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Step 4 – Write It Down

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The best advice my Christian mentor offered me about listening to God’s voice was, “Write it down.” Writing down an idea reinforces it in my mind, so I will more accurately remember it later. The practice of writing in a journal absolutely, unequivocally produced for me the desired success in hearing the voice of God and maintaining the integrity of His words. Additionally, journaling your conversations with God offers many excellent benefits, It help you:

  • Differentiate your thoughts from God’s thoughts
  • Return to your conversations with the Lord when you experience times of disconnect from Him
  • Document the Scripture verses He leads you to
  • Preserve the exact words from God’s mouth, so your enemy can’t twist them around, and use them against you later

The Holy Spirit of God reveals His thoughts to me, and I don’t want to miss one of them. Every time I meet with God, I write down our conversation. He already knows my thoughts and questions, but I usually write them down anyway in a notebook or on the computer. Then I wait to hear Him speak. While I’m waiting to hear His voice, I journal every thought popping into my head, no matter how unusual or unimportant it seems. Why? Recording all my thoughts offers me the best chance of discerning the still, small voice of God from the other voices in my head.

As I go back and read what I have written in my journal, I can see where my own thoughts end and God’s begin. While my thoughts lack confidence and certainty, His thoughts are authoritative and convicting. My expressions are timid and self-condemning, but God’s voice exudes strength and encouragement. My ways are naïve and simple, while His ways are wise and wonderful.

Since the Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s Word, you will know the Spirit speaks to you when you recognize a concept or verse from the Bible infused with the words you have written in your journal. You will recognize God’s voice in your notes as He speaks to you in a loving, encouraging, affirming manner. His voice will be apparent when you feel conviction of a sin and when He speaks the truth in love. Read God’s encouragement in this example from my own journal:

Journal Entry on 04/15/2014

My child, I have called you My own. You belong to Me. Do you cherish Me the same way I cherish you? You are everything to Me. I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. Your name is burned into My mind. You are always on My heart. I will never forget you. Try writing My name on your palms and do not forget Me.

Remember what I say to you. Write it down. Draw on it when times are tough. Refer back to it when it becomes difficult for you to hear Me. It will help you recall what I have said to you. I have written so many things on your heart. I have written so many things in My Word. You have My written Word to help you find your way; you have My Holy Spirit to remind you of what I have said. The words spoken by My Spirit within you will lead you back to My written Word. Write down the words I put in your mind and on your heart. Examine them again as needed.

Life gets crazy. A time may come when you do not hear Me. Then you will refer back to your journal and relive the words I have spoken to you. Cling tightly to the spoken and written words I have given you. You will cherish the time we spent together in the past and allow My voice to be heard in your mind and heart once more.

You are My beloved child. I have so much wisdom to send your way. Be diligent in recording the knowledge I impart. Do not take it lightly. It may save you some day. Record everything you hear, big or small. Sometimes the biggest blessings are wrapped in the smallest packages. Record every thought that presents itself in your head. When the words begin to flow more rapidly, you will recognize My hand in it. When you look at it again, you will be able to discern your own thoughts from My thoughts in your journal writings.

Anything worth anything is worth writing down. Write down anything and everything I say to you.


As God mentioned above, my journal becomes really useful when I experience times of spiritual drought—when I feel disconnect from God, when He doesn’t speak to me, or when I can’t hear Him. In reading it again, I’m able to reconnect with God and remember what it sounds like to hear from Him. It helps me remember His character and how He feels toward me. It’s a way to reconnect my spirit with the Spirit of God inside me.

Pausing to listen for His voice is vital. How can I hear Him speak if I don’t leave room in the conversation for Him? Write down your comments or questions to God, and then lift your pen off the paper for a few moments to wait for His response. You may write a paragraph or two, but leave Him space on the page to reply. Do not feel the need to fill the air with your own voice and thoughts all the time. Learn to become comfortable with the silence. Ecclesiastes states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: …a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).

Clear your mind of all the clutter and obstructions. If random thoughts enter your mind—like your grocery shopping list or your “to do” list for the day—quickly jot them down so you won’t forget them, and then return your focus to God. Concentrate on the topic of your discussion. Reiterate your questions or comments to Him. Then write down the next thoughts that enter your mind—all of them, no matter how common or strange they may seem. Sometimes you will find abundant meaning in the simplest expressions.

Documenting what you hear God say to you will be monumental in your quest for intimacy with Him. With all the distractions we have pulling us away from God, taking time to read through your journal of His messages to you will put you back on track in focusing your attention in His direction. The ability to read and reread His loving, encouraging words, specifically given to you, will build your confidence in your relationship with Him, just like reading His message of love for you in the Bible does.

Had the scribes not put their time and attention into writing down the inspired words of God, we would not have the Bible today. If you do not write down what He says to you, those words may get lost in your head, and you may not be able to recall them exactly as He gave them to you. Satan would love to twist and mix up the words God has given you to make you believe his version instead. Just as you use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to battle your enemy, you may also use the truth in God’s words you have written down in your journal to fight the one who opposes you. What God says to you will be reinforced by Scripture.

When you learn to distinguish God’s voice, or thoughts, as you are journaling your conversation with Him, write His voice in cursive or italics, and print your thoughts to distinguish the two voices on paper. When possible, date each conversation. Title your journal entry with a fitting name to identify the topic, so it’s easier to spot when you want to return to it later.

Maybe you love to blog or post on social media. When your conversations with God are not too personal, consider posting them in some form. You can tweak them to be more generic and allow others to enjoy a word from the Lord. If you don’t yet have a blog, you may set one up free on WordPress.org or WordPress.com. I maintain a blog on my website, www.sindynagel.com. The posts filed under the category titled “From God’s Heart to Yours” come from messages I hear from God and relay to you. Here’s a sample:

Life in the Son

Lord, I have been in a slump because of the dreary weather. Would You shine some light into my life? Does the sun, or the lack of it, really make that big of a difference in my life?

My child, if only you knew. Life in the Son makes a monumental difference. The sun I have placed in the sky may lift your spirits while it shines, but it does not provide constant light, as you know. Truly, My Son will shine His light into your darkness at all hours of the day and night. You never need to endure the storms of life alone. I am with you always. I will shine My light of life into every dark corner. I will light the way for you. I will lead you in the path of life.

My sweet daughter, life in the Son does make a big difference. Even on the darkest of days, you may have joy in your heart because you belong to Me. I am the true light that gives life. As you walk in the rain, My light will lead you on your way. Follow Me and you will never walk in darkness, because I am the light of life. (See John 8:12.) I have made My light shine in your heart to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (See 2 Corinthians 4:6.)

My precious one, life in the Son does make a big difference. You may be downcast for a little while, but consider what I have done for you. I am light. I have given you My light. In Me there is no darkness. (See 1 John 1:5.) Never again will you remain in darkness, because you believe in Me, the light of the world.

Are you downcast? Look to Me for your happiness. Are your spirits low? I will lift you up on eagle’s wings. Are you depressed? I will remove your sackcloth and clothe you with joy. Are you stuck in a pit? I will pull you out and place you on solid ground. Are you caught in the middle of a storm? I will weather it with you and bring you to a place of rest. I am with you.

Seek Me, My child, and I will give you joy in your spirit and peace in your heart. My light will illuminate the darkest of days. Even as we speak, the skies are getting brighter. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me shall stay in darkness (John 12:46). Life in the Son does make a big difference. Choose the light of life.


The gift of the Holy Spirit and the ability to hear God’s voice are like having your own Bible, personalized just for you. At all times and in all places, you have access to God’s will and word through His Spirit inside you. The Holy Spirit takes the words of God and Jesus and makes them known to you. Listen to the inspired word of God inside you, and write it down. You’ll be thankful you have the opportunity to refer back to God’s personal words for you at a later date.

Each word He utters has value and may connect to other things He reveals to you later. The thoughts God gives you one day may make sense down the road a month or two later. You may ask God a question or pray a prayer He doesn’t answer for several days, weeks, months, even years. Recording your conversations will allow you to track and relate one to another, as God uncovers His will, plan, and purpose for your life.

Rejoice whether you hear one word, four sentences, or two paragraphs from the mouth of the Lord. Each and every word God speaks to you is precious and valuable. Sometimes the most priceless things God says are one-word expressions. Don’t compare how He speaks to you with how He speaks to your friend. He communicates with you exactly the way you can hear Him with exactly the word(s) you need to hear—no more, no less. Write down every word God says to you while you practice the art of listening to His voice. You’ll be really glad you did!

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Let Your Praises Ring

Praise the Lord, O my soul

Everything in me sings your praise

All my heart, soul, mind, and strength

Will praise you all of my days


Praise the Lord, O ye heavens

Praise the Lord, ye earth below

He is worthy of all glory

He is awesome, this I know


Before I rise in the morning

Let His praises be on my lips

And when I fall into bed at night

Let the praise in my heart do flips


Every moment I will praise Him

For He is my EVERY thing

Let admiration flow from my mouth

As my tongue His praises sing


I lift my hands in holy praise

To the Almighty God above

I delight myself in the Lord of lords

And He fills my heart with love


The One Who bore my sin and shame

Deserves the best words I can shout

His praise flows from within my soul

And through my lips pours out


He is my guardian and my friend

My trusted confidant

He provides me all I’ll ever need

Much more than I shall want


I thank Him for His Spirit

He placed within my heart

Who seals me for the final day

When this earth I will depart


I hear His voice within me

He whispers in my ear

“I am with you always…

There is no need to fear”


If Jesus is your Savior

The Lord of what you do

Just make the time to listen

And you will hear Him too


Escape the crowds and noise of life

And to the Lord draw near

Pay attention to the thoughts you think

His still, small voice you’ll hear


He speaks to us through Scripture

When we find ourselves in need

He counsels us in God’s good ways

And convicts us of our misdeed


He is our hope and healing

Our anchor in the storm

When battles rage against us

He keeps us safe and warm


Do not forsake your time with God

He wants to be your friend

To speak with you throughout your day

From the day’s beginning to its end


Pay attention to His voice within

As you walk out your faith today

Be conscious of His words to you

I bet you’ll hear Him say:


“My child, I love you more than life

You are My special lamb

I want to be Your Shepherd

And show you Who I AM…


I’m your light in the darkness

I’m your stronghold in the war

I’m your comfort in your sorrow

I’m the angel at your door


I give you food and shelter

I protect you from your foe

I speak the truth within your heart

The things that you should know


I hear you when you call Me

I’m with you in all you do

And when you cannot find the strength

You can be sure I’ll carry you


Trust in Me, obey My words

And I will see you through

I do not ask you to perform

Without preparing you


And when My work you’ve carried out

My joy is your reward

Let your praises ring, let Me hear you sing

‘Halleluiah to the Lord!’”


Fear Not

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:18-1 9)

My child, do not fear me as you fear the unknown. Know me better and you will not be afraid. I am not the God of wrath and punishment that you have seen. I am the God of love. I demonstrated my love for you in this: while you were still a sinner, my Son died for you. You have now been justified by his blood, and saved from my wrath through Jesus Christ.

Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Seek me in awe and reverence, and I will make myself known to you. Let me love you perfectly and your fear of me will dissipate. I care for you deeply. The most important concept for you to grasp is the depth of my great love for you. Experience this love first hand by spending time with me and time in my Word.

Sit with me often and listen to my voice. I will quiet you with my love. I will rejoice over you in song. I am delighted in you. Hear what I am saying to you: I love you so much that I gave my one and only Son to die for you. There is no greater love. Give me a chance to show you who I am. Stop what you are doing and make time for me. Sit at my feet and listen to me. I will love you perfectly until your fear is gone.

My Bags are Packed

Good morning, Lord–
I feel distant from you because I have not met with you regularly the past few weeks. Lord, are you there?

I am here, my love. I never left. I have been here all the time, waiting for you to seek me again. You may feel distant from me because you have not met with me lately, but I do not feel distant from you. You are my beloved child. I will never feel distant from you. I eagerly wait for your schedule to open up so that we can spend time together. I patiently wait to see you again. Welcome home, my love. It’s good to see you. You have been on my mind. I have plans for you. I have work for you in my kingdom. Will you help me?

What is it that I can do for you, Lord?

My child, there are some who do not know me; who do not know they can hear my voice. Will you go to them and tell them? Will you share your life with them? Teach them how to listen and hear me.

I will, Lord. Show me the way. Show me where you want me to go? My bags are packed. Use me; I am willing to go. I love to share who You are with those who do not yet know your goodness. Open the door, Lord. Lead me out. I will go where you send me.

That’s the spirit. With your spirit yielded to me, we will accomplish great things together. Share me with all you meet. You do not have to go far to accomplish my will. You have people in your own neighborhood who do not yet know me.

Let me be real, Lord. Let me be your light. Let others see you in me. Please go with me, Lord. I can do all things through you. Please give me your strength and courage.

You have what you have asked for. I will go with you and be your strength. Let’s light the world on fire for me.

He Speaks…

My passion for sharing the whispers of the Holy Spirit is the driving force behind the writing of this blog.  Each time I sit down to write, I pray that I will hear the voice of God, and that he will use me as the pen he holds in his hand, to convey his message to the world. It is my earnest prayer that the words you read on these pages will bring you comfort and encouragement, as you feel the love of the Father and the Son poured out to you.  I pray that hearing the voice of God in this blog will inspire you to make time regularly to listen to God on your own, if you are not already doing so.

As Christians, we all have access to God through Jesus Christ who willingly, obediently gave his life for us to redeem us from our sins.  When we confess Jesus as our Savior and Lord, God sends his Holy Spirit to take up residence in our hearts.  As believers, we all have the ability to hear the voice of God within us. (See John 10:2-4)  It may not be an audible voice, but all of us have the promise of knowing and hearing his voice, at least in our thoughts.  This fact alone does not make you or me crazy. I believe that the message God wants you to hear from him today is this:

My dearest child, I love you more than you will ever comprehend. I created you to love you. You are my precious one. I desire to have a meaningful relationship with you. I am with you always. I will never leave you or forget about you. I am here. I want to hear from you, and spend time with you. I will not force myself upon you. I wait patiently for you to seek me.

Will you make time for me? Find a quiet place, away from the noise and confusion. In the silence, you will hear me speak. My voice is powerful, but not loud. My voice is majestic, but not obvious. Do not give up on me if you do not hear me the first time you listen. You will learn to hear my whispers. You will hear my voice in your thoughts.

Sometimes I speak to you, but you do not recognize my voice. Listen with both ears and everything in between. Do not feel the need to fill the silence with your voice all the time. Make room for mine. Leave space in the conversation for me. I have given you two ears and one mouth. Please listen twice as much as you speak. In doing so, you will hear me when I whisper.

My Spirit lives in you. My Spirit joins with your spirit inside your heart. In me, you live and move and have your being. My Spirit and your spirit live and move as one. My thoughts become your thoughts, when you abide in me. It is difficult to discern my voice from your own thoughts, because we are bound together so tightly. Hold fast to me and I will hold fast to you. Practice listening, and soon you will hear and recognize my voice. I love you, my child. Hear me and believe it.