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How to Hear God’s Voice

Imagine being in a relationship with someone you’re madly in love with but you never hear from them. If my husband never told me he loves me and affirmed me, wellll… let’s just say our marriage would slowly dissolve. It’s virtually impossible to have a healthy/happy relationship with someone you can’t communicate with.  However, this is the reality for many believers in their relationship with their heavenly husband – Jesus Christ.

When I first accepted Jesus as my savior, my first questions was, “How do I hear God’s Voice?” I asked people and read articles online (i’m a pro Googler) but the idea of hearing the voice of the creator of the universe was so hard to wrap my head around. It took some time but eventually I began to recognize and hear God’s voice.

Just as we need to hear from the heart of those we’re in natural relationships with – God wants to share His heart with us. He would like to share how He  feels about you. He wants to give you direction, comfort and simply just say hi!

So, don’t sweat  – I got you covered. Here’s several tips so you can hear God’s voice too!

Learn to Be Still

So I totally get it, I’m a full-time working mom, wife, “first lady”, and entrepreneur (My God!), finding alone time can be hard. Try and find some time in your day to intentionally get alone with God. My suggestion is at least 20 minutes. Our minds are full of noise – to do list, responsibilities, our last conversation and all the turmoil from our daily lives. It may take a few minutes just to clear your thoughts and focus on God. This tip alone is half the battle – just be still, clear your mind and focus on God. Since busyness is likely normal for you this may take a little practice.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” –Psalm 46:10

Get a Journal or Notebook

I recommend investing in a journal. I’m a journal junkie, I pick up new journals all the time. One of the reasons is for my conversations with God. Once we start going about our day and as the weeks and months go by we can easily forget what the Lord shared with us. Journals are perfect for documentation. I love going back and reading what God shared with me weeks or even years later. You may find unexpected encouragement. Side note: I also have a journal for recording my dreams at night.

Create a Sacred Space

Now this one I miss. It hard for me to create this space in our small condo with my toddler and hubby running around. But when I was single I loved my sacred spaces I created with God (usually in my bedroom). Find a place in your home where you’re comfortable and feel inspired— if you’re up for it decorate it with inspiring pictures, a prayer wall, your life verse, etc.. Oh and of course, make sure there are no distractions – no phones, no people. Early morning or the the end of the day when the kiddos are sleep is often best for this special time with God.

Position Your Heart

If you were approaching a King or the President of the United States – how would you come? There is a protocol to entering the presence of any great King. Scripture tells us that we should  “enter His gates with Thanksgiving in your heart.” this is your pathways straight to the King of kings. Speak out loud, perhaps in a song, all that you are most thankful for at the moment. You’ll feel great and God will be right there listening.

Listen In

Okay, this one may seem like a given but I think most people do more talking than listening when it comes to their conversation with God. Maybe we don’t expect an answer but He does speak. You can’t expect to hear God’s voice if you don’t take the time to listen.  Now, don’t expect God’s voice to be audible (even though it can be) or thunderous or loud. The Prophet Elijah referred to it as “a still small voice.” When God speaks it is often subtle and it often sounds no different than our own voice. Recognize that God’s voice most often comes as spontaneous thoughts but doesn’t necessarily seems as if it’s your own.

Watch and See

The Prophet Habakkuk said, “‘I will stand my watch,’ and watch to see what He will say to me…’ Then the Lord answered him and said, ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets …’” (Habakkuk 2:1-2). Did you catch that? He was watching to see what God would say! God doesn’t always speak in words, recognize that God also speaks in impressions, images, pictures and vision. Often at night while I’m laying in bed before falling asleep, pictures will flash before my eyes. For a long time I didn’t understand but now I know this is God speaking. Write down any visions or impressions too!

Mediate on Scripture

The best way to learn to discern God voice from our own and the enemy’s is by mediating on the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” You can study the heart, character and nature of God through the bible. When you believe in your heart God is saying something to you its important to test it against the word of God. If it  contradicts the bible in any way – you should reevaluate.

So there you are my friend – several tips that will help you hear God’s voice. When you pay attention to what He says and take the time to write it down, you honor His voice. Knowing God’s voice is crucial to your success. So, I encourage you to  remain in open dialogue with heaven. Never feel that time spent listening or reflecting is wasted or unproductive. On the contrary, this time is where God will download the blueprints for the things He wants to do in your life.

Do you have any tips for hearing God’s voice?


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Aleida Lane teaches women of faith how to prosper from the inside out by growing spiritually and building happy/healthy homes & businesses. She’s also a pastor’s wife, mommy & founder The Best You Blog & Boutique.

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Aleida Lane teaches women of faith how to prosper from the inside out by growing spiritually and building happy/healthy homes & businesses. She's also a pastor's wife, mommy & founder The Best You Blog & Boutique.
  1. Reply

    I love this . My favorite point is meditate on scripture. We must find a quiet place to do such. Love it.

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      Thank you Nichole for reading. I saved the best for last! 🙂

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    I wrote about this last year and it’s one of my most popular posts! For me, God often speaks in unlikely coincidences. Even then, I’ll still ask for guidance and usually get rapid confirmation! For example, I might hear/read the exact same scripture from 3 completely diverse and unrelated places. Another thing that’s important is to take stock of you are feeling. Down? Exhausted? Sick? Then you may be in the midst of a spiritual battle, which will make it hard to hear from God. Take out all the things that are making you run down, and then go to God again. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thank you for reading! I would love to read your post on the topic. I love your point regarding unlikely coincidences! I’ve experienced that myself. Even when we’re not necessarily seeking Him – God knows how to speak to His children! Don’t you love Him! The idea of being aware of our feelings is so good! That could be a post in itself. 🙂 <3

  3. The only tip I would add to this lovely list is simply to read the Word. Read your Bible. The reason behind reading the Bible is that you can measure the words you hear against the word of God. If they don’t match up, then the words you heard aren’t from God. Also, God uses His Word all the time to speak to us. Sometimes I can be reading my Bible and He sort of highlights a word, phrase, or even passage that really speaks to my situation.

    Anyway, thanks for this list! Such a useful post for those who are wanting to understand how to hear from God! 🙂

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      oh yes! I couldn’t agree more! This was the last point I made in the post. 😀

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    Having a journal nearby is KEY to my study time, I find that God speaks through my pen on paper. Blessings to you in all that you do! Keep studying and sharing what God teaches you.

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      Thank you my friend! Much love!

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    Thank you! I really enjoyed reading this. I agree with everything you say! I also love writing in my journal, I came to faith 10 months ago and WOW! There is so much to remember, I LOVE reading back to see how the Lord has blessed me and walked by my side all the way ❤️❤️❤️

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      Thank you for reading! Oh just 10 months ago! That warms my heart, it was around that time in my walk with the Lord I was learning to hear God’s voice! So happy and excited for you my friend!

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    Beautiful. I love that you touched on how God isn’t always speaking in plain language. I’ve found God loves to speak in a variety of ways.

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      Yes, so true! I think many people actually miss God’s voice because they mistake it as coincidence or whatnot. God is such a creative God, just as we communicate in various ways so does He!

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    Definitely very needed at the moment. Working through a lot, and trying to make wise decisions.
    About a month ago, I made my own little corner in my room, and I love it oh-so-much. Grab my coffee, Bible, and journal, and it’s the perfect place for mornings!

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      Thank you for sharing! Praying that God meets your there every morning in amazing ways! Love & blessings!

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    God wants to speak to us; we have to be willing and ready to hear it

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    These are great tips, I do the same and can attest to their effectiveness!

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    Yup! I don’t have any new tips to leave, I just pretty much try to do yours. God seems to reach me most when I’m driving in the van, after dropping my husband off at work, and I’m by myself with nothing but the road and the local Christian station. I need to create more opportunities to “be still” like that at home.

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    I want to hear his voice more then any other voice

    • Mary
    • July 20, 2017
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    So good. Love the Position your heart…when approaching a King do so with protocol-enter his gates with thanksgiving!

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    A journal has been life changing for me! You are so right about forgetting what I call God moments if you don’t write it down. I now have so many cool chill bump stories that I thought I would remember, but if I hadn’t written it down I would have forgotten. I think writing them down made me realize how often I feel God’s guidance and comfort. I just wrote one of those chillbump stories on my blog. In fact, having a journal full of these stories is one of the reasons I felt such an urge to blog. I just want people to feel hope and encouragement by reading God moments. With much love, Lacy Ngo from http://www.mindfulnessinfaithandfood.com

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