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, homemaking, and writing.