Hearing God's voice among the wind and waves

Hearing God's Voice

A Less From a Backstreet Boys Song


This weekend I was at the beach because, you know, it's fall in Florida. There was a nice breeze and I was laying down soaking up the sun and feeling the slight breeze that early October can bring, if you're lucky. I was flicking sand in the air with my toes, to the beat of a Backstreet Boys song. I would pop up from lounging ever couple of minutes to see if my boyfriend had found any shark's teeth. When I sat up, I couldn't hear the music anymore. You can imagine how problematic this would be, when "As Long As You Love Me" came on. I quickly went to turn up my phone, but it was already on full volume.

The volume hadn't changed from when my ear was close to the phone. My positioning changed. When it changed, the wind and waves were interfering with music.

This painted a picture of God's voice to me. When we are close to Him, without any distractions, it's easy to hear Him. When is that time for you? Your devotional time in the morning? Worship in your car? Whatever time it is, press into it. When Gods voice can fall on our ears, uninterrupted, we enter into true intimacy with him.

Life offers so many distractions. We are met daily with all sorts of wind and all sorts of waves. Some distractions aren't evil. They're regular old responsibilities in our life that we deem as "too important" to invite God into. We say to God, "this is my thing. I'll talk to you when I'm done". Maybe it's your job. Maybe it's a relationship. I've found that there's absolutely nothing in our lives that God doesn't want to be apart of. Seriously.

That's the thing. Gods not intimidated by our wind and waves. In fact, Biblically, the wind and waves are intimidated by HIM (psalm 89:9).

How do I know this? Because God loves me so much, he cares about my heart and mind SO much, that he whispered something transforming through a freaking Backstreet Boys song. Is that not just one hilarious example of how much God wants to be in the details of our days?

I guess since He knows the hairs on our heads, He wants to know the depths of our souls and our very favorite songs from the 90's pop scene.

God's not afraid to be in the details of your life. He's not ashamed of your secrets. He's not worried about your fears. He's not bored by your dreams. He's excited about your future. He's proud of your story. He's confident in your ability.

Don't tune God out when the wind and waves arise. Invite him in. The volume of His voice is never changing. He's as close as ever. Lean in. The more you listen, the clearer it sounds.

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A Letter From God To Help You Finish The Semester

God sees your struggles and He's here to give you strength and motivation.

My Child,

The lack of motivation towards the end of the semester is normal. You are mentally and physically tired, but you are almost at the end. Don’t stop walking down the perfect path I have for you. When you’re going along and you come upon a speedbump, I want you to go over it and keep driving. The paper you have to write and the test you have to study for are just small speedbumps I have given you to make you wiser. You can write that paper and you can gain motivation to study for that test. I am here to give you strength, and am here to open up your mind and give you motivation.

You are so loved. You have such a beautiful mind. The light of Jesus shines through your eyes and your smile brings comfort to the world. There’ll be times you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. There’ll be times you feel like the task I have given you is impossible to perform. But remember this: I would never put anything upon your shoulders that you cannot carry. If I put you in a certain situation, it’s because I know you are strong enough to go through it.

When you feel like crying, cry to me. When you feel like a failure, remember how much I love you. You are not a failure and you are not going to give up. I will hold your hand through every second of your life. I will seek your heart through your darkest moments. I see you, I see your heart, and I see your burdens. And remember that I have your heart which means I also have your burdens. Follow my footsteps and you will be free from the doubt. Remember Mark 4:40-41: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” I have the power to calm any storm and wave. I have the power to calm YOUR storms and waves. Set your doubt, anger, and tiredness in my hands and simply be patient.

Romans 8:14-15 says,“For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God. The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” Nothing can separate you from my love. Not even your lack of motivation. You have no motivation because you do not feel good enough. You are more than good enough. You were perfectly made by me and when I look down at you, I think of how proud I am of your heart.

Throughout the last few weeks of this semester, you will stumble upon speedbumps. But hold the hand of my son Jesus and you will be able to go over that speedbump with ease. Go write that paper, go study for that test, and go get an A in that class. I know you can because I have given you power.



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7 Bible Verses For The Insanely Stressed Out College Student

Bible verses to bring peace of mind as finals rapidly approach.


As finals quickly approach and the academic year begins to wind down, it's easy to find yourself becoming bogged down with stress. Despite your religious background, these verses can provide solace and peace to those most in need of it during this stressful time of year.

1. Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

2. Psalm 34:19

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from all."

3. John 16:33

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

4. Psalm 42:5a

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God."

5. Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

6. John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

7. Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And in the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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