I have a problem. I am obsessed with vacations, especially with the beach. When it’s been a few months in between my vacations, I start longing for that feeling I get when I am near the ocean. In fact, I’m getting ready to head to the beach this month. It’s probably partially the memories from childhood, partially getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life…but the more I think about it, the more I think it is a reminder of my connection with God.
As a teenager, I remember the first time I actually had a “sign” from God that He was speaking to me and listening. On this trip, our leaders had us take a journal and go find a quiet place on the beach, encouraging us to pray and just have quiet time. I remember asking God for a sign that He was really there, and immediately all these dolphins started jumping out of the water. That year, I was hooked to my quiet times with God and journaling. I remember sitting on my front porch step, and saying a prayer that God would help me figure out how I could help serve people since I was shy and had no idea where to start. As I started saying amen, the phone rang. It was for me, a leader at the church asking if I would be willing to volunteer with the church to help inner city kids. Those kinds of things aren’t just coincidences.
As I got busier my later highschool years, into college, married, and began having kids…I quickly forgot about these quiet times I used to have. Yet everytime I would get that view of the ocean, I would have this strange sense of peace and connection with God…I still do to this day. And I’m beginning to wonder if it was because, so many years ago, my first true communication and first time actually feeling like God was speaking to me and listening to me was on that white sand with the sound of waves in the background.
When I started my coaching business, I was instructed to begin personal development time daily, so I began daily devotional reading and quiet time once again. Wow, how it has changed my relationship with God, my happiness, my sense of purpose, and my ability to actually Hear and sense what He is trying to tell me. I wish I had remembered this feeling long ago, but we are all on our journey through the ups and downs for a reason.
I feel a pull from God to use my business not only to change people’s health, but to teach them how to feel that connection. I want my kids to learn this earlier than I did, because life goes so much better when you are guided by Him. I want other people to be able to feel this way, and the more that begin this journey, the more of us that can be shining light into the darkness of the world and other people’s lives. I want an entire tribe that is going on this path God has paved for us with me to help me reach more people.
To start with, I’m going to run a week long group on Facebook this month just sharing some tips and strategies for feeling that connection, praying, and learning to Hear his voice. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you want added to this group, and if you have your own tips I would love to hear them. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.