Blog: Listening to God

Blog: Listening to God

By Helen O'Brien, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral

honestly? I don't like blogs.

I have read the ones on this site but only because I feel a moral duty.

I have read my friend's one because I love her. I have been blessed but it is, for me, a lot of effort for a little reward.

Now it’s my turn to write one. I really wanted to make a podcast because when I listen to podcasts I can multitask and get blessed.

Cooking dinner I have Christian radio on. Depending who has been at the radio last, either UCB 2 or Premier Christian Radio. I can't actually work my digital radio so Harry tunes it for me. I prefer UCB 2 but Mick likes Premier.

But I digress.

I can listen to a sermon and cook tea. I can sing praise to God as I wash up. While I am loading the washing machines (6 people yes it is machines) I can be blessed with scripture.

Blogs require both eyes and at least one hand; that does not allow for much multitasking. I read the Bible for food and novels for escapism. Blogs are neither. However, they are Biblical.

Some blogs are testimonies.

Revelation 12:11a
They triumphed over him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony

Psalm 71:15-16
I will declare your righteousness and your salvation every day, though I do not fully understand what the outcome will be. Lord God, I will come in the power of your mighty acts, remembering your righteousness—yours alone.

Mark 5:19
But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”

Psalm 22:22
I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.

Psalm 66:16
Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.

Daniel 4:2
I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.

Other blogs are more in the way of inspiring words.

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another even more as you see the day of the Lord coming nearer.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

"Be patient with everyone" – even people like me who don't like blogs.

This blog does not really fit into either type but by explaining the Biblical foundation for both types maybe I can inspire you to write one yourself.

Or maybe make a podcast or like Chantal draw a picture of the things God is telling you. The important thing is not how you listen to God and tell people what He has said to you and what He has done for you – but that you do.

Helen O'Brien of Jubilee Church Wirral, with her husband Mick O'Brien

Helen O'Brien of Jubilee Church Wirral, with her husband Mick