So what avenues does God use to speak to us? He uses His Word, we know that. He will also use other authors....books and tapes, speakers, Pastor's, friends, and family....even nature will be used by God to speak to us. All those things are signs of His incredible desire to communicate with us!
Another, and the most intimate way God speaks to us, is directly into our spirit. I hear His Voice. He says in His Word that His children know His Voice.
" My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" John 10:27
Here is a challenge....grab a notebook and when you have your prayer time....make it in a quiet "cozy corner"....do not get up and go about your day after you pray. Sit still, and silent. Tell God you are ready to receive His Voice. It may be a simple "I love you" that you hear in your spirit. It may be 2-3 pages worth of conversation from your Father. I promise you will hear from Him. Are there times when God is silent? Yes. If He is silent for too long, you need to search your heart and life for a hindrance to that communication....unconfessed sin?....unforgiveness?...pride??? If you do not know, ask God to show it to you and when He does, don't get upset with the way He shows you. At first, you may have to be silent for a while. It is ok....He is there. Will you doubt what you "heard". I am certain you will. I did and sometimes still do. That is ok too. If it does not line up with the Word of God, cast it down as an imagination....2 Corinthians 10:5 says,
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"