This morning, I was reminded of something that happened once with Bryson – it has been several years ago now but still holds a powerful lesson.

One morning, Breanne called me to tell me that Bryson had a doctor’s appointment that day. She said he had a cough, and she was going to take him to the doctor to have it checked. I thought this was odd. Breanne is not the kind to take the kids to the doctor for every little thing. However, I didn’t question her; I just told her I would happily ride with her.

On the way to the doctor, Bryson seemed fine. He didn’t cough one time. He didn’t have a fever. He said he felt fine. I was thinking we were wasting our time.

The doctor came in and checked his blood pressure and temperature. She then looked at his throat and finally listened to his chest. After listening to his chest, she said, “He has bronchitis.” She then did a throat swab to determine that he also had strep throat.

Breanne, Bryson, and I were stunned. He did not feel sick at all, and he didn’t have a fever or a sore throat. It took listening on the inside to determine there was a problem.

God has been talking to me recently about how He speaks to us. This is yet, another voice we need to learn to discern. We need to listen on the inside.

While everything may appear good on the outside, we must become accustomed to that inside voice to determine if there is a problem we must deal with. Or a situation we must address. That still, small voice on the inside will alert us of anything that needs attention.

Like I said earlier, Breanne is not the kind to run to the doctor for every little thing. Yet she made an appointment this time. Why? She was listening to that inner voice. Thank God she was.

I want to share something with you that I read in a Psychology Today article.

Pause. If you’re uncomfortable and don’t know the reason, don’t presume there isn’t one. It may not be a good one, but a reason most assuredly exists. In the heat of the moment, it’s often difficult to identify it so we often ignore what we’re feeling for the sake of expediency. But most situations don’t require immediate decision making. If you’re uncomfortable for any reason, don’t try to figure it out in the heat of the moment. Instead, don’t make the decision at all.

I agree with this totally. If you feel uncomfortable about anything, I call it a lack of peace. When you do not have peace, stop and pray about it. Do not move forward.

This is where discernment comes in. You may not be able to explain why you don’t have peace, you simply know peace isn’t there. That is reason enough to pause. Pause and pray. Let peace and peace alone, rule you.

Our God is a God of peace. Jesus is the Prince of peace. If peace isn’t present, God is not in it. That is reason enough to pause, don’t you think?

My prayer for you today is that you will hone your inner voice. You would learn to listen closely to that voice and follow it. That voice is the voice of God in you.

Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice, they hear My voice and they follow Me, for I know them.” (John 10:27)

The more intimately you know Jesus, the clearer His voice will be. The more you listen to your inner voice (His voice in you), the more you will recognize it. The more you obey it, the more peace you will have. The voice of God speaks constantly inside us…listen for His voice.

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