Turn Down the Noise Challenge with Accompanying Bible Reading Plan

Do you ever have moments where you feel that God is silent? Like He’s not speaking to you or answering your prayers? Like you can’t hear His voice? You have been asking, seeking, and knocking but still….. nothing. Has the feeling that God is silent made you question if you’re capable of hearing from God at all? Have you begun to doubt if you’re worthy of hearing His voice?

I get it. I’ve been there. I too wanted to know if God is ever silent. And in my searching for the answer, I found out that GOD IS NEVER SILENT

“God speaks through a variety of means. In the present God primarily speaks by Holy Spirit, through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the Church.” ~Henry Blackaby

God’s desire is that all of creation will hear His voice. It’s a blessed benefit of having a personal relationship with Him. And guess what? It is not a one-sided thing. He wants to communicate with us and for us to communicate with Him. For that to not be happening means that there is a disconnect somewhere.

Here’s what it boils down to:

When it comes to the moments that we feel we are not hearing from God, it really boils down to two things:

1. We are too distracted. 

Today, there are many things that pull for our attention, so-much-so, that it is easy for us to get distracted. We can’t hear Him because of all the things we have to do with our families, in our homes, with our friends, or at work, even at church. When we do have a moment to spend with God, we have a hard time focusing. Right? 💁🏾‍♀️😁

2. We are tuned into the wrong frequency. 

There’s a dial on the radio of our lives, but it’s tuned into the wrong frequency. Instead of being able to hear the voice of God, we hear that of everybody else. We hear that of the stranger’s. And it is the very opposite of what God intends for us. His desire is that we hear and know His voice and His voice alone.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” ~John 10:5

A challenge is in order!

As always, there is good news! We are not without not without hope. We can do something about it.

I am calling us into a challenge to “Turn Down the Noise.”  

A challenge that is calling us to return to our First Love. A challenge that is calling us to remove all distractions and to tune into the right frequency. The frequency of God. To hear His voice and to know for sure that it’s His voice we hear. 

What’s the challenge? Simply take 30 minutes a day for 30 days, in the month of April, to do nothing but sit in silence before God, with one expectation only…to hear God speak.

I speak from experience when I say that to not be able to hear God speak makes me feel as if I’m so far away from Him. Can you relate? This challenge will give us all the chance to draw near to Him again and hopefully put us in a place where we will begin to feel near to Him all the time. 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.... ~James 4:8

I bet there are some things that God has been wanting to say to you. I also bet that you want to know what God has to say. Now is your opportunity to draw away from the norm, get into the presence of God and ask, “Father God, what have You been wanting to say to me?” 

Join me, starting April 1st, and let’s practice the art of silence so that we can hear God speak. 

Why 30 minutes?

Let’s face it, finding time for anything of value is a challenge in today’s society. The way of the world today is one of everything fast, rushed, comfortable, and convenient. Sad but true. However, it will surprise you that where you think you don’t have the time, you actually do. It’s called a challenge for a reason. I’m challenging you to make the time.

Spending time with God does not have to be done for hours. It is a great blessing to be able to do so, true enough. Let me make something clear, the most important thing about taking this challenge is not how much time you spend at all. It’s about the fact that you are willing to be intentional to take the time to sit and listen for God to speak. It’s about the position that you are choosing to take should you join the challenge. The art of 30 minutes is to get you to realize that you can start small.

As I’ve already shared, God does speak. In order to hear Him, we must take the time to learn about the many ways in which He does speak. One way He communicates is through the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God given to us to equip us to do His will. As a Believer in God, you have the privilege of having God’s Holy Spirit living inside of you. It is through cultivating your relationship with Him that Holy Spirit will teach you how to be attentive to the voice of God through His word. With that being said, a tool has been created for you.

“God Does Speak” Bible Reading Plan

Get the Accompanying Bible Reading Plan

Bible reading plans are great ways to dive into the Word of God. Especially when you want to focus more on a particular topic. In this case, it is learning and knowing that God does speak.

Here are 10 reasons why the Word of God is so important to learning the voice of God:

  • The Word of God is our beginning (John 1:1).
  • The Word of God has been given to us (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • The Word of God is what we should live by (Matthew 4:4).
  • The Word of God is God himself (John 1:1).
  • The Word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63).
  • The Word of God is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12).
  • The Word of God is proven (Psalm 18:30).
  • The Word of God is pure (Proverbs 30:5).
  • The Word of God is the truth by which we are sanctified (John 17:17).
  • The Word of God builds our faith (Romans 10:17).

With the God Does Speak Bible reading plan, you’ll get to experience all of the above with just a small dose of the Word each day. You’ll will be amazed at what the practice of reading the Word daily will do for your life.

In this plan, you will find verses of Scripture that will confirm to you that God does speak and you can hear and will hear Him. All you have to do is choose one daily reading every day for 30 days.

Get this FREE printable right to your inbox. I would love to know if you decide to join the challenge. Simply fill out the form below.

Now who’s in? 😜😍

Trust Holy Spirit’s Leading

A Lesson from My Shoes

There I was driving to find the perfect shoe to complete the outfit I had chosen for my 40th birthday pics. I had already known what kind of shoe I wanted. It was just a matter of what store in the area where I was headed would have them. There were only two places that I really had in mind. Target. Ross’s. Target was the first place that came to mind. 

“I’ll go to Target first and then I’ll go to Ross’s,” I said. “Nah, I’ll go to Ross’s first, because they have the prices I like. And then I’ll go to Target because I really don’t want to spend that much.” Yes, I was trying to save a few bucks. 

Trying to save in one way costed me in another.

I get to Ross’s, and head straight to the shoe isle. I looked, and I looked, and I looked. To no avail. I did not find “the shoe”. So, I left there a bit disappointed because I felt like I had wasted some of the precious time I could have used getting ready for my photo shoot. 

Off to Target I go. No sooner than I stepped into the shoe isle, there…they…were…. ”the shoes”. Not only were they the design, the heel length and the color, they even came topped with sparklies. Yay! There was just one more pair in the size I needed. I grabbed them, paid for them, and left feeling excited. My wardrobe was complete…finally.

Repentance was in order for me.

A show of hands for who drives and talks to God while in the car? Some of the best conversations take there, right?

The conversation I had with Him went like this… ”See, Lord, I should have listened. Thank You, Holy Spirit. And forgive me for not listening to You in the first place. Had I have gone where you told me to go first, I would not have had to be disappointed with the time I had wasted by doing what ‘I’ thought was best to do.”

Now, the lesson:

If you are a child of God, you will never have to wonder if God speaks. He does. Even in the simplest things. All we have to do is listen to Him and trust His Holy Spirit to lead us. 

As I learned the other day, His guidance is perfect. My photos did not turn out too bad either. Check out the collage below.

Let’s Chat! What’s one lesson you learned in the most unique way?

My One Word for 2022 + an Acronym to Help You Find Yours

December is always a special time of the year for me. It’s the time that, after enduring all of the busyness of the previous eleven months, everything comes to a calm. A cease. Why? Undoubtedly, it’s the month that I choose to participate in a NO Social Media Challenge. Today, I share with you my one word for 2022 plus an acronym to help you find yours.

For one thing, I draw away to seek the face of God. It is not that I don’t seek God’s face every day. At this particular time, seeking His face seems to be more special. Even so, I’m not even sure I have the right words to explain it.

I love the pause that it brings as I reflect on everything that has taken place throughout the year. It’s a time that draws me to ask questions. Like a self-examination. What went well? What went wrong? In what ways did I change? It’s the time that I ask God to search me. The No Social Media Challenge is also the time where I ask God for my one word.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; 
try me, and know my anxieties; 
and see if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

~Psalm 139:23,24

One Word

Have you heard of it? It is kind of like setting New Year’s Resolutions. However, the only thing is that your focus is not so much set on five things that you want to start doing right away in the new year. You focus on one thing. The one thing that you believe God has laid on your heart to focus on. This word becomes the driving force for everything you do within your current year.

As you can see, one word is the word that gets the focus of your attention from the beginning of the year until the end. Firstly, this is the word that the goals of your life soon become set upon. Secondly, it’s the word that as you have prayed unto God for it, He answers your prayer not only with that word, but with a vision for how it will unfold in your life. Thirdly, you soon begin to see the course of your life taking shape to that one word.

Here are some one word focuses that I have had in past years:

  • 2021Restore – This was the year that God assured me that what was lost in a previous season of my life, He planned to restore in that season of my life.
  • 2020Move – This was the year that I declared that I would set goals and reach them. I would start and I would finish what I started. I would move.
  • 2019Unashamed – I was unashamed of the gospel – the Lord’s good news. I was unashamed of the hope that I have in Him (I am still currently unashamed). The hope I have in Him purifies me as He is pure.

My One Word for 2022: GROWTH.

One morning, not too long ago, God had revealed to me that where I thought I had growth, I was in fact, still wandering in the wilderness. Stuck. Stagnant. and not growing.

Since then, I have been going about my business to change that. I now realize that growth is the process through which change happens. For me, the kind of growth that I am referring to is intentional growth.

I’m such a lover of defining words. So, let me define those two for you:

Intentional – done with intention or on purpose. I am determined to mentally act upon desired action and/or result.

Growth – the act or process of developing with gradual increase; completed development. I am determined to grow beyond where I am.

Here’s the Scripture verse that I’m standing on:

And let us not grow weary in doing good, 
for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up.

~ Galatians 6:9

Giving up……is such an easy thing to do. It takes no effort at all to do it. But to stay the course, until you have finally reached your goal, that takes time, patience, and work.

All of the latter has always been a challenge for me. Can I get a show of hands for all of my friends who are of the I want to see fast results crew? My hand is definitely in the air.

Thankfully, growth is about recognizing where you’ve fallen short then doing what’s needed to change the outcome for the better.

I realize that we are knocking on the fourth month of the year 2022. This post may also be a little late in the game on the one-word spectrum. However, I’m still going to ask this question. Have you found your one word for the year? If you answered with a yes, great! I’m happy for you. If not, I have something that I believe will help you.

One simple acronym that can help you discover your one word for the year:

Ask. Seek. Knock.

Ask, and it will be given to you…(Matthew 7:7a);

Discovering your one word starts with you asking God the question as to what that one word is. Here’s a little nugget for you. God already knows the word He wants to give you. He’s just waiting for you to ask Him for it.

Seek, and you will find…(Matthew 7:7b);

Seek the face of God. Search the Word of God. Scripture is the greatest reveler of the thoughts and intents of our hearts. Therefore, pay attention to what word or words tug at your heartstrings as you read. It will be your one word.

Knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7c).

Imagine, for example, that you went up to the house of Jesus, and when you reached His door, you knocked on it. You said, “Hello, Jesus, are you home? I came to talk to You about my one worrrd.” In conclusion, He opened the door and let you in. How would you feel about that? That’s exactly what this verse is implying. If you knock for your word, the door to it will open for it to be revealed.

Ha! How ironic that there would also be an a…b…c in relation to the verse that the acronym pertains to as well. It just goes to show that God always has an order to what He’s involved in.

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Do you want to know what’s so special about this one word focus? It is not the fact that you will receive one word. It is that in your hunger and thirst to hear from God, you will feel compelled to seek Him with an expectation that He will answer you. And, Friend, God wants to answer you.

Do you already have your one word for the year? Tell me in the comments below.

Live Freely,