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“I wrote this book after enduring one of the most trying times of my life. All of the inspirational thoughts in the book are from God.”

The words above are from the first paragraph from my book, Inspirational Thoughts from God. In 2008 I awoke to find a large bump on the side of my neck. After monitoring it for over 3 years in January 2012, I was told it had changed, doubled in size and there were now two masses. They wanted to operate immediately. In February of 2012, I went to Vanderbilt Hospital in great spirits and eight hours later, I was told I had squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer. How? Why me? What I thought was the end of a terrible nightmare was only the beginning of a bad memory, which in turn lead to the best thing that ever happened to me. Always at the right place, at the right time, I now realize that is God’s way of working his miracles!

I was told that I needed radiation and chemotherapy. Should I put my trust in my holistic doctor or should I listen to my medical doctor whom didn’t know me. Treatment was going as planned, except I was so uncomfortable. I had heard one time, that if you just ask God what to do, he would show you. That day I got down on my knees to pray and I asked God what to do. I just called out to him, “God, I have exhausted my options. I am tired, I am sick, I am wary, I need help and guidance, but I don’t know what to do.” I stayed in that kneeled position for a while, just begging God to answer me, but I received nothing, or so I thought.

The next morning after exercising I began to have a strange feeling, as if the top of my head was on fire. The next thing I knew, I was on the floor, tears pouring from my eyes. Then, right there in front of me, God appeared. I didn’t immediately know it was God, I just saw an image that was so peaceful and calming. Then He spoke. “Bill, last night you prayed to me. I want you to know that whatever you choose to do with your treatment, you will be fine. I have always watched over you and I am not going to leave you now. I am not done with you, as I have more work for you to do.” Never had I had felt such serenity in my life. I immediately stopped crying and knew everything was going to be okay. Initially, I didn’t mention a word of this to anyone. If I shared the story people might think I had gone crazy. God, talk to me? No way. God was for religious people, right? God was for perfect people. God was for people who lived by the book.

As the weeks passed I began to share my story with people, and almost all were intrigued and asked questions. Some cried, and some didn’t know what to say because here was Bill, one of the wildest things to ever come out of the backwoods, talking about God.

From that day on, not a week has gone by that I haven’t had a conversation with God. We talk about everything . . . well, I talk, He listens and shares His amazing insightfulness. Each time I am reminded that no matter what I think I am going to do, He is the final word and amazing things can happen if I will surrender to Him and allow Him to work His miracles.

One morning God came to me and sternly told me to write His words down, so I got up, got a piece of paper and wrote what God spoke to me: “The answer to all problems begin with prayer.”

I wrote that first thought down, not knowing or understanding why God asked me to do that. I laid the paper aside and that was the beginning. Over the next year God spoke to me. He said, “Write these down.” On and on, God kept talking and I kept writing and asking questions.

One day God said, “You are done with this book.” So I hope you enjoy reading Inspirational Thoughts from God. It has been my honor, and service to God, to write it down. My hope is that anytime you pick up the book and open a page it will speak to you the way God spoke to me!

One more thing. I will answer the big question, “what does God look like?” God is not tall, nor is He short. God is not fat nor is He skinny. God is not white, nor is He black. God is not harsh, nor is He gentle. There is such a tremendous energy that surrounds Him that when I was in His presence I failed to pay attention to what He looked like because I was so humbled to be near Him. He is amazing, funny, powerful, intelligent, caring, friendly, direct, knowing, considerate, passionate, kind, and most of all, loving. God’s voice is powerful. He speaks to you just as you need to be spoken to. His voice is stern but loving. He laughs . . . a lot. To me, His voice was not a deep voice but wasn’t a soft voice, either. I think of it as perfect pitch.

God thinks we humans take ourselves far too seriously. He laughs a lot because we think we are in control of our lives. He said to me once, “I am the past, the present, and the future. I am everything that ever was, that ever is and ever will be. I am God.” He wants people to understand that evil must exist for people to choose to turn to Him. We are human beings who have free will. We can choose to ask God to be a part of our life, or not.

God wants you to ask Him for help and to turn to Him. He wants you to ask Him for forgiveness of your sins. He wants to love you. He wants to take your pain away. God doesn’t care about how much money you make. He cares about how you are helping the world around you. God will not always tell you why He does what He does, at least not here. Sometimes His actions are a challenge, done to see if you are going to continue to love Him or walk away from Him. Sometimes when we think God has left us, He is actually carrying us. We just don’t realize it. God wants to have a relationship with you.

One day God said to me, “Bill, I have been trying to get your attention for a long time. I was tapping your shoulder and poking your back, and you would always acknowledge my presence, but never turn to me.” I always used to tell people how God blessed me with the ability to do so many amazing things. Now I realize that God allowed me to be at the right place at the right time so that He can do all of the amazing things He does. Me? I’m just a player in a game called life and the game of life is God’s game. What’s next? Each day I simply now ask for direction.

Thank you for reading this short version of my story. If you would like to read the full story please visit the link to do so and I hope you enjoy God’s book, Inspirational Thoughts from God.

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God bless you all,
Bill Vandiver
December 2013