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Monday, August 31, 2015

God's love...

My prayer:

Thanks for getting me through this day God. It always amazes me how you can give me strength when I have none, wisdom when I have none and talent when I have none. I would truly be nothing without you but with you, I am pretty unstoppable.

Thank you for renewed hope and renewed excitement. Thank you for a new sense of purpose.

What God Said Tonight:

I am not surprised or shocked when you get discouraged, even when you want to give up. I am not disappointed in you when you come to me with no strength left.

I am your Father and creator. I know everything there is to know about you, yesterday, today and tomorrow and I love all of you, every last bit.

I love you in your struggle and I love you in your victory. I love you when you think you have it all figured out and I love you when you realize you don't have it figured out. I love you when you find a way to bless your neighbor and I love you when you haven't found a way...yet.

I am yours and you are mine forever.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Opportunity...

My prayer:

What a great day, what a great night!

Thank you for your awesome power to heal us from the inside out. Thank you for healing our hearts and how that healing radiates out into every aspect of our lives.

And, thank you for this  crazy bright moon! It is pretty incredible. And you are AMAZING!

What God Said Tonight:

Where do you want to go and what do you want to do? I have a world of opportunities for you and I am up for just about anything right now.

Tell me the desire of your heart and see me bring it to you. I have a great desire to give to you tonight. I have a great desire to see you blessed.

Friday, August 28, 2015

What God Wants...

My prayer:

Hallelujah! Friday night, here with you, how could I ask for anything more.

Today was a nice surprise. Thank you! I am looking forward to seeing what you want to do this weekend.

What God Said Tonight:

I have not changed. I want the same things today as I did yesterday. I will want the same things tomorrow. I have very simple wants.

I want to love you and be loved by you . I want all of my kids to come to know me. I want a world where we can live together, side by side, like I planned in the beginning.

I want it and I will have what I want, with all those who chose me.

I love you.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On the edge of a cliff...

My prayer:

I gave all that I could to this day God. My one last and most important thing to give is my ears to hear your voice. Speak to me God and let me hear your heart.

What God Said Tonight:

I have much to say but you are standing on the edge of  a cliff and looking down tonight. The water below is beautiful and enticing.

Don't get taken in by it. If you fall, if you jump, you will never get to see what I have for you around this next corner. This path right now is narrow, uncomfortable and it would be a lot easier to jump, but, don't.

Follow me around this bend and I will show you great things. I love you and I will never stop.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The relationship of trust and peace...

My prayer:

Thank you for your peace that doesn't make any sense today God.

Life and work was crazy as ever but somehow, it just did not get to me, at all. I had your peace so firmly cemented within me today that everything just kind of rolled off of my back.

I would LOVE to have that all of the time. Me and everyone around me would be a whole lot happier! Your peace is such a great gift. Thank you!

What God Said Tonight:

My peace in you is a direct result of your trust in me. The more you trust, the more peace you experience. The less you trust, the more opportunity you give to stress and to the enemy to mess with your head.

I love you and it is my desire that you live in perfect peace.

Spend time each day getting to know me better. The more you know me, the more you will trust me, the more you can live within the peace that comes form me. I don't mean that the peace is some kind of reward for "doing good". I simply mean that the natural reaction of your trust in me is to experience peace that is unaffected by your circumstances. It is not mystical. It is just the way it is.

I love you sweet daughter and I am glad you lived firmly rooted in my peace today. Thank you for trusting me.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Under control...

My prayer:

A million thoughts are running through my head tonight God but none are worth talking about. Maybe I can just listen tonight?

What God Said Tonight:

I have things under control. Even the things that you forgot to ask me about. I have it all under control.

Nothing is happening that  does not result in my promises being carried out. Nothing can stop me or the plan that I have. No evil, no force of will, no surprises can stop me. I know everything that can and will happen and I have prepared for them.

Does it not make sense to trust me, the one who has already seen how things turn out, instead of trusting your own ability to see, plan and do?

I will lead you. I will guide you. I have so much more for you. Your life is not over. Your life is about to head to a new level of greatness. Trust me to get you there.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Obstacles...

My prayer:

SO many things went wrong today God, it was almost comical! And yet, at the end of the day, sitting here with you, it is so clear that nothing that went wrong left any permanent damage. None of it really mattered in the bigger scheme of things.

Thanks for being there every time I called on you today. Thank you for helping me keep my cool...at least mostly. Thank you for helping me to find the laughter in the midst of total frustration.

What God Said Tonight:

An obstacle is not a "no" from me. I will tell you no when you are headed down a road that will harm you. I will not always clear the path.

Sometimes fighting through the obstacles gives you the strength you need to achieve the goal.

Like a baby bird in it's shell. Working to break through the shell makes it strong enough to stand on its own two feet once it is out.

Don't curse the obstacles. Thank them for giving you strength to stand once you are out.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

God's view of the problem...

My prayer:

Thank you awesome God for the insight today. I really needed it. I was very confused.

I don't know what it is about going for a run or a hike but something about it clears my mind and spirit in a way that lets your voice come through so clearly. Things that complete confound me throughout the day become crystal clear by the end of the run. I should probably run more often, maybe seven or ten times a day!

Can't wait to hear what else you have to say tonight God. You are wonderful. Thank you for always having the answers and always being there for me.

What God Said Tonight:

Things are always more complex than they look and simpler than they seem.

You see the issues in someone else life and the answers seem so clear and so easy because problems always look easy from the outside looking in. The opposite is true when you are looking at the problem from the inside looking out. When you are in it, you see more complications that are even there. It is magnified due to your viewpoint.

I take you to places, times, activities that help get you out of the middle of the mess, just for a minute, so you can see it for what it is. Not the simple view of an outsider but not the complicated view of the center of it.

I give you my view. When you get that, everything else seems easy. I lend you my eyes to see things for the truth of them. I love you.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Firmly rooted in God's heart...

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My prayer:

What and unusual day God. Not bad, but unusual. It seemed like plans, or making a plan was not really a part of the day. That is weird for me.

I am grateful for the peace of today. I am grateful for the rest. I am grateful for the trail run and the health and strength to do it.

I am grateful that you, as always, were with me throughout the day, guiding, leading, and being my peace. I love you so much God. Anything you are a part of, I want to be a part of. Anything you want to do, I want to do it with you. Your presence, your love, is worth more to me than all the gold in the world.

You are my everything and you never let me down.

What God Said Tonight:

I have found a time and a place that is perfect for what you were designed for. I have lovingly prepared and taught you. I will gently move you into this new position that I have created and found just for you.

I have a perfect place for all of my kids. A place made for them and them alone. Life is a journey to find and stay at that place. That place is firmly rooted in my heart.

I love you.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

All in...

My prayer:

I gave this day every last thing I had God. Physically, mentally, emotionally, I am all drained out. But, spiritually, I am hungry as ever to hear your voice and to spend time in your palpable presence. What is on your mind tonight sweet Father?

What God Said Tonight:

I am in you and you are in me. That is something that is said a lot but I want you to truly understand it.

I have been invited into your life and your heart. When you did that, I took up residence in you. I made your body, your mind and your spirit, my home. As the years have gone by. As you have grown and learned and strove to know me better, I have become more embedded in you than ever.

I have covered your sin and washed you clean...yes, that is true. But I have also, made your bones my tabernacle.

I do this because it is the only way I know to be in relationship with you. I am all in. I don't hold back.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Life outside the lines...

My prayer:

Wonderful Father. This day sure had its share of challenges. I did the best I could and I hope it was enough.

Seeing that truck accident this morning really threw me.In the blink of an eye his and possibly his whole family's lives were changed. It reminded me that we really never know what is going to hit us next.

Father God, I ask for your healing, comfort and help for the man in the accident and for his family. I thank you that you are always with me and that with you, I can face any challenge, life changing or not.

What God Said Tonight:

It is not in you to quit but sometimes it is the right choice. Sometimes, when something is not working, the best and kindest thing you can do is step back.

You can come back to it later but for now, move on. Time is too short to live within the lines. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Judging...

My prayer:

What great lessons on perspective today God. Everything is relative. The things that make me happy, the things that upset me, the things I think are so wrong can all be lined up against someone else's experience and suddenly that thing I was so certain about, doesn't seem so bad or so wrong or so great...comparatively.

I know we have been talking a lot about judgement and how it is not my place to judge and that sounds really easy. But, in reality, I am judging everything all the time. I have opinions all of the time. How do I stop that? Do I need to stop that? I think maybe I do, especially when you point out so poignantly to me that my opinions can fall apart when compared to what someone else is going through.

But, how?

What God Said Tonight:

Judgement is mine. I am the final and only judge that matters.

I have placed in you discernment. I have placed in you curiosity. I have placed in you a deep desire to know truth. I am your truth.

I will not let you go before your time. Your training and proving ground is here and now. Your future depends on your understanding of me.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Easy peace...

My prayer:

Awesome God. I cannot get over how much better I feel! Who knew that letting go could make such a difference!

You are amazing and wonderful. Your grace is stupendous and so much more than I ever realized! More encompassing, more powerful, more everything.

You are my God and I am your child, now and forever God. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

What God Said Tonight:

I have an easy peace for you tonight.

There are times of struggle in your life. There are times that require great faith. There are times that require patience. There are times that require great love.

Tonight, I don't need anything from you. I have an easy peace for you. Rest in it, knowing how much I truly adore you.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A reason...

My prayer:

I am so grateful, awesome God, for the first day of pain free, full energy, whole health in what feels like a very long time! You are so wonderful! 

Thank you for healing me God. Thank you for the insight of what I was holding onto that was contributing to the sickness. Thank you for a friend and Pastor who helped me to see it and let it go. 

What God Said Tonight:

I have so much for you. I have waited for this time. I have waited for this season. I have waited for everything to be in place. I have waited and now you will see the future I have for you. 

I have healed you for a reason. I have strengthened you for a reason. I have matured you for a reason. 

I have loved you for no reason, just because I do.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Jesus heals...

My prayer:

I am ready to be well God. I am ready to be whole. I have had enough of these various iterations of physical pain. I thank you for your healing power I thank you that you took the stripes that I can be healed. I pray that you go to the root of the issue and make it right. I receive the healing God. In the name and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

What God Said Tonight:

I have healed you. I am light to your soul. I am peace to your mind. I am strength to your spirit. I am all that you need. 

You will rest and you will be made whole. I have not made these promises to trick you. I have not made these promises to test you. I have made these promises out of my love for you and they are yours. 

Your healing is here. I am here. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

My team...

My prayer:

Wonderful Father. I want to thank you tonight for being on my side. I want to thank you for all of the wonderful people that you have put in my life that are on my side. 

Life can be pretty tough but when I have a team of family and friends, with you as the coach, how can I help but win? Help me God to be as big of a support to the people in my life as they are to me. I will do all that I can to always be on your side.

What God Said Tonight:

Most things grow better when they are not left to grow alone. Plants, animals, people all grow better when they have help and companionship around them. 

I created you for relationships. I created you to live this life as family, as a team. When you isolate yourself, you rob  yourself of the nourishment, support and love that comes from having your team around you. 

I love you and you are never without me. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Getting what I asked for...

My prayer:

Awesome God. Help me to see the things I don't see but need to know. Help me to love better. Help me to leave things like judgement to you. Help me to forgive quickly and overflow with grace for people.

Thank you!

What God Said Tonight:

Ok. You will. 

I am in you and when your focus on me, when you embrace me above all others, you will love without limit. You will forgive without hesitation. You will be a fountain of grace. You will see with fresh eyes that are unshielded by experience. 

I am in you and in me you have all that you asked for. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Why God heals our heart...

My prayer:

Amazing and awesome God. Thank you for your protection and your healing power today. You truly are wonderful to me. I am sorry that I forget that sometimes. 

What is on your mind tonight? I can't wait to hear your voice.

What God Said Tonight:

I have seen you grow in your faith and your trust. I have seen you move from a place of doubt and insecurity to a place of calm assurance. I have much more to do in you and with you. 

You will always have further to go but know now that you are not who you use to be. You are not where you use to be. You are closer to your perfected form than you were. You are closer to the person I intended you to be, before the world stepped in. 

I love you just as you are and you are perfect in my eyes as you are fully covered in my son. You will see that your view of yourself is changing. As you mature, as your faith grows, you will find that you see yourself in a different light. You will begin to see you as I intended for you to be. You will begin to see the great value in you. 

I love you and I always will. I heal you so you can love yourself and others.

Monday, August 10, 2015

In place...

My prayer:

Awesome God. Thank you for your peace today. Thank you for showing me answers and helping me get things done. Thank you for the frequent reminders that you always work things out in the end. 

You are amazing and your reminders are my safety net right now. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

What God Said Tonight:

Every day, every experience, every interaction, has purpose. I don't waste your time with things that do not matter. I lead you and I guide you and I promise, every last thing in your life has a greater purpose. 
You will often not recognize that purpose until much later, but it has purpose. 

Trust me to guide you life and lead you exactly where I need you to be. Trust that those things that seem so insignificant to you now, are very significant in the overall big picture. 

You are like a grain of sand but you are key. Your life is key. If you were removed or if you were not in place, the structure would break down. I have you in place. 

I love you.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

You be you...


My prayer:

Awesome God. I am done with the whining. Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for a whole day without having to live up to expectations, not even my own. 

I am going to do my best. I am going to trust you to know best. I am going to keep going because I know you and you always have something amazing for me on the other side of the rough times. 

LOVE YOU!

What God Said Tonight:

Not every day is filled with roses and sunshine;but, everyday you have got me right there with you. I don't need you to be anything but you. I love you, just as you are, right where you are and I always will.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

God won't give up...

My prayer:

Problems with no answers in sight. Pain with only moments of relief. The only thing I know is you are here with me and you won't leave me here. You will find the answers. Maybe you will be the answer. You will be my healing. You will never leave me. That's what I know. 

 What God Said Tonight:

I'm here. I see you. I see what you are going through. I don't watch it from a distance. I am in you and you are in me and what you feel, what you go through, I go through. I don't judge you because I am in you. 

We are in this together and I won't give up. If you need to give up for a little while, don't worry, I will carry us. I won't give up. 

Your heart is in my hands and I am reforming it. I am making it new. I am taking all of the places where it has been sliced, bruised, beaten, and turned necrotic and I am renewing, healing, growing fresh new tissue so that you can love the way I make you to love. I am in you mending and making you whole. 

I won't give up. You will be whole. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Under control...

My prayer:

Awesome Father. I am not very proud of how I handled this week but I survived, and I guess that is something to celebrate. I am pretty sick of me tonight. What is on your mind? What do you want to talk about? I love your voice, your heart, your presence...everything that is you.

What God Said Tonight:

I am going to make you to lie in green pastures tonight. I am going to provide for you as you rest. 

I want you to free yourself of the grime of the week and rest while I take care of things for a bit. I don't need you to do anything but trust me and let go. Don't grab back on to it, just let go and leave it. 

I know there are many things right now that weigh heavy on your mind and your spirit. I know every one of them. I am working on every one of them. Trust me to work it out. 

Find your place in my peace and settle in for awhile. I love you and I have got it under control and in my will. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Worry demon...

My prayer:

Sweet Father. I pray and I ask for peace tonight. Stress and worry are taking up too much space in my life right now. 

I give it all up to you, knowing that you have all of the answers and you have a plan. God, I choose right now to release the worry and the fear. I choose right now to grab onto my faith and trust in you. 

Thank you Jesus!

What God Said Tonight:

The darkness, the unknown, the what ifs can be some of the most relentless demons in your life. They nip away at you until you are chewed to pieces. 

Come into my arms. Let me wrap myself around you and keep them off of you. You are my precious child and you are not meant to be fodder for demons. 

I will keep you safe. I will heal and restore you. And, of course, I will work everything out for your good. I love you daughter.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BAD day...

My prayer:

I feel like I kind of failed at life today God. I mean, in the end, everything worked out ok (because you always work it out in the end). But, throughout the day I let the stress get to me. I did not treat people very kindly. I could not seem to come up with solutions and got lost in the problems instead. All and all, pretty pitiful.

Thank you for working it all out anyway. Thank you for finding solutions when I couldn't. Please help me to do better tomorrow.

What God Said Tonight:

I have only one thing to point out to you about today. I would just say that when you ran into the problems, your response was to look inside yourself for the answers. It was only when you were completely overwhelmed that you turned to me. Your turning to me, was the turning point of the day. 

I will always help but I won't but in. If you want to try to figure it out yourself, I will let you. If you want my help, ask. When you are frustrated...ask sooner. 

I love you daughter and your day was not as bad as you think. You will see great things out of what you thought of as failures today. Your heart is in the right place but your mind got in the way today. Wash it off, shake it off and we will do better tomorrow. Love you to pieces!

Monday, August 3, 2015

You can do it...

My prayer:

Thank you God for big ideas and big dreams. Thank you for the courage to hold onto hope that life, this life can yet be more amazing, more impactful, more meaningful than I can imagine. Thank you for having bigger plans for me than what I can imagine for myself God. Thank you God for your big picture and all the souls saved because of it. LOVE YOU!

What God Said Tonight:

You are capable of so much more than you think you are. You have yet to see even the edges of your limitations. 

I live in you and because of that, you can do anything. You can accomplish anything. With me on your side, you really have no limits. 

I see you in your perfected form and in it, I see all that you can do. 

Trust me when I push a little. It will be ok. You can do it. You will do it if you don't lose hope. Don't be afraid. I know you can do it. Trust me and my opinion, even when you don't see it in yourself.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Holy Spirit guidance...

My prayer:

Holy Spirit. Thank you for your guidance today. Thank you for letting me know what to do, when to do it and who to do it for today. 

I love days like today where I don't have any plans and you can truly guide each step. I would love to discover how to live that way all the time. I mean, I try to be open and listen for your voice and guidance all day; but sometimes the noise of work and the day to day responsibilities of life make it harder to hear you. 

God, help me to keep my ears, my eyes and my soul open to you 24/7 no matter what else is going on.

What God Said Tonight:

I will guide you always. I just have to use different methods depending on how well you are hearing me. 

When you are listening, I can give you a slight nudge and that is all you need. When you are busy, stressed, distracted, sometimes I have to drop a boulder in front of you to catch your attention. 

But, I will always guide you. 

You have invited me into your life, your heart and I plan to stay. I plan to hold up my end of our relationship. I will see you through every season and I will guide you always. 

Love you.