Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When it's Hard to Hear Him in all the Chaos

The wild roar of children can make me deaf to the Word...

... or more attentive.

I must become disciplined in listening... focusing... asking Him to repeat until I hear. Me, this child, learning the same things I pray to impart to my children.

Listen. Focus. Ask. Repeat. Remember. Accept Grace. Abide in Grace. Give grace.

So in our series with the amazing Lindsey from Out of Alabaster on grace-based mothering, we have come to tip #2. I pray these suggestions help you in this critical aspect of keeping our child-hearts connected with the Father, hearing His voice above all the glorious and gory daily mess and mayhem.

2) Hearing the Word.

I long for messages from the heart of God. I long to be full of the Spirit of Grace. I long for more and more faith. 

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. 

Because I truly struggle to sit and read and keep my eyes open... the audio Bible app on my phone has become treasured by me. I can listen to whole books in the wee hours while washing dishes, folding laundry. Because I'm not tiredly skimming familiar verses--I become aware of things I did not even realize were in scripture. I absorb a lot more than I thought I would. I also sometimes listen to the audio Bible when I'm in the car alone on the way to a job etc. 

Selah also helps me to hear the word and keep my focus on Grace by reading to me from The Action Bible. It is her favorite book, hands down. She literally reads it to herself for hours every day, and asks to read it to me. I cannot emphasis enough what a jewel this book is and what a wonderful conversation starter it is. We come across stories I didn't even realize were in the Bible so then we look them up together and read them word for word and I am amazed a what a great job they did to make this Bible kid-appropriate and still Biblically accurate. I am so grateful for children's books about God, because really, I'm learning these basic truths all over again.

Another wonderful way to hear the message of God even among the blessed chaos of kids is written right after that beautiful verse in Romans that says faith comes by hearing the message through the word of Christ:

"But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: 'Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.'" ~Romans 10:18

This is referencing Psalm 19 "The heavens declare the glory of God... their voice goes out into all the earth... "

Take the kids outside. Being outside of four walls is so soul-healthy. Look up.

The heavens declare a message of glory and majesty and grace and His perfect control that we can listen to at the park, on a walk, or in my case, while the kids are on the front step "hunting" for roly poly bugs.


Mrs. Yellow Ribbon said...

New follower, here! I found you through Out of Alabaster and am loving your series on her blog!

Elise said...

Hi Brittany!

It's so nice to "meet" you!

Thank you much for your encouraging words, I so look forward to getting to know you better!


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