EnJOY God's Voice

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"EnJOY God's voice" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

Pexels (2015), CC0 Public Domain. Text added by author

God calls us to sit in silence and listen for His Word when we’re trying to understand His Will for us … but if God rarely spells things out for us with a banner in the sky. If He doesn’t have a specific Will for every situation then what exactly are we listening for?

I asked this burning question to my confessor hoping for a lengthy answer that would tell me exactly what to do. The priest thought quietly for a moment and then gently offered this perfect answer:

A light and subtle breeze …

I loved his response, yet … I wanted to know more.

Ive had that experience … but … what do I do with it? How do I interpret it?

Again, he thought for a moment, then, gave an even simpler answer.

Enjoy it.

Wow. Enjoy it. Enjoy the breeze. I was stunned by his simple and yet deeply profound answer. God wants me to listen to His voice so that I can enjoy the moments He breathes his Spirit in me and runs His gentle love through my weary soul.

Too often, I stress about listening for the right answer or trying too hard to overanalyze what I think God might be trying to tell me. My soul strains to hear God’s voice, desperately trying to know what God wants of me.

And every time I ask that question, “What do you want of me, Lord?” I get the same answer:

“You. All I want from you, is YOU.”

And, when I want to know what He wants for me:

Joy.

All God wants for me is JOY and all He wants in return is me.

Elijah experienced a similar moment:

Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD — but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake — but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire — but the LORD was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound. (added emphasis)

In the same way, God calls me to listen for His Voice so that I can enjoy Him — so He can wrap me up in His JOY for me.

My days as a wife and mother are long and I often feel overwhelmed by the monotony of everyday life. However, if I pause and make time to rest my soul and surrender to His tender touch, I feel Him, in subtle and unexpected moments.

Take time to seek the Lord today, listen for His voice and enJOY it. 


Copyright 2017 Erika Marie

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Erika Marie is a simple Catholic, Wife, and Mama. She relishes snuggles and free time with her family and enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and has a slightly obsessive addiction to creating Canva graphics. Enjoy more reflections by Erika at her personal simplemama blog.

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