Listening Journal: Are You a Planner?

Listening Journal: Are You a Planner?

I often wonder….what if my desire to listen to God equaled His longing to speak personally with me? Listening prayer for me is simply being still in God’s presence, anticipating His voice, recording His words, impressions, or pictures, and then responding in love, faith and obedience to what He whispers. It’s absolutely amazing — I always receive exactly what my heart is longing for — sweet companionship, fresh encouragement and specific guidance. I’m praying that this excerpt from my “Listening Journal” will encourage you to begin a practice of listening to God. –Debbie

Before writing this entry, I came into my dining room to “listen” and accidentally picked up my notebook-calendar (same size & weight) instead of my Bible. Hmm … wondering if You have a word for me in that? I’m listening!

You are a planner. Security for you is often seeing things on your list or on your calendar. It creates a sense of control and feelings of accomplishment. I’ve created you this way.

“So teach me to number my days that I may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  

“One day in Your courts is like 1,000 elsewhere.”  

“Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead.”

My ways and My delays may or may not be given to you in a way you can calculate, control or choose.

Just be with Me, learn from Me, take My yoke upon you – for my burden/load is light. Listen and intentionally follow My lead.

My stops and starts, My ways and delays and My race and pace will be revealed to you, as needed. They will either be able to be scheduled or will be disguised as a surprise.  Either way, as you listen, enjoy My presence, feast on My daily fresh Bread, and link arms with my Body, My Will will become a simple reality for you.

Don’t limit Me by your need to plan. Be open continuously to My divine plan!

Are you a planner? How do you make room in your calendar to hear from God?

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Debbie McGoldrick is the founder of NBS2GO and blessed to be married to Mark and the adoptive mother of Melissa and Matt. Debbie is an avid collector of heart rocks and shells, a lover of color and always looking for a reason to go to the beach.

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