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On Talking to God






                                                      Talking to God ... and learning to listen as well (in the stillness)


These are a few articles and other things that I found on the subject of talking and listening to God:

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        We are taught from an early age that when we talk to God it is called
            "prayer," but when God talks to us, it is called…"schizophrenia." If you
            were to enter a psychiatric office today and report that God speaks to
            you, what would be the reaction? You would be diagnosed with mental
            illness and walk out with a prescription for psychotropic drugs.

  http://www.ufodigest.com/news/0608/god-talk-print.html
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From “Look Who’s Talking to God” by Kimberly Winston.

Even more remarkably, God seems to be talking back. In fact, God is quite the chatterbox, gabbing away with people in almost every place and every way imaginable--in traffic, at work, on the beach, in the woods, in their own thoughts, in the words of others, and in the words of scriptures.

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"That people think God sounds like them is quite beautiful," Hirschfield says. "But if you hear God and he is always telling you what you want to hear, you should be honest and say you are not listening to God but, to yourself. Part of listening to God should be to occasionally be surprised or unnerved. There should be moments of sacred surprise and growing that comes from the discomfort of not always hearing what you want to hear."

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Movies/2006/09/Look-Whos-Talking-To-God.aspx

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“The Boy Who Talks to God” by unbridledbeauty.

I knew I was in trouble the day I met him. He was weird, radical, passionate. He befriended outcasts and loved his enemies. He dreamed of living far away in a war-torn country, forsaking everything to proclaim the gospel of truth. And I was the crazy girl who fell in love with him – he, who only had room enough in his heart for God.

http://theboywhotalkstogod.wordpress.com/

Full pdf file at:

http://theboywhotalkstogod.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/the-boy-who-talks-to-god.pdf

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Many people believe that God exists, yet few believe that God hears their prayers or answers them. Fewer believe that God is accessible and can talk to them.

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewnews.php?id=128995

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God listens to anyone who believes in him. In this case, religious denomination isn't important; as long as someone believes in God, he listens. Even people feeling great despair and unworthiness find comfort praying and cultivating their own personal relationship with God. If you need help beginning a prayer dialog, there are certain steps you can take.

Read more: How to Talk to God When You Are Feeling Unworthy | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2263140_talk-god-feeling-unworthy.html#ixzz2SSoiFftf

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And talking to God should be the same as if you were talking to your best friend. You should tell him your thoughts, desires, hurts, and problems, as well as giving him your thanks and praise. Talking to God not only tells God that you have knowledge of him but that you also have faith in him. Talking to God also tells him that you have a desire for his presence in your life and that you need him and are dependent on him. It also shows God and that you want to be obedient to him. He wants to hear these things from you. He already knows what they are but he wants you to tell them to him. He wants you to make the effort to talk to him and not to take him for granted.

http://robertwells.tripod.com/listeningtogod.html

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                                  Prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God.

                                                                                                                           -Yogananda

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The force of evil is also in your mind and it is at war with you. Evil is always connected to a feeling of fear. God is connected to a feeling of peace. Satan is the accuser. God is the comforter. … Evil never wants you to communicate with God. It will laugh at you as you read these words.

http://godtalkstoyou.com/

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http://godtalkstoyou.com/               “God Talks to You”

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Here are 10 tips to help you as you begin a journey of praying faithfully to God.

Read more:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-prayer-tips-how-to-talk-to-god/#ixzz2SSrmriCf




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                                                  What about making God your best friend?






                                                      





Only by knowing God can we have this love, and only by loving can we know Him! This may sound like a viscious [sic] cycle, but the two go together. Only by learning to love God can we learn His nature, that is, what He is like. We cannot have that love until we first come to know Him. By fellowshipping with Him, we come to know Him and receive His love, and in using His love, we become like Him and really know Him. We can only really come to know God by experiencing the use of His love ourselves.

 

http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/PERSONAL/k/287/Fruit-of-Spirit-Love.htm



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So too, G‑d hides Himself within the guise of an awesome, indifferent king, judging His subjects strictly by the book until the most sublime angels shiver in dread.

And we seek. We seek the father behind the stern voice. We are the small child who climbs into the king’s arms, tears off the mask and exclaims, “Daddy!”

Which is just what He was waiting for.

 

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/6196/jewish/Our-Father-Our-King.htm

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What if God is your soul's mate? 

                                                        How much time would you then spend in your efforts to get closer to Him?


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Once I started to trust God, my life got a whole lot easier in so many ways.


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                In a very harsh world, the tenderness of God’s unending love gives me hope for new life.

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God created us for union with Himself: This is the original purpose of our lives. And God is defined as love (1 John 4:16). Living in awareness of our belovedness is the axis around which the Christian (or anyone's) life revolves. Being the beloved is our identity, the core of our existence. It is not merely a lofty thought, an inspiring idea, or one name among many. It is the name by which God knows us and the way He relates to us.

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Theologian Edward Schillebeecksx responded: In a revealed religion, silence with God has a value in itself and for its own sake, just because God is God. Failure to recognize the value of mere being with God, as the beloved, without doing anything, is to gouge the heart out of Christianity [any religion or our own selves as a child of God].”

 

Manning, Brennan, Abba’s Child, The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, Colorado Springs, CO, NavPress, 2002, pp. 52 and 57.


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Manning, Brennan, Abba’s Child, The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, Colorado Springs, CO, NavPress, 2002.

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            It’s okay to be angry at God.

Matter of fact, it’s okay to tell God that you are angry and to have a chat with Him about why you are angry. Give and surrender to Him your anger or anything else that you are feeling. Give it all to Him. He would like to talk to you. Then, try to listen to Him as well.

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                    Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up [Official Music Video]

                                                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnztMhtUF6o

 

 

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 "The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil."

                                                                                                (George Fox)

 http://www.hallvworthington.com/Scripture_Grouping/ChristInYou.html

 

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Are you following your own will or God's will?

Think about it. What really would God's will look like?

 

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For those of you who don't know what the 10 commandments are, here is some info:

SECTION TWO
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 

 

Exodus 20 2-17

Deuteronomy 5:6-21

A Traditional Catechetical Formula

I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out
of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.

I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out
of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.

1. I am the LORD your God:
you shall not have
strange Gods before me.

You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself a graven image,
or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth;
you shall not bow down to them or serve them;
for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers
upon the children to the third and the fourth
generation of those who hate me,
but showing steadfast love to thousands of those
who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall have no other gods before me
. . .

You shall not take
the name of the LORD your God in vain;
for the LORD will not hold him guiltless
who takes his name in vain.

You shall not take
the name of the LORD your God in vain
. . .

2. You shall not take
the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work;
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God;
in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son,
or your daughter, your manservant,
or your maidservant or your cattle,
or the sojourner who is within your gates;
for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
and rested the seventh day;
therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.

Observe the sabbath day,
to keep it holy
. . .

3. Remember to keep holy the LORD'S Day.

Honor your father and your mother,
that your days may be long in the land
which the LORD your God gives you.

Honor your father and your mother
. . .

4. Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not kill.

You shall not kill.

5. You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

Neither shall you commit adultery.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

Neither shall you steal.

7. You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness
against your neighbor.

Neither shall you bear false witness
against your neighbor.

8. You shall not bear false witness
against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
or his manservant, or his maidservant,
or his ox, or his ass,
or anything that is your neighbor's.

Neither shall you covet
your neighbor's wife . . .

You shall not desire . . .
anything that is your neighbor's.

9. You shall not covet
your neighbor's wife.

10. You shall not covet
your neighbor's goods.

 

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/command.htm


and more here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Commandments                      C

 

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An idea from a talk on youtube by Kim Walker-Smith ----- I will see if I can find it again and give you the site address.

                                  
Ask God what He was thinking when He made you.

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"I want the world to know how much I love all things. I am the Lord God and I created all. I am going to do something to show the world I exist. I am going to speak to the people. My people must learn how to hear my voice. I yearn for deep communion with all people. I will not remain quiet. Listen to me. I have a plan for each of you, a plan that will bring you to the zenith of your creation. You can only reach this pinnacle of existence with my plan. I love you so much that I give you the choice to reject me. This rejection causes me great pain. I suffer for my children. A great wind is coming. It begins with the whisper of my voice. This wind will sweep the earth and consume the universe with love. I, the Lord God, am coming. I will strike my chord in every heart. I have been doing this since the beginning, but people have not listened. Even good people do not listen to me. People fill the churches and sing songs and listen to each other. I tell you, the time is here to listen to the Lord your God. If you do not, you will be isolated from me for all time. I will leave you to the darkness. You give me no alternative. In your heart, as you perceive this message, you know it is I. You cannot deny your God, any more than you can deny yourself. Listen to me. I am speaking, even now, to your heart."

http://www.godtalkstoyou.com/

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            See how much he loves us -   Crucified for Us

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                            Be still and know that I am God.  

                                                                                                                                                                Psalm 46:10

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To: the Great Sunflower in the Sky

   


                                                                                                                                Thank you, Father

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Question: "What does the Bible mean when it speaks of the breaking of bread?"

Answer:
The Bible uses the expression “breaking of bread” in different ways. First, Acts 2:42-46 describes the early church breaking bread as part of their fellowship: "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." The early Christians came together regularly for common meals, which included the breaking of bread. Acts 2:44 refers to them having “everything in common,” and this no doubt included sharing meals together, each one receiving from the others what they needed. Verse 46 describes them breaking bread in their homes.

Another type of breaking of bread is that observed at the Lord’s Supper or Christian communion. During the Last Supper, described in 1 Corinthians 11:23-39, Jesus took a loaf of bread and broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” The breaking of bread at that first communion table has been re-enacted down through the centuries as a way of remembering that first celebration of both His sacrifice on the cross and the institution of the New Covenant in His blood (v. 25). Henceforth, each celebration of the Lord’s Supper includes the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the cup of the fruit of the vine.

Another significance of the broken bread is the symbolism of Christ, the Bread of Life, being broken on the cross for our sin. ....

http://www.gotquestions.org/breaking-of-bread.html



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Read the Gospels for fifteen minutes a day, every day. Allow the life and teachings of Jesus to sink their roots deep into your life. This will help you to get beyond your vague familiarity with the Gospels and develop a living, breathing, practical intimacy with them. If you make reading ad reflecting on the Gospels a habit in your life, in time it will become a touchstone of inspiration and solace. …. If you want to rediscover Jesus, the first step is to delve into the Gospels. They are the most comprehensive record of who Jesus was when he walked the earth, what he did, how he lived and what he taught.

Kelly, Matthew, Rediscover Jesus, United States of America, Beacon Publishing, 2015, pp. 118-119.

 
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prayer given to me by a friend which I believe came out of Magnificat but not sure:


This helps me to feel closer to Jesus/Yeshua in so many ways:

      I adore the wounds in your sacred head
                with sorrow deep and true.
     May every thought in my head today
                 be an act of love for you.
     I adore the wounds in your sacred
                 hands with sorrow deep and true.
     May every work of my hands today
                  be an act of love for you.
     I adore the wounds in your sacred feet
                  with sorrow deep and true.
    May every step I take today
                  be an act of love for you.
    I adore the wounds in your sacred
                 heart with sorrow deep and true.
    May every beat of my heart today
                 be an act of love for you.
 

                                   Source unknown.



I have added my own verse to this prayer as follows:

             I adore the wound in your sacred side
                           with sorrow deep and true.
             May every breath I take today
                            be an act of love for you.


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Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz

Sharing spell-binding stories and miracles
that most of us have never heard of,
this book contains detailed descriptions,
testimonies, and photographs.

Covering miracles from the 8th century to 1970,
it also gives vivid accounts of saints
whose lives were filled with Eucharistic phenomena.

Time and again, God has chosen to
humble Himself further,
and to teach us that He really is there
in the consecrated bread and wine.

Miracles abound.

Holy men and women have survived
on the reception of Holy Communion alone.

He is present.

Eucharistic Miracles
and Eucharistic Phenomena
in the Lives of the Saints

by Joan Carroll Cruz

                  

If anyone would like to deepen their prayer life, I found the book Christian Prayer - The Liturgy of the Hours, to be very inspiring and it has added a new dimension to my prayer life. This is a book of prayers, etc. for priests and religious. I found out about it over a year ago when I joined and began looking at the Secular Franciscan Order. It seemed to be just what I was looking for and has added variety, depth, intimacy with God and many other wonderful things to my prayer life and devotions. I thought that if more lay or non-priests and religious knew about this book that they might want to take a look at it. It has prayers, psalms, music, daily readings and much more information for those that might be interested.

It is
Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours, New York, NY,  Catholic Book Publishing Corp., 1976.


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