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Hear the Voice

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By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Have you ever heard God speak to you? Sometimes life would be so much easier if we could just hear a voice tell us what to do next. Although it does not always work that way, there are ways to tune up your heart and soul to hear the voice of God just like Elijah and the prophets of old.

First of all, you need to know what God has already said to humanity by reading His Word, the Bible. It is quite all right if you don’t understand it all, jot down your questions in a journal and keep on reading. The interesting thing about reading the Bible is that each time you read it, you are in a slightly different place, so different elements will stand out in your mind. Write those things down in your journal, too.

The next thing you need to do is to follow Jesus on His terms, as the Bible teaches. In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus compares Himself to a good shepherd who cares enough about His flock to lay down His life for them. The important part about this analogy is that His sheep know the voice of their Shepherd and will run away from any other voices who call them. We cannot expect to hear His voice if we don’t even belong to Him! Romans 10:9 spells out how to belong to Jesus: “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe with your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NKJV)

Finally, we live in a very noisy world, so turn off the noise and listen. As Elijah learned in his mountaintop experience with God in I Kings 19:8-13, the voice of God was not heard in a loud windstorm, an earthquake or in a fire, but rather in a still, small voice; a whisper. Once we are familiar with God as He has revealed Himself through the Bible, we need to spend time in prayer, talking with God. Some of that time needs to be spent quietly listening. Allow God’s voice to speak into your thoughts through your open heart. Allow yourself some peace and quiet throughout your day, like when you are driving in your car or working out. Music is great, I love music, but sometimes we need to just turn everything off and listen to the silence. That is where you will hear God when He chooses to speak.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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The Big Book of Song Lyrics

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Photo by Chance Agrella courtesy of and copyright Free Range Stock, http://www.freerangestock.com.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Another one of the great things about reading through the Bible in chronological order is that the book of Psalms is sprinkled throughout the readings; written in response to what was happening at the time. Most people think that David wrote all of the Psalms, and he did write a majority of them, but there are Psalms attributed to Moses (Psalm 90, 91), Solomon (Psalm 72, 127) and others as well.

Throughout the millennia to this very day, the poetry of the Psalms resonate in the human heart; songs of joy, praise, despair, loneliness, depression, redemption and victory. If you have grown up in church and listen to contemporary Christian music, you will not be able to read very many Psalms before you recognize familiar lyrics from hymns of old to the newest song by Chris Tomlin. Whatever the song, it rings in my heart and stays in my mind, whether I like it or not, for the rest of the day.

Music was created by God as a beautiful conduit to the soul and to offer another dimension of praise to Him. Music with lyrics derived from the Psalms or other passages in the Bible can bring us closer to God through the positive words and by helping us to remember verses from the scriptures.

If you don’t currently listen to Christian music during the course of your days, I would like to challenge you to tune into a Christian radio station, many of which are now online, exclusively for the next 30 days. See if listening to music intended to bring praise to our Creator God doesn’t make a difference in your days and bring you closer to Him. If you are reading through the Bible, you will probably hear some familiar lyrics from the Word as well!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

Book Review: seeing God in the simple things

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Book by Katherine Weaver

What do kites, smart phones and M & M’s have in common? The writer of this book finds hope and encouragement in God’s care in these and many other run-of-the-mill objects that we might normally pass right over as we travel through life.

Seeing God in the simple things is a collection of essays written during some difficult years in the author’s life. Unlike the standard fluffy devotional one might find in an inspirational aisle at the book store, this is more along the lines of “comfort food for the wounded soul.” Incorporating a sense of faith and peace, Katherine speaks to some of the most painful and common situations that so many people face these days. Her insightful observations gently teach us that especially during dark times in life, we can find peace and comfort if we slow down enough to appreciate the simple things in life.

I would definitely recommend this book for anybody who may need a tender boost of spirit. For those whose lives seem to be just fine, I would also recommend seeing God in the simple things because even when life seems to be great, we can all stand to become more sensitive to the things of God. This book will help us draw closer to God as we learn to consider His signature on so many of the objects and situations we experience throughout the day.

I had the opportunity to meet Katherine Weaver a couple of months ago and will share her thoughts on her book in my next post. Stay tuned!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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