Good morning! I want to share about something that has been on my heart for a while. Actually, for a very long time.
When I was a 12-year-old whippersnapper, I read through the story of Abraham as described in Genesis. I was captivated by the fact that not only did Abraham talk to God, but God actually spoke back to him! This communication was so clear that Abram (his birthname) was prepared to leave his urban house in Ur (with hot and cold water and indoor plumbing), to go live in a tent on a one-way trek through the desert. Without asking for confirmations (like Gideon), or dillydallying along the way. He just did it!
God's communication must have been crystal clear.
This birthed in my heart a hunger to have this same kind of communication with God. For a long time, this was swept under the rug, I was not in an environment where you did this. Age 45, however, there was a huge change in my spiritual walk. God broke through with truth, and a lot of the cobwebs were swept aside. I learned that there were actually a lot of people who heard from God. I started to read books about the subject, and learned to quieten myself down and be open and listening actively for God's communication.
This then started a search for God, wanting to know Him deeper and deeper. Believe me, there have been many ups and downs along this journey, I do not consider myself particularly special, with the exception that I have a unique set of fingerprints! However the Holy Spirit continued to carry me on, along this quest to know God. I am still on this quest. I pray that maybe you will be inspired by my experiences, and have an amazing testimony of your own, getting to know our heavenly Father in a whole new way!
Have a blessed day!