Helping others has sometimes put me in some sticky, uncomfortable, and even some dangerous situations.
One time a woman asked me to do something and I felt a little uneasy when I thought about doing it, although part of me wanted to because I thought the results for someone else would be for the best. But I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do so again I went to James 1:5-6 where it says if you ask God for wisdom and believe without doubting that He will give you that wisdom then He will.
I asked the question very specifically and went to sleep.
The next morning I had a dream where I was inside a grain car. I had a clipboard in my hand and a tester in the other hand and I was taking samples of grain and putting it in the tester. I kept thinking I don’t know how to do this, this isn’t my job. A woman came up to me in the dream to get some results and again I thought I don’t know how to do this, this isn’t my job.
I woke up in the morning with the absolute knowledge that I wasn’t supposed to do what I was asked to do, it wasn’t my job. I went to the woman who had asked me to do the deed and told her the guidance I got from my dream and also told her that I believed that God was protecting us both by not letting me do what she asked. She thanked me and added that she felt relieved. She was relieved that that wasn’t the right thing to do.
I know I have shared many dreams. It is one way God speaks to us. There are at least 30 times in the Bible where God talked to people in dreams.
Job 33:14-16 (NKJV)For God may speak in one way, or in another,
Yet man does not perceive it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
16 Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
Joel 2:28 ESV /
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
Acts 2:17 ESV “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
James 1:5-6 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
Some things are just fun when it comes to God. I love that He has time for the little things in our lives.
In about 2003, I was a youth leader, as well as people would phone me up just to visit, and a few of us would travel to tent meetings around the country. I was on the phone with a young man, who I had at this point spent a fair bit of time with, when I told him I had to go. I had lost my deposit book and my deposit, and I wanted to find them and get uptown to the bank before it closed.
“I know what to do about that,” he said. And he prayed that God would show me where it was. Just then I got a picture of my deposit book sitting on the bottom of my end table, at the far side of the room, behind me and down beside my couch.
“Thanks, I know where it is.” I said.
I went and looked, and there it was. I was impressed that his faith had grown to that point, and wondered why I hadn’t thought of doing that.
In about 2014 one of my girls was franticly looking for a check she had misplaced and I had looked around at my papers then I thought I’ll ask God to show me where it is. So I prayed and asked Him to show me where her check was then I was going to go to it and be super happy that I found it. Just then Meagan yelled from her room “I found it.”
“How did you do that,” I asked. I knew she had been looking for a while with no success.
“God showed me where it was,” she said.
I laughed. “Hey,” I said, “I prayed and asked Him to show me where it was and He showed you.”
In 2015 my Mom called me up one day saying she couldn’t find her car keys. She asked me to ask God where they were. The next day, I picked up the phone to call her and I got a picture in my mind of the left side of a deep freeze. So when she answered, I told her her keys were at the left side of her deep freeze. Now granted she has four of them so it left me a little less margin to be wrong. Her keys could have been in a coat pocket, or a purse, or in her bedroom, or in her car. Mom was busy when I told her where I had seen her keys so she didn’t look right away. A day or two later she called me and said she had leaned over to answer her living room phone and there were her keys on the top of her magazine rack, at the left side of one of her deep freezers.
I love it when I get help from God like this. One thing I have learned though is that we aren’t to ask for things like this for the wrong reasons; one of them being for God to reveal Himself or just to see a sign or wonder from Him. This kind of help comes from being in a relationship with God. Yes, He will help us when we need the help and it is amazing and I am always in awe of the things He does.
Why is this possible?
James 1:5-6 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) 46 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Now granted finding something that is missing doesn’t seem like a whole lot of trouble but at the time it can be pretty frustrating.
Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV) 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Luke 4:12 (ESV) 12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Deuteronomy 6:16 (NLT) 16 You must not test the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah.
How important is it that we hear God’s voice?
The Bible tells us in John 10:27 (NKJV) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
I have shared a few instances where I have heard God, but this is one I would like to live over again. I will tell you what happened then I will tell you how I would do it over, if I had the opportunity.
One day I was in a location where someone was making me a hamburger. I got this picture in my head (I hadn’t had too many God pictures at that time.) The picture was of a lady in the kitchen. She lifted up the top bun on my burger, pulled a hair out of her head, put it on top of my burger and put the top bun back on. I remember thinking, no way, she wouldn’t do that. She and I did have a relationship issue but I wasn’t holding it against her. So I just brushed off the little vision and accepted my burger with a thank you.
As I ate the burger, there it was, a hair, her color on my burger. It hadn’t been fried, it was straight from her head on top of the condiments. I remember thinking, darn I should have listened.
So here is my do over. When the burger arrives at my table, I will lift up the bun, take the hair off in front of her and hand the burger back and nicely say, “No thank you.”
I had been told about it, being there. I could have done that. If I’d listened. How important is it to take God seriously when he shows you something?
God has shown me quite a few things now. I will link to a few of these events at the bottom of this page.
Hearing God is so important. I like the verse that says anything that is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4-8
We are supposed to overcome.
A few years ago I was sitting in a prayer meeting and I saw a picture in my mind. It was a picture of a tine going into the back of my head. It alarmed me a bit. But I knew what to do. I said to the lady beside me, “Could you pray for safety for me and that the spirit of fear won’t bother me?”
She said. “Sure.” and the next time she got a turn, she prayed those specific prayers for me.
Within the week later, I was on my way to Winnipeg. I was reclined in the passenger’s seat of a car, sleeping. I was awakened, when the driver of the car SWORE. Before I even sat up or fully woke up, the word “Stop,” came out of my mouth. As I sat up quickly, I could see that our lane had run out and there were many cars going by, in the lanes to our right. As we got stopped, I saw a truck with a forklift in the back going by.
All of a sudden, I knew that if “Stop” hadn’t come out of my mouth we would have merged into traffic and been in an accident with that truck carrying the fork lift. And I could see how it would have happened. My driver may have thought now that the truck is by, I can merge into traffic taking us into the part of the vehicle carrying the forklift.
Hearing God is very important for us in many areas of our lives, beyond protection, and knowing when there is a hair in your hamburger, God wants to communicate to us that He loves us and He also wants to work through us for others. He can communicate with us in many ways. I will list a few; his still small voice, audible voice, dreams, visions, through the Bible, circumstances and through others.
I have been asked to explain the difference between hearing God through another person using a prophecy, a word of knowledge, or a word of wisdom and the new age practices of mediums and psychics, so here goes.
We hear from God through the Holy Spirit and some people hear, as well, from angels sent by God. The difference with psychics and mediums is that although the information they have is true, the source of that information is not from God or his angels.
We do have an enemy in the realms around the earth and psychics hear from them. They do know truths about what has happened and is happening on the earth. I don’t fault these people they are seeking for the truth, as a lot of people are. I pray that they find the truth. The Bible says though, that we are not to have anything to do with mediums, psychics, or sorcery.
1 John 4:1-6 (NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
So often I hear the New Age people referring to God or this higher power they believe in as The Light. We need to be careful with this because Satan can come in the guise of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV) And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
I hear people refer to the power of God, as The Universe and other things. Why don’t people call God, God, Jesus or Holy Spirit? We aren’t to have anything before Him.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (NKJV)
9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.
Below are more scriptures that talk about mediums and psychics being against God.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 1 Chronicles 10:13 Daniel 2:27 Zechariah 10:2 2 Kings 21:6 Isaiah 19:3 Michah 5:12 Deuteronomy 18:11 Exekiel 13:6-9 1 Samuel 15:23 Revelation 18:23 Acts 16:16 Exekiel 12:24 Isaiah 47:9-13 2 Chronicles 33:6 Acts 8:9 www.openbible.info/topics/sorcery
We are to enjoy a supernatural power, and that is what people are looking for, but it is the power of God we crave.
Honestly, I had never heard of this before but I wanted it.
“What did you want?” you might ask.
Okay, here I’ll tell you.
I sat at a church in Winnipeg listening to the guest speaker who was the pastor’s mother and a pastor herself. I enjoyed her service a very much and what I took from it, changed my life. She taught that you take everything that Jesus paid for us to have, by faith.
And this is what I took by faith that night.
The pastor’s mother told of two situations she had while raising her sons and she has five of them. She told how on two occasions she stepped into her house and had instant knowledge of something one of her boys had hidden away in their room and she would know exactly where it was. This knowledge was given to her by God. She would go directly to where God showed her the item was hidden and she would remove it.
After she told both stories I said, “God I want that.” Meaning, God I want that kind of help raising my children.
And I got it. Now this is telling stories on my children but I have their permission, so it’s okay.
One day when I was with one of my daughters, I had a little video go through my head. When my daughter got into the car I commented about what I had just seen and she told me what she had just done. It was the exact same thing. The realization that God knew what happened made it so that situation never happened again. You can tell I’m being vague, I don’t want to expose anyone, but that few minutes was profound for both of us.
I had a similar thing happen when I walked through my living room one day. I heard a thought go through my head about one of the girls. My first response was “No, that didn’t happen.” But I accepted it as the truth. I was beginning to believe the voice that guided me. Later that day it was confirmed. The knowledge was meant to keep that daughter safe and it did.
This one is fun. I was out with my daughter buying skates. She had a list of four stores to go to. As I walked down the sidewalk in front of the first store a thought went through my head, “You don’t have to go any further than this.”
I said to my daughter. “Your skates are in here.”
“How do you know that?” she asked.
“God just told me.” I said.
“Okay,” she said and we went into the store.
The first thing I saw was a pair of skates that were three hundred dollars off. Those were the ones I wanted her to try on.
We took two different pairs, her size, to the chairs to try on and have baked to her ankles. One, a regular priced pair and the other, the sale priced pair. They were both good quality skates which she needed because she skated every day. She walked around in the skates and said that both pairs hurt her feet. She asked if we could go somewhere else to look. I said, “Sure but your skates are in here.”
We went to the next store. There was nothing of that quality in that store. So we went to the next store on the list. It turned out to be a second hand skate store with nothing of the quality she needed. So she said, “Should we go to the last store?”
I said, “We can but there is no reason to go there because your skates are in the first store.”
“Ok,” she said and we went back to the first store.
We picked up the skates from the counter that she’d had fitted to her ankles, and took them to the chairs. A man came around the corner and asked, “Can I help you?”
“Maybe,” I said. “My daughter has had these skates baked to her ankles but they hurt her feet.”
He said, “I know the problem. Her socks are too thick.” He tossed my daughter a very thin pair of socks and told her the benefits to them. She put on the socks and then the skates and walked around. “These feel good now.” She said. Fortunately for me she had on the skates that were on sale.
She called me the next day and told me she loved her new skates and a couple of other girls on her hockey team had the same ones.
The Holy Spirit is our guide, our councilor and our teacher and God wants to have a relationship with us through the person of the Holy Spirit. Learning how to hear Him has been so helpful to me. My desire is to hear Him more. I’m so glad I learned how to take the gifts by faith.
John 14:26(NKJV)But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
John 16:13(NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
God has also given me things for other people on occasion which has also helped them. This is called a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom and is a gift of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:7,8 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
We take Salvation (eternal life), healing, hearing God, and everything else by faith.
For an example Ephesians 2:(NKJV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
I was sitting in my hair shop, in the front part of my house, one day just after a customer had left and a thought went through my head, Take Aunt Vesta flowers. Then I thought. Why would I do that? She’s fine. It’s Uncle Bob who’s in the hospital. I recognized that I hadn’t seen Aunt Vesta for a while and that taking her flowers would be a nice thing to do and I should do that. I told myself I would. I should have done it that day because my Aunt Vesta passed away the next day.
A few months later I was taking my oldest daughter to the dentist in Deloraine when a similar thought went through my head, Go see Uncle Emory. (My grandmother and Aunt Vesta’s brother). My daughter’s appointment was at 8:15 AM and it was only for a retainer adjustment so she was done by 8:30 and I thought I could have us at home and her in school by 9:30, so I headed for home.
When I talked to my Mom later that day, I told her that I had thought about going to see Uncle Emory. She said, “Oh you should have. He has been put into quarantine. He is very sick.” He passed away the next day.
It was obvious to me then that God wanted me to learn how to hear Him. Or in other words that I was hearing Him and that I needed to listen and do what He was telling me to because it was to my advantage.
A few months after that I had a really strong desire to go and see my Aunt Alta in BC (Uncle Emory, Aunt Vesta’s, and my grandmother’s sister). This time it wasn’t a thought it was a strong desire but I knew I needed to listen to it. I had my radio on that morning and an advertisement for seat sales to BC came across the air loud and clear. I called and got three tickets. Then I called my sister, Evelyn and asked if she and her daughter wanted to go with me to BC. A few days before that she told me she had the desire to go also. So after a little deliberation we went to BC. We had a wonderful visit with our Aunt Alta. She told us about her parents and her siblings and her move to BC from Mb. BC was beautiful in late September. Her son brought her truck over so we could tour around a bit but most of the time we spent with Aunt Alta.
Later in October, Aunt Alta was put in the hospital and then into a care home and her house was sold. If my sister and I hadn’t listened to that strong desire we would have missed out on that great visit. I saw Aunt Alta once after that when we drove out to BC. We saw her in the care home, she knew me and I’m glad I went but I will always remember the ten days we spent with her and celebrating her birthday before we came home. I also had a great time with my sister and my niece on that trip.
I recognized that God was teaching me to hear Him. I had heard Him once when I was a teenager, I wondered if it was Him but didn’t know. This story is in Experiencing God (link at the bottom of this page). I didn’t know this was something that was possible on a regular basis even though I had heard the verse John 10:27 my sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
John 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (More about God calling us by name in Maggie Mae. The button is at the bottom)
I hadn’t figured out yet how much the Holy Spirit wanted to be a part of my everyday life. He is supposed to be our councilor, our guide, and our teacher. I had had times where a verse seemed to come off the page towards me and I had a deeper understanding of it instantly but God began to show me different ways of hearing Him. I love that there are so many ways in the Bible that people heard from God. And He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
This sounds to me like God wants us to hear Him. In the past, I didn’t know any Christians how heard God. Now I know people who hear God quite regularly and I’ve gotten to know these people well. They have interesting lives.
Just like everything else from God, you need to take it by faith. (I have written about that in a story called "God Helped me Raise My Children."
I was reading a book that by this time had sold many copies when I came across a comment that I know is widely believed around the world. I hesitated to publish this blog because I know it will be controversial, but to me causing discussion and deeper thought about a subject is a good thing. Someone’s opinions and beliefs could be changed by it, even mine.
So here goes. What I read was “My life is going to work out according to God’s will no matter how I feel, so why try to manipulate situations to avoid my unwanted human feelings?”
While I agree with this statement if we are like Paul in the Bible, who could say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” What I mean by this is, if I am putting God first in my life, doing what He asks me to do and if I want His plan to play out in my life then my life is going to work out according to God's will.
I didn't know we had this kind of a choice for a long time. There are a lot of people on earth who are living their own plans for themselves, rather than God’s plans. A lot of people go through life believing that everything that happens to them, for them, and even by them is God’s will for their lives. This is not true.
We have been given the power and authority in our lives to make choices. We decide what cereal to eat for breakfast, what to wear, what to buy and sell. God doesn’t choose those things for us, just like he doesn’t choose for us to drink and drive, do drugs, text and cause an accident, or to gossip or be rude to someone. He even tells us not to do some things, even so we can still make the choice to do them. The consequences will have been from our own choices, and not something God chose to do to us. Non-believers understand the power our choices.
There are things that God is in total control of like creating the earth, powering it, the eternal plan for man right from the beginning through Jesus death on the cross until the day He comes back. And so much more. But as far as our choices and obedience we do have choices and consequences.
A lot of people use the phrase, everything happens for a reason. It sounds very spiritual and it is true everything does happen for a reason but often the reason is because someone, not always us but someone made a choice to do something.
I also hear, “Why did God let that happen?” We wouldn’t tell our grown child that the farm belongs to him and that he is responsible for it, just to then turn around and make choices for him. Neither would it benefit him if we corrected all of his mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. Neither does God put us in charge and then take back the responsibilities he has given us. I am not excluding God's work in our lives though and I will write about this in a future blog.
We can learn how to trust God to protect us, help us and guide us in our lives. He wants us to ask him for that help, just like any parent likes to continue to be a part of their children’s lives and will help whenever they are asked. God says “Ask and it will be given unto you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.” The choice to ask and have God be involved in our lives is ours. Then He has things He wants to work together with us to accomplish in this world. It is a relationship with God that we need to pursue. It is our choice to pursue Him and His will for us.
The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
I didn’t understand this prayer for a long time; it left me thinking that in some situations I had no choice but to put up with what ever it was that was affecting my life. "grant me the serenity to accept the things I could not change," It actually frustrated me for a long time. I guess accepting things is not one of my strong points. I was and am more on the side of, "change the things I can."
I heard this prayer again recently and with a better explanation, so I thought I would share it with you.
We can sit down with a pen and paper and write down what things we cannot change and give those to God because all things are possible with Him. The key here is to really give them to Him believing He will change these situations. “God is an ever present help in times of need.” Psalms 46:1
In another column we can write the things we can change and work on those, with or without God’s help.
And for those things we don’t know if we can change or if we should give them to God, we can ask God for "the wisdom to know the difference." He says He will give us that wisdom if we expect that He will give it to us. This is a promise given to us in James 1: 5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
I have done this many times and have received the wisdom I’ve needed and He has helped me when I couldn’t change things myself. We don’t have to accept everything as it looks here on earth. We have a wonderful Father. We are to live by faith and not by sight and that means trusting Him to fix or get us through what we see as a problem.
When I was young my Dad sat on the side of my bed and read me stories out of Sunday School papers and taught me about God. When he died when I was six, I was left with a lot of questions. Things didn’t add up in my little brain. Daddy had told me that God is love and that God loved me. I knew about Heaven, and I believed that my Daddy had gone there. But I couldn’t understand how if God was love, how could my life feel so bad. This started a continual quest in me for understanding. This understanding only came in bits and pieces for years and it was in my troubles that I reached for the truth. And the more I reached for Him the more He revealed Himself to me.
John 14:21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and whoever loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
The first time this happened for me was when I was about 15. I had come home from bible camp where I had accepted Jesus payment for the things I had done wrong, His death on the cross for me. I had stepped into my house and after assessing the situation there, I left the house and headed for the backyard. I so badly wanted my life to be different. Things weren’t good at home and I felt defeated, and didn’t want it that way anymore.
As I walked across my backyard a wonderful feeling came over me and a really strong thought went through my head. ‘You are special.’ I wondered where that thought had come from. Could it have been God? No one had told me you could hear from God. Actually someone, about that time, walked through our house laughed and slapped their knee, ridiculing someone who said they had heard from God and how crazy that was. I never told anyone about my experience, but I held it in my heart. There it helped me on many occasions, to believe there was more to this world than what I was living.
There were a few time where I had glimpses of God, like one Sunday when I sat in church reading the Bible and some verses had a pretty strong meaning to me. But it was when I went through some hard times when I was about thirty five that I reached for God again that He showed Himself. I had been going to church all of these year, but not reaching to get to know Him personally. So when these bad times hit, the verses that had stood out to me came back, verses that made me think God should be working in our lives.
( Mathew 7:7) [a]Keep on asking and it will be given you; [b] keep on seeking and you will find;[c]keep on knocking and [the door] will be opened to you.
(Isaiah 58:9) a Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am.
Those verses told me God could be actively working in my life and I needed that. So I prayed and finally was able to leave a problem with Him and He answered Me and revealed Himself to me again. He let Himself be seen by me, like Ephesians 14:21 says.
I had heard about God’s love since I was a child and there was so much that I didn’t understand but now I was experiencing Gods love. Ephesians 3:19 says we can experience God’s love in a manner that far surpasses mere knowledge without experience and that was what was happening to me. But it didn’t come until I reached for Him and trusted Him specifically with the issues of my life.
As I gave Him my problems and while trusting Him with them, I would stop worrying. Then He would answer. He fixed lots of problems often by showing me what to do in the situation or showing me what He was doing. The more I trusted Him the more He could do. I have so many stories of how He guided me and helped me, it became an adventure to live this way.
The bible says knowing Him is part of eternal life. I thought that was interesting. Eternal life starts here, it starts when you get saved (asking Him to forgive your sins and asking Him into your heart and into your life).
(John 17:3) And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
As I write more of these blogs I will tell more of my answers to prayer and guidance from God.
I want to know God more.