Happy Second Birthday, Baby Blog!
Here was your very first header, made by Auntie Ana!!
And here was your second header…Mommy made this one.
And this was your third header. I love the way you look in brown and blue. It really brings out your lovely font.
On your special day, dear Little One, I’m re-posting your very second post. Because the very first one wasn’t all that great. I mean, it was OK, but the second one was better.
I love to meet people who work with my husband. I’m so insanely proud of him when people go on and on about how wonderful he is to work with. I’m never surprised to hear them say he is helpful, honest, kind or hard-working. In fact, I wouldn’t even believe someone who said he was harsh or difficult or hot-tempered.
See, I’ve known Jon for 22 years now. I’ve spent a lot of time with him, talking to him, listening to him, watching him. I’ve seen him interact with his parents, his siblings and his friends. I’ve observed him with all of our children at all different times of the day and night. I’ve heard what people who know him say about him. We’ve worked through issues, problems and frustrations together. I’ve taken the time to discover what he loves and what he hates. What makes him smile and what makes him sad. I know Jon. I know the sound of his voice and I’m even learning to interpret his silence.
It wasn’t always that way. I remember vividly our first few phone conversations when we were in high school…awkward pauses, surface questions. I remember thinking, “Man, this guy is HARD to talk to!” (It’s a good thing he was so handsome!)
I’m sure you know where I’m going, and forgive me for being rather “basic.” But I think so many of us miss the profound because we ignore the obvious. I’m sincerely dumbfounded by the number of Christians I know who literally allow days and days to go by without talking to God or picking up His word. It’s no wonder so many of us can’t hear Him. We don’t know Him very well yet.
The very foundation of recognizing the voice of God is taking the time to get to know Him.
Find out what God loves and hates. Ask His friends what He is like. Observe Him interacting with His children. Wrestle with Him through a few frustrations. Ask Him questions and listen for His answers.
As we plunge into this discussion, we will eventually address all the different ways we do this. But today, just start where you are.
First, ask God with a sincere heart to help you to recognize His voice more clearly. Ask Him often. A hundred times a day, if you have to. Easy, right?
Second, get into His word and learn about Him. That is a little more intimidating. Where to start? Well, if reading the Bible isn’t your thing, or you want it to be your thing, but you frankly find it confusing, complicated or boring (it’s OK to admit this to God. As my pastor says, He’s very secure in His Deity!) here are some tips. Pick one:
Join a Bible study. Something you like with people you enjoy.
Go to any Christian book store on your way home today and browse the Bible study section. Pick up a study on a topic that interests you. There are hundreds of them. It can be anything. Just get in there and find out what God thinks about the stuff that interests you.
If you don’t have a good study Bible, get one of those, too. Start in the book of Matthew and read all commentary along the way. This will help you understand what you are reading and make it relevant to you. I like the Life Application Study Bible for this purpose.
This is only the beginning of what is, quite honestly, an inexhaustible topic. Here are some things we will discuss in the future:
~two things that will always accompany the voice of God
~hearing aids to help you clear out the static
~the different voices in your head and how to tell which one is God, you, the world or the devil
~interpreting the silence
Before you leave today, post a comment telling me about your favorite Bible Study or tips for getting started and staying motivated.
So there you have it. Two years and 268 posts later and we are STILL talking about hearing God’s voice. I think that’s really cool.
On behalf of my blog, I want to thank all our loyal readers and all those who just found us recently. I appreciate all the encouragement you’ve given along the way. Here’s to many, many more years of humbly learning to hear and obey the voice of God.
Happy Birthday, Blog!!! Can't believe you're two already. How times flies!
It's been a joy to seeing you grow up into a beautiful…um…er..blog. All the changes and milestones…
Lots of love!
Two? When I read your teaser, I thought to myself, "Wow, has it been a year since Sandy started her blog?" Obviously, I don't pay enough attention to what's going on. However, congratulations on your "baby" turning two. 🙂
Congrats on your 2 year blogging birthday Sandy! Sorry I've not been by much lately with this move and all. But I plan to be back on a regular basis again.
I enjoyed reading this post and to see the direction you've taken with God Speaks Today. Love it and love you.
Oh, I remember your first posts and how cute and enamoured I was with you! Yes, you were so cute, adorable and timely! Certainly a blessing from God in my life!!!
And yes, that fateful night when I had to rush to offer Emergency Care and give you blog CPR. Praise God for his faithfulness!
We are forever linked by these experiences but moreso becuase God has used you to minister to me — through the humor, the depth and sometimes the hard truths!
How fun! I loved reading this post. Thanks for sharing it. I am so glad you started this blog and kept with it. Your blog is one of my absolute favorites.
When things get crazy here I like to listen to Bible on CD. It helps me get started when I have "dropped the ball".
I've said it before, but I LOVE your blog. You write with understanding, wit and compassion and it's like a warm hug – yours is one of the first ones I check every day!
Blessings on your blog's special day:)
Soooo happy I dropped by today! Happy Birthday Beautiful Blog and Blog Owner!!
Happy Birthday, sweet blog…may you just keep getting better and better. I mean, you age well 🙂
I am only six weeks into blogging and six weeks into reading your blog . . . so I am not an old timer . . . but I'd still like to say ~ thanks for being faithful to blog for two years. I really enjoy your practical posts and look forward to more. Happy Birthday.
Happy birthday, sweet friend! I am so thankful for your blog because it caused me to meet YOU. Congrats and great job!
Happy birthday! Love the new look…
Happy birthday blog! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts! Look forward to reading more in the year to come!
Blessings to you and your family!
Happy Birthday! Loved this post- thanks for re-sharing since I'm a still a newbie here! Loved how you related getting to know God to getting to know your husband…what a beautiful, and Godly picture…did you end up writing posts on discerning God's voice from the worlds? I'm trying to make a few decisions right now and things are a little noisy!!
Thank you everyone for your wonderful birthday wishes. My blog had a really nice party with balloons, hats and a big inflatable jumpy house in the backyard. She wanted to go to Chuck E Cheese, but I didn't want all those germs on her keyboard.
Little Writer Momma, I did end up talking about all those things I mentioned, including discerning God's voice from the other voices. Look on the sidebar where it says "all posts by topic" and click the one that says "The Other Voices."
Or…if you just want to go straigh to the series where I dealt with the other voices (instead of every post where I mentioned it), you can go here.