How well do you pay attention to what you’re paying attention to? It’s incredibly easy these days to live without much mindfulness. Without noticing the unusual and even the ordinary events that take place in our daily experiences.

God built within us the capacity to focus our attention. And when we do, we create the space to hear Him speaking and to recognize His activity in our lives in all His different ways of interacting with us.

A wonderful illustration of paying attention is found in Exodus 3.

Moses was going about his typical day at work as a shepherd, tending the flocks and minding his own business, when suddenly he noticed something he had never seen before. Something unusual.

I’m sure he had seen plenty of brush fires in his day, but this was different. The bush wasn’t burning up; it wasn’t being consumed by the fire. What a strange sight!

Moses allowed himself to be curious and decided to walk a little closer. He stopped in the middle of his normal routine to take a better look. To be drawn in and captivated by an unusual sight. He chose to give his attention to this unexpected event that was happening on an ordinary day.

And that’s when he heard the Voice. That is when he heard God speaking to him. After he stopped. After he allowed himself to be interrupted from his routine.

It’s important to note that it wasn’t until AFTER Moses stopped, AFTER he walked over to take a look, AFTER he paid attention, that God spoke to him.

What if Moses had kept walking? What if he had been too busy to be interrupted? Too uninterested to go out of his way? Too asleep to notice what was happening?

His life might have stayed the same and he could have missed the incredible adventure God had in store for him.

The Bible is full of stories about people who paid attention to the uncommon ways of God. It’s so easy to assume these people had special ways of connecting to God that we don’t have available to us, but that is not true! God does not change. He still speaks today. And if we are willing to turn aside, we can hear Him speaking to us too.

How often do you stop to pay attention to the unusual occurrences in your everyday life? When God wants to speak to you, and he does, do you hear Him?

I confess I am usually so caught up in my own thoughts, in my own agenda, that if I had been in Moses’ sandals, I would probably have missed it.

This is why the spiritual practice of Journaling has become so invaluable in my life. Journaling is the number one way I am able to deliberately and intentionally stop to ponder the unexpected, the uncommon, and even the ordinary things in my life. It’s the best way I am able to consistently be still enough to hear God speak to me.

What about you? Do you keep a journal? If so, does it help you pay attention more easily to how God is speaking? How does journaling benefit you?

If you don’t journal, but would like to learn more about it, I invite you to stay tuned over the next few weeks as I talk more about the rewards I’ve experienced from this spiritual practice for over 30 years!

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3 Comments

  1. Lindsey Kennedy on May 12, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    I do not journal, but would love to start something new in my life. I have not been a good stuart of my time and spending time with God ! Thank you Tammy, for always inspiring me .

    • TammyHerzig on May 12, 2020 at 11:25 AM

      I’m not always using my time the best either, Lindsay. I get it! And it’s gotta be super tough as a working mom. I’ll be offering an online journaling course soon so stay tuned!

  2. Gina Rookstool on May 12, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Tammy you have a God-given gift for communicating! I posted this article to my Facebook page today. When I revisit my journals I’m always amazed at the conversations I’ve had with the Lord and the scriptures He has planted in my heart to deepen my faith. How my load was lightened in the middle of life’s storms simply because I wrote out my emotions and gave them to Jesus for a safe and trusted outcome. I would love to be more consistent with my journaling so I look forward to your up and coming course! God Bless you friend!

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