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How Do You Hear God?

On May 15, EatingDisorderHope.com is giving away 10 copies of my book Happy for the Rest of Your Life. (To enter the drawing, click here.)  For a preview of what to expect, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 9….

Sometimes it takes work and effort on my part to put myself in a position where I can hear God. Some people call this effort “spiritual disciplines.” Some of the ways you can look for God to speak to you are through:

  1. Prayer
  2. Meditation
  3. Reading
  4. Journaling
  5. Studying
  6. Seeking counsel
  7. Listening

If you’re already doing some of these, congratulations! Rededicate yourself to the task. If one or more of them have become stale or rote, switch it up:

  • Choose a different place or time to pray or meditate.
  • Try using a journal to record your prayers or meditations.
  • Read a different translation of the Bible. Try one that you’ve never considered before.
  • Switch it up. Be more structured with your study if you haven’t been studying the Bible much, or, if you’ve been very diligent, change your study topics for the next six months; be more spontaneous. Start opening up the Bible at random, and study from there.
  • Find a wise, godly person who you can be open and transparent with, seeking accountability and a sounding board for spiritual matters.
  • Spend some time each day just calming your mind, opening it up, and listening to what God might want to say that day. Whenever possible, go outside and walk in order to get out of your environment and into His.
  • Pay attention to what God is saying to you. Write it down as soon as you hear it. Use your journal or keep a small spiral notebook or pocketbook with you or available so you can make sure not to lose what you hear. Make sure to put it by your bedside, as God often has used the time of either going to sleep or upon waking to capture your undivided attention.

This is by no means the definitive list of ways you can hear God. What others would you add to the list?

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