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How Do You Know When God is Speaking to You?


Do you have trouble hearing from God? How do we know when He is speaking to us? It’s not always His voice, right? Sometimes those thoughts can be our own.

A few years ago I thought God told me I needed dreams, vision, and future aspirations.

At the time, I had realized that I didn’t have any dreams in my queue. Which is very unlike this dreamer. So, I decided I needed to face my fears and force the dreams–sort of. I didn’t write that in the post. But I felt it inside. We must push through, right?

Well, not always. What I thought was God, wasn’t.  How do you know when God is telling you something?

That very same week I felt persuaded to use the theme of “rest” for the Bite of Bread reading plan. I found myself pouring over those scriptures each day preparing for the daily broadcast, and I assumed the verses were for my readers.

Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across another blog post on  “resting”.

I thought . . . How cool is that! We are on the same page. I love when the Holy Spirit does that. 

I was thrilled.

Later that day I read another friend’s post on her blog, and guess what it was about.


I was amazed.

Wow! A lot of people must really need to hear about resting in God. 

woman resting

As soon as that thought slipped through my mind, God re-purposed my thoughts. “Andy, those articles weren’t for all of the other people; they were for you. I’m trying to talk to you. Don’t try to conjure up new dreams. I will give you them when it is time. Until then . . . rest in me.”

I chuckled and shook my head. God’s word had freed me. He had been trying to tell me something.

All along I had thought those words about “rest” were for others. God speaks to us and leads us, but we must be aware of ways He tries to get our attention.

3 Ways to know if God is Speaking to You

  • If a topic comes up three or more times in articles, songs, or conversations there is a good chance the Lord is speaking. He’s trying to tell you something.
  • When you aren’t settled or peaceful in your spirit, “restless” God is trying to tell you something.(I didn’t have peace about pushing through trying to force new dreams.)
  • When scripture repeats itself, or when you read it and chill bumps surface (or tears), Holy Spirit is speaking to you. It’s always important to base what you think you’re hearing from God with His Word.

Suddenly, as soon as I understood that those words about “rest” were for me I was released from my strife. I imagined myself falling backwards (on purpose) into a pool on a hot summer’s day or lying in God’s hammock. (This is a really old post, 2011!)

He is the giver of dreams, my friends. If you feel you need to conjure up new dreams as I did, rest until He tucks your new dreams into your heart. No striving. Come to a place of grace. His grace really is sufficient–even in our hopes and dreams.

But remember, if you begin to see a pattern or theme of information or words, pay attention. He’s probably trying to tell you something.

Bite of Bread Reading Plan

How do we hear God speak? When do we know it’s Him? Here’s some verses to dig into this week to help answer these questions and make us more aware of His leading.

We primarily hear from God by regularly spending time reading the Bible and obeying what it says. The Bible is God’s message to humankind. All that we need to know to live the Christian life is already in the Bible. As we spend time meditating on His word, God reveals His truth to us. TheLife.com

Printable Available with Verses and Prompts

John  10: 27-28: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

  • Just for a minute, pretend you’re a sheep. How would you know the shepherd’s voice? How does this apply to your life today?

Isaiah 55:11: . . . so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

  • What hope does this give us? What scripture do you need to apply to this truth?

Hebrews 1: 1-2: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

  • Write a thank you note to God thanking Him for Jesus. In your note, list one or two things Jesus has taught you about God.

Isaiah 30:21:  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

  • Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Surrender your control, and ask God to lead you.

Proverbs 3: 5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your hear and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

  • Why is it hard for you to trust God? Write a prayer asking Him to help you trust Him.

Isaiah 42:16: I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;  I will not forsake them.

  • How does this verse give you comfort?

Isaiah 48:17: This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.

  • What needs to be redeemed in your life? Ask God to redeem it, and wait for His direction before you make any changes.

Download the printable here. 


When We Can’t Hear God

Most of us go through chapters in our life when we can’t hear Him. Sometimes it’s when we need Him most. In their article, 6 Ways God Speaks, Life.com writes this:

Can anything keep us from hearing God? Hindrances, like wrong attitudes, resentment, or unconfessed sins can create distance in our relationship with God. When this happens, confession and repentance will bring us back into a close relationship where we can hear from God again.

Anger toward God always plugs my spiritual ears. I can’t receive what He has for me when I’m running the other direction or throwing a temper-tantrum. (Yes, I’ve had my days.) If I don’t trust His goodness and love, I can’t receive what He has to say.

It’s okay to be angry with Him. He can handle it. He’s use to it, but it does put up a formidable wall only we can tear down when we get tired of it being there. Well, that’s what I’ve experienced. When I finally surrendered my anger, and I lifted my hands in worship, I could feel His presence and hear His gentle voice.


Your turn to share: Has the Lord been repeating a phrase or topic in your life? What does it mean to you?



Digging Deep,





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2 thoughts on “How Do You Know When God is Speaking to You?

  1. Thank You for sharing your heart Sis.
    God has been speaking to me about surrendering my will to His will for me. I hear, but it can be hard to surrender my will sometimes❤

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