May 1, 2014

His Voice is Gentle

A while ago I was sitting in my living room and reading Jesus Calling. I was working on being still and spending time in the presence of Jesus. This particular time was hard for me. It scares me to come into the presence of Jesus. It's a big deal. I sat there and talked with Jesus about why it scared me. For a long time I always felt like being in the presence of Jesus meant I would be scolded, that I would be read a list of things I was doing wrong, that every thing in my life would be turned upside down.

In that moment, Jesus re-wrote my story and broke that lie in me. It was made very clear to me that that is not how he wants to communicate with me. He reminded me of how my mom talks to me, especially when I'm stressed out or overwhelmed. She uses a gentle voice, a voice of reason. Over the years my mom has learned which communication styles I respond best to, and she wants me to succeed, so that is how she communicates with me.

Example: When Tyler and I flew back home from Joplin at Christmas I was sick, feeling like I was going to throw up all the way home. We were almost to the airport and I was concerned I wasn't going to make it. I got out of the car, started crying and called my mom. In that moment she didn't tell me to pull my crap together. She knew I wouldn't respond well to that kind of communication. Instead in a calm gentle voice, she talked me through possible scenarios, voiced some of the anxieties I was dealing with, helped me to relax, and encouraged me to go home.

It was that moment that helped me to understand that that is how Jesus communicates with me. He's not a drill sergeant, he knows I wouldn't respond to that type of communication. And he knows me better then my mom, so he knows what I will respond to best. He wants me to succeed. His voice is gentle, he'll walk me through it, he won't ever ask me to do it alone.

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13 comments:

  1. you are so right! His voice is so gentle and full of grace! :)

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    1. It was really neat being in that moment and having him reveal his voice to me!

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  2. What a beautiful post!
    I love reading about how God communicates differently in each of our lives. It's so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! It's so amazing how He communicates with us so differently. I think it's so amazing!

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  3. Two things come to mind after reading this:

    1. The word lovingkindness! Jesus is lovingkindness
    2. The story of Elijah when he was looking for God in the fire and the wind but God instead God spoke to him in a still small voice.

    I do think God 'raises his voice' but as far as I can tell from the Bible it is always in judgment towards those who refuse to repent. It's never towards those seeking Him. I've been where you have been and there are still days I struggle with remembering God is kind and loving and that I can come to Him at any time for anything.

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    1. I love your thoughts! I have a CIY t-shirt that says whisper on it that is from that story. That it such a beautiful representation of how God will choose to speak to us! Thank you so much for sharing that!

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  4. Jordan reads Jesus Calling every day! I've read a few of the days and really liked it. I read Oswald Chambers's "My Utmost for His Calling."

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    1. I'll have to check that one out. We really really like Jesus calling. It's amazing how spot on it is sometimes.

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  5. Great is His faithfulness to us!

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  6. I love this! It's really encouraging, and was a blessing to read.

    Linking over to it from my blog tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you! This post kind hard of hard for me to write. Sometimes I struggle with putting into words what God is teaching me and when I wrote this one I kept wondering if it made any sense. Thank you so so much for your encouragement!

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  7. These are the moments with Jesus that are the nails with which we can hang our lives on when we face the trials of daily living. I am so happy to see your walk with the All Mighty continuing to grow. Love You

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