God speaks or gets people's attention in different ways. As for me, just about everyone I surround my self with is a follower of Christ…which is a great thing by the way lol. So listening to the voice of God or wondering if he's trying to tell me something was not easy. I value the voices and advice of my fellow believers and leaders so much that I never gave God a chance to speak to me. I would take what they say and run with it or make my decision based off of their opinion. The funny thing was that even if their advice or opinion was great, on point and can fix my situation…it was never enough for me. Scripture after scripture, sermon links after sermon links, honesty and transparency was poured out…but again, it wasn't enough for me. I thought praying about it was too much work because he doesn't answer me right way like people do. When I realized that my life was starting to feel lead by so many opinions and advice from people, I stopped calling friends, family and church family and decided to give Christ a call instead. I felt lonely at times and was ready to pick up my phone and call my girl but I was like “nah Tiff, pray on it, trust and leave it to God”. Once I began to do that, I was able to see how God was moving in my life the entire time. I was able to see how he is orchestrating every single aspect of my life; the good, the bad and the hot mess. The reason I found it hard to listen to the voice of God is that I didn't I find his voice valuable enough. I believed that he spoke to everyone else but me and because of that mindset, I was not able to find the value in hearing His voice. The advice of friends and family is great and very important to me because it shows that they care and I'm able to see their perspective on specific things. However, I did not know how to weed out what I did not need to apply and instead I applied everything. I did not know when to be honest with my self and say “Tiff, that advice was probably not for you right now but maybe it will come in handy soon”. As a young woman I am happy that I am learning and mastering this now and not 10+ years later.
Young women, you may think that God takes too long to answer your prayers and you rather hear from your pastor, friend, family member or a prophet instead. But, you're only pushing God right back behind the veil that he torn for you. Trust God and the process. He will never fail you, he's working on the answer.
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.