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How Jesus Speaks to Us

Chalkboard holds perfect response before question asked

It felt like a direct answer to my question. I felt a feeling of caring towards me from a being greater than me, a being who was capable of knowing my thoughts, and lining up events to help me understand that this was an intentional event.


When I was in my early 20's I went every Friday to a folk dancing event in the Old Main building on the campus of Wayne State University. I was not a committed Christian at that time, but was researching out of curiosity. I had just finished a popular book titled "The Road Less Traveled" by Dr. Scott Peck. It discusses in easy-to-follow language…

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The Lord's help during a sad time

For several months, two people who are important to me have effectively shut me out of their good graces. We can't avoid interacting with each other, and when we meet, conversation is reduced to perfunctory exchanges, with not much enthusiasm. I will be frank here and admit that it hurts more than a little. In fact, I pass through most days with a melancholy accompanied by a lack of energy for most things.

I have tried to force myself to keep a happy disposition, and I've been temporarily able to use diversions such as seeing other friends or watching a movie to make myself feel…

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One reason she listens to God's voice daily

A few years back, I was praying regularly and felt the need to tithe someplace.  I thought I heard I should tithe to my mother's church.  But I postponed taking any action for two weeks  (remember this number).

After those two weeks, I sent a check in the mail to the pastor as a love offering.  That very afternoon, my Mom (who knew nothing about the mailed check or the delayed decision) called to say, "Carol, we need to pray.  There's a family in our church which has basically not been able to feed itself for two weeks."

Ahem.  Two weeks

What I took away from this episode was…

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Why she obeys God immediately (most of the time)

This amazing story reinforces for Carol why she now obeys God right away when she hears him say something in prayer - He's got plans!


As a result of the first lesson in not sending the check the same day I felt called to do it (see previous post) – I was quick to obey when he directed me to pull into a church in my neighborhood. It was a Wednesday evening, and every Wednesday the church opens its doors to those in need and gives them a garbage bag to fill with clothing and shoes etc.,

I was driving home that evening at 7pm, and I found myself pulling into the driveway of that…

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During a painful time, he felt hugged by Jesus

Jake (not his real name) is a man in my church's Men's Fellowship, and he shared this story today. I had to share it because I felt Jesus was real when he was telling it.
Jake will say about himself that he's not the most eloquent speaker, and many of us would agree with that (sorry Jake, just had to give you that jab!). But today when he was telling this story, there was a particular clearness and confidence that stood out and made me feel like he was getting help in selecting the perfect words. Not sure I'll be able to do him justice in my recollection of his words.

By the way, I…

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Holy Spirit woke her at 2am to ask her to pray, and...

Pedro Gutierrez (not his real name) told this story directly to Bill Griffin, a frequent contributor to WTNESS.ORG.  Pedro is married to Felicia, and they have a son named Victor. A number of years ago, when Victor was in his early 20's, Victor was causing the parents concern about his rebelious behavior. He looked the part too: very long hair, drove a loud motorcycle, liked to wear a long black coat. He was dating a very attractive and well endowed woman at the time.

One night, Felicia was awakened at 2am by the impulse that she needed to pray for Victor right away. She woke up Pedro…

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How does Jesus Talk to Us? (#2)

I went to Planet Fitness today to work out my back, since it was sore. The place was massively crowded with the folks who made New Year resolutions. A few of them were young ladies in tight outfits. I say a few because at least half were people out of shape or old like me. Can you guess which exercisers caught my eye the most?

This is an embarrassing thing to discuss. Even to a piece of paper.

There are two camps here.

1. Men are like that; it's natural.
2. The Lord does not like even a hint of lust.

I know the truth. It's been a message He's been trying to get thru to me since I…

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She felt God 'smiled' upon her college photo entry

"God did that. He took my insecurity and amateur efforts and blossomed them into a powerful message..."


Several years ago my mother won a Minolta camera at a convention and gave it to me as a gift. I didn't know a thing about how it worked, so I decided to start at the beginning with a basic black and white photography class at Oakland Community College.

As the semester progressed, the weekly commitment of time in class and in lab as well as away from my daughter became a burden and I wondered if the whole thing was worth it.

Our final project was to shoot, develop and mat a…

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