Friday, September 16, 2011
Kids are in school...weather is cooler...soup's on the menu...and I am preparing to listen.
I started a new Bible study this week called "He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear From God" by Priscilla Shirer. I so want to be more in tune with God in my life...for the benefit of not only me but for those around me. As most people around me know...I talk...a lot. In my opinion too much and I am sure there are others who agree. This past week a co-worker posted on facebook the following comment: "Maybe I should just keep my mouth shut". It was a quote by me. But when I saw it on facebook it stung...a lot. It's not the fault of the person who posted it because I said it. (And by the way, he's a great guy!) That was just in case he reads this...But it makes me realize how often I open my mouth instead of listening to others around me, including God. So my adventure this fall is to listen to God speak to me...to prepare myself to hear.
In the first week Priscilla is talking about Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:1 "Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent." 1 Samuel 3:7 "Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD yet been revealed to him."
A couple of things I learned this week:
1. Children are more willing and receptive to accept the unconventional. (God had not talked to people in a long time because the adults were rebelling against Him). I (as and adult) know too much for my own good.
2. Babies are totally dependent on their parents, they completely trust their parents to help them and they expect us to be there for them. The older we get, the less we expect God to come through for us.
So this fall I am going to talk less and listen more. I am going to listen for God speaking to me and I am going to expect that God will come through for me.
What are you expecting this fall?