Guest Post by Dr. Gregory Jantz
Just as we were created to take control of our thoughts, have a healthy range of emotions, be social beings, and fuel our bodies well, we were also created with a soul that needs care and attention in order to thrive.
The idea of deepening your spiritual life may sound nebulous, but it’s not. There are specific things you can do that will help you strengthen areas in your spiritual life. This will prove to be an invaluable resource as you seek to experience greater health, happiness, and healing.
Step 1: Talk to God
God wants to spend time with you. Granted, he is all knowing and all-seeing, so he is aware of everything about your life before you mention anything to him.
But God’s eagerness to spend time with you goes beyond you coming to him with a list of requests. Prayer can be considered an ongoing dialogue with God, a continual conversation with him. You can ask for wisdom and guidance amid all your struggles. You can share your feelings and fears or talk about your daily concerns. Everyone on earth could use divine direction and understanding in their daily lives—and this is especially true for those struggling through a tough issue. Prayer is a powerful source of insight and inspiration as you pursue healing.
Consider talking with God about these things:
- Strength to live a courageous life
- A thankful spirit, maintaining gratitude during good and bad times
- God’s power to utilize the talents and passions he has given you
- Wisdom to consistently make choices that show respect for yourself and others
- Health and healing—asking God to guide you steadily toward strength and comfort in your body, mind, and soul
Step 2: Listen for God’s Voice
To hear the voice of God, you need to focus on what is being said to you. There is a time to cry out to God, and there is a time to be quiet. Solomon tells us there is a time to be silent and a time to speak (see Ecclesiastes 3:7). Not surprisingly, silence comes before speaking.
Some people scoff at the idea that God speaks, but only because they’ve never heard an audible voice answer their prayers directly.
Prayer is a conversation—two-way communication. The truth is, God speaks all the time, and we would have no trouble hearing him if we’d only broaden our definition of speech. The psalmist wrote:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1–4)
As this psalm so eloquently describes, God certainly speaks through nature. That message is one of majesty and grandeur to be sure, but also of balance, beauty, and rebirth—qualities we can cling to in perilous times.
That’s just the beginning. God’s voice can also be heard in art and music, in stories that inspire us to be more and do better. He speaks in every act of kindness, no matter how small. God’s part of the conversation is found in sacred Scriptures and in the words of wise people throughout time who’ve labored to bring light into the darkness of ignorance. God speaks in our dreams and in subtle moments of intuition.
But, like in every conversation, it’s possible to not hear a word of it. Why? Because you’re not listening. Until you choose to believe God will answer your questions and calm your fears, it’s likely you’ll frantically do all the talking and never make room for his reply. To avoid this mistake, slow down, set aside time to be quiet, and extend your awareness. Begin noticing the variety of ways God has shown love to the world. Look closely. He will be sure you find them!
How have you heard God’s voice? Tell us below in the comments!
Is there an area of your life you want healing in? Do you find yourself struggling to stay positive? Everyone struggles with a challenge that can lead to hopelessness. Chances are there is an obstacle in your life you desperately want to overcome and you are tired of it weighing you down and holding you back. But how can you move forward? How can you heal?
Instead of solely addressing the healing of emotions or spiritual life, Dr. Gregory Jantz’s proven and effective method encourages the focus on healing the whole person with 5 keys:
- Harness Your Thoughts
- Heal Your Emotions
- Nurture Your Relationships
- Nourish Your Body
- Deepen Your Spirit
Dr. Gregory Jantz explains the most important tools from his years of helping people overcome challenges in life. His biblically based advice will give you courage and tenacity as you take the first steps on the path toward wholeness and wellbeing, sustained and strengthened by a foundation of hope. Learn to:
- Nurture helpful, healing thoughts while banishing the ones that bring you down and cause you doubt.
- Discover your purpose: the one unique thing each of us has to offer the world.
- Live with purpose and conviction as you learn to recognize God’s calling for your life and the way he equipped you to fulfill it.
- Cultivate gratitude, which strengthens hope.
Dr. Gregory Jantz knows hopefulness is not wishful thinking, unfounded optimism, or pie-in-the-sky idealism. It is a choice we make to believe in our own capacity to overcome any challenge and, more so, to believe in a loving God who watches over us and always wants the best for us. Discover:
- 7 stress-management strategies to practice
- 8 ways to experience inner peace
- 10 traits of healthy relationships
- 6 ways to strengthen your relationships
- 9 strategies for eating to enrich your body and lift your mood
- 6 steps toward a better lifestyle
- And much more!
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