God Downloads


When I get really quiet, usually early in the morning when I am having my coffee, I get what I call God Downloads – this is where I feel like God is speaking directly to me. These are the teachings, wisdom, and impressions that He shares with me, and I now share them with you.  They are messages of encouragement, hope and inspiration aimed at bravery, character and all things leadership. They are the leadership tools for everyday living.

When you read these, I encourage you to think about the message. Focus on:

What catches your attention,

What you can do,

What you need to change and

What speaks to your heart.


Below is a sampling of devotionals I have been working on for my book God Downloads (in progress). First you will read the God download (God’s message to me). This is followed by verses that link to the message. I’ve shared my thoughts about the message and verses with you in the Reflection. Finally, I have given you some questions to consider and think about how it applies to your life.



Never Tire of Doing Good

God Download

Never underestimate the power of a good deed. The world is crying out for good. Good brings light and hope to the world. You may feel that there is no point in doing good because it isn’t appreciated, it is old fashioned, or it doesn’t make a difference. It does make a difference!

Doing good is a surprise, it is unexpected and it lifts you and those you have touched with your goodness.

In the same way that anger and hatred can spread to others, goodness can spread as well. Anger and hatred will leave you empty, exhausted and sick.  Goodness will fill you with life, hope, joy and health in your body, spirit, and soul.

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 5:22-23

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Reflection

We may view the world differently depending on the season we are in. If we happen to be in a season of rest, we may view the world as good or neutral. If we are in a season of blessing, the world looks good. If we are in a trial season or in a dark season, the world may look unwelcoming and unfriendly. 

As difficult as life can be, we are called to rise above our feelings and pettiness and do good. We are not to be led by our feelings, but by the nature of God. He is good; therefore He expects us to be good.

Every deed and word we sow in life will return to us in the form it is sown. So if we sow goodness, we can expect to get goodness in return.  In God’s economy, goodness is a power tool.

Something to Think About…

  • Is there any difference between goodness and kindness? If there is, what is it?
  • Why do you suppose the author of Galatians thought that we would get weary in doing good?
  • The author lists an order for the fruit of the spirit, do you think that the order of the fruit of the spirit must progress from love to self control, or do you think it jumps around? For example could you have the fruit of faithfulness before the fruit of kindness?

Personal Reflection

Focus on what catches your attention:  How does this study apply this to your life?

(Your journaling thoughts)

December 17, 2022

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash



Yes, I Picked the Right Person

God Download


You ask Me if I picked the right person. I did.

You heard me correctly. I chose you for this job, this mission, because you have the unique qualities and experience suited for this job. I know you better than you know yourself. You have courage deep inside you that rises to the occasion. There are others that have the job skills, but they don’t bring your experience and learnings that I require.

You are unsure because you think you are not making progress. I can assure you that you are.

You question whether you are helping or harming, you are helping. When you help one, you help many.

Don’t hold back. Fight the resistance that is building up in you about this mission. Remember how the seed in the ground needs to prepare to break out of the ground and needs the time and care to do that. The seed doesn’t say its too hard, I can’t do it. Instead, the seed persists, it continues to do its job until it succeeds and breaks through the ground.

All seeds need time, space, nourishment, light and care to come into their own glory. Give your seed the time and care it needs to come into its own glory.

  • Be diligent, continue to do what I asked you to do.
  • Be patient, plant the seed, care for it, and watch it bloom.
  • Be careful what you think, weed out those thoughts that are contrary to your growth and success.
  • Step into your role with confidence and know that I direct your every step.

John 15:16

You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.

Reflection

God has big plans for us, but we get in the way of His plans. We don’t understand, we don’t trust, we get overwhelmed, they don’t seem to be progressing….

He picks the most unlikely people to do His work. I thought of Moses and his beginnings. He was a newborn baby found floating in a basket in the water and went on to become the one who led the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery to the promised land, but not without some bumps along the way. Read about Moses in Exodus, chapter 2, this really is a great story.

Moses had a lot of questions about his skills and abilities. God used some extreme measures to get his attention and trust. God sent a burning bush to confront him, told Moses to use a stick to part the Red Sea, and He took Moses to the top of a mountain and gave him the ten commandments. God gave Moses what he needed to continue to do His work. God helped Moses build up his leadership skills and abilities if Moses obeyed Him.

There are others that are also unlikely characters like, Joseph, Daniel, Esther. They all had something that God saw in them, that made them perfect for the job they had to do.

Not everyone will have a job like Moses or Joseph or others, but God gives us each a tailor-made job based on our character, skills, and abilities. The job is not beyond our abilities

Something to Think About…

What were you chosen to do? How do you know?

What steps have you taken to do your chosen work?

Personal Reflection

Focus on what catches your attention:  How does this study apply this to your life?

(Your journaling thoughts)

August 2022




Dare to Dream


God Download

I plant the dream in your heart. The dream starts as a fleeting thought, a whisper, as a “what was that?”

I do not shout; I whisper so that you learn to hear Me above the noise of your life.

I put the dream in your heart, and I reveal it to you slowly, a bit at a time, because if I showed you the entire dream, you would not be able to handle it. You would be overwhelmed and scared away.

Your dream and your gifts are tied together. Your gifts are a blessing to others. When you are using your gifts, you are not struggling-there is an ease, comfort, and a satisfaction in what you are doing.

As you embrace your dream and make progress towards it, I prompt and direct your next steps. An inner urgency knocks at your heart and mind. It is telling you that this is what you must do.  Trust the inner voice, it is My voice.

What about false voices; or maybe you think it is your own voice.  You may ask “Is it you God?” Know this, I will always answer you, direct your path, and look only for the abundant, and good life for you.

Pray and listen to Me, read My word. You can ask for a sign or a fleece, they are props designed for babies who need them to grow. As you grow in Me and My word, I ask that you trust Me and have faith in Me.  Do not expect a sign, I may provide you with one, but do not expect one. You must rely on My voice (your knowing) and My direction by faith.

Silence does not mean I am ignoring you- I am developing your character, your hearing, and your faith muscles to trust Me and follow Me; to be ready to step into your role. Sometimes it may feel like you are stepping out on a ledge or a cliff-but have no fear, I am with you, you are walking in faith.

There is a next step that will be revealed once you have taken this step. I did this with Moses when I asked him to step out in faith and part the sea. What may seem scary at the time is only a faith builder. As you take each next step, what seems impossible becomes possible as you walk towards Me and your dream.

Don’t limit the dream, step out and follow Me. To hear My voice, you must belong to Me.

John 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 

Psalm 37:4-5

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.

Reflection

I used to fret about hearing God’s voice.  How would I know it? What did it sound like? Was it audible-would it be like the voice from a burning bush, a donkey, a voice in the clouds? Would it be from a pastor or a friend? Would it be the bible? A podcast? A television program?

I listened to many Christian speakers on the subject. I read countless books on the subject, and I researched the subject.

Here’s what I found. Most of the time God’s voice came from something deep inside of me-call it intuition, a gut feeling, a knowing. It became an unshakeable truth. I knew it absolutely with every cell of my body.

It helped that I knew God’s general will and what was expected of me. His general will includes things like, be kind, love everyone, don’t gossip, don’t kill, don’t steal, etc. By doing His general will consistently, it became easier to hear from Him and understand His will/direction for my life. I would hear things in my head like don’t do that, or hold your tongue. Little thoughts and little steps helped me understand that it was from God because it was consistent with the word and His character.

Because He wants only the best for us, He plants dreams in our hearts and patiently tends them until we are ready to receive them and walk in them. Sometimes the dreams are too big for us right now, so He has to manage our expectations.

Something to Think About…

How do you discern God’s voice? 

How are you sure it is God’s voice?

What is your dream story? How did you come to understand your dream? Have you realized it yet?

Is your gift tied to your dream? What is/are your gift(s)?  How do you know?

Personal Reflection

Focus on what catches your attention:  How does this study apply this to your life?

(Your journaling thoughts)

June 22,2022

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


Why God Downloads?


“Your life is intentional, it is no accident. You have been brought into this world for My purpose.”

When I was young, I came across a series of books by Francis J. Roberts a Christian author who wrote godly inspired books, the most notable wasCome Away My Beloved.”

I gained much comfort from her books – they were written in a way that felt like God was speaking directly to me. I’ve read and reread them to the point where they are falling apart.

The messages were always timely and comforting. I was amazed that God could reveal himself to someone in that way, I longed for God to speak to me like that.

He did! God Downloads are what He has chosen to share with me and wants me to share with you. His messages to me have lifted me up and encouraged me when I was feeling down. They have inspired me and have given me wisdom.

I hope and pray that God touches your heart and mind through his thoughts and words in the same way that He has touched mine.

Diane

August 30, 2020


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