This is How I Hear God Speak Through Motherhood
(Inside: Hear God speak – does that seem elusive to you? Do you wonder how to hear God speak in the ordinary? He’s there, he’s reaching out…)
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 turning the 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 those beautiful moments nestled sweetly between spilled milk, tantrums, bickering, and grumpiness.
In those kinds of moments, I look at my family and think, I could not love you any deeper.
But – of course – I so very often, 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.
So, I (sometimes because real-life) use the simple practice of mindfulness to come back to the right now. I take deep breaths and try to still my mind. I feel my chest rise and fall with each breath, the clothes against my skin. I notice the room I’m in, the color of the walls, the feel of the floor under my feet. I hear the voices in the room, the music in the background.
I’m back to hearing the beautiful sounds of kids playing, feeling their sweet arms around my neck. I’m back to feeling little ones, I could not love you more.
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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Elijah’s my favorite. Elijah’s the Old Testament Prophet who went head-to-head with the Baal prophets to show who the One True God was. (Read more about that here.)
This man who experience God’s supernatural power, later found himself in complete despair, with shaken faith, trying to hear God’s voice. (Have you been there too?) 1 Kings 19:11-13 says:
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
When Elijah looked for God, he found Him. And God’s voice wasn’t in the wind, earthquake, or fire – it was in a gentle whisper.
Momma’s, God still speaks to us today. It’s deep inside of you, an inner knowing. I’d love for you to join me as I learn to discern that voice smack in the middle of my ordinary days.
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Growing Your Faith: Imperfect Faith is STILL Faith
Mommas, Increase Your Happiness in the Chaos
Kids, Do You Want To Watch God Paint the Sky?
In 5 Minutes I Was Reminded of the Joy of Being a Mother
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The Ministry of Motherhood is absolutely one of my favorite books. It’s made me want to have 10 more kids because, Sally Clarkson, in her gentle and insightful way, empowers us to understand all the amazing things we can bring to this role. More of my inspirational finds here.
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.
Thanks so much for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week. I really appreciated your post.
Thank you so much Judith! I enjoyed looking at your blog!
Cheryl…what a sweet post. God is in the ordinary as well as the extraordinary. Thank you for sharing at WJIM's Monday's Musings. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Thanks Naomi! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving as well!