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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to those of you who are visiting, especially if you have just read my devotion on Proverbs 31 about hearing God Speak.  I also have a post on At the Well today, and want to welcome any visitors from that site as well. 

In my P31 devotion today, I wrote about a time in my life when I started hearing God speak to me.  I'm so used to it now, that it's hard to remember the time before.  But for many, many years, I never expected God to speak to me with a specific message.  And I never asked Him to either. 

It didn't have anything to do with my level of faith, or passion for Christ.  During those years I was on fire for God, and served Him in many areas.  And now, that I heard God's voice on a regular basis, I don't think I'm a "better" Christian than before.  I don't think I'm more spiritual.  I've just think I've learned something new.

To hear God's voice I need to position myself in a place of quiet.

This is repeated through the Bible.  Moses heard God speak in the wilderness and on top of a mountain.   Mary heard God speak through an angel when she was alone.  Jesus went off by Himself to pray and hear from His Father.  They were positioned geographically in a place of quiet.  And quiet of many kinds seems to be an important ingredient in hearing from God.

Sometimes God speaks to people when they are in a place of emotional quiet.  Loneliness can put us in that place.  Peace can put us in that place.  Ceasing to strive can put us in that place. 

Sometimes God speaks to people when they are in a place of spiritual quiet.  This is a place I choose to go when I need to hear from God.  This is when I stop presenting Him with a to-do list in my prayers.  This is when I ask Him to speak and just wait.   And wait.   And wait some more. 

In a place of spiritual quiet I'm leaning in to hear God's whisper.  I'm attuned to see the supernatural in the natural.   I'm expectant of heart.  I long.  I listen.  And then, sometimes, clearly, sometimes faintly, I hear.

How do I know it's God?  Well, it's always different.  I always know it's NOT God when it doesn't line up with Scripture or it sends me in a selfish direction.  While God has directed me to focus on myself at times, it's never at the expense of others.  Usually, I know it's God when it confirms Scripture, brings good to someone else, encourages me in obedience to something I've already heard, and/or it pushes me out of my comfort zone.

This past weekend at She Speaks, Karen Ehman challenged us to fast from somethings so we can feast on others.  In my case, 12 years ago, God decided I needed to fast from just about everything so I could hear from Him.  It worked!   Now, I choose to fast.  (In part so God doesn't need to take any more drastic measures with me ... smile).   

I choose to fast from too much activity, from busyness, from demanding my own way, and often from noise.  Even though I work at home, most days I work in silence ... until 2:20 p.m. when the first of my five joys comes home from school.  This weekend, I "heard" God tell me to fast from the morning news.  I'm guessing He needs to talk to me then. 

I've learned a lot about hearing from God from my friend Lysa TerKeurst.  Lysa has some incredible, miraculous stories about how God used her when she simply positioned herself in a position to hear, and then obeyed.  If you read my devotion, you know she's connected to my first experience in hearing God speak to me.  I'm not surprised He would connect me with Lysa since she's been an inspiration to me since I've met her.

In fact, when Lysa read my devotion in its draft stage, she offered to give away one of her books on my blog.  So today, we'll be giving away a copy of "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God."   You can enter to win by posting a comment on my blog today.  I'll pick someone to win at 5 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday 8/4, so make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.  I'll post the winner on my blog on Thursday. Thank you Lysa!

Thanks so much for joining me today.

In His Love,

Glynnis

151 comments:

Karen Grant said...

Hi Glynnis -

I've been reading Daily Devotionals for a few years now and at first I didn't want to spend time reading Proverbs 31 'Encouragement for Today' because they were longer than the others BUT as I developed a closer relationship with Jesus I couldn't resist spending more time in His Word and fell in love with these heartwarming and nose burning stories that now I can't wait to read every morning before work! And today your story moved me to tears! I just love to see God's Hand and Fingerprints on other people's lives - to read these stories is God ministering His Love and that is always so encouraging. Soooo, I just wanted to thank you and all the women from Proverbs 31 Ministries who share their heart and touch mine everyday.

With Sincere Gratitude and Many Blessings,

KarenGrant3@aol.com

cdt9302 said...

Glynnis, thank you for sharing your devotion as I know what you mean by wanting to hear His voice. I've been a Christian for over 20 years but to be honest with Him & me I know I've really only 'lived' to be different, to truly seek Him & to desire to hear His voice over the last few years.
I know that there were times like before my dad died in 97, I knew the Holy Spirit told me to visit him as I lived in FL & my parents in KY. It's sad to admit but it would be 2002 before I felt led to listen to Him again when He told me to move to TN to take care of my mom. Which I did & like you left my career and friends but it was then I started to reconnect with Him a bit more as I knew my mom wasn't long to be with me. When she went Home in '04, I left it in His hands to stay there or move back to Fl and He allowed me to move back in '05.
I could keep going from there because at this point I'm pretty much relying upon Him to find a place to live, a job etc. And of course the path I thought I wanted didn't fall into place but let me say this, the journey to be where I am now was worth it. Especially the way He led me to my Home church because whereas I may be an orphan in the worlds eyes, I have so much family now all I can say is, thank You Father for I am blessed.
So keep listening and seeking girl because as you are well aware of and as I, He will always find ways to speak to us. Be blessed.
Christy

kim said...

Thank you so much for this message today. Your post was so rich and filling to me;I had to respond.

Throughout the years, I have had to practice the discipline of quieting myself in order to better hear from God. For years, I had allowed all the noise of life to distract me. I can remember crying out to God and asking Him to help me in such a way that I could learn to be silent and to be still. I can tell you assuredly that our God is faithful! He answered my prayer.I praise Him for that.

What a gift He blessed me with when He led me to His quiet place. It was and is in the quiet place that I have learned to hear Him speaking. I have learned to recognize His voice versus the voices of so many other people and things. In my quiet place with the Lord, He has shared so much with me. He has, in fact, given me everything of Himself. I am so humbled by that. It brings tears to my eyes even now.

I can honestly say that my quiet place is where I have heard God tell me of His love for me. ME. I have also heard Him tell me of His promises for me. ME. In the quiet place, God made a personal connection with ME.

This quiet place - His place, my place - is where I have heard and still hear His voice, and it is where God Almighty became my Abba Father. He became my Daddy. My Voice. My Comforter. My quiet place is where I learned to hear Daddy's Spirit instruct me on the ways of Jesus. It is the place where I finally understood how to surrender. It is the place where I finally understood holy worship. Now, more than ever, I hear God telling me who I really am in Him.

I love this place, I love His voice, and most of all, I love Him.

Hugs in Him,
Kim
(edifier1@hotmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Good morning.
Thank you for your today's devotion and your commitment to P31 and most importatnly Christ.
Through the Proverbs 31 ministry women are being changed, being empowered in their faith and growing closer to God on a daily basis.
My prayer is always to be able to slow down and hear God speak to me.
Hard to do in this busy time of life, but extremely rewarding when I do.
Thanks again for your devotion this morning.
Many blessings your way - Colleen
VaGeyers@aol.com

Lucinda said...

Glynnis,
Thank you for sharing your storing about hearing God. I find it amazing and encouraging that God chose to speak to you at the time He stripped away everything that gave you comfort. I have been before the Lord lately about a wildnerness experience I am going through in being without a church home. Recently, I have begun to wonder if perhaps this is the time God wants to speak to me without any distractions. Perhaps this wilderness time is to make me more dependent upon Him. My prayer is that I would embrace this time and take the opportunity to hear Him speak.
I am simply captivated by His grace,
Lucinda

deanna heuer said...

I just had to share with you how your devotion has is just unbelievable!! Last week our church had DVBS and each year there is a women's group also at DVBS. Last thursday night at 2 am I woke up and couldn't fall back asleep for awhile. During that time the Lord put it on my heart to tell the leader of the group that next year maybe we should study the Proverbs 31 women. Truly that come from the Lord because I wouldn't have thought of it. Marion the leader thought that sounded good so didn't the pastor. Then today what came in my mailbox but your devotional on the proverbs 31 women. I believe the Lord is speaking to me loud and clear!! Thank you for you devotion. I just signed up for the magazine. I am thinking that maybe next year we can order 1 month for about 30 women or so for our DVBS!! I am so excited and can't wait to see a copy of the magazine. Thank you so very much.

Celia said...

I am 53 years old and although healthy, with no risk factors other than birth control pills, I had a stroke which effected my R side; especially my speech and ability to write. That was 3 months ago and I am improving daily but I believe it was God's way of getting my attention because I was not serving him as I should. I also feel that he is leading me to "fast" from many things in order to hear his voice clearly. Your devotional and blog today clearly call me to visit with Him in quiet and hear his voice. I read your blog daily and am constantly blessed by your words. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Glynnis, your devotions are wonderful, such encouragement and inspiring. Thanks, especially for today's, reminding us to slow down and listen for God.
Blessings,
grammy.25@comcast.net

Jen said...

Glynnis,

Thank you for such a wonderful devotion today. This is exactly what I needed to hear. God has been showing me what he wants me to do. God has reiterated through your devotion that he wants me to be able to hear what he is trying to tell me. Now to be able to make time this summer with my 4 blessings and my nephew. This is most certainly what I will be making time to do. I thank you again for sharing your story.

Christine said...

Good Morning, Glynnis -

Thank you for your devotion today. I'm not much of a reader, but I enjoy receiving the Encouragement of the Day from Proverbs 31 every morning. It helps start my morning with a positive outlook by keeping me in the word and it definitely brings it alive when women like you share your stories with "normal" people like us. Like you, I stay busy with family, church, and work life. What encouraged me most about your devotion is to yield, listen, and obey God when He speaks. I like how you explain to us how you would discern if the messages you received were of God or elsewhere. I think this is my greatest challenge. I hear many messages but I doubt and dismiss each one because I act out of fear that I may be wrong. Thank you again, Glynnis. I will challenge myself now to listen when God is speaking to me and see what amazing things can happen!

cgf00t3@gmail.com

Advocate Mom said...

Thanks for sharing your story today. I am in a place of transition right now. My schedule has opened up and I have been seeking God's direction. What is next for me. I have had one experience where I felt God was speaking to me. It was just as you described--helpful to others and confirmed with scripture. Your story was very affirming to me today.

I am avid reader and I enjoy all the P31 blogs. Thanks for your writing and your work. You are inspiring a lot of people.

Have a great day!
Lynne
lpbling@gmail.com

safe said...

thanks Glynnis for your devotion today. I too am learning to hear from God and for me it is a quiet peace when I make a decision. When I am in confusion or questioning "what to do" I know that God has not given the answer to me yet and to just be quiet and wait. This week I am going through a horrific time with my youngest son. He is making decisions based on his perception that everything that has happened to him is our (his parents) fault, He is waiting for us to bail him out. this is tough love and we will not bail him out this time. but God has given me peace that though this is not what I want my child to go through, He has it under control and not to be afraid.
I was not going to say all that but maybe someone needs to hear it.
Thanks again for this devotion and I would love to win Lysa's book.
Debbie

Anonymous said...

You have given such good advice in your devotion today. I have been under a lot of stress in the past couple of months..this is in addition to the normal amount for me. My husband has been out of work and I have been carrying the load of supporting financially the household. Praise God...he started back to work today. I need to quiet myself in order to hear God speak to me. I feel like I am so busy just trying to keep myself "above the water". I have been praying, all the time, for deliverance from the difficult situation; however, not allowing myself to get quiet enough to listen to him. I have spent some time with him but not enough...I know. Thank you for these words.

Jen said...

Thank you, Glynnis, for sharing how God's been working in your life. The idea of fasting from the things of life (especially the noisy ones) is a fairly new concept for me, and may be what I've been missing. I have felt a yearning, a need to spend more time in God's word, and this nudge in that direction is just what I needed.

clover said...

Praise Sweet Jesus,thank you for the message,i've now learnt how important it is for us to fast from somethings so we can hear God speak to us through the scrip and the holyspirit.i usually fast from meals and family inorder to spend time with God,the bible tells us to seek God while he is still near.He spoke to me through the scrip to love my father,which hasnot been easy for the past years because he is not caring,he is not alawyz there for me when i need him like in providing money for my studies.since 2004 till now,but am so thankful to God who has given me the grace to love him,just like christ cared to die for me at calvary even when i didnot deserve it,i live in Uganda its ma first time to sign in on your blog.may God richly bless you dear Glynnis.

Karen said...

Good Morning,
You gave me a wonderful birthday day present today, your devotion was the gift of hope that I needed.

Thank you for such an inspiring devotion today. I love Proverbs 31 with my morning Joe it is such a great way to start my day. Today's devotion hit hard, I don't often think that I hear God and want to desperately. I have a family in crisis and feel paralized and want to hear God speak. Your devotion gave me the encouragement I need to keep asking and keep waiting and listening for Him to speak. I will trust and wait.

Blessings,

kareng24u@msn.com

nancy said...

Thank you for your devotional. I look forward to opening my email to read Encouragement for Today. I can relate to the move you made. God brought us to TX in 1979. My Mom said "You have to bloom where God plants you."
I remember when I started listening for God to speak to me. I couldn't understand why others said God told them to do something and I had never heard him that way. That's when he told me to listen and not always be the one talking. That still makes me smile when I think of it.
Blessings!
Nancy
njanen@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Glynnis,
Thank you so much for your devotional today. I am a pastors wife, a mother of two, and I work full time. I find myself staying so busy that not only do I not hear God's voice but I miss his blessings all around. I love hearing of how God has knitted lives together and your story is great. It reminds me that I need to keep my eyes open to see all the places God is at work around me.

May you be blessed,
Melanie
melanieacroy@hotmail.com

Latrell said...

Hello Glynnis. I enjoyed reading your testimony this morning. Each morning I try to start my day with these P31 devotions because they help me to set my mind on the things of the Lord before any thing else. Hearing from God is something I am learnng to do. I can recall specific times when he has spoken to me, but it is not in a way that I would have expected. Right now I am waiting to hear His voice for direction on how to spend some time in september. I can't seem to set any plans. I know God is working something special out. Thank you so much for serving God through your writing. It was very encouraging to me. hays2000@gmail.com

Meredith said...

Glynnis,
Thank you for your devotional. I too experienced a similar thing, only God used a traumatic experience followed by extreme anxiety and depression to get my attention. I am stil battling those two things, but am ever-so-grateful that He used it to break into my noise and reveal Himself to me. One time I actually did hear an audible voice waking out of a dream. It was a whisper. The next day I was out shopping and felt impressed to look at some books on a table. I saw a devotional book (this was a secular store) and so I grabbed all three remaining copies and purchased them, not knowing why. When I got to the car I opened to the table of contents and read the title of chapter one, "The God Who Whispers." It makes me smile just thinking about it! Again, thank you for your ministry to me. I needed it today!
Meredith Colbrunn
meredith.colbrunn@hotmail.com

Amy Q said...

I was so blessed by your Prov 31 devo for today -- we also moved and as much as I felt alone I have never felt closer to the Lord! I totally related to your comment about being TOO BUSY to hear the Lord! He used that time to deepen my walk with him and now I am able to share how in faith when we say YES to God he will give us what we need to do it! Thanks for giving the book away :)
blessings~
Amy Q
moquak@gmail.com

Lisa Findley said...

Glynnis,
Thank you so much for this devotional. I'm writing this with a lump in my throat and on the verge of tears. Gosh--I am repenting to God for my independent spirit. I lost my husband to brain cancer 8 months ago and since having to take over finances, caring for 3 grieving children and working fulltime-I've justified my independence using my loss and loneliness as a scapegoat.Since I have to do so much on my own now I forgot to let God take the walk WITH me. I've been trying to be superwoman and now I'm burning out.Thank you for this inspiration and opportunity for re-evaluation. God truly used you to speak to ME today.

Josey Bozzo said...

Hi Glynnis,
Just wanted to thank you for this post and the devotion on P31 today. This is an area I have struggled with for the last few years. Even when God clearly moves in my life, I still doubts. Karen's message spoke to me as well. During my quiet time, I would spend time reading my bible and then some other Christian books about various topics. After hearing Karen talk about fasting from something, I have decided that I will only read my bible during my quiet time and save those other books for later. The image of me rushing through my bible reading to get to the other book was brought to mind on Sunday. I have to assume that was God speaking to me about only needing Him during my quiet time.
Thanks again for a great message today.
Josey
jbozzoblog.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful devo. I enjoy opening email every morning to read my Encouragemnt for Today and I truly feel like each one is written just for me. I struggle with making quiet time for God but know that is the only way to hear Him speak.

Lorri

Brenda said...

Such a rich and revalatory word for today. God is always speaking but waiting for someome to stop and listen. The busyness of life often drowns out the voice of God and our situations and schedules take over. I was encouraged to seek earnestly those quiet moments to pull away and hear from the father. He has all the answers,solutions, and encouragement we need daily.
Brenda- Mobile Alabama

mamasays said...

In reading "Encouragement for Today" I realized that this is where God wanted to bring me when issues at my church started taking me out of ministries. Things happened to the point that I started going to another church for a long time I was angry and hurt. I closed myself off to everything and God gently started opening me up again, I have not started doing any minsistries but am learning thru the help of family and a new church family and God's ever present word to just "Wait, Be patient and Obey". Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

Susan Stitch said...

Glynnis,
Thank you for your devotion today. My life has changed significantly in the past few years since I left the corporate world to be come a stay at home mom and caregiver to aging parents. God has been working hard at times to get my attention and you helped me realize that I need to fast from the craziness again so I can hear his voice. Since I'm heading out of town next week, I have a perfect opportunity to do just that! His timing is always amazing.

Susan
susan.stitch (at) sbcglobal.net

Billi said...

Good Morning!
I am not much of a blogger, but here I am posting for the second time in 2 days! My husband is a pastor and in his sermon this week he challenged all of us to make time for a daily time with God. You would think that being a pastor's wife this would already be a part of my life. But sadly this is not the case. I started just yesterday reading Proverbs 31 'Encouragement for Today' and I believe that through this daily time with God I will begin to hear Him speak to me more and more, not just through EfT, but during the quiet times I know I need to plug into my busy day.

Kim said...

What a blessing it is to see the hand of God at work in the lives of others as well as my own. I'm finding that the truth to live by is quite simple: the more I listen, the more I hear Him.

Blessings, Kim
hinsonfarms@aol.com

Lynette said...

Dear Glynnis,
Thank you so much for writing ther devotional today for P31. I have recently started having them sent to me each morning to help me start my day off right. Your mentioning how God told you to call and volunteer with Lysa reminded me of a time recently when God spoke similarly to me. I had just been through 32 hours of labor with my daughter and experiencing her deliver a stillborn son via emergency c-section. While waiting for our family to collect so that the Dr could come speak with us, I heard this small voice tell me "go ask the Dr. how you can pray for him." The Dr. had taken my grandson's death very hard also. I waited, but continued to hear the same voice saying the same thing. Finally I walked up to the Nurses station where he was sitting and asked the question. He looked at me and said, "How can you ask me that?" and started tearing up, so walked away. I walked away to pray and ask God, "was that really you telling me to do that?" I felt totally stupid and embarrassed. A few minutes later, I was called into my daughter's birthing room. After talking to our family, the Dr. looked at me and said, "What you asked me out there, you may do now." I was shocked! The Lord opened up an opportunity for me to pray for the Dr., the nursing staff, my daughter, her boyfriend and his unsaved family. In following days there were many tears, and there still are some, but God showed me that this was all part of His plan. Through my small step of obedience, my daughter & her boyfriend were open to hear the gospel in her hospital room through our pastor. The boyfriend's family and friends heard it again at our grandson's visitation and the Dr. and some of the staff who came to his funeral heard it at Jayden's grave site. While this has been a tough time for our family, it has been a life changing for me. I have more of a desire to be still and know what God wants for me. Which you also know is not easy, when you have younger kids at home, but it is something He will do if we take the time to be still and listen. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your devotional today! It brings back memories of a difficult time that I believe God spoke directly to me. I am a person who needs to know for sure that He is there (I analyze too much!). Eleven years ago I was grieving over the recent loss of my mother and went to her grave to pray. Hurricane Dennis had been off the coast for a number of days and it was cloudy early that morning. As I was praying for strength and comfort, the clouds parted and the sun shone so bright from straight above me that it was blinding. Right after that it clouded up again and rained for the remainder of the day. A week later, the floodwaters of Hurricane Floyd destroyed our home, but I felt a sense of peace knowing that God was carrying me through such a difficult time. I look back and see how much I have been given and the support I had to carry me through. God is truly there for us when we search for Him and listen and He has a plan for us if we just trust. Your devotional was a great reminder to continue to listen even when times are fruitful. God Bless you!

mckeels@hughes.net

Pam said...

As a busy mom of 3 active boys, I struggle to find the quiet sometimes. Going here, going there, doing this, and doing that are just a few of the many distractions. At some point, though, this Energizer bunny's battery dies and I know just what I need to do to recharge ~ be still ~ "Be still and know I am God" Psalm 46:10. I have to be still long enough to know what God is saying to me. Those "be still" moments when he speaks to my heart have become my most valuable treasures. Treasures the King of Kings has given to this daughter at key moments in her life. Your devotion today inspires me to continue to find those "be still" moments and hear what the King has to say.

Blessings,
Pam
http://teamcason.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Glynnis -
Thank you for today's P31 devotional. Funny that I almost didn't open the email because I thought I was "too busy" at work this morning. Thank you for the reminder to be still and spend time listening for God everyday.
-Kerri
kerri_c_johnson@yahoo.com

Janice Kesterson said...

Thank you Glynnis for your devotional today. I needed to hear it. I need to fast from many things also and I didn't see it as fasting unit I read your devotional today. I want to hear from God and I want his leading in my life. Thank you for sharing your heart and blessing all of us.

Mary said...

Glynnis, Thank you so much for your devotion today. I frequently visit your blog and read something I need at that moment. I attended She Speaks this past weekend and loved it! Unfortunately I didn't have an opportunity to meet you, maybe next year...Thank you for your service to our Lord.
Mary Boswell mboswell98@bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

What a blessing it was to read your blog today! I love reading this devotional - especially when you and Lysa are the authors (however I enjoy the others as well). I am in the midst of obeying God after hearing Him speak - it's taken 2 years to really understand what He's been telling me, but finally I've surrendered all to Him! Amazing story! So important for us to realize that we don't need to hear God audibly for Him to speak to us! Thank you...many Blessings to you Glynnis!

Tanya
tsjmacleod@gmail.com

Donna said...

Hi Glynnis,
We have just returned from a week with our fellow missionaries. This morning I woke up so overwhelmed with the things that need to be done. I find myself being really torn in several directions. I asked the Lord this morning to reveal himself to me as I can identify with you in that to me it has been some time since I can say that He has revealed himself to me. I need to know Him as more pressure is put on me. Thank you for your devotional this morning. I usually just delete them but decided to read it this morning. Thank you. I want the Lord to use me but I am finding the pressure from others is overwhelming. I have been going to the gym and also taking some music lessons for myself but find that the pressure is being put on me to put these things aside. I need the Lord to speak to me clearly s whether I am to quit these desires of my heart that are for my health and also a personal goal that I have . Would you pray for me that I would hear the Lord speaking to me clearly as to what His desire is for my life. Thank you.
Donna don53win22@yahoo.com

Joy S. said...

Glynnis,

Thank you for being so transparent and vulnerable with your story today. We all get so comfortable in places that we don't realize we cannot fully hear from God because we often assume comfort means we are in His will. Thank you for stepping out of that "comfort zone" and trusting God to speak in the open space of your life.

I just got back from a month long sabbatical and learned there that I must have times of quiet and "fast" from the busyness of life to just feast on the Lord, and when I do, His Spirit speaks to me in whispers and shouts, neither of which I could have heard before. Thank you for this poignant reminder to "Be still and know."

Blessings,
Joy Sherman
Springfield, OH

Joy S. said...

Glynnis,

One more thing... thanks for not only sharing this, but for sharing how you said "Yes" to God in more than one way. Sometimes we leap, sometimes we take tiny steps, but every yes to God is an "eternal yes!"

Joy Sherman
jsherman@maidenlane.org

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your encouraging words. I too feel overwhelemd by busyness and noise. I have just recently returned to daily devotions as my 'quiet time with God'. I sneak my time while my girls are still sleeping. I then have a fresh start to my day, and to my amazement, have 'heard God speak' and moved to His will when I heard and felt Him! I now know I need this precious quiet time.
Thank you,
Tiffany Ottis
503+949+3724

Kelli said...

Thanks, Glynnis, for the reminder that God still speaks to us "ordinary" girls. He spoke so clearly to my heart at She Speaks this weekend, that I am still shaking with fear! All I can say in response is "YES, YES, YES."

Anonymous said...

Hi Glynnis,

I've been reading the Proverbs 31 devotional for about a year now and have found much comfort from it. I've never blogged before(so please bear with me) but your story really hit home. It was an inspiration to me.

I moved from Sacramento, California more than a year ago to support my husband's need to be somewhere new. For years he would find new places to go and try to persuade me to leave. I was born and raised there and he was from New Jersey. I finally gave in when he suggested we move to his home town in on the New Jersey coast to be with his family.

This has been the hardest year of my life. Not only have I lost my church, friends and job, but have since found out that my Dad has cancer and I can't be with him in his time of need. After a year of grieving, searching and praying, we've finally found a small church to call home. The hardest part of being here, is the lack of Christians. I have never known a place to be so openly anti-christian. We are openly criticized and looked down upon for our faith. From the kids/parents at school and worst of all from my husbands family. My husband felt called to share the gospel with them and not only were they rude and demeaning, but now have stopped seeing us all together. At first I was sad and grieved but now know this is where God wants us. I know my former life had gotten too busy for me to have the relationship with God that I had earlier in my faith. It took a year of loneliness to finally hear the Lord speak to me. Even though I still long to be home, I long even more for a deeper relationship with my Father God for my family and me. He recently answered a prayer and connected me with a few women at church to fellowship with. I know, through all the seasons of my life, He is always there and always faithful. And He will talk to you if you are quiet enough to hear him.

May God bless you.

Christinamontserrat@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

hi glynnis,
i think i'm going through what my voice teacher in college called a "desert/wilderness" experience. the only thing that brings me peace right now is crying out to God. Sometimes all i can do is call out,"Abba...Abba...Abba". i trust that is when the holy spirit "intercedes on my behalf w/ groans that words cannot express"...Your devotional today was timely,as i was thinking,"what will you say to me today,Abba?" i believe i need "to ask him to speak, and then wait,and wait, and wait some more." :) Thanks for for your faithfulness. Blessings.

rozek said...

This is my first ever on line devotional. I at this very moment experienced the power of hearing Gods voice, gives me goose bumps! Was searching for a womens daily read and i clicked on your site. I look forward reading and then hearing what path God has for me. Maybe i was meant to receive this book and then maybe i was just meant to be one of your faithful followers, i will just go to my quiet place and wait and see...

My Journey to Hope said...

Thank you, Glynnis, for your encouragement today. It really touched me, and reminded me to be still and quiet enough for God to speak. I love reading the devotionals from P31. So often, they correspond exactly to what God is speaking to me. I'm thankful to all the women there for sharing your hearts with us, and allowing us to see God through your eyes.

:) Michelle

Sonja Rodgers said...

Thank you very much for sharing your devotion. I have learned over the years that I have to be quiet so that I can hear what God is saying to me. On numerous occasions, it is something about that wee hour of the morning that God speaks to me and I truly believe it is because everything is truly still and quiet, so there are no interruptions on my end.

Not only could I relate to your devotion personally, but it has also provided something tangible that I can give to a friend that is newer in the faith and had questions about hearing from God.

Thank you for your willingness and obedience to share. May God bless you and all the other wonderful women that bless my life and many, many others on a daily basis.

Smiling from ear to ear,

Sonja Rodgers
mrsrodgers@sbcglobal.net

Laurie Lawson said...

Glynnis,

I have not heard the Lord's voice in a long time. It is difficult for me to go to a quiet place. I struggle, being Martha when I so want to be Mary. Busyness keeps me from having to face Him with the questions I know he is waiting for me to ask Him...the questions I am afraid to ask because I am afraid of His answer. Have you been there? It is a difficult place to be but He patiently awaits me. Lovingly awaits me.

Debbie F said...

I have been a Christian for many years but I'll be honest, I haven't always been the best Christian. Lately I have been reading the bible more, studying scripture and praying so much more than I did in the past. I would love to hear from God. I know that it is me that is keeping this from happening, but I really don't know how to be in that quiet that you speak of. I so want to learn more and to have a closer relationship with the Lord and I know that every day brings me closer. Thank you for your wisdom and sharing your experience. It really helps.

Grace said...

Hi Glynnis,
Thank you for today's devotion. I am too learning to be still and listen. Your encouraging words have helped my not o be afraid of what the Lord wants to say, but embrace it.
God Bless!
Grace at gplhome@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I have been praying for God to speak directly into my heart with the same direction that He has given to my husband (he didn't tell me what God was saying; we asked God to speak separately to each as a confirmation that it really was God and not just our own reasoning). Yesterday I bleieved I heard Him speaking as I was quiet before Him, yet I asked for a confirmation that it was really from Him, as the message took me by surprise (It so shocked me that I haven't even had the nerve to tell my hubby what God showed me). I believe your post today was a confirmation that it's good to ask for His clear spoken truth; and I will believe His direction was clear unless He reveals otherwise. Thanks for your timely message.
--Dorcas~ jimndorcas@marktwain.net

Anonymous said...

Glynnis,
Thank you for your devotional today. Great reminders to make daily times of "quiet" in my everyday life.
In Christ,
Shelly Howell
Howellplanet@hometownsolutions.net

Bonnie said...

Thank you for today's devotional. I know I need help in being still long enough so I can hear God speak to me. I like your idea of fasting. The words from Encouragement for Today are such a blessing to hear every morning.

Anonymous said...

I can SO identify with your devotion today. Fifteen years ago, God had to move me away from "my life" - church, family, friends to REALLY start speaking - so I would listen. Now he is doing the same thing again - it is hard going through these trials, but I am excited to see how he is going to speak and work in my life.

Melinda
mfleeman1@gmail.com

Christy Melton said...

Glynnis - This devotion was truly a "word in due season" for me. Oft times, God has to remove the props from our lives so that we become desperate enough for Him. I am now in that place...desperate for Father God and diligently seeking His face. Thank you for sharing your heart and your experiences. It is so amazing how God can use someone whom I've never met to minister to me. May God continue to bless you and your family just as you have blessed so many others.
christymelton@centralite.com

Carol said...

Glynnis, thank you -- I needed this today. I think God used you to answer my prayer. I'm in the place where I know He wants me to be -- doing what I know He wants me to do. Most days, I'm absolutely thrilled that He called me here -- that He chose me for this task. But there are those times when I want to question His choice. I asked Him for some encouragement today. He sent you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I read your devotional on Proverbs 31, the article listed there, and your blog. What a great help. I have begun a new spiritual journey with God and I have been wondering how I will know when God wants me to do something. How do I hear what He has to say? There have been times in the past in which I thought God was speaking to me or pointing me in a certain direction, but I always questioned it. After reading all of this I am sure now that God was speaking to me. I can also see now how I can better listen to what God has to say to me. I am still working on making time daily, real quality quiet time, to read the Word and hear from God. I have faith that if I do, I will be strengthened and blessed.
Thanks so much!
Andrea
afeutz53@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

a friend posted this on facebook, I stepped out in faith and started a new business, I clearly heard God say this was the direction I needed to go, but things didn't go like I expected and discouragement set in. My faith never waivered though I didn't understand shy I was doing this. Now God is showing me in a different way how this business I started can go, encouraged that this could actually work into something big, i now realize fasting will help me keep focused on His voice. Thank You for this blessing. Diane @ ds.hayes@live.com

Robyn said...

Hi Glynnis -

I am a very eager baby christian, eager, I think at this very moment I just got something! Eager, is impatient, God wants me to be patient. I found a church that I am totally in LOVE with, the Pastor's are wonderful and they in a sense have saved my life, my marriage and my family. God has truly blessed me, and I long to hear Him. I am so new at all of this I don't know where to start. I read many versions of the Bible, but still have a hard time understanding it, Is there a place to start that you would recommend to a new believer? I just found your devotional for the first time today and will bookmark it and read everyday.

Thank you for sharing your story on how you first heard God's voice.

kudakat@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

This is such an awesome devotional you have given. It's so true we hear so much from God in those quiet times. And unfortunately in the days that we live that quiet time doesn't come very often, that's something that the enemy wants us in, so that we wont be able to hear that quiet still voice of God speak to us.
I'm hoping to teach the ladies of my church to have that quiet time and to be able to hear God speak to them on what He has for them and their families.

Blessings always
firstladygutierrez@yahoo.com

ps....thank you for being obedient and listening to God speak to you, I believe you have touched and help changed many lives in women in the bloggy world.

Robyn said...

Hi Glynnis -

I am a very eager baby christian, eager, I think at this very moment I just got something! Eager, is impatient, God wants me to be patient. I found a church that I am totally in LOVE with, the Pastor's are wonderful and they in a sense have saved my life, my marriage and my family. God has truly blessed me, and I long to hear Him. I am so new at all of this I don't know where to start. I read many versions of the Bible, but still have a hard time understanding it, Is there a place to start that you would recommend to a new believer? I just found your devotional for the first time today and will bookmark it and read everyday.


Thank you for sharing your story on how you first heard God's voice.


kudakat@hotmail.com

JOYce Ashley said...

Oh, Glynnis! Your devotional and your blog post spoke to my heart! I, too, was at the SHE SPEAKS Conf. this weekend, and....WOW! HE SPOKE to my heart....in many of the ways you have shared, as well as in personal ways. This was my second year at the conference and I am already looking forward to the next one!
It is my prayer that each of us will take the time to "fast" from our busyness in order to hear what HE has to teach us.
Overflowing with His JOY....
JOYce Ashley

Leslie said...

I read your devotion today, and it really hit home for me... I have been praying to "Hear" God's desire for me for a couple years now... You have given me hope! I will continue to pray, and work on my patience... God bless you!

Teske @ Mommies with Hope said...

Thank you for these timely words, Glynnis! I can relate to God speaking to me in times of quiet and/or when I've positioned myself to hear from Him. I've learned much from Him during these times. I specifically recall the day I was waiting at the doctors office to have an ultrasound after the nurse practitioner could not find the heartbeat of my baby with the doplar. I didn't think much of it till I sat in that room in silence and felt a sense from God that He loved me. Having experienced two losses prior, the prayers that went up to my God, over and over till I went into that ultrasound room were, "Whatever happens, I will still love you. I will still love you, God. I will still love you." So when the sonographer told me that there was no heartbeat, tears come, but so did His overwhelming sense of love and peace and all I could mutter through my tears was, "I still love you, God." And I know He loves me in my brokenness.

It was a pleasure to meet you face to face this past weekend. I was so blessed by the conference in ways I can't even describe. I've been writing on my blog, specifically, about my experience in the prayer room!

Blessings,
Teske
teske@mommieswithhope.com

Anonymous said...

Glynnis,

Thanks so much for sharing this! On so many levels I am searching for direction...in my daily life, profession, family matters, faith, etc. As I struggle to stay obedient to the word of God...I keep being directed back to Proverbs 31 and their awesome group of women who share the details of their life and how God is working with and through them!!! Today it was by email from a friend. Blessings to her today because this is just what I needed!

It is difficult for me because I did not grow up in a "faith-based" christian home. It is also difficult because I am not surrounded by family members who know God's love and mercy...this trap of believing I am not worthy is slowly being shattered thanks to the wonderful world of technology and the new friends I encounter who love God and share their testimony.

I hope one day I will be able to bless someone in the same way as you ladies do. I hope one day, I will not be fearful of sharing my brokenness...not knowing my father, child-abuse, broken homes, domestic abuse that my mother endured, trust issues, anger and resentment, unforgiveness....oh how the list goes on!

There are so many women out here like me who NEED to know there are women who are living their lives with the help of God. And it is possible to overcome past hurts. I know several of these women, but find it hard to connect because they don't want to hear the truth. I know He is there for me...I just need to stop shutting Him out because I am afraid of what someone might "think of me". I am opening myself back up to God, because He has given me direction before...and I know He will do it again...if I only ask!!!!


Thanks again,

Mary

mary_gay@ymail.com

Michelle said...

I have found this so true in my own walk with God. the times when I am still and quiet before Him are the times when he speaks, bringing to my mind reminders from scripture and the needs of others that I can lift to Him in prayer. Thank you for this great reminder that the world is loud and God speaks in a whisper.

Suzette said...

Thank you for your thoughts today. Its a perspective that I had never considered, before.

Anonymous said...

I’ve heard God speak to me in very significant ways. And the previous times, what he promised came true. But now, I am not seeing anything happening and I am very discouraged. He called me to specifically pray for someone and this person has rejected me and the message of Christ. Now I don’t know what to believe or if I heard correctly. I said “yes to God” and nothing is happening like it should. I don’t know what to do now. I feel like giving up.

Jennifer
jazzgirl@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

Hi Glynnis,

Thanks for your post. I have been trying to figure out what direction I should be going and what my mission should be--and wondering how/why I can't hear God in all this. What I heard in all of this is to "Be still" which is so very hard for me as I want to do, do do.

Thanks again for your encouragement!

Jennifer
jroba5@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Glynnis ....... thank-you for your devotion. Beautifully written. God has spoken to me since I accepted the Lord 10 years ago when I was 35 years old. What really baffled and confused me (and still does) was some of the more "mature" christians who had been of faith and had been going to church for 20 or so years would not hear directly from God or they would sneer when I shared what God had shared with me. Now I am learning to stay away from these types. I have found there is so much self righteousness and pride in the church today and if you are a little "different" or you don't perform according to their traditions, then you can be judged severely. My prayer is that the "more Mature" in faith actually hear directly from God and just because they are early at church every Sunday morning doesn't really mean a great deal at all ..

PrairieMom said...

Thank you so much for reminding me how important it is to BE STILL.
When I look back on how the Lord has spoke to my heart and nudged me in directions that were uncomfortable for HIS GOOD, I am humbled and grateful.
Be encouraged ladies...and BE STILL, quiet, and lean into Jesus!

PrairieMom said...

p.s. Glynnis, you may reach me at drabantreen@hotmail.com :)

Shannon Richardson said...

Once again, I am a bit blown away by today's devotional because it (aka God) is speaking to me. I have been following Proverbs 31 since about November 2009 and have been touched regularly by the words of amazing women of God, often forwarding specific messages on to friends in need. I am a woman of faith, and recognize God's voice in my life and the lives of others, so I really appreciate today's message.

What strikes me though, is just last week I was telling a friend that my husband wants to move our family from northern NY to Charlotte, NC since his family just moved there. Not really sure I want to do the same, I told her how I believed God was telling me to find a faith-based career, and how I had just discovered after receiving the P31 magazine, that the group was based in Charlotte, so it had to be a sign! After telling her the mission of P31, we agreed I should reach out and see if there was anything I could do to get a job there should we relocate to the area.

So, Glynnis, I am an 40 year old (Sept 2), strong woman of faith, re-married mother of 4 young boys, solo soprano in my church's gospel choir, with a degree in sociology and education, and a strong drive to succeed for God. You may be hearing from me again... :-)

God Bless!
Shannon
srichardson@stlawu.edu

Edwina said...

Hi Glynnis,

Your post today goes right along with hat God showed me this past weekend at She Speaks -to fast busyness and be still and quiet.

Blessings,
Edwin Cowgill

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your encouraging words. I have been desiring His directions and am glad to have a 'game plan' to help me be more receptive to His nudges. I wait expectantly to hear His voice!

Alicia, astarr13@carolina.rr.com

Melissa said...

I am in the midst of having to make a decision that for some reason has been very hard for me. I am to the point of having anxiety about it. I just want to hear what God has to say about it. What is that He wants me to do in this. And I just can't seem to hear Him. I read your blog today and I am going to try some of your tips. Listen and wait. I have to decide by Monday!
uuggg I feel sick about it! Anyone who feels led to pray for me, that would be great!!
Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Hello Glynnis

I am a new follower but your posts speak to my heart. Today was a brief reminder that I need to get alone with GOD....He always has something to say to us....even if that something is...I love you my child...thanks again...
Sweet Blessings...Kathy
lkm1956@wbnorriselectric.com

Carlajp7 said...

Dear Glynnis,
thank you for sharing your very encouraging devotional. I have just got married and moved to another city to be with my husband. In the process, I have to resigned from my work, which is really hard since it was truly a great blessing to have the position. The job has been my comfort zone for years. I'm now a housewife and waiting for God's next plan to unfold in my life. At times, it makes me nervous because through the eyes of human is so uncertain. It feels like jumping of an airplane and waiting for the parachute to pop open. But your devotional today confirm that I do need this. I have been busy all through my life. I need to stop and listen to God's voice. I don't want to go through the motion just because it's a safe thing to do. So.. thank you.

God Bless,

carlajp7@yahoo.com

L said...

Thanks so much for your devotion today. It was just what I needed to hear. Especially the part on your blog about different types of silence. I so appreciated your insight. I also have read Lysa's book that you are giving away and I just want to encourage the other ladies to read it if they can. It truly gave me a new perspective on many things. I understand what it means to have God remove all things to get your attention. He did it to me and I am so glad He did.
We are all so blessed.
P.S. No need to enter me in the giveaway.

Annerb said...

Glynnis, your devotional today at Proverbs 31, challenged me to become more in tune to God's voice in my life. As the truths you brought to light are absorbed into my life, I'm excited to hear God speak directly to me! Thank you for sharing your testimony. It's always encouraging to hear how the Lord works in the lives of his children.
Your sister in Christ,
Ann (annbeaudry@dwt.com)

Anonymous said...

Dear Glynnis,

Thank you so much for the devotion today. It touched my heart in a very special way.

I like what you said in your devotion, "Sometimes God speaks to people when they are in a place of emotional quiet. Loneliness can put us in that place." It is so true!! I personally came to "a place of emotional quiet" through loneliness. I wouldn't say loneliness is a wonderful experience, and yet, with God's presence and His gentle voice, it becomes so wonderful and beneficial for me. One thing that I was reminded in this experience of loneliness is that God's love for me is always unchanging, no matter how changing the world is!

Thanks again for sharing such an encouraging devotion.

Blessings,

Vi

viph612@yahoo.com

Holly said...

Thanks so much for your devotion today Glynnis. I love the days when the devotion hits my inbox and it seems like it was written just for me! I've really been trying hard lately to be quiet and learn how to recognize God's voice. I'm faithful in my prayer life, but I often realize that I talk and talk and talk without ever stopping to give God a chance to answer. Your devotion and even more so this blog post help give me some guidelines for how to be more in tune to hearing the Holy Spirit and recognizing his voice - although finding quiet with my 3 yr old and one year old will be quite a challenge :) What an encouragement!
Thanks and have a great day!
Holly
h.banner@yahoo.com

Kim said...

Bless you Glynnis,
I too started hearing God's voice only when He stripped everything away from me except my family. It was nobody's fault but mine. I fell into a pit and the only way out was to reach out to Him, though with trepidation because I didn't think that God cared about me much less even knew I existed! Boy was I wrong!
I since then have given up my selfish, independent, strong-willed life and given my life to Christ. I have learned to discern His voice and I obediently obey. He is leading me to something great, and I know it will grow His kingdom, and I will do it filled with joy and everlasting thirst for Him, even from the prison camp I will be serving a few months at in a few weeks.
I now know He has had a plan for my life, but I got in the way and thought I could live my life on my own. Once I get through this small detour I will be better equipped to do His will, and I now look forward to the future and my Christ-centered life.
P31 ministries is a blessing to me, and I love to read the posts and listen to the radio broadcasts. I also subscribe to the magazine! Someday soon I hope to attend a conference and personally meet all of you!
God Bless You girls!

Linda @ Country Road Faith said...

It's the getting still and quiet parts that is hard for me, Glynnis. I definitely want to hear from God my Father.

Thank you gals for sharing the love of Jesus around the world. What a blessing (s) you are.

Our women's group at church is currently studying Lysa's book, this one. I would like to give it to a lady that doesn't attend our Bible study group, so she might come.

Linda

Kathy said...

This is a first for me and to be honest it is the hope of securing the free book that has pushed me to comment :) however - your willingness to be honest about your own growing challenges is deeply inspiring. Like many others I am in a growing challenge and to be reminded to be quiet and wait is so necessary for me but to also hear how God will work through these times if we hold on to our trust is much needed encouragment. Thank you.
The P31 group has been part of my prayers since I found them. Each of you are a blessing to so many.

Sincerely,
Kathy

Anonymous said...

I would love to read that book. I too have been inspired by Lysa. You can reach me at
fitzh2o1@verizon.net
Thanks, Donna

Amanda said...

Glynnis,
I am very grateful to you for explaing that you did not hear God's voice audibly, but instead a stirring of your spirit. As a mother of three I find it difficult sometimes to explain to my children how I know when it is God who is leading me to a decision. I know I feel His peace, and I know i can back it up, but I had never considered describing it as a stirring of the spirit.
Much like you God allowed me to be moved from all of my family, friends, and job to be supportive of my husbands career. I had been hearing God before the move, but now I find I am listening for Him, and not just listening to Him. There is nothing like knwing He is talking to you without you having to seek Him out. I know his love daily becuase He is right there waiting for me!
In His Love!
Amanda

mclements@judson.edu said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful devotion. I certainly believe that God still speaks today! I enjoy all of the devotionals from Proverbs 31. I had a copy of Lysa's book "Radically Obedient, Radically Blessed" and gave it to a friend. I want to always be a woman who says yes to God! Blessings to you and on your ministry!

Rebecca A said...

Wow does your devotional today resonate with me! I have been going through some major life changes, and found myself floundering. I was distracted, going in circles as I tried to fill my day. But as I get alone with Him, my patient Lord is teaching me to fill up on Him instead of striving. And the peace passes all understanding! Imagine that. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Glynnis, Would you and anyone else reading this please pray that I would hear from the Lord more often? I seem to have lost it to what ever degree, and I desire for it to come back. Thank you so much. Laurie

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog, Proverbs 31, and Lysa's blog, along with others. Thank you for writing!!! Proverbs 31 has been a blessing in my life! Thank you!!! Thankyou!!! Thank you!!!
Teresa
tcalafi@yahoo.com

KARI JANELLE said...

The devotional today really spoke to me... I'm also at a point where God is teaching me about what needs to be eliminated from my life so that I can hear Him. My perspective on many things are changing and I'm finding that I'm having fewer and fewer of those days when I would say "God, where are you?"
Thank you for the encouragement!

Kari (mitchell.karij@gmail.com)

busymom said...

Hi,

I had a message from God back in April, I was at church the Sunday before my thyroid surgery was scheduled. I had a peace about the surgery but was still scared. Our pastor had me come forward and had the church pray for me. At the end of service a lady I had never met who was there as a guest came up to me and said "God told me to tell you not to be afraid." He knew I needed a message directly from Him and sent someone I'd never met and may never see again to deliver it. He is SOO GOOD.

Anonymous said...

what a blessing Proverbs31 Ministries has been in my life. I honestly check my email more often just to open an emails from the beautiful women who have encouraged me to become who God wants me to be. They are like daily presents to me every email has a powerful message even if it just makes us smile. Blessings to all.
Irma
isai1220@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

Hey Glynnis!

Thank you so much for sharing this devotion and for the reminders from this past weekend. I was there as a first time attendee with my 2 girlfriends from Idaho. It was an amazing experience that I will always remember and grow from. I gave my teaching talk on Hearing GOD's voice and echo so much of what you wrote today. I have experienced HIM waking me in the middle of the night the past year, and have learned that it was HIS way to bring me to a place of peace and quiet so that HE could speak to my spirit in a soft, still voice just as he spoke to Elijah. It is incredible what can happen when we listen in the calmness and STOP all the noise around us. ELijah listened during the storms yet heard nothing until they had passed by him. My calling was confirmed at the conference, and although I am only beginning to walk in the ministry HE is creating, I am excited for what HE will do with an "ordinary" woman like me!

Much love,

Kelly

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your message today. We are in the middle of making a decision to move our family far away from family, friends and church. Like you, it's something my husband has always wanted to try and it would be a good move for his career. I found much encouragement from your words today.

Thank you.

Sara said...

Hi Glynnis,

All I can say is WOW! After reading the devotional and comments I was, ok that works and I have heard Him speak to me in different ways, BUT God decided to run with it today. I needed to run an errand I had been planning about 45 minutes from home. This drive time has been good prayer time in the past but he showed up big time today. He clarified a few things that I have been dealing with and also reminded me how much He loves me. I was only able to get one of three things I was planning on and the trip would have been a dud if not for me allowing myself to hear from God today. Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Glynnis, thanks for sharing on Proverbs 31. That is exactly how and when I have heard God speak to me. Only when I am still enough to hear it. He has so often had to put me where He wants me in order for me to listen. One would think I have learned my lesson.... Thank You Lord for Your patience, forgiveness, and love!!!! lisahawsey@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Twice now, a friend of mine has steered me to Proverbs 31 Ministries. I don't believe it is coincidence that both times have been when God is trying to tell me something.

I had so much wanted to attend the She Speaks Conference, as I believe God is preparing me for a writing ministry. Unfortunately, my husband was laid off from his job last year, found a new job 3 months later on the East Coast but, because our house in the Midwest did not sell, the children and I are still in the Midwest. Let's just say, all of that did not add up to my being able to attend the conference. Maybe next year!

I appreciated your devotional today so much, as it was encouraging to hear that yes, we do still hear from God. Thank you!

Lori Lynn Reinstrom
romans12verse2@q.com

The Floch's said...

Your Daily Devotional really touched me today. I've often thought that I would hear God's voice booming from the clouds, when really, like you said, its always different. Sometimes its a gentle nudge, other times its just an inclination to speak with someone or volunteer my time.

He leads me when I put myself in a position to listen.

Thanks so much,
Danae
naelace@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

Great blog! My first time reading it. I will follow you in the future. I have been asking God to speak to me/move me for several months and have heard nothing. Since this is the third blog I have read today about listening, I will try that.

thank you for sharing your faith

este2004 said...

Dear Glynnis,

I so need to hear from God. I am going through chemo treatment and I just feel so lost and disconnected. I want to find joy and hope again. I was diagnosed with a chronic form of Leukemia and I am 59 yo. I have had 5 treatments and do not wish to have the final treatment since it is so debilitating. I am trying to find my way to somewhere just now exactly sure how and where. I read so many help books on self-healing through the power of the spirit within. But I think of myself as ordinary and will I have enough of a strong faith to believe in a spontaneous remission. My treatment plan guarnatees a long remission and I just want all this to go away. I want to feel safe again. I want my life back. With all my gratitude for what you do and blessings to everyone on this blog. este2004@omcast.net

Shawnia Holler said...

I thank you for the wonderful devotional today. I have been in prayer about hearing God speak to me. I really enjoyed what you wrote. May God bless You in all you do. With Love and Prayers, Shawnia. Phil.4:13

proudgrits11 said...

oh, boy! I'd love to have that book!! :)
Thank you for this message. It is sooooo important, and seems to me to be the defining element of people truly "living out their faith" vs. just sitting by. I wish more people knew how to hear from God!! I love your stories.....you ladies are so awesome to share your journeys with us!!

Anonymous said...

Hello

I live in Canada, and I`ve been lately wanting to hear God`s voice more. I just read through 1 & 2 Samuel and learned a lot about God speaking and directing that way.
Life has been tough since October 2009 and I`ve been seeking His face asking for direction but so far haven`t heard from Him about this particular situation; but one thing He wants me to be Still and know He is God.

Karen Heska
(heskak@gmail.com)

Glynnis Whitwer said...

Laurie - you asked for prayer and I want you to know I'm praying for you right now. May the Lord speak to you today ... in a whisper, in a song, in a breeze, in a shout or in a hug from someone you love. Listen intently for His voice, as the direction it comes from may surprise you. In His Love, Glynnis

Sylvia Turnmire said...

Just the subject line of yours in the daily devotional I received today was enough to make me stop what I was doing at work and focus on your post. I have wondered for a long time if I've ever really 'heard' His voice....thank you so much for your testimony.

slturnmire@charter.net

Pat said...

Glynnis,
I have no idea HOW I have missed your blog before. it is beautiful!!

Learning to hear and follow the voice of God is such a daily step of faith. Thank you for the rich encouragement and direction.

You and the team at P31 did another outstanding job this weekend. It just gets better and better.
My love and blessings,
pat

Bev Human said...

Hi Glynnis
Thank you so much for what you shared today. It really resonated with me. We just moved to Charlotte this past month so I'm now going through what you experienced many years ago. Although this move was something that my husband and I really wanted and it's been such a blessing over the past year to watch God prepare the way for us each and every step of the journey. However, now that we're here and we don't know anybody it gets very lonely very quickly. We are still church hunting and looking for a church to call home and develop deep and meaningful relationships with other believers. I'm feeling excited as well as terrified as we step out in faith and obediently follow God's leading. Thank you for the reminder to continually be obedient no matter how overwhelming it may feel.
Bev Human
humanmommy@gmail.com

Ally Brown said...

I'm sure you hear this so often, but your post today really confirmed today things the Lord has been pressing upon my heart--However, I just keep shoving them down hoping I can drown it out...it's time for me to stop dragging my feet and allow HIM to work through me!! Thanks so much~

Gwyn said...

Dear Glynnis,
I was comforted by your encouragement message today. I really need to hear God speak as I am going through a divorce and need to know where God wants me to live and I so wnat to be in His will and be at peace. I appreciated the reminders of how you position yourself to hear form God. Thanks soo much.
Gwyn
ghorner@stny.rr.com

Gwyn said...

Dear Glynnis,
I really need to hear from God. I am going through a divorce and have many questions for my life to be answered. I want to know His will for my life now and where I am to live too.
thanks
gwyn
ghorner@stny.rr.com

Tellagrams8 said...

Bless you, cherished sister, for you words of encouragement.
As my primary 'love language' is words of affirmation, our Lord often 'speaks' to me through His Spirit.
As my beloved Hubby of almost 49 years has Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and has had strokes and is diabetic, I yearn to hear the encouraging voice of my gracious and loving kind Friend. May I share words He placed on my heart?

May you continue to leave beautiful heartprints in Jesus' Name.

Ever in His care and keeping,

Sharon Sue Miller

Sweet Communion
I'm invited into the throneroom
to sit at the feet of the King;
Who offers rest and refreshment
in exchange for the cares that I bring.
When crushed by the humanly hopeless, and wounded in spirit and soul;
My Comforter stands in the gap for me, by His power and prayer I'm made whole.
In this time of sweet communion,
I'm anointed with mercy and grace;
Hels and blessed by the nail pierced hands
of the One who died in my place.

Becca - www.thatstoocute.net said...

Thankf for sharing your story. It was exactly what I needed to hear today! God Bless you!

Ps. I'd love to read the book
rebeccacarlton@entouch.net

Anonymous said...

Glynnis,
Today's devotion made me realize what I already knew, but haven't been doing. I do need to find a quiet time and place to hear God's word. I'm sure he's speaking to me, but I haven't made myself available to hear him. Thank you for the reminder.
-Susan

susanchannel@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I appreciate what all was shared in your devotion. Very encouraging. mheard11@verizon.net

Štěpána said...

Dear Glynnis,
thank you a lot for your devotionals and blog writing today. It realy touched my heart and I belive God spoke to me through you to turn me again back to Him and on my knees...I was praying and crying to God and asking me to guide me and make me depend more on Him...again.I would say it will be never enough to ask Him for it.

It remembered me about time one year ago when I came to England from my home country (Czech Republic) and with no room for long stay, not enough money, no work at all, with little knowledge of the language and no family around I was thinking this time I will be not able to manage it. But eventually God gave me lovely place by a family from the church where I could stay and feel like in my home and later I found work etc. At that time it was very tough (and some time still is) but it was needed and now I feel blessed as never before. He changed my heart because I left Him to do it and it is still amazing journey!
I learned to obey, be patient and wait for Him and his Word. And I relised if I don't listen to him and try to do things on my own it takes lot of effort and the effect do not last long or it's realy wrong result and I have to start again from the begining - with Him.

I think I've never asked God to speak to me directly, but as I am still more and more focused on Him I am able to understand more what He wants to say me and where He wants to lead me.

As I look on my walk with Him I can see that everything came in His perfect timing (which is very often different from my expected timing :) So I belive He will definitely speak to me directly when I will be hungry and ready for it. Is not the time yet but I feel peace inside me by writing it because I trust Him.

I found the Proverb 31 Ministries randomly by searching on some devotionals (to be honest it is not the only one what I read :0) but I think He led me there. It is giving me new views on my life with the Christ and encourages me as a women.

At the moment I am trying to put together the puzzle of what He wants to say me, what I have to do for Him now. In the last year I "somehow" focused on prayer (be reading about it and practising it as well what I did not do so much before). I am also more open to share my faith and I desire to share it with my friends what I never done before! And suddenly many of my friends (usually women) are writing me back about their tough times and asking me for support and prayer. I am glad I can do it and encourage them because I feel stronger in my faith now. And it realy makes me humble how He loves me so much and how He blessed me in many ways and I am thankfull for what I have got from and in Him and that I do not have any particularly tough time as my friends have.

I pray for guidance if supporting other women-friends by word and by prayer in their difficult situation has to be the task and how to manage it in my busy time and being so far from them (my work as a live-in carer do not allowed me to spend so much time on the computer) and if He wants to do it regulary and how to do it and if my desire to translate some of the amazing English books about prayers and walking with God in tough times is matching this puzzle as well.

Please pray for me that he will guide me and tell me what exactly is in His plan.

God bless you
Stepana
stepana.s@gmail.com

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brenda said...

Thank you for the reminder to keep listening. As a mom of three little ones, it is hard to find quiet moments. I know God understands where I am at, which keeps me from being discouraged about the limits of my time. I am striving to listen for him even in the crazy busy moments.
Brenda
brendiej@aol.com

nealv@rocketmail said...

Hi Glynnis,
Thank you so much for your inspiring devotion on Proverbs 31, which led me to your blog. It's amazing how God puts something directly in your path when it is needed the most. Listening to God and obedience are the two most important skills that I am trying to achieve. These very definitely lead to trust and faithfulness. I am trying hard to pray for wisdom, insight, understanding and knowledge of God's ways and He faithfully takes my hand and carries me along. I am grateful for this blog and Proverbs 31 and helping me learn to listen quietly and wait for the Lord. God Bless! Vicki Neal

anika said...

Glynnis,

I may be too late to be considered in the contest but I'd like to drop you a line to thank you for your encouragement. I really appreciate it!

I've been a follower of Christ for a little over a year. I recently turned 20 and I love hearing God speak, more than anything.

The first time I heard Him, was after months of random prayers. I always asked, "God, are You there?" and I never heard or saw anything but I wasn't really expecting to. One day, I went out into the woods, with a razorblade and a rope and I started screaming "God, can You here me? Help me! Are you there?"

This time was different. When God did not answer me, I was shocked. I believed, with every cry, that He would answer me with the sign that I craved. (I wanted to SEE a miracle before my eyes.) When He didn't make something supernatural happen right as I said, "Are you there?", I just cried and walked home. Later that day, I found myself in the ICU after having seizures triggered by an eating disorder. I had no recollection of the past few hours or being in the ambulance.

I was told that, in the ambulance, I claimed that God was there with me.

A few weeks later my brother told me that I told him that God was holding my hand.

Sometimes, you have to believe in order to see.

Thanks, so much!
-Anika

Anonymous said...

Hi Glynnis

Thank you so much, I can say that God spoke to me thro you. Some days back God impressed in my heart to fast from reading fiction books as slowly I have yearning for them more than I should. God asked to focus on Him and your devotional today was a confirmation to that !!! Thank you so much. Our God always answers when we call on Him with all our heart.

Lanelle Quick said...

Beautiful devotional today. God has also been speaking to me to stop all the busyness and just concentrate on Him, listening for that still, quiet voice. How awesome He is!

Erin said...

Glynnis,

I just finished a dog walk this morning and for some strange reason I logged on to email before pulling out my Bible. The reason I turned on the computer was that I was hoping to hear from a friend that in my busyness yesterday I hurt by forgetting our plans with her and her daughter. And as I look back to yesterday, and the choices I made, I see where God might have been trying to speak, to help me avoid this mistake, if only I had slowed down to ask and listen. So, in turning on the computer, I read your blog and am convinced God wanted me to read this today. My husband and I just had a talk that I keep my life so full, even of really good things, that I don't leave much room for hearing from God, much less obeying what he might be calling me to instead of "doing" what I think I should be doing. So, this morning, instead of grabbing my Ruth Bible study, I'm going to go and be quiet in my King's presence. Thank you for encouraging me!

edevassie@columbus.rr.com

Jane Ann said...

Glynnis,
Thank you so much for your devotional and Blogg. I love receiving Proverbs 31 devotionals every day. I so needed to hear your words, which I feel were words from God speaking directly to me today. Be blessed.
Jane Ann Kaiser
janeann66@insightbb.com

Erin Johnson said...

Glynnis
Thanks for your reminder today of where we need to position ourselves to hear from God. Just yesterday while I was praying, I felt myself internally flailing my arms toward Heaven and screaming, "Where ARE you!!??". Nothing terrible has happened to me. I just feel ... dry...I feel like there's a wall between Him and me. So I am going to "position myself" emotionally, physically, and spiritually to hear from Him and then I will wait in faith.
Erin Johnson
erin.v.johnson@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Glynnis. This reminder was something I needed today. I've been considering how to pare things out of my crazy life so I can hear from God more clearly and your devotional hits the nail (actually many nails!) right on the head. Thank you.
Blessings,
Joanna
pfrasier@newnorth.net

Tina Paul said...

Hi Glynnis,

This is the first time i have looked at your devotional site and yes the LORD does speak!!! I don't even know where to begin. Short version i guess if you would like to hear more i will leave you with my number of 920-319-1446 or 920-326-6109. My mom died when i was 7 in a car accident ,1 year and 1 day later my grandma died ,kidnapped by a great aunt when i was 8 placed in foster care at 8 then adopted at 10 yrs old. But as the Master has led me and my faith has grown i have seen how through the sorrow and misfortunes i have gained a FORTUNE in HIS LOVE . As i reflect back to when my mom sent me to the store for food and for steaks to tenderize her sore eye from being hit by her boyfriend and not having enough money , but i came home with only a few dolars less than what i took with me and more food than my little bike basket could carry. i had two siblings who where 4 and 3 they went on to live with their dad and i only saw them maybe 10 times in 33 years . My sister was here to visit and i brought her to a friends house where they will bring her to the airport. We reflected for 3 days. i told her the LORD put on my heart to write a book ( to tell my story of how HE so master planned and orchastrates my life )and i preach
1 time a month at a campground where we have our camper. Aug 1 st (33 yrs to the day of when i came to my adopted home)i got asked to preach at a little white Church in the country by the name of St. Paul's Church ( My last name). My sister was there with me . To me a reconfirming of GOD'S love for the two of us and i need to tell my story and preach the gospel to those who are lost so they can be found. When i borught her back and had to walk away it hurt so bad i could not even breathe. My knees where shaking i was trembling for i brought my sister to where we use to live the accident site and the scenes that played before me hurt, but i didn't want her to see it all fully ( my pain for i was use to protecting her as a child.) and hearing her stories of her life after we were seperated made me cry. But she is a Christian too and GOD speaks to her in some of the same ways HE speaks to me. i asked the LORD when i was young , when will i get to be with them again ?? Well now at the age of 40 i am back with my sister and i didn't mention above that she is deaf. So neat her son signed during the service so she could hear what i was preaching. i look at the signifivance her with the 3 days , 33 yrs, story, preaching .Look at the life of Christ 3 days before HE died , 33 years of age died. The pain he felt etc HE gave it all for us. i again see I need to give HIm all of my life and continue to be thankful for what HE has given me and look forward to wher HE is taking me. Again the significance of you @ a little country Church and now you write and speak ?? i think the LORD is telling me something here!!! i will leave it to HIM and se where HE leads me. There is so much more but i would be here for days. i should apologize i guess after i read this back for the small i's but the computer isn't letting me cap it .But again i look at it as a promting from the LORD that it isn't about me it is about HIM and what HE has done and continues to show me on the big canvas picture of my life that HE has painted. in the sunrise this am i was watching and as i walked away and came back it looked like a heart and a angel wing in the clouds above the sun and a few seconds later as i looked closer i read the words love above it.i tried to tqake a picture of it but couldn't get it all so again a personal message from the LORD to me but i can share it with those who will listen. Thanks so much for your devotional today . i truly believe it was GOD speaking to me for i read Prov min daily . May GOD continue to speak to you, so you may speak to others. in GOD'S LOVE, Tina Paul @ rtmlpaul@centurytel.net

Tina Paul said...

Hi Glynnis,

This is the first time i have looked at your devotional site and yes the LORD does speak!!! I don't even know where to begin. Short version i guess if you would like to hear more i will leave you with my number of 920-319-1446 or 920-326-6109. My mom died when i was 7 in a car accident ,1 year and 1 day later my grandma died ,kidnapped by a great aunt when i was 8 placed in foster care at 8 then adopted at 10 yrs old. But as the Master has led me and my faith has grown i have seen how through the sorrow and misfortunes i have gained a FORTUNE in HIS LOVE . As i reflect back to when my mom sent me to the store for food and for steaks to tenderize her sore eye from being hit by her boyfriend and not having enough money , but i came home with only a few dolars less than what i took with me and more food than my little bike basket could carry. i had two siblings who where 4 and 3 they went on to live with their dad and i only saw them maybe 10 times in 33 years . My sister was here to visit and i brought her to a friends house where they will bring her to the airport. We reflected for 3 days. i told her the LORD put on my heart to write a book ( to tell my story of how HE so master planned and orchastrates my life )and i preach
1 time a month at a campground where we have our camper. Aug 1 st (33 yrs to the day of when i came to my adopted home)i got asked to preach at a little white Church in the country by the name of St. Paul's Church ( My last name). My sister was there with me . To me a reconfirming of GOD'S love for the two of us and i need to tell my story and preach the gospel to those who are lost so they can be found. When i borught her back and had to walk away it hurt so bad i could not even breathe. My knees where shaking i was trembling for i brought my sister to where we use to live the accident site and the scenes that played before me hurt, but i didn't want her to see it all fully ( my pain for i was use to protecting her as a child.) and hearing her stories of her life after we were seperated made me cry. But she is a Christian too and GOD speaks to her in some of the same ways HE speaks to me. i asked the LORD when i was young , when will i get to be with them again ?? Well now at the age of 40 i am back with my sister and i didn't mention above that she is deaf. So neat her son signed during the service so she could hear what i was preaching. i look at the signifivance her with the 3 days , 33 yrs, story, preaching .Look at the life of Christ 3 days before HE died , 33 years of age died. The pain he felt etc HE gave it all for us. i again see I need to give HIm all of my life and continue to be thankful for what HE has given me and look forward to wher HE is taking me. Again the significance of you @ a little country Church and now you write and speak ?? i think the LORD is telling me something here!!! i will leave it to HIM and se where HE leads me. There is so much more but i would be here for days. i should apologize i guess after i read this back for the small i's but the computer isn't letting me cap it .But again i look at it as a promting from the LORD that it isn't about me it is about HIM and what HE has done and continues to show me on the big canvas picture of my life that HE has painted. in the sunrise this am i was watching and as i walked away and came back it looked like a heart and a angel wing in the clouds above the sun and a few seconds later as i looked closer i read the words love above it.i tried to tqake a picture of it but couldn't get it all so again a personal message from the LORD to me but i can share it with those who will listen. Thanks so much for your devotional today . i truly believe it was GOD speaking to me for i read Prov min daily . May GOD continue to speak to you, so you may speak to others. in GOD'S LOVE, Tina Paul @ rtmlpaul@centurytel.net

Tina Paul said...

Hi Glynnis,

This is the first time i have looked at your devotional site and yes the LORD does speak!!! I don't even know where to begin. Short version i guess if you would like to hear more i will leave you with my number of 920-319-1446 or 920-326-6109. My mom died when i was 7 in a car accident ,1 year and 1 day later my grandma died ,kidnapped by a great aunt when i was 8 placed in foster care at 8 then adopted at 10 yrs old. But as the Master has led me and my faith has grown i have seen how through the sorrow and misfortunes i have gained a FORTUNE in HIS LOVE . As i reflect back to when my mom sent me to the store for food and for steaks to tenderize her sore eye from being hit by her boyfriend and not having enough money , but i came home with only a few dolars less than what i took with me and more food than my little bike basket could carry. i had two siblings who where 4 and 3 they went on to live with their dad and i only saw them maybe 10 times in 33 years . My sister was here to visit and i brought her to a friends house where they will bring her to the airport. We reflected for 3 days. i told her the LORD put on my heart to write a book ( to tell my story of how HE so master planned and orchastrates my life )and i preach
1 time a month at a campground where we have our camper. Aug 1 st (33 yrs to the day of when i came to my adopted home)i got asked to preach at a little white Church in the country by the name of St. Paul's Church ( My last name). My sister was there with me . To me a reconfirming of GOD'S love for the two of us and i need to tell my story and preach the gospel to those who are lost so they can be found. When i borught her back and had to walk away it hurt so bad i could not even breathe. My knees where shaking i was trembling for i brought my sister to where we use to live the accident site and the scenes that played before me hurt, but i didn't want her to see it all fully ( my pain for i was use to protecting her as a child.) and hearing her stories of her life after we were seperated made me cry. But she is a Christian too and GOD speaks to her in some of the same ways HE speaks to me. i asked the LORD when i was young , when will i get to be with them again ?? Well now at the age of 40 i am back with my sister and i didn't mention above that she is deaf. So neat her son signed during the service so she could hear what i was preaching. i look at the signifivance her with the 3 days , 33 yrs, story, preaching .Look at the life of Christ 3 days before HE died , 33 years of age died. The pain he felt etc HE gave it all for us. i again see I need to give HIm all of my life and continue to be thankful for what HE has given me and look forward to wher HE is taking me. Again the significance of you @ a little country Church and now you write and speak ?? i think the LORD is telling me something here!!! i will leave it to HIM and se where HE leads me. There is so much more but i would be here for days. i should apologize i guess after i read this back for the small i's but the computer isn't letting me cap it .But again i look at it as a promting from the LORD that it isn't about me it is about HIM and what HE has done and continues to show me on the big canvas picture of my life that HE has painted. in the sunrise this am i was watching and as i walked away and came back it looked like a heart and a angel wing in the clouds above the sun and a few seconds later as i looked closer i read the words love above it.i tried to tqake a picture of it but couldn't get it all so again a personal message from the LORD to me but i can share it with those who will listen. Thanks so much for your devotional today . i truly believe it was GOD speaking to me for i read Prov min daily . May GOD continue to speak to you, so you may speak to others. in GOD'S LOVE, Tina Paul @ rtmlpaul@centurytel.net

Anonymous said...

Good morning Glynnis,
Thank you so much for todays devotional, it really it home with me. I am very active at my church and maybe too busy to really "hear" what God wants to say to me. Thank you again for sharing and being a blessing to me this morning. I am forwarding this devotional to my contacts hoping that it blesses them also.
Have a great day in the Lord!

gloriousone247@yahoo.com

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kim said...

I have enjoyed the daily devotions for some time now. Yours resonated with me - I feel I have always struggled with 'hearing' from God. At times, I can feel a strong drawing to something (most recently human trafficking). For me, I can only assume this to be God's leading - I would not choose this direction for myself. I appreciate your sharing. It would be great to win Lysa's book and discover more truth's to hearing God's voice.
Blessings,
Kim

kim@labombard.net

Jill Cullis said...

Nearly 2 years ago God called me to spend a week of my vacation just being still. Monday morning out of "boredom" I picked up Lysa's book, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, a book that had sat on my nightstand for 8 months. That book changed my life. Because I spent week alone doing that study God spoke to my heart that he was going to do something incredible. I thought it was political, as that was my passion. Nope, God called me to teach in Bogota' Colombia for 2 years, ( I had been teaching in the same school for 20 years). I have never lived more than 20 miles from my family and my Spanish is very limited.

God took me to Bogota' to slow my entire life down, (not just a week) and to a place in which God removed everything comfortable from me such as friends, family, safety and language. However, in that quiet and slower paced life the Holy Spirit revealed who I had been the past 15 years. I had spent 15 years orchestrating my own life, running ahead of God and expecting Him to bless my life when I was out of step with HIs plan.

God called me to stop assuming I had a green light, until He gave me a red light and assume just the opposite. I miss being busy, busy, busy, but my heart has found a joy in engaging the Holy Spirit and surrendering to His plan. I long for more of the Holy Spirit to fill me! Those moments when I KNOW God is speaking are so precious and sweet.

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glynnis,
Thank you for being used by God and by encouraging us with your testimony. I am in a place right now that I long to hear from God in so many areas of my life. I love the Lord with all my heart but I wonder if I am "too busy" right now and too consumed with my trials to allow Him to speak to me.
I love the part in your blog where you talked about fasting from something in order to feast...that really touched my soul. So many days I am so discouraged in my current situation that I sit in front of the TV and let my mind go blank. I am encouraged to start now to fasting from that and feasting on His words and expect Him to speak. I will wait patitiently---He is faifhful.
Blessings to you.
Kris

Deanna said...

Hi Glynnis,
I can really relate to your Devotional today. I remember a season in my life like it was yesterday, where I got quiet and alone and let God lead me out of the dry desert it was at the time. It was as if he was doing it all for me because I know I couldn't have done what I had to do on my own. I look back on it and I'm just overwhelmed with his power, grace and mercy on me to see me through every single moment of that terrible, awful time. Looking back it should have been harder but he made it easy. He never left me! I know that now. He was just waiting for me to get quiet, listen and obey. All that was lost was regained, restored and made new and then some!

dthomas109@nc.rr.com

Kelly said...

Hi. I love your post about hearing from God. He truly does still speak to His people. Recently, the Holy Spirit spoke to my husband. We have been so discouraged that our house is still on the market. We have been trying to make things happen on our own. But God said to be still and wait upon the Lord. He sees our need. If we wait on His timing, our minds are sure to be blown away. I am expecting and excited to see what will happen with this house and with our future home. Amen!!! :)

kellybhuffman@gmail.com

Love,
Kelly

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Deborah said...

Thank you so much Glynnis. I always thought of fasting as a food thing. I'm not a busy mom anymore as my children are grown but I do watch too much tv. I do want to grow my relationship with God but I also yearn for my husband to want that too. We are not on the same planet when it comes to God relationships. I look forward to Proverbs 31 devotions every day. Thank you,

Jennifer said...

Wow is all I can say. This was MUCH needed in my life. I can't imagine how many times I've ignored or not took the time to find quiet to hear God speak. Please pray for me that i'll do just that. This has brought convivtion into my heart and I know it's needed. God bless you for sharing!

Carmel said...

Glynnis--thank you for your devotion. I long to hear from God and you talked about getting rid of the 'stuff' in our lives and in our heads to let that happen--that was like an 'aha' moment for me. How can I expect God to talk to me when there's so many other things talking to me or taking up my time.

Bless you.

Debbie said...

Thank you so much for reminding us to slow down and spend time with our father. We live in such a fast paced world it is easy to let this slip. As parents we need to show our children how important this is since they are being raised to communicate with gadgets.
Debbie

Natalie said...

Glynnis, because you listened to God speak to you and where it has brought you, God was able to speak to me through YOU!! Thank you for your devotions on Proverbs 31 "Encouragement for Today"!

God Bless,
Natalie (natalielo3@aol.com)

Anonymous said...

Hi Glynnis,

I'm new at hearing God speak and now when I do and I KNOW it's HIM, I've been experiencing this laughing/crying at the same time thing! It's so funny, but so moving that a God so big takes time to answer me and speak to little ol me! It makes me feel special and I wouldn't trade this for anything! Right now, I'm writing a book that He's called me to write and I'm having a hard time trying to get everything together but I still choose to say yes because I know it will help some one and I know I'm doing it for HIM!

In Christ,

Shannon Taylor
shannon_n_taylor@yahoo.com

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Molly said...

Glynnis,
I was so blessed by your post today. Thank you! I recently got to meet Lysa and sit under her tutelage for a weekend. I just finished reading "Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl" and it has changed my life! I am just beginning to learn how to really listen to the Lord, though I've been a follower of Christ for 30 years. I would LOVE to win a copy of Lysa's book! Either way, it is definitely on my reading list. I'll be back for more wisdom from you, as well, Glynnis!

Blessings,
Molly Garibaldi
molly@howtopraycards.com

Molly said...

Glynnis,
I was so blessed by your post today. Thank you! I recently got to meet Lysa and sit under her tutelage for a weekend. I just finished reading "Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl" and it has changed my life! I am just beginning to learn how to really listen to the Lord, though I've been a follower of Christ for 30 years. I would LOVE to win a copy of Lysa's book! Either way, it is definitely on my reading list. I'll be back for more wisdom from you, as well, Glynnis!

Blessings,
Molly Garibaldi
molly@howtopraycards.com

Anonymous said...

God speaks to me each time I open His word, but I don 't always have a heart to listen. God shows me who He is each time I look out at His creation in this little river valley where I live, but my eyes are not always open. I want that quiet place of readiness to hear and to see.
Jane

jama@gondtc.com

Anita said...

Thank you for your wonderful devotions. I am always blessed and encouraged. I am learning to hear God's voice and to have the courage to follow. :)

Anita
lazymfarmsga@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I suppose I'm too late for the contest, but I wanted to say, Glynnis, that your word on hearing God speak ... was right what I needed **today**, even though I read it a couple days late! Thanks!
-Tina Gilbert