(Inside: How to notice God’s voice in your life through motherhood.)
I see and feel God in my ordinary life every single day.
It is not audible. Instead, it is a feeling…a message through a moment that speaks to my heart.
I feel it when my 3-year-old repeatedly hugs and kisses me. I feel it when my oldest leaves me a note that says, “I love you, mom.” Or when my middle son asks me to snuggle with him and plays with my hair. I feel it when we eat dinner as a family. I feel it when the room fills with laughter because of something cute our boys have done. I feel it when my husband slips his arm around me, just because. I feel it when my oldest bites into a s’more, the sticky sugar extracting his first tooth – oh that toothless grin. I feel it in the excitement of my son little feel turning pedals and keeping his bike straight all by himself. I feel it when my boys play together, filling our home with such joy and energy. I feel it in the beautiful moments nestled sweetly between spilled milk, tantrums, bickering and grumpiness.
In those kinds of moments, I look at my family and I think, “I could not love you any deeper.”
But – of course – I forget to notice. My to-do list begins to choke, my heart races and I feel like there is never enough time in the day. There are moments when I’m only looking ahead, preparing, preparing, preparing…but never enjoying the present.
My friend recommended to me a book that talks about Mindfulness. A practice of reminding yourself to come back to the right now. So, I:
Then, I’m back in the moment… I’m noticing my child hug me, or the funny things they say, or enjoying their “firsts,” and the love is bubbling up inside.
Then, I feel God speak to my heart, my sweet, sweet child – that love you feel for your kids, it’s your daily reminder…
…I feel the exact same way about you.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19, NIV).
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, educator, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration in parenting, family connection ideas, encouragement for moms, and more empowering content. Read more in the “about” section of this page.