(Please read to the end. The intention of this post is not self-defense).

From time to time on this blog, I write posts that are written from ”God’s voice” as I imagine he would speak to my heart. I’ve had a few people unfollow and tell me that this is apostasy, and dabbling in new age practices. So, I’d like to set the record straight. I am a writer. In poetry and prose we often write from another person’s perspective. I am in no way asserting that these writings are equivalent to or authoritative like scripture. However, I believe that God gives us imaginations for a reason, and not all imagining is evil as some seem to think. I am sure God is pleased when we stop to meditate on his goodness, and even when we imagine how he might respond to the struggles we are facing.

We are to set our minds on things above and I’d say that is exactly what this is. Sadly, most of us tend to imagine things like “What am I going to do? This situation is impossible! “I don’t see a way out of this.” “What if God doesn’t come through?” Or even— “If I be still and open my mind to His Spirit, I am opening myself up to the demonic.” I find it very sad that children of God worry that when they ask their Father for a fish, he will give them a snake. (Luke 11:11) In my opinion, imaginations like these are far more damaging than imagining that he is on our side or that he keeps his promises.

Scripture tells us that God has given us his Holy Spirit, and that he speaks to his people in a still small voice. Jesus said his sheep know his voice (John 10:27). There have been several occasions when thoughts came into my mind to pray for or call someone, or even go do something for them. Many of these times I found that they were facing serious issues at that exact time. A few times listening to that still small voice has made a HUGE difference in my life, and the lives of those I love, as I acted on those promptings. We need to be sensitive to his voice. He gave us his Spirit to help us through this life, and even to help us understand scripture. The Word without the Spirit is lifeless and powerless. In our work with victims of abuse we find that those who deny his work in our lives are the very ones who use scripture as a weapon. For them it is no longer the living, active, God-breathed word of God, but instead a set of rules. The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Cor. 3:6)

So if you’re following this blog and find these posts offensive, please feel free to stop following. It grieves my heart– not because we’ve lost a follower, but because your view of God is so small, and that you are missing all he has for his children. He offers us intimate fellowship, and that includes two way communication with Him. Yes, scripture is the ultimate authority, and the vast majority of the time he will speak through his word (and quicken it to our minds as we meditate on Him– maybe even as we imagine). He will never say anything to contradict it, but I believe it pleases him when we take time to dwell on his promises and his goodness. What would he say to you about that awful situation you’re facing? I believe if you get quiet and meditate on his word, you will find he has a beautiful message for you. 💗Joy

“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” John 8:47

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:12-15.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3


  1. Hello Joy, I appreciate your honesty here. I am not going to ‘unfollow’ but I’m unsure at times what people mean when they ‘hear from God’. I do have objections to publications such as “Jesus Calling” where the writer is somewhat New Age and actually speaks for Jesus. That is quite irreverent to me. In fact, the author revised some of the published writing and makes people wonder, ‘Did Jesus change His thoughts?”
    However, when we counsel others in the Lord, esp those in distress, we must be adamant that they can hear from God, if they’re believers then God is their Father. The essence of my prayers is the faith that He will answer.
    Praying for you dear sister, press on!


  2. Joy, I am encouraged by your sharing how you are engaging with the Holy Spirit to grow in intimacy with hearing from and living out of that place. It is scary to some as there is a yielding (trust) element. Believing that God can and wants to talk to you, trusting Him, and giving up one’s control to lean into Who He is and Who I am, in Him is something that takes time. Letting go of the lies from others, their perspective and what we’ve been taught is something that takes time and willingness. We determine (control) what and when we want to have a renewed mind. God is not in a rush. We just need to remember, He always has our best in mind and can ALWAYS be trusted.
    Holy Spirit’s subtle promptings, pictures,etc are just some of the numerous ways God wants to talk to and use us as a conduit to live out of love. Two way journaling, learning about the prophetic, words of knowledge and hearing God’s voice are excellent topics to launch with.
    Thank you once again for sharing your heart and wisdom,
    I highly recommend: Tony Stolfus’s book and free app “Questions for Jesus”, Mark Virkler’s book “4 keys to hearing God’s voice are excellent.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn… I don’t know Tony’s work, but my mom had a copy of Mark V’s work and when I read his process from hearing from God, it was basically what I’d been doing for years– getting quiet, waiting on him and journaling. The only thing he added was envisioning Jesus, and you can’t go wrong with that.


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