"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Listening for His Voice

I love the music at our church. We sing the old hyms, some contemporary choruses, and even a bit of contemporary Christian music. But every once in a while, a song totally grabs me and truly ministers to my soul. Yesterday, it happened to me.

Our worship choir sang a song by Christian artist Mandisa. I know a bit about her, but not too much. What I do know, however, is that I love the two songs of hers I have heard--both in church. I think I may need to pick up a CD.

Lately, I have been trying to listen for God's voice in so many different areas of my life. This song has helped me remember that I've probably been hearing it all the time - I just haven't necessarily recognized it as such.

Listen to the video, if you'd like, and read the words. I pray it will bless you as it did me.

God Speaking
By Mandisa

Have you ever heard a love song
That set your spirit free?
Have you ever watched a sunrise
And felt you could not breathe?

What if it's Him?
What if it's God speaking?

Have you ever cried a tear that
You could not explain?
Have you ever met a stranger
That already knew your name?

What if it's Him?
What if it's God speaking?

Who knows how He'll get a hold of us
Get our attention to prove He is enough
He'll do and He'll use
Whatever He wants to
To tell us I love you

Have you ever lost a loved one
Who you thought should still be here?
Do you know what it feels like
To be tangled up in fear?
What if He's somehow involved?
What if He's speaking through it all?

His ways are higher
His ways are better
Though sometimes strange.
What could be stranger
Than God in a manger?

God is speaking
I love you


  1. This is wonderful, Joann. I am thankful for His voice, yet I also long to know His voice more clearly in my life.

  2. Great song & words, Joann! I love Mandisa's music, she is a great vessel of the Lord!
    Glad I found your blog, I adore it! I'm following now so I can come back for more goodness. I'm also looking forward to participating in the next Monday Manna :)
    ((hugs & blessings))

  3. Very touching, Jo. And the words are beautiful--music, too.

  4. Love that song for so many reasons! I'm also a huge fan of the hymnal on Sundays. Glad to have all types of genres in my "like" category. Sorry I haven't been over in a while. I've been living a crazy kind of life for 3 weeks now. Hopefully, all will calm down soon.



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