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When We Turn Up the Volume in Our Lives

Sometimes we must slow down to listen, other times we must turn up the volume to hear.

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Lately I have been gently reminded that there is a plan for me. These reminders have come in many shapes, sizes and voices.

Ever since I was told a few months ago to press into the Lord he has fervently been chasing me to get my attention.

Whether it was listening to others share their stories in the hills near music city.

Or maybe it was the beautiful sounds in the mountains of Haiti.

Perhaps it was when I got the attention of the pastor during his sermon while visiting a church down south.

Maybe it was when my own priest asked me to lead in ways that are uncomfortable.

Or was it the time I spoke with someone whom my writing ministered to.

Maybe it was when I watched a movie that brought me to tears (yes guys we do it too).

Each moment that I have experienced lately were not my chance. He has been molding me slowly to do more. I am not sure what any of this will lead to, all I know is that it was not by accident but by design that these words have been written at the time that they have.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. ~ Jeremiah 33:3

We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, yet we spend much of our lives focusing on the fear. When we are able to accept God’s beauty and able to see His fingerprints on everything we encounter.

It is then that we begin to change our hearts. It is then that others will begin to notice a difference.  It is then that you will turn down the outside noise of this world and be still. It is then that you will turn up the volume of the Lord.

 

Everyone is different in how they hear him calling them. Some find him in church or deep in meditative prayer. Others will find him as the listen to music as they drive down the highway or in the woods on a hike. You may find him in the voice of a stranger or even in the words of a friend. Whether it is in a book you read or a movie you watch, we can all find him if we just stop and listen.

I would love to hear about how He is working in your life. How are you pressing in to turn up the volume to listen to Him ?

About Charles Johnston

Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.

  • Candace Crosby

    Your articles continue to get better and better. It is so true ~ God speaks to us throughout the day, if we but ‘have ears to hear’ and ‘eyes to see’. The true beauty that overwhelms me is when your spouse (or significant other) shares in the small things that have touched their hearts and minds. God’s love is much more magnified when the two have the same mindset and can share their experiences.

  • I recently had an experience with God in which I was finally able to lay aside my ego and walk right by Him. I found instantly when I listened and opened my heart, He was there all along, and today, minute by minute I am able to live in His Will for longer and more often. I am growing in His love and living His Will.

  • Anonymous

    God spoke to me when i was a little older to being a kid. I lost the road in the middle, and now i have found it again. I am so thankful to the Almighty for having talked to me and being by my side as early as this. I know He has a greater purpose with my life and I am constantly focused to learn what He is saying. Thank you for this meaningful post.