Hearing God’s Voice During The Craziness Of Christmas

by | Dec 24, 2019 | Mindset, Personal Growth

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Hearing God’s Voice Is Like Playing Hide-And-Seek

The night before Christmas, Melis and I filled our kids’ Christmas stockings with all kinds of trinkets and toys. (It even contained practical items like toothbrushes!) Then, after I gathered up the garbage, I headed upstairs to steal a couple more hours of sleep before our kids woke up. 

Until I heard a voice…  

Immediately, I stopped and walked quietly back downstairs to listen for it again. As I paused, I heard it again. Hmmm, I thought, sounds like it’s coming from behind the piano. So I went into the living room and looked behind the piano.

There, huddled together, were five little heads.

They were all giggling and snickering, waiting for their mom to go to bed so they could peek in their stockings. 

“What are you doing up?” I asked in my sternest voice.  

Their hands covered their mouths to hide their giggles. And I wondered how I was going to get all these little ones back to bed!

Hearing God’s voice can be a little bit like that sometimes… where it almost feels like a version of hide-and-seek.

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What Gets In The Way Of Hearing God’s Voice

Different things can get in the way of hearing God’s voice, like all the busyness and expectations during Christmas (other things like unforgiveness or resentment can also stop us from hearing Abba).

On top of that, there are a lot of responsibilities for the caregivers of the home, whether it’s shopping, baking or decorating… 

When our five kids were growing up, I felt the weight of the Christmas concerts and the extra cleaning. Not to mention the extra sports tournaments during the holidays, like ice hockey! Because of all the expectations I was juggling, I often found it hard to hear the voice of God.

The busyness and distractions crowded out His still, small voice.

So, how do we hear God’s voice when we’re pulled in different directions all season by Christmas events, family expectations and the commercial pull to buy more stuff?

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Practice Hearing God’s Voice With This One Simple Habit 

Now, I’m no stranger to the guilt that we can feel from the “rules” about how we “must” spend time with God or what hearing his voice “should” look like. So, I absolutely do not want to add any more guilt onto your shoulders by adding one more rule to follow. 

Instead, I’m going to share one simple habit that has added so much value to me.

My hope is that it will help you too because my desire is that you would experience the Father’s love for you in a deeper way. 

This simple habit is to carve out just five or ten minutes each day to be with Him. Please don’t put pressure on yourself to spend an hour each day if you don’t have that time. Carve out the time that you have… 

If you have the luxury of sitting down, you might want to sit with your Bible or journal so you can practice listening to His voice. 

Just like I was attuned to my children’s voices, we can tune our ears and hearts to recognize God’s voice when He speaks.

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3 Short And Simple Exercises To Practice Hearing God’s Voice

If you’re not used to hearing God’s voice, it might help to have some suggestions for practicing hearing His voice. I say “practicing” because just like anything else, we need to learn how to hear His voice. 

So here are three exercises to try: 

#1. JOURNAL: Write at the top of your journal “What do you want to say to me today, Abba?” and wait for Him to speak. Write down what you feel Him saying to you. Over time, you’ll learn how to discern His voice.   

#2. SOAKING: Get in a comfortable position and play your favourite worship song(s). Spend the time you have relaxing and just resting in His presence. Have a journal nearby and write down anything you feel Him speaking to you. 

#3. MEDITATE: Get in a comfortable position. Choose a really short Bible verse or phrase and repeat the words as you breathe in and out deeply. This simple exercise helps to slow down our minds and our breathing, and focus our minds on His truth. 

These exercises are meant to help you make the space so you can hear Abba speak to you. Or, if you have another favourite practice, start there!

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God Is Always Speaking To You

Hear this — if you struggle with hearing God’s voice, remember that Abba loves you and wants to speak to you. Keep practice listening to His voice and if you get really stuck, reach out for help.    

The Bible says, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27 ESV). Our Father is speaking to you all the time through his word, the Holy Spirit, nature or other people (just to name some ways). I want to encourage you to take a little bit of time every day to rest in Him and hear his voice.

For it’s in that rest that He will restore your soul.

As David says in the beloved Psalm 23:1-3 (ESV):  

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

   He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

    He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

    for his name’s sake.    

May you hear His voice everywhere you look and may you be blessed this Christmas season with God’s peace and presence.  

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