Thursday, October 2, 2008

How to Hear that Still, Small Voice

God calls each of us in a unique way because we are that special. Here are some ways that have helped me to be spiritually “still” (even while busy running a family) and hear His voice.

1. Don’t create your own noise! Don’t yell or be a motor-mouth. Work on your listening skills.
2. Limit usage of telephone, internet, radio, and television.
3. Establish a “quiet time” during which children read in their rooms.
4. Work outdoors: garden, walk, run, bicycle, paint, mow the lawn.
5. Establish a regular bedtime so you know when you will have peace and quiet.
6. Establish a time after which you no longer will accept telephone calls.
7. Learn, and encourage in the children, individual creative activities that keep the hands busy while the mind can be active and open: knitting, crocheting, painting, cross-stitching, embroidery, wood-carving.
8. Read the Bible.
9. Write in a journal.
10. Learn to “tune out” extraneous noises.
11. Listen to classical, orchestral music with no words.
12. Read spiritual, uplifting, thought-provoking literature.

Picture above: Elijah in the Desert, undated icon from Northern Russia.

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