Jo’s Journal: If You’re Listening, God Is Always Speaking

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If You’re Listening, God Is Always Speaking

by Joanne Troppello

Recently, my husband and I had a very stressful weekend with emotions both high and low regarding extended family relationships—and disagreements that occurred.

After the incident occurred and we got home, later that night God spoke to my heart. I am glad everyone involved was able to talk things out. However, my emotions were still raw that evening.

Lessons Learned that Weekend

The following ten things are lessons God spoke to me that night:

1. God is still in control.

2. Facts are important.

3. Seek peace when possible.

4. Mend family relationships.

5. God redeems our time.

6. People are not perfect.

7. God will make a way.

8. Don’t choose bitterness.

9. Respond don’t react.

10. Pray

God is in control, even when it seems like things are out of control in my life. He is making a way when there seems to be no way. In the incident my husband and I experienced, it was important to remember that facts matter and as Christians, we need to seek peace when possible and do our part to mend family relationships.

People are not perfect. We’re not perfect, but we serve a perfect God who continues to redeem our circumstances.

The main take away from that list is that I need to respond with common sense and not overreact, continue to pray, and never choose bitterness.

God Speaks to Us in Various Ways

When I was researching Bible verses for this column, I came across an article, “10 Powerful Ways God Speaks in the Bible”, by Robert Morris in He shared how God can speak to us through our circumstances, wise counsel, and through the Lord giving us peace, and various other ways.

One area that I wanted to focus on here in my column is how God speaks to us through His Word and how important it is for Christians to spend time in daily Bible reading and study. Romans 10:17 is one of my favorite verses. It says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

Lately, I have been very stressed with everything going on in our busy lives and I admit that my Bible reading has suffered. However, I have been getting back on track and it has made a big difference in my spiritual life.

Benefits of Using a Study Bible for Devotions

I’m currently reading from the book of Matthew and want to get through the Gospels. Several months ago, I read through the epistles up to Revelation. I am reading from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible in the New King James Version.

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I love using this study Bible. I am learning so much more than when I’ve read through the Bible several times in years past throughout my 31 years as a Christian.

This is my husband’s Bible that I’m using. He loves reading study Bibles. It’s the first time I am using one and it’s made a huge difference. We’ve been married for 15 years and I don’t know why I’ve never used his Bible until last year. I have definitely been missing out on a deeper insight of God’s Word!

I read through a passage depending on how it is separated with headings. Then I read through the study notes at the bottom of the page. Those have truly opened my eyes to new insights of God’s Word. Sometimes, I read through verses that are listed in the middle column to find more in-depth information about the meaning of the verses.

Do you use a study Bible for your devotional time? What version of the Bible do you read?

About the Author

Joanne Troppello Publisher at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.

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