"If you’re always tired, always under-rested, you’re not going to be capable of doing everything you need to get done.  You’re going to make mistakes more readily, lose your temper, or miss opportunities. " — Karen Jensen

Too Many Voices in My Head

Have you ever had so many things racing through your mind that you couldn’t make any kind of rational decision, much less hear the voice of God about it or get His leading? I have! In my mind the conversation sort of sounds like this: “If I do it this way, then that will happen. Or I won’t be able to do that thing. But if I choose this other way, then it might lead to this—or I’ll look like a fool. But if I don’t do this, then there won’t be enough to make sure that happens” (and on it goes).

Know what I mean? It seems like fifty things need to happen before you can go in the right direction, and you don’t even know where to start.

I’ve learned that when I get to the point that there are too many thoughts in my head, then it’s time to just stop. I know I’ve gotten too far off track and I’m trying to do too many things in my own strength. At that point I need to shut everything off and just get with the Lord to find out where I am and what needs to be done.

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The Day I Could Have Been Killed

I realize that’s a pretty dramatic title for a blog. But I want to talk with you about how to hear the voice of God, and I’m going to start with this example from my own life.

It happened one day years ago when I was in my early 20s, and I was driving on a long road trip by myself. I started to get sleepy and in my family when you get sleepy driving, there’s only one thing to do – stop and take a nap! (My grandmother used to say I could sleep while running to catch a bus – seriously, I can sleep anywhere). There wasn’t much traffic, so I just pulled well over to the side of the road, leaned my seat back, and took a little nap.

I don’t know how long I’d been sleeping when, suddenly, I woke with a start and heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Move—now.” So I started the car and drove away.


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My Biggest Frustration as a Young Christian

When I was just starting out in my walk with the Lord, there was a lot I didn’t understand. (That’s pretty typical for a youngster, so if that’s you, don’t worry – we’ve all been there!)

Just about my biggest frustration was when I heard ministers say, “The Lord told me this” or “The Lord told me that.” I’d think, “What do you mean, ‘The Lord told you’? Did He just talk to you? Did you hear Him out loud? How did you know it was the Lord?”

I would get so irritated I felt like throwing something at them! I just didn’t understand what they meant, and I didn’t know how I could hear the voice of God for myself.

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The Question I Get Asked the Most

Apparently, because I’ve been a teacher and a minister of the Word for a while, I look like someone who has answers. People ask me a lot of questions, and I’m happy to help if I can. Very often, people ask me about how to find God’s direction for their life.

I’ve found that most of us want to follow God’s plan and obey His leading, we just aren’t always sure how to go about it. When it comes to hearing God’s voice, getting His direction, and making right decisions for our lives, the question I get asked the most is, “How do I know when it’s really God?”

Maybe it’s happened to you. You pray and ask God for direction, “Lord, help me to know the right answer here – what should I do?” Then you get an idea of a direction to go in, but it’s so easy to second-guess yourself and think, “Is that just me? Is it the devil? Or is it really God?”

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5 Things You Need to Know About Getting God's Direction

Sometimes I wish life had a GPS, don’t you? Because sometimes I don’t know which way to go. I have a GPS on my phone for when I’m driving – yay. But when it comes to the decisions of life, I don’t always know which way to go.

How about you? Ever wish you had someone to help you make tough decisions? Someone who always knows what direction you should take? Well, if you’re a Christian, you do! Here are five things we all need to know when we’re seeking God’s direction for our life:


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One of the Coolest Things About God

Have you ever cried out to God and felt like He wasn’t paying attention? Like He’s gone on vacation and all you get is His voice mail or out-of-office email?

Maybe you’ve said, “I’ve been seeking the Lord, but He just isn’t answering.” You might have read Jeremiah 29:11 and said, “Oh, yeah, I believe God has a plan for me.” But you feel like you don’t know what the plan is and God won’t tell you!

Well, I’m here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth! One of the coolest things about God is that He is paying attention to your life! Like, I mean, really close attention – so close that it’s almost weird. Look what Matthew 10:30 says, “The very hairs on your head are all numbered” (nlt).

I think that’s one of the most amazing scriptures in the Bible. God has counted every hair on your head. Now, if you’re in a relationship with someone who’s counting the hairs on your head, I say run for your life because that’s obsession! That’s just weird! But there it is, right in the Bible -- God is apparently obsessed with you.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Remember when you were a kid and people would ask you that? If you’re like me, you thought being “grown up” was somewhere you arrived – like once we decided what we wanted to be, we were all set. We’d have it all together.

Ha! Now we’re grown up, and there’s so much we still don’t know, right?! We still have to make decisions every single day. It turns out we never “arrive” – we just keep having to decide what to do, what to be, which way to go, which option to take. Life is still full of decisions.

When you were younger, you probably took some aptitude tests to find out what you were good at and what vocation you might be suited for. You may have dreamed about “what you wanted to be” both personally and professionally.

But wait. God has a plan for your life! Wouldn’t it make more sense to seek the Creator of the plan, and then follow Him when making your decisions? Instead of asking, “What do I want to be?” maybe we should have been asking, “Lord, what do You want me to be?“

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How to Make the Right Decision Every Time

Have you ever heard anyone say, “If God would just tell me what to do, I’d do it!”

Have you ever said that?

I’ve heard statements like those a lot over the years. As a pastor and Bible-school instructor, I’ve met so many earnest, willing Christians who want to make the right decisions in their lives, but they just aren’t sure how to go about it.

Is that you today? Are you facing a decision in your life—a really big one, or maybe just a small one? Are you wondering which direction you should take?

I have some good news for you: you can make the right decision every time when you have God’s help. He is standing by to help you make every single decision—big and small. He knows exactly which direction you should take so that things turn out great for you.

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God Knows How to Increase You

If you’ve gone through a trauma or trial, sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost something, like you’re in some way diminished.

It can seem as though you’re on the “decrease” side of life.

Sometimes you did lose something. When my husband died, I felt the loss very deeply — it was real.

But I learned that the loss wasn’t the end of the story. Even if it seems as if your life is decreasing and things are being taken away, don’t be fooled. God is and always will be a God of increase.

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Your Faith Can Grow Stronger!

You’ve probably heard the saying, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

That’s not a quote from the Bible, but it is a biblical principle. Every time you face a battle, your faith can get stronger!

Think of it like this: your faith is like a muscle. If you use it, it grows.

If you don’t use it, you still have it, but it is flabby and of little use, not able to push anything big out of your path.

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How to Be an Overcomer

I’ve met some Christians who say, “I wish Jesus would talk to me.” I tell them, “Read your Bible. That’s Jesus, and He’s talking to you.”

I’ve also heard people say, “I wish I knew God’s will for my life.” I tell them, “Read your Bible. His Word is His will. You can’t know Jesus without knowing His Word.”

I know that those answers might sound too simple. You might be thinking, “There’s got to be more to it than read your Bible, read your Bible, read your Bible.

If there were, I would tell you. Instead, I’m telling you that your answers are in the Word.

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"If I Could Just See a Miracle..."

It takes faith to walk out God’s plan for your life -- especially if something hard has happened and you have questions.

And faith only comes from one place. Romans 10:17 says, So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

If faith came another way, I would tell you. But it doesn’t.

 I’ve heard people say, “If I could just see a miracle, then I would have faith.”

But if seeing miracles was enough, then the children of Israel would have had more faith than anyone, and they would have believed God about entering the Promised Land.

Yet Hebrews 3:19 says, “We see that they could not enter in [to the promised land] because of unbelief.”

Faith doesn’t come from seeing miracles or hearing other people’s testimonies; rather, it comes from hearing and believing the Word of God. The children of Israel didn’t believe God’s words; they believed more in the giants they could see. So they didn’t get to enter into the Promised Land.

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There's a Blueprint for Your Life

If you’re planning to build a house, you can’t start the process without a blueprint.

The blueprint is the plan that a builder must have in order to build. It gives the builder a vision for what a house is supposed to look like.Without it, the construction crew wouldn’t know what to do. Walls might not meet. Rooms might not be where they are supposed to be. Important things like plumbing, wiring, and doorways might be placed wrong. The entire building could eventually collapse because it would be structurally unsound.

The same thing is true of your life.  Without a blueprint, who knows how it would turn out!  But thankfully, you HAVE a blueprint for your life.

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"They Got Their Answer- And I Didn't!"

Have you ever prayed long and hard for something, only to see someone else receive their answer but you didn't?

That can be discouraging.  But I want to encourage you today – don’t stop believing!  The devil wants you to think there’s some kind of “quota” and if someone else got blessed there’s not enough for you.  That’s so completely untrue!

Mark 11:24 says, “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

In other words, believe you receive your answer right when you pray.  Then it doesn’t matter what you see or what you don’t see.  It doesn’t matter what other people have or don’t have.  You have your answer because God’s Word says you have it.

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