I found my voice. One of them, at least.
One weekend with ‘The Voice Lady’ brought out my true voice after years of not even knowing it existed. I got what I went for, and way more. She didn’t just address how we sound, but how we express ourselves, how we posture ourselves, and even how we breathe. I feel like a new person!
We speak volumes beyond what we actually say. I’m impressed at how making minor, yet key, adjustments can reinforce the message we want to send. I’m also impressed (and slightly distressed) by how easily we can hinder our message… [For more info on ‘The Voice Lady‘s’ workshop click here]
A wise man told me that we must also find our spiritual voice: the message we were created to emanate, our unique expression of who God is. So I’ve been pondering: How do we find our spiritual voice?
“Silence is the mouthpiece of God”. -Matthew Kelly
I’ve noticed a commonality in the people whose words ring of Truth that is striking, yet somehow familiar – words that are instinctively recognizable as Divinely inspired: they speak of sitting silently before God. Just waiting, listening.
I’ve found the not speaking aspect of silence challenging enough. Quieting my thoughts, almost impossible. So I’ve been building up my endurance 15 minutes a day. Why is it so hard to be still?! I’ve been told that we must filter what we expose ourselves to, and have a lifestyle of keeping our mind clear of clutter. Then we can more easily slip into silence. Makes sense. Just like clearing out our physical space helps us rest.
This confirms my sense that God has been warning me against impulsively consuming every piece of information that comes my way as to make room to hear Him without any distractions or preconceived notions. I believe that God wants to connect with each of us in a way that He can with no one else. As we get to know Him and become like Him, a particular facet of who He is will shine through us. We will ‘have become the message‘ we were born to be.
“And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him”. ~2 Corinthians 3:18 (MSG)