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

How To Tell God Is Working On Your Heart

How To Tell God Is Working On Your Heart

Have you ever wondered how to know if God is working in your life? Maybe there’s a situation you’re hoping to see change in. Or maybe you’re praying for guidance, but you keep coming up empty and you’re wondering where His hand is in it all. Sometimes we see Him most in the small things. Here are a few ways I have found I can know God is working.

You experience an attitude shift

The constant change and plain unexpectedness of life can be incredibly frustrating, and it can be hard to keep our cool when we are faced with such a situation. If you have a history of losing your temper or becoming incredibly irritated when things happen that are out of your control, but then one day something happens and you don’t lose your cool, you have experienced His healing. I was driving Belle and I to a new hiking destination the other day, and I noticed my car was shaking. I kept hoping nothing would happen while I had her in the car. I thought maybe it was the road, so I decided I would just keep an eye on it. The next day, as I drove to drop Belle off at daycamp, it was doing the same thing. I figured I would just call the auto shop later that morning to schedule a service appointment. As I tapped the gas after stopping for a traffic light, I heard a loud pop and realized…my back tired blew out. And I don’t mean I ran over a nail. I mean those pieces of tire you see on the side of freeways, that was still—somehow—attached to my wheel. A tow truck (thank the Lord for AAA) and half of my emergency fund later, I have four brand new tires.

This situation would have had me in tears even just a year ago. I would have been yelling and crying, and it would have ruined my day. But not this time. As soon as it happened, I made a mental list of the things I would need to do, and then I did them. Call AAA for a tow, then call the auto shop to let them know I’d be arriving and schedule their shuttle to take me to and from work. I was an hour late to work because of this, but I had my coffee and I arrived all smiles. I even told my mother later, after I told her what had happened, that I was in a very good mood and how surprised I was. And all day, I could only thank God that it didn’t happen when I was on the freeway or while Belle was in the car.

You begin to experience more gratitude

Adopting an attitude of gratitude is great, but when you feel bogged down in anxiety and depressive episodes, it can be very difficult to think of even one thing you are grateful for. It’s in those times it’s important to dig deep in your relationship with God. As you do that, you will find your heart will feel lighter. You will begin to feel thankful for the small things.

You don’t focus so much on the negative

It’s okay to acknowledge that things aren’t exactly as you would like them, but we can’t dwell on that otherwise we won’t live in the present. If, as you have been seeking God, you feel more positive, that is Him in your heart.

You say “sorry”—and mean it

I don’t mean you apologize for everything. Don’t do that. I mean you acknowledge your wrongs and meaningfully apologize. And then show that with changed behavior. There are things I want to apologize to people for, but I’m not sure if it’s the right time. But when that time does come around, I hope they see that I genuinely mean my apology.

These may not be “surefire signs,” but they are changes I see in myself. They are changes I know would not have come at all if I hadn’t made the decision to re-immerse myself in a church community and actively pursue my faith. I don’t know what you may be experiencing right now, but if you can feel your heart changing, know God is right there. When you let Him in, He can do incredible things.

Are there ways you have felt God changing your heart? What does that mean to you?

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