6 Ways God Speaks to Us Today

1. Through His Word

One sure-fire way we as Christians can hear from God is by reading and meditating on his word. The Bible says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:17. We learn faith by reading God’s word and also learn about Him through those same words. There is nothing that we go through in life that he bible doesn’t speak about. Want to know how to resolve conflict with a friend? Matthew 18:15-17. Want to know how to be successful? Proverbs 6:6-11.

However, we don’t just learn to navigate life with the scriptures. They also minister to our hearts. They calm us, comfort us, direct us, and guide us. Read the word of God. The Bible says that the word is God, and God is the word. The only way we get to know God and learn his voice is through reading his word.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” – 2 Timothy 3:16.

2. Through Prayer

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” – Jeremiah 33:3. Pray! As this verse tells us, when we call to God in prayer, he will answer us and he will reveal unknown things to us. He will open our eyes and mind to things we never knew and never understood. When we’re in a relationship (friendship or otherwise) to get to know the other person, we have to communicate with them. The same is true for God. We have to talk to him and be willing to listen. And just like when conversing with a friend, the more we speak them, the more we understand their thought processes and mindset. And even when we can’t see them, we become so familiar with their voice that we recognize it right away.

3. Through Worship (Songs)

There is a stillness in worship that connects our hearts to God’s heart. When we are locked in a state of adoration to our Heavenly Father, we can almost feel the beating of his heart toward us. It is an act of surrender we do to him, and in those moments it’s almost like God is right there with us. That connection brings clarity and direction and understanding. It brings comfort and we can truly feel the love of God. He talks to us through that love and connection – that is one great way we can hear from God.

4. Through Other Believers

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,” – Hebrews 1:1. The prophetic word is powerful. In the old testament, that is the only way God spoke to his people, through prophecy. In this age it is just one of the many ways. “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” – 2 Peter 1:21. But prophecy is only one way God uses others to speak to us.

Growing up, I always heard about “confirmation”, but it’s not until I got older that I experienced it.

Have you ever been contemplating a move or decision and have been hesitant about what you think the right move is. Then suddenly, someone who has no idea of the situation you face speaks to the issue in random conversation? And whatever they say, just acts as confirmation for what you’ve been thinking is the right answer, but you were doubting yourself? Yeah, God will do that to you. Inspire people to speak into your situation and give you confirmation.

But be cautious because the Bible always warns us about false prophets and teachers.

5. Through Dreams and Visions

“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,” – Acts 2:17.

God speaks to us through dreams. When we are connected to the spirit, even in sleep, God can use our subconscious mind to reveal things to us. Sometimes he does this because when we are awake our minds are far too busy to focus on what he’s saying and at other times, it’s just the way he wants to do it.

6. Through the Preached Word

Go to church! I know a lot of times people say that we (Christians) are the church and so the building means nothing without us, and in a lot of ways I can understand the thought. However, God plants you in places with the intention of watering you and the Sheppard is responsible for providing the water. Your pastor has been placed as a guide to you and the Lord uses him/her to speak to you – just like he used Moses to speak to the Israelites, or Paul to minister to the Gentiles. Do not neglect receiving the word of God through his servant.

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7 Tips To Achieve a Positive Mindset: Biblical

Have you ever been walking down the road, stubbed your toe, and thought to yourself, “the devil”? Or have you been on your way home from work after a long day and ended up stuck in traffic because there’s a major accident on the highway and thought to yourself, “today is not my day”? Or have you ever left a piece of cake in the fridge and have been going through your entire day thinking about it, only to get home and find that your husband/wife/child has eaten it? Then you get mad because “they knew you were coming back to it”.

No? Okay, maybe it’s just me then.

But the reality is that it’s all of us. Many of us can’t go through the day without having at least one negative thought, and for many others its way more than one. And it’s not because we are overly spiritual, or self-centered or greedy, but it’s because we are human. And as humans, we have flaws. And even when we think we don’t have flaws, that’s a flaw. As christian humans though, the Bible is the one place where we can find the remedy to the negativity that almost seems like second nature.

Have you ever realized that? How it’s so much easier to fall into a negative thought pattern than a positive one? That sometimes our minds jump to the worse possibility before we can talk ourselves down and “think more positively” – which is one of our mottos here at Keela’s Chronicles. Live Positive!

And by this point you might be thinking to yourself, “gosh, that’s me. I’m a negative Nancy”. Don’t worry, that’s me too, but I have found a way to combat that bad habit, and I’m going to share it with you, so you too can learn to have a more positive mindset and to think more positive thoughts no matter the situation.

Philippians 4:8 – And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

How to achieve a positive mindset?

1. Focus on what is true.

What are the truths you know? You know that God is good; that all things work together for your good; that God promised to never leave you nor forsake you. You know that your spouse loves you, that your children love you. You know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you’ve been given the spirit of love, joy and sound mind. There are so many promises of God that are truths. At the moment when something goes wrong, and you’re tempted to think the absolute worst, focus your mind instead on the things that are true. If you do this enough, one day you’ll realize that those promises and truths are the first things that pop into your mind and not the negative, toxic beliefs.

2. Focus on what is honorable.

The word honorable in the bible speaks toward placing weight or respect on a person or thing (situation). So, in order to change your mindset to be more positive, focus your thoughts on things and situation that, in essence, deserve much thought and are worthy of respect. That means you don’t entertain thoughts of gossip or slander or bad-mouthing. You also don’t entertain the thought of people doing those things toward you. Instead, only use your thoughts to think on things that are worth your attention. This would include all respectable and heavenly things. So think about doing good, think about helping others and sharing with and being kind to fellow man.

3. Focus on what is right.

What is right? This might seem like a no brainer but many of us trip up on this so often. We are walking down the road and we see a homeless man and the first thing we think is ‘gosh I hope he doesn’t ask me for money’ or ‘I hope he doesn’t come close to me, he probably smells’. But the Bible tells us to feed the hungry and cloth the homeless (Is. 58:7, Is. 58:10, Matt. 25:34-40, Luke 3:11). And this is just the beginning. There is also stereotyping (judging a book by its cover, or rather a person by their appearance – tattoos, makeup, etc.), prejudging others in our mind without knowing the extent of the situation, and even the things we think when we get angry. Sometimes we think because we don’t say them then it’s okay, but the bible says that we sin in word, thought and deed (Matt 5:21-37). If we train our mind to think on right or righteous things, then just like training your body to do something, it will become muscle memory. This will help us have a more positive mindset toward other people, especially.

So, when you see that homeless person, whisper a prayer of help for them and give sacrificially from your heart. When you see a young woman in church whose dress may look a little too short, even of thinking poorly in your mind toward her, ask God to bless you in order that you can bless her with a new outfit. Instead of cursing out your husband in your mind when he upsets you, instead think of one thing you love about him and then ask God to change the situation. These are just a few examples.

4. Focus on what is pure.

Now this one can be hard, because it fights directly against the carnality of our flesh and the fact that we were born and shaped in iniquity. Having pure thoughts, not only to combat sexual thoughts but also thoughts of suicide, self harm, giving in to peer pressure, violence, etc. can be hard. This is one reason that the Bible warns us about falling into the trap of the lust of this world. However, it is not impossible.

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The purest thing we have in our lives is the word of God, the Bible. And sometimes you have to fake it till you make it. I once heard a youth leader say that you have to focus on doing what you know you’re supposed to do so much, that you won’t have time to think about what you’re not supposed to do. And this is a powerful tool to use. Hide the scriptures in your heart (memorize them) and use them as your guard against certain thoughts. Stick them up in your room if you have to, so they are a constant reminder of purity. That won’t make the negative and impure thoughts go away immediately, but it will overshadow them enough to where you wake up one day and realize it’s been months since you’ve had one.

5. Focus on what is lovely.

This is one of my favourites because it helps us to recognize the beauty in this world. It’s easy to think “woe is me”, or “when will I catch a break” when things are not going right. But I like to look at the loveliness of life to recenter myself when I have thoughts like this. The bible draws reference to how God takes care of the birds and the lilies and how not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed as well as they are (Matt. 26-34). Then if God takes such good care of those, why wouldn’t he take even better care of me, his daughter and chosen vessel. That’s how you use the loveliness in life to create a positive mindset.

Look up in the sky and see the vastness, look to the ocean and see its expanse and recognize that the same God who has to power to create and maintain all of that in balance, is the same God you serve. He is the same God who promised to never leave you or forsake you and to give you your daily bread. This loveliness, this beauty can cultivate a powerful positive outlook on life and change your mindset completely.

6. Focus on what is admirable.

The King James version of this scripture uses the term “good report” in place of admirable here. What is of good report? It means to think on the things that bring about good news and good feelings. Like I said, we have a tendency to be negative Nancies. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed that it is always the drama and the bad things that get the best press coverage in the news and on social media. I mean, there are social accounts dedicated to sharing drama and spreading propaganda.

But as Christians, if we want to have a positive mindset and outlook on life, then we can’t be focusing all of our attention and free time of negativity and drama, and allegations and propaganda and all that mess. We have to look at the things that are of good report. So make it your business to share good news, The Gospel, and positive news stories on your social media and in your daily interactions. I know that you’ve heard the saying “you are who you surround yourself with”. Well, the Bible spoke about that first. It says “don’t be fooled, bad company corrupts good character” – 1 Corinthians 15:33. So if you surround yourself with people who love drama, there is no hope for you not to love drama too.

Stay away from negative people and those who only love to spread bad news and drama. This way you can focus on only positive messages that will uplift, enlighten and strengthen others.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” — Philippians 4:8 NLT

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Remember to Live Positive.

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Your dreams are depending on you to live.

I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately. Most of you know that I’m a big thinker, I think about everything. So I’ve been thinking a lot lately. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know what this post is going to be about. Or maybe the image is giving you a bit of a hint.

What are you doing to give your dream a chance to become reality?

I’ve found in my circle, and definitely within myself, that we have the tendency to talk more about what we want to do, or are going to do, than to actually put our monies where our mouths are. Like, what are you doing to make this thing you’ve been talking about come to pass?

My number one goal in life is to become a Creative Entrepreneur. If you don’t know what that is, it means to use my creative skills, whether that be writing, designing, music, to make a living. And although I’ve put some things in place for that to become a reality, I’ve also been sitting on my laurels thinking because I’m young then “I have time.”

Enk! Wrong answer. Because the truth is, I don’t have time. Time isn’t something that we are promised. And it’s presumptuous of us to think God is obligated to give us a chance to do tomorrow what we could have done today. Life doesn’t work that way, fortunately or unfortunately depends on how you look at it. I’ve decided to look at it as a kick in the butt, to get up and go for after my goals.

So I’ve come up with a 5 step strategy to help myself with achieving my goals, and I thought I’d share it with you.

5 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Goals

1. Outline/Define the Goal

Step 1 for me is definitely outlining or defining what my goal is. Okay, so you want to become an entrepreneur. What does that mean for you? How is that going to look in your future? There are so many avenues that that road can take you down, and it’s important that you identify the road you want to take. Do you want to become an interior designer? Okay, great, we are getting somewhere. The next question to ask yourself is what kind of design do you want to specialize in? Do you want to focus more on office design, home design? Will you be working with modern concepts, contemporary, minimalist? Do some brainstorming and figure out exactly what the goal is, down to the last “T” so you can then be intentional about your next steps. Then set a time frame for achieving that goal and stick to it!

2. Learn as Much as You Possibly Can

The one thing that I’ve seen and have heard a lot about is people stepping out without first doing their due diligence, and then later falling flat. You don’t want to do that. Make it your priority to learn as much as you can about the goal/dream you have. If that’s to save 300,000 in 5 years, then read all the books you can on budgeting. Watch videos, listen to experts, and then learn how to do a budget and apply it to your finances. If you want to start a photography business, or become a best-selling fiction author, study your craft.

Take classes, go to seminars, read books. Do all that you can to learn as much as you can. Sure you can learn along the way. But why spending so much time getting the basics wrong when you can learn the basic and optimize your time to focus on the specifics and how they are going to work for you? Don’t have hundreds of dollars right now to take courses? Well, there’s this outstanding platform called Skillshare, that my husband and I use, and you can literally learn everything you want to know there, from industry professionals. I’ve done classes on writing, blogging, social media marketing, and I even learned how to use Instagram and Canva (a graphic design platform) on Skillshare. Sign up for Skillshare here and get 14 Free Days of access to Premium content and classes. Try it out and let me know what you think.

3. Set Small Measureable Goals

In your quest to greatness, it might tempt you to do everything at once. I urge you, resist that temptation. Sometimes the reason we get burned out, or feel like we aren’t making any progress is because the goal we’ve set is too far or high. Now, I’m referring to goals in the short term. Yes, you’ve set your long-term goals, but now it’s time to identify small, measurable steps to get you there. This can be a road map of sorts to take you from one step to the next. By doing this, you allow yourself the opportunity to focus all your attention on smaller tasks, more attainable tasks. Then accomplishing that task serves as motivation to go on to the next task. It’s much easier to track your process that way.

4. Organize Your Thoughts and Processes

If you’re like me, then you probably think you function well in “organized chaos” or that you work better spontaneously. That is a dangerous pitfall. One that trapped me for years and years and ultimately stagnated my growth, and I didn’t even realize it. I used to think I was a great multi-tasker and that I could get lots of things done at once. And that I didn’t need to write anything down because, well, I have an exceptional memory. That flawed thinking habit got debunked after I got married, because my husband is nothing like that. The human brain can’t focus on multiple things at once. Have you ever been trying to work on something and just couldn’t get something else, that’s unrelated to your current tasks, off your mind? Yeah? That used to happen to me all the time. Until I learned to write things done.

Keep a to-do list. Start your mornings off by writing all the tasks you want to accomplish in that day and then work on them one by one. That way you can devote your full attention to one thing at a time. Try it for a month and see how much more you get done in the day. Use journals to help you with this and tick off each item after completing it. You will feel more accomplished and feel motivated for the next day and the next set of tasks.

With that I can probably add the sub-tip, which is to keep your workspace clean. You will function better in a tidy environment where your eyes are not being distracted by things that are out of place.

5. Make Time

If you’re like me, you probably have a full-time job and lots of responsibilities. Whether you’re a working parent, you do volunteer work; you have elderly dependents – whatever it is you might consider yourself busy. But, I’m learning that to get time you have to make time. You are going to have to do some sacrificing. If you spend two hours on Netflix every night before bed, cut that time down to one or even completely out, until you’ve gotten to a more comfortable space in your goal achievement. Do you spend endless hours scrolling through Instagram or Facebook? Or maybe you’re accustomed to going out with your friends every weekend. You are going to have to learn to prioritize things according to importance and sustainability. So give yourself a set amount of screen time and stick to that allowance. Instead of going out 4 nights a month, cut it down to 2 and use that extra time to put in some hard work. Dedicate as much of your free time as possible, that is mentally healthy to achieving your goal.

Again I’ll reiterate, after you’ve made time, set an end date, and stick to it. There’s nothing worse than hearing someone talk about a goal for years and years, and they always seem so busy “working” on it, but there is nothing to show for all that work.

I hope these simple tips/steps help you accomplish that big goal you’ve been dreaming about. Let’s all move from dreamer to doer. Stay Positive Chroniclers.

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