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A Guide to Love, God, Prayer, Meditation, & Peace Within You—Right Now

Hearing God’s Voice in Hard Times


Several months ago I was struggling with my job which was not working out at all and was a source of great stress, especially since I had picked up and left everything and everyone I knew to move 2,000 miles away. Since I was under contract, there was no way I could leave without paying a large penalty. Plus there were family issues I was dealing with, as is often the case, and I had some worries about my adult son whose girlfriend had just broken up with him. Despite these problems, I still wanted to be able to tune into that clear channel of Love, the Voice of the Holy Spirit.

I do some meditation daily, usually early in the morning, after I have prepared for going to work and before I get into the car. This time is sacred to me and I look forward to the quietness, both outside and inside me in the early morning. But there are times I find I am upset about something and no matter how much I want to be calm, I can’t seem to get there. When we are in a place of emotional upset it is sometimes hard to hear the Voice for Love. And so in meditation I asked: How do I hear the Voice for God even if I am upset?

After I received the answer, I realized it was not just for me. And so I share it here in hope that it can be of help to anyone who is upset or in despair:

The Voice for Love: “It seems true that when you are in a strong negative emotional state, you may feel cut off from God’s voice or even from God’s love. When this is the case you may feel that you need God the most, but that He is not there at all.

“God is always there, behind the door you have closed, you just have to open it. God is always ready with love and guidance.

“When you are in despair, think, What would God do now? When you are in despair ask, What should I do now? When you are in despair and desperation ask, Is this the true me who feels this way, or is this some other form of me who is at the fore right now?

“Keep questioning until you give up thinking your own thoughts, for your own thoughts are not necessary.

“So ask the question, What am I to do now? and listen for the first answer that comes, without judgment. The answer can be as simple as ‘Just keep going.’ It will always be a positive answer.

“Any negative answer like, ‘I am weary of living, I do not want to be here any more,’ is not coming from God. It comes from the ego, the habituated mind, not from the right mind, the mind of God.

God reaches out to you at every instant that you turn toward Him but you often are turned away. Just by stopping and asking What should I do now?, you will get your answer. It will always work and pull you out of the depths of your emotion and into the help and comfort you seek.

“God always loves you. And within yourself you always love yourself, no matter what you think you may have done or not done, and no matter what you feel. And this love is always all right.”

  • Beautiful message, Irene! I’m sure so many people have that experience of being challenged connecting with God when feeling emotionally upset. Thank you for your encouraging words and for your willingness to seek guidance on this topic. I’m very grateful. Lots of love to you!!

  • Elizabeth

    I thought I would be brave and find out today just how much I owe in student loans. I haven’t even started repaying them and it has climbed up to 198,987.89; just two thousand more and I am sure I would have followed my ego mind’s advice.

    As it is I have next to no faith left. So I ask you God: what should I do now? Because unless you do something Lord, I will be crushed by this debt load. I’m so sorry I thought I should better myself Lord, please forgive me of my sin. If you decide I’m worth the spit you breathed into me and help me out of this black-hole;I swear on what life I have left that I would never do it again.

  • Dmandt9

    Hey its good that people like you have good jobs, etc.. but how about us who dont.. and have to
    struggle with the daily life of not knowing where our next penny will come from.. sometimes that is
    very very hard to do. with the way the economy is going.. will try to hang on to your article. but
    it is very bleak right now.. dawn

  • dawn

    again. you have a good ministry, and income.. but look at those who  dont have jobs.. and whose unemployment has run out.. they turn to food stamps and welfare.. college educated people.. some with masters degrees.. who have to come to rely on that to survive.. so please come to look at
    the real  picture in the world right now..

  • Irene

    I have asked for divine guidance to respond to those of you in pain right now who have commented.
    The Voice for Love: “Dear and Holy Ones,God and the Holy Spirit may seem like they are not responding directly to your pain, for they see the truth of who you are, the holy child of God who is always loved. They lead a way inward to receiving the answers for yourself and to help you develop inspired action during a time of trouble. The best way to devise an action plan is to be in a calm and quiet space within, rather than acting from desperate or despairing thoughts. In your heart of hearts you know this is true. Try to be led by the loving hand of God and the Holy Spirit in all your thoughts and actions rather than from the place of fear in which you may find yourself.”

  • Deepti Srivastava

    Hi, A boy loved me since last 11 years and me too but now due to some of my misbehave he dis ring ceremony with another girl and now even he do not talk with me . We are in differen cities . I want to marry him but now he is not ready, please let me know what i can do to marry him.

  • Thebyrdfamily7

    You should try the public service student loan forgiveness program. Google it and you will be able to find out more.

  • Anonymous

    one should marry someone when and only when the guy/girl thinks that he/she is completely perfect for you.your misbehavior must have made him  think that in some way or the other .just GO to  him and say that he can’t end an 11 yr relation just for misbehaving and you are extremely sorry about it and you did a big mistake and you released that and say you won’t repeat this in future cause mistake once released is half gone and neva repeated in completely gone  and if you relly love him tell him how you love him and how much badly you are repenting about your misbehaviour.just show your true feeling and don’t add pretence and prove him that you are the one for him.this will reely work 100%.just try this but with your true emotion that makes him think about you.all the best and good wishes.