Do you hear from God?
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."  -John 10:27 NKJV
Good Morning! I can't believe it is August 2016. I saw on Facebook yesterday where someone posted 18 more Fridays until Christmas and I was shocked! I pray you are well today. I was so excited to share with you some thoughts today on hearing from God. I pray that this will encourage and enlighten you this week.
God has always talked to man. In the garden of Eden, in the beginning of time, God spoke with Adam and Eve. But when they sinned, man became fearful of God and made it harder than ever to hear God. After they ate the forbidden apple that they were told not to eat-- they hid in the bushes. They heard God coming and heard God ask them why are you afraid? Typically when we sin we run and hide from God which makes it harder for us to hear His voice. Jesus came so that we all could hear God's voice any time!
Do you hear God's voice? Some of you hear Him though your inner voice. Some see a visual image from God. Others of you feel a nudge in your gut. Then some of us do not hear from Him at all. Many of you have just been taught that He doesn't speak anymore. But if God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow then He is definitely speaking to His children today! For those that do hear Him, you know it is Him because it is so intimate and gentle. There leaves no doubt in what you experience. The best way to hear from God is to get alone with Him. Get into His presence and be intimate with Him. 
My challenge this week is: if you hear from God then praise Him for that! Maybe even get into your quiet place more often in the days to come so that you can hear from Him even more. If you don't hear from God then close your eyes right now. Pray to Him and then be still and quiet. You may get a picture, your heart may feel less burdened, you may even hear a thought from deep within-- that is God speaking with you. Just like in the old days before caller ID when you answered your phone. If it was your parent or a dear friend all you had to do is to hear their voice and you knew exactly who it was before they told you! That's exactly how it can be with God! May we all strive to be better listeners to God in our crazy busy lives. Be still and know He is God. His children hear His voice!
Let's join our hearts to pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!
Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft