I seemed to have had trouble most of my Christian life hearing God, until I came across a book almost 20 years ago about journaling called Dialogue with God by Mark Virkler. For some reason, writing down my prayers and thoughts to God, and then writing down what I believed He was saying back to me, opened a door for me to tune in to what He was saying. When God broke through what I perceived was His silence and actually spoke to me through journaling, I broke down and cried. I still have that first journal page and am still deeply touched by what He said to me all the time ago.
I also found journaling particularly helpful after I had a breakdown a few years back. When everything else around me was screaming and nothing made any sense, journaling helped me to quieten down and focus on Him. There He would reassure and comfort me, and make me lie down in the green pastures.
The beauty of writing down what I felt He was saying to me was I could go back to read it later, and be blessed all over again. Also, if I feel I am going up the garden path with my journaling, I can show it to a trusted Christian friend, and ask them to ‘censor’ what I feel I am hearing.
I must say God has shown me some absolutely amazing things that have helped me immensely in my walk with Him. Hardly a day goes by that I do not journal. I look forward to it. And then I am blown away by what He shares from His heart to mine.
Do you think that this could be for you? Next week I will blog a crash course on how to hear God through journaling.