Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Denise, this is a breath-taking portrayal of what it’s like when our ears come alive to the voice of God!
    And may we stay alive and awake to His voice over all the others that compete for our attention.

  2. May the Lord bless you Denise, for such a wonderful, poignant, precious testimony and example of His love and working. It brought tears to my eyes. Praise Him! Thank you, Denise!

  3. Denise,

    This world is noisy with clamors here and there for our attention. We need to tune out the world & sit quietly to hear God’s whispers of love to us. I was born partially deaf. Both eardrums had holes in them. We didn’t know until I was about 4. Surgery corrected the right ear, but not the left. I could hear some. Years later I got a hearing aid for the left ear. I heard the wind for the first time & was amazed. Let us train ourselves to sit & listen for His wonderful voice.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, thank you so much for sharing part of your story here. Hearing the wind for the first time! That is beautiful. Thank you for reminding me to pause and listen for the wind.


  4. Beth,
    I can’t imagine not hearing anything and then, all of a sudden, being able to hear your father’s voice….what an astounding and touching moment. Me, on the other hand…I think, no I KNOW, my Father was speaking to me and I was too tuned in to other things to listen. I believe He is always speaking to us, whispering to us and we choose to turn a deaf ear or we get too busy to slow down and listen. I know God has always been speaking to me, but when I invited Jesus into my heart, that’s when I chose to really listen. God speaks to me through His creation, through the hugs of family and friend, through a kind word, but if I’m not in HIS Word on a regular basis, I am missing SO much of what He wants to say to me. He always beckons me to come listen to Him. I’ve found every excuse in the book, but being in the Word regularly, I’ve found, leaves me yearning to hear more of His voice….to hear Him whisper His love to me. What an awesome sound that is! Thank you for this poignant and touching post.
    Sunday blessings,
    Bev xx

  5. Denise, It was a blessing to read your message today! My ears work overtime to take in God’s word for all the years I did not hear. My standard poodle also writes a blog, but lately, I feel I should start blogging about my journey in life after my husband’s serious stroke. Your writing is yet another nudge to write the truth instead of the chuckles that my dog brings people. His blog is: Thanks, Denise!

  6. I have felt God was speaking to me several times. I have even felt Jesus hug me in a very desperate moment. But none compares to the time I heard God speak through the word in the form of a Facebook video. I was sitting with the door closed, worried my children would see the tears pouring down my cheeks. All I could think was “ it’s hopeless”. I tried desperately not to sob. I looked at my phone and thought maybe I could distract myself and I opened Facebook. My favorite Christian producer had posted a new video. My breath caught and the tears came harder as I read the title, “The Hopeless Situation”. I could feel God with me, holding me, as I listened to the story of the walls of Jericho. God is there, God is everywhere, you just need to be open to hearing his voice and feeling his love.

  7. What a beautiful message we awakened to this morning! I have a friend who was reading God’s Word late one night in bed. And God began to speak to her through scripture. She said it was as though the lights came on and the words were as clear and bright and she could not help but exclaim loudly and joyfully in the quiet and stillness of the night. It was her “ah ha” moment. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
    I love that my rectors messages are available online. Several times, I have missed such poignant moments because of human distraction, only to listen the next day in the stillness of my home and allow God to speak to me.

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful message this morning!

    • “She said it was as though the lights came on and the words were as clear and bright and she could not help but exclaim loudly and joyfully in the quiet and stillness of the night.”

      ^^ Yes! This! I love this so much! Thank you for sharing here in this space. So grateful. xo

  8. Its always very pleasing to read your blog. I feel like god is with me and watching progress. Another beautifully drafted article.

  9. Absolutely, mostly through His Word and people but you can learn the discernment of the Holy Spirit’s voice from your own the more you grow in grace. He works in dreams and visions and imagery, the Lord has many beautiful ways of communicating His love, just be careful of the counterfeits of the enemy.

  10. I love this so much Denise. Such a vivid picture of a child hearing and being drawn to His father’s voice. Your words drew me back to a precious memory, me sitting on the floor in a small room just outside the chapel on my college campus. Tears streaming down my face from that ache in my heart, reading through Isaiah 43, when my heart heard God telling me He loved me for the very first time. “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you….” Isaiah 43:4

    I’d never read those words before, and I almost couldn’t believe they were there for me. It changed everything. Thank you for taking me back there today.