Signs are all around us … street signs, stop signs, and speed limit signs.
Open signs. Closed signs.
We look for signs, study them, and follow them. We rely on them to guide us … without giving them much thought.
But there are other, more subtle signs that we miss.
They are signs from God or His messengers.
God’s signs may provide direction for a decision we are facing.
Or a reminder of His love for us.
God may let us know about a family member who needs help.
Or even a vocation to pursue.
The three wise men saw God’s sign of the star and followed it to Bethlehem to the baby Jesus. No one else recognized that sign from God.
In our busy and loud daily life it’s easy to miss God’s signs.
I didn’t pay much attention to God’s signs until after my mother died. I was preoccupied with raising two small children and working full time. But there’s nothing like the death of a loved one to get your attention.
Over the years I’ve felt the presence of my deceased parents and other relatives, in dreams and while awake.
This week’s issue of Genuflect is all about signs from God, whether they still happen today, how to recognize them, if it’s okay to ask God for a sign, what to try other than ask for a sign, why you shouldn’t be discouraged if you don’t see a sign, and how to know if a loved one is in heaven.
Once you slow down, open your heart to God’s messages, and pay closer attention, you’ll begin to hear the Lord speaking to you. And it’s a beautiful experience.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
Does God Give us Signs?
The Bible is filled with examples of God communicating with man through signs. Do you ever wonder if He still does today? Josh Daffern says yes indeed He does. Here’s how we know He does and what to look for.
Do Signs From God Still Happen Today? | BeliefNet
There are big signs, there are small whispers, and sometimes there are no signs at all. Here’s what to look for so you can easily decipher the signs in your life from God.
Signs God is Trying to Get Your Attention
God wants to help us, but it’s up to us to recognize His signs. Here are 8 ways God may be trying to communicate with you so you will be more likely to receive His messages.
8 Signs God is Trying to Get Your Attention | BeliefNet
Signs Are Tricky
There are signs all around us. But sometimes we don’t notice them. Or sometimes what we think are signs from God are actually a trick by the devil. Or just us tricking ourselves. Christine Watkins provides some sound advice on how to discern signs.
Noticing God’s Signs | Catholic Mom
Is it Okay to Ask For a Sign?
It’s tempting to turn to God for help … to ask for a sign. But is it okay to do this? Blessed Daniel Brottier believes it is when asked with sincerity and faith. Here’s how he approached it.
Is it Okay to Ask God For a Sign? | Aleteia
The Downside of Asking For a Sign
The thing about asking God for a sign is that we often seek a quick answer. And God doesn’t necessarily work that way. Here are 4 things to consider about asking for His help.
4 Thoughts on “The Downside of Asking God For Signs” | Catholic Stand
Try This Instead of Asking For a Sign
When facing a decision, especially major life decisions, we want God to help us determine the right path. But this may not be the best approach. Here are four prayer practices to try instead.
Where’s my Sign?
Sometimes it’s easier to see God working in other people’s lives than it is our own. We ask for a sign and it doesn’t ever seem to come. Don’t get discouraged. Chika Anyanwu explains how her own personal experiences helped her to understand what’s better than signs.
Where’s That Clear Sign For Me, God? | Blessed is She
Waiting on Signs
Victoria Gisondi also became frustrated with not seeing big signs from her recently deceased dad. The lesson she shares is an important one about trust.
Signs From Heaven | Catholic Stand
Are They in Heaven?
When a loved one dies we often think of him or her as being in heaven. But how do we know they are in heaven? If we assume our loved one is with Jesus we may be missing out on a very important job entrusted to us. Here’s how we can do our part and what to look for to know they are in heaven.
How Do You Know a Loved One’s in Heaven? | The Practicing Catholic
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