How to Ask Your Questions So You Can Live into the Answers

Posted On April 6, 2022

 

“The spiritual life isn’t about knowing the answers—it’s about asking the questions so you can live into the answers,” one of my favorite teachers says.

 

By formulating questions, we focus our attention and gain clarity. We then hold the questions and ponder them in our hearts like Mary did after the angel appeared to her. Eventually, with God’s grace, the answers appear—perhaps through something you read, advice from a loved one, or an insight that pops up in your heart.

As we follow the guidance we receive, we live into the answers. We mold and shape our lives with divine wisdom.

 

There are many simple yet important questions that are helpful to ask in the classroom of our lives. Who am I? Who is God? What’s my purpose? Am I on the right track?

 

I often ask myself: What do I need from God right now?

 

 

This question draws my attention to my Inner Self. It causes me to pause and scan my heart to identify the emotions bubbling up in me. It helps me reach out to the Creator and ask for what I need in that moment.

 

As I asked that question the other day, my heart responded: I need God’s love and approval. I need to know I’m on the right path. I need inner peace.

 

Pondering, waiting for God’s answer, I heard the Divine whisper, “I love you. You are good. You are mine.”

 

 

 

 

 

The words dove deep into my soul. They reassured me God is near, and his love is guiding me. They helped me accept my imperfect self as God does. They invited me to continue letting the Creator’s gentle hands guide my steps.

 

 

Consider asking yourself: “What do I need from God right now?”

Then hold the question in your heart.

Ponder it.

Talk to the Creator like you would a good friend.

See how the One who loves you with unconditional love responds, as you learn to live into the answers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

—brian j plachta
brianplachta.com

 

 

 

 

Here’s what others are saying about my new book Finding Flow–Spiritual Practices to Reclaim Inner Peace, Balance, and Wholeness:

 

“plachta’s book is a delight, both captivatingly written and full of practical ideas to try. plachta writes from his own life with authenticity and courage and offers a deeply joyful and transforming path. Highly recommended.”

—Paul Smith author, Integral Christianity, and Is Your God Big Enough? Close Enough?  You Enough?

 

Order your copy today and get into the Divine Flow! Here are the links:

Purchase on Amazon

Purchase on Barnes & Noble

Purchase on Paulist Press

 

 

Announcing: Finding Flow Friday Tips

 

 

Many weekly readers of this Simple Wisdom blog have asked if I would provide some short, practical tips that would help them on the Finding Flow Journey. So, starting Friday, April 15, 2022 and every other Friday after that, I’ll email readers a 2 minute video called Finding Flow Friday Tips.  My hope is these short videos I’ll prepare will address some of the common questions and problems we often experience on the spiritual journey.  If there is a question or topic you’d like me to focus on for these short videos, shoot me an email.

I look forward to continuing to encourage you on your spiritual path.

FYI—the first Finding Flow Friday tip is titled:

How Do I Quiet My Monkey Mind?

Here’s a clue to what the solution is:

 

Written by Brian J. Plachta

Related Posts

How Your Breath Is a Pathway to Inner Peace

In this fast-paced, often overwhelming world, it’s important to develop life-giving practices that teach us how to slow down and care for ourselves. Taking time to focus on our breath—both during quiet times of meditation and throughout the day—restores our balance and inner peace.

Is Your Image of God Big Enough?

God is always initiating and moving in our lives, his Divine love drawing us closer toward wholeness, inner peace, and balance. Our job is to listen and determine where and how God is guiding us, and then respond by following the Spirit’s lead.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.