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Can you hear God's voice?

Updated on May 25, 2012

When everyone has advice for you, sometimes it's hard to know who to listen to!

© May 2012

Tears were streaming down my cheeks as I was driving to work. My husband and I had argued the night before. We weren't doing well, our marriage was falling apart. Both of us were unhappy. I was threatening that if he didn't change, I would leave him. He didn't believe me and continued doing as he pleased. My friends were advising me to leave him. The counselor I was going to for help was telling me the same thing.

My husband was controlling and demanding. He kept yelling at me, hurting me with words.

There were so many voices running through my mind - The insistant ones of friends, the angry voice of my husband, my mom's of caring, my dad's of frustration, mine of desperation. But where was God's voice? I needed all the others to quiet down, maybe if they would all hush, I'd be able to hear the one voice I needed to hear over all the others.

What did God want me to do? I had grown up in a Christian home. Marriage was supposed to last.

"Lord, all my friends are telling me what I need to do, but I don't know if they're right. I want to do what you want, not what anyone else tells me I should do, just what you want God. Please help me. I need to hear your voice. Close my ears to anyone else that is giving advise to me that is contrary to your will, Lord Jesus. Let me hear you and recognise your voice in my life."

I got to work and in the business of my day, forgot about my prayer.

Lunch time came and Bill the old housekeeper who had retired about a year earlier dropped by. He was excited, he'd just gotten back from his first trip to Jereselum. He was about 70 years old. I was glad to see him. He didn't stay long though because he had other friends to see during his short visit. When he left I didn't expect to see him again and was surprised when he popped his head back into my office to give me something.

"God wanted me to give you this" he said with a smile. It was a CD.

"What's on it?" I asked him.

"Oh, it's just a song" he said, "I can only imagine".

I put the CD into the drive on my computer and began to listen to the words "Will I dance with you Jesus, will I fall to my knees, I can only imagine what it will be like..."

The tears were falling again, this time happy tears...I heard Him finally, speaking to me directly through the words of that song. Yes - Jesus was telling me that there's something better in the future for me. You see, we're only here in this world for a short time, and when we leave this place...Well, we can only imagine what it will be like when we meet Him face to face!


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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Thank you Stars439. God is so good to us, and He speaks with love to those of us who seek for Him.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      You have a right to happiness in you're life. No one should be so cruel as to take that away from you. Enjoy you're life in God's loving arms. GBY dear heart.

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Thank you JustWondering. Glad that reading my hub made you smile. HubPages brings us so many enjoyable moments. May God bless you with an abundance of joy and peace in all things.

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      JustWondering 5 years ago

      Reading this made me smile :)

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Thank you Kelly Rivers for your words of encouragement. God is amazingly good to us!

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      KellyRivers 5 years ago

      I love that song!! Oh how He loves us!!! I get so excited in knowing that we are never alone and He alone is the answer and has the answer that we look for in all the wrong places sometimes. He is ever faithful...even when we're not. I went through a similar marriage for 27 years. Mine ended in divorce, but God gave me someone else that was beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you for your story. It was very inspiring. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful!

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Thank you Peggy - And you are right, God's answer came at the perfect time, the very day that I had asked Him in desperation. That song made me realize that this life is temporary and it will pass and no longer matter, and being with Him for eternity is what does.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are so right in saying that our time on earth is certainly short. Eternity...another thing entirely. Apparently that visit and song came to you just at the right time of decision making.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      there are tears in my eyes, you are very true, God is always there,only we have to realize his presense, thanks

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      Vicky C. 5 years ago from New England

      God knows what we need and He is always on time. I like that song. I know how it is when you just want to hear a Word from God. People have the best intentions to help you, but not heeding and waiting on the voice of God can cost us years of heartache and pain. Great hub.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Your experience and point of view is very inspiring.

      I do hear His voice, sometimes He speaks to me loudly, telling me what to do. Sometimes he whispers, and I'm in muddle what he exactly means.

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Thank you to each of you for taking the time to respond. I appreciate all the kind and encouraging words. I can see the fingerprints of God here when I read your comments.

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      What a wonderful hub about learning and understanding and being a little confused about both.You have heard God's voice and how wonderful it is that you can share it with so many.Wishing you all the best I can't wait to read more of your hubs.Have a beautiful day.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      It is true something our friends,our beloved ones says and we feel like to heard God's voice and not to listen to everyone....

      even we are here on this earth for short time and after that who we will meet "God"....

      why not to live life to its fullest and forget all useless things.....

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Lovely lovely sentiment expressed here. And that song is so powerful; it brings me to my knees every time I hear it. Be still and listen, He has said to me ...the power of prayer is has been in my life and the lives of my family members to have struggled to stay on the planet...I am so glad you were able to hear...God bless you each step of your way....

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      Leona J Atkinson 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Beautifully written Cathleena. I too love that song "I Can Only Imagine" it is one of my favorites and I actually was blessed to hear them sing it in person a few years ago.

      Blessings to you as you share the truth and write for God's glory.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Couch

      This is a wonderful hub to share, although I"m sure it must have been hard at times. This is a wonderful message and something that I needed to hear today and I am glad you shared this. Thank you for posting this! Voted up/awesome/interesting/beautiful!

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      Teresa 6 years ago

      Hi Cathleena - As I read your story, I heard through out your words that you had already what God wanted you do, but it appeared to me that you weren't hearing the answer that you wanted to hear. It's that way sometimes you know, we want to hear what we want, sometimes based on the familiarities around us - you know the ones that made us stay in the first place. I truly believe that we all have our people that God has placed in our path's to guide us through every challenge and reward that he as already laid for us. God Bless you and may you always have his guidance through out your journey.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Inspiring, Cathleena. Beautifully written.

      There are times I cannot hear His voice. But I'm learning to tame and quiet my ego.

      I'm learning that any idea of being a victim to some outside influence is merely ego tempting me. When I take full responsibility for being where I am, experiencing what I'm experiencing, and grateful to Him for this gift, even if it hurts -- only then can I hear his voice under all circumstances.

      This is the quiet, still voice which can be louder than the storm, if we listen.