Posts Tagged ‘inner voice’

A Voice in the NIght

September 6, 2014

This story by Patricia Joseph-Lyle of Detroit, Michigan, from the August 2014 issue of Guideposts called to mind this earlier Guideposts story about the urgent need to listen to your inner voice at all costs. That’s not an exaggeration. Fail to heed that voice and it could cost you everything you hold dear.

A VOICE IN THE NIGHT
Something was telling her to call her younger sister at 3 a.m., but she had no idea why. What would she tell her sibling?

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Call Karyn. Those words startled me from a sound sleep. I sat straight up, rubbed my eyes and looked at the clock: just after three in the morning.



My younger sister Karyn was a senior at Eastern Michigan University and was used to pulling long hours studying in her tiny on-campus apartment… but she had to be asleep by now.

My alarm wasn’t set to go off for another two and a half hours. There was so much to do tomorrow.

Get my two little girls to school, work a 10-hour day at the office, take the girls to violin and piano practice, cook dinner, check homework and iron school uniforms.

I needed every hour of rest I could get.

I’ll call her in the morning, I thought. I lay back down and closed my eyes.

Call her, Pattie. A voice (more…)

No Time to Sleep

December 4, 2011

I have heard so many stories from so many people who heard a voice or felt a sense of urgency to do something right now that appeared to make no sense. Yet obeying that inner command turned out to be life-saving. This story by A.C. Brackett, Attalla, Alabama, appeared in Guideposts. Click here for another such Guideposts story.

THE VOICE
What would ever compel this US Army sergeant to leave his warm bed when he wasn’t needed?

It was August 1969, a hot, humid night in Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam. I was stationed with the US Army as Communications Chief in charge of all radio communications, located inside the Command Post, a four-room reinforced concrete bunker, surrounded by sandbags.

I got undressed and into my bunk, hoping to get a few hours of sleep before I was on duty again. I rolled over and looked at the clock: 11:30 p.m. Seconds later I heard a voice say, “Get (more…)

Are You Ready to Listen?

June 30, 2011

We all hear the voice of intuition, yet it’s often so subtle that we can rationalize ignoring it. But what if that inner voice is clear, specific and strong? What then? In this story from Guideposts, Marty Via heard that voice and knew he had no choice but to follow it. May you find the courage like Marty and his family did to follow your inner guidance wherever it may lead. Turn away from the path you know is yours to trod, and you will forevermore drift off to sleep with these two words on your mind: What if?

ONE FAMILY’S UNEXPECTED MISSION
I have discovered my own personal key to faith. It’s what people once said I couldn’t do.

Marty Via and his family

Plans have never been my specialty. I’ve basically spent most of my life going from one thing to the next, playing whatever hand I’m dealt. For a long time I felt like that hand was a pretty bad one.

Growing up on a farm, I went to church occasionally, though I can’t say the pastor’s words really got through to me. We were poor, and I was a little guy, but I made up for it in spunk. By the time I could walk, I was up to no good. My teachers said I just never listened.

At age 18 I joined the Army. More discipline problems. I couldn’t stand having people tell me what to do—not exactly a useful attitude in the military.

I got married while in the Army and we had a child. After discharge, I started working construction. But by that point drugs and alcohol were more important to me than family. My marriage fell apart. One day I found myself alone in an empty apartment. I was burned out, miserable. I longed for someone to give me advice, to tell me what to do. I thought about my parents, about the pastor at church when I was a boy, about my teachers, my drill sergeant, my boss. They had all said the same thing: You don’t listen. “Lord,” I said out loud, “I realize I haven’t done a good job leading my own life so far. I (more…)

“Get the Baby!”

January 10, 2011

This story on Guideposts.org by Jan Holte of St. Peter, Minnesota, is the perfect reminder to always listen to your inner voice. Don’t argue with it. Don’t rationalize it away. Follow it or pay the consequences.

“GET THE BABY!”
I heard a voice, strong and clear. Was it evidence of God’s love?

I settled down on the living room couch, cradling my three-week-old daughter, Debbie, in my arms. One look at her sweet, innocent face and my heart swelled with thankfulness. I thought back to the doctor’s words to my husband, John, and me just 14 months before she was born: “I’m sorry to tell you, but you have about a one-in-a-million chance of conceiving a child,” he’d said. Debbie was truly our miracle baby.

I strapped Debbie in her infant seat and placed her next to John on the couch. She smiled as her bright eyes followed the patterns of dappled sunlight that filtered through the window. “You stay here and keep Daddy company,” I said. “I’m going to make us all some lunch.”

As soon as I reached the kitchen, just a few steps away, I heard a (more…)

The Impossibility of Living Otherwise

May 29, 2010





If your inner voice is only the faintest of whispers, retreat to an empty room, dim the lights, sit quietly, breathe deeply, and turn your attention inward.

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.
Anne Sexton






The challenge is not to further develop your intuition but to (more…)

Follow Your Guidance

August 27, 2008

angel-walking-in-oceanThe inner voice of your conscience is constantly guiding you. You will “hear” that voice in any number of ways. It may manifest as an unpleasant feeling in the pit of your stomach. It may express itself as a flash of insight that helps you make a difficult decision. Or you may feel nudged in the right direction at a crucial fork in the road.

While some people hear that voice more clearly, it is accessible to anyone who chooses to listen. Indeed, the challenge is not to further develop your intuition but to (more…)