God Wants Us To Live!

God is always there for us. He wants us to live a full and blessed life. We need to ask for help and to listen for His answers. This is not easy for us to comprehend. We can’t see or physically feel Him touch us.

Learning to hear Him takes time and patience. Praying or talking with God is the easy part. Quieting our minds is much more difficult. We desire to hear back immediately, with a clear answer. He will answer us in His time. This can be right away or at a time in the future. His answer maybe yes, no, or later.

Many years ago, I was praying for healing for my mom. She had cancer and it was getting much worse. I was pregnant with our first child and so badly wanted her to live and hold my baby. The last time I talked to her at the hospital I kissed her goodbye and said that I would be back later that evening. As I walked down the hall I cried out to God, “Please take her from her living hell.” Within a couple of hours, she was gone. The answer to my prayer of healing was “No”, His answer was the healing of “Eternal life.”

I didn’t want her to suffer anymore, but I really would have loved to have her live and get to know and love our children and grandchildren.

Do you have a running conversation with God? I wake up in the morning and thank Him for getting me safely though another night, and hope that He had a good night too. Then I ask Him what we are doing today.

If I am planning on working on things involved with my writing, I ask Him what He wants me to tackle first. Then as I work I ask for guidance and the right words to use. In writing my children’s books, many times I have gone back later that day or the next and read what I had written. Frequently I find a portion that I have no idea where those words came from. Only to chuckle and realize it was God who had given me the passage. It’s really fun when that happens.

Teaching yourself, much less your children how to live, listen, and act on God’s words isn’t easy. Practice praying, then being quiet and attentive to His quiet voice. It can be hard to hear. Once you have learned to be better at listening to His Word, share with your children what you have learned. Work with them and help them to pray and listen. Once you have learned this you will be able to “Live,” in His love.

I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live! Ezekiel 18:32 [1] 



Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Eze 18:32). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.