Friday, July 27, 2012

Listening by writing

The fourth of Mark Virkler's Four Keys for Hearing God's voice is "journaling". Virkler says, "I call the process "two-way journaling," and I have found it to be a fabulous catalyst for clearly discerning God’s inner, spontaneous flow."

Consider that much of the book of Psalms is simply David's written dialogue with God.

Rose Starr in Denver, CO explains how the discipline of "listening by writing" is impacting her life...

"Spending time listening every day is a new thing for me. It has been challenging since it's a new skill and I don't feel "good" at it yet. However since I've been writing as I listen, I'm amazed that in a few short days I am writing more and more. I feel that God is indeed speaking to me and the thoughts that are flowing from my head/heart onto my paper are from Him. It's been so encouraging. I mean, why wouldn't I want to hear from my Papa every day? Then as I gather with my CO2 (church of two) or house church I have all sorts of things to share about what God is teaching me!


For more about Mark Virkler's Four Keys, see

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post, John.

    Listening is so, so important. No relationship reaches its full potential if the participants fail to listen to one another.

    In my experience people are usually quick to learn to talk to Papa in prayer, but much slower to learn to listen to what he has to say.

    I've journalled on and off for years, especially as an ajunct to Bible study. It's amazing what I've learned by doing this. I do the same thing jointly with a friend once a week - with similar results.

    I highly recommend listening, and Virkler's keys are very, very useful when it comes to listening to the still, small voice of the Spirit.

    Here's some more analysis on listening.