Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

Voices

You could say I'm a little bit crazy
You could call me insane
Walkin' 'round with all these whispers
Runnin' 'round here in my brain

I just can't help but hear 'em
Man, I can't avoid it
I hear voices…

- Voices by Chris Young

When we first heard this song, my husband would joke “he should get that checked out.” The truth is that we all hear voices because we all have people who have positively impacted our lives. Those people stay with us, and their advice through the years is what helps to shape us into who we become. But one voice should rise above the rest: God’s.

John 10:4-5 tells us “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

There are a lot of messages out there on this topic, but the thing that has stuck out the most is that God’s voice is always good, never condemns, and aligns with His word and truth. For a long time, I struggled to relate to this. As I have heard more messages on it and read Bible passages and studies, it makes more sense.

I hear my own voice way too frequently in my mind. When I run or exercise, it’s the voice that tells me I’ll never make the goal. When a depressive episode is coming on, it’s the voice that tells me nothing will ever change. When I’m trying to sleep, it’s the voice that tells me I was a failure. But that isn’t the right voice.

God’s voice is not the mean part of our brain that tells us we aren’t good enough. His voice does not remind us of our failures. His voice does not tell us to give up.

God’s voice reminds us that we are loved, worthy, and that hope exists.

And I don’t know about you, but I need hope. I need hope when my anxiety starts reminding me of that embarrassing thing I did. I need hope when I feel a depressive episode coming on. I need hope that this isn’t all there is. Do you?

The biggest misconception I had was that God spoke to all of us the same, but that isn’t the case. He has different messages, different designs for life for each of us. He designed each of us differently, which means we will interact with and experience Him differently.

God will speak differently to each of us, but we will know His voice because we know Him.

We have a lot of people telling us what to do every day. Some of those people are physically around us day in and day out, and some we just hear in our heads. Who we focus on is going to be the loudest. We is the loudest is going to provide us the most direction. That is our choice to make.

So, who are you listening to?

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