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.


Dare to Dream

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 your 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?

June 22,2022

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Guard Your Heart

The heart is where I live. The heart reveals your character, and it is how I judge you and how others judge you.

If your heart is right, it is focused on Me, then, … your motives are pure, and you have the gift of My peace.

I know what is in your heart and the intention behind your actions.

It is only My judgment that counts, so guard your heart!

Ephesians 3:17

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Reflection

Having consistency of character can be hard sometimes. When tough times come along sometimes its hard to be the person you have been working on, and you can revert to your former behaviour.  It is at that point that you realize how at risk and fragile your newly budding character is.

Something to Think About …

God judges the heart, but we judge actions- how do make peace between the heart and the impulsive actions?

You can’t take back words or actions. What do you do? How do you get your equilibrium back?

Does saying I’m sorry, fix it?

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April 18, 2022


The Waiting Room

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The waiting room is not punishment. It is the place where you prepare yourself for the answer that is coming. It is where your faith and trust are stretched and strengthened.

An appointed time has been given to you for an answer to your problem. Until that time comes, you must wait.

Think about what happens in a waiting room. You either fill your mind with fear, dread, anxiety, or anger, or… you fill your mind with peace, joy, or gratitude. Watch and learn from others. They will either make the most of the opportunity or waste it. On one end of the spectrum, you have some that will chat and entertain, pace, or, are loud and angry. On the other end of the spectrum, you have those who sit quietly, people watch, read, listen to music, work, or meditate. 

My waiting room is special because it is the place where I prepare your heart and mind for the answer that is coming.  The answer may come in an unexpected way-as joy, happiness, and good news, or it may look wrong, bleak, or come as a tragedy.

Each answer has been specially selected for you, at this stage of your life. No answer is bad or wrong in the long term, but it may look like it now.

Your patience and character are undergoing further testing and development. You have been given an opportunity to rise to a new level of excellence in My kingdom.

Look at how you spend your time in the waiting room and learn from it. Some will move quickly through it, and others will need to come back, or stay and wait longer.  The length of time you spend in the waiting room does not make you better or worse than others.

Those who move quickly through the waiting room have other areas in their life that need attention. So, don’t compare yourself to others and whether they have left the waiting room or not. Keep your eye on Me and what I need from you. You will receive your answer when you are ready and have completed the test successfully.

Hebrews 6: 12-15 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

Psalm 37:7: Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Reflection

Everyone must wait at some point in their life for something. Waiting rooms are busy and active places. Everyone in the waiting room has a job to do, including those who are waiting.

The scriptures above remind us that there is a reward for patiently waiting, and that we shouldn’t pay attention to what is happening to others while we are waiting.

Waiting is not a passive activity. We are busy during this time as we are stretched and strengthened beyond what we think we can manage. Our job is to practise to be still, peaceful, calm and in a state of readiness or expectancy, until we leave the waiting room.

Something to think about…

How do you wait?

How do you wait patiently and expectantly and be still at the same time-what does that look like?

How can you improve your waiting skills?

What have you learned from being in the waiting room?

February 15, 2022


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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