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Shhhh, Listen!

October 24, 2011

     Everyone knows that in a library you should whisper.  Libraries are quiet refuges.  Not so our homes.  Instead our homes could be compared to the stock exchange where everyone is yelling and you don’t know how anyone knows what the other is saying.

     One unforeseen benefit of the cell phone is the in home calling system.    I confess I will call my husband or a child on the cell phone that is not within hollering distance.  Don’t get me wrong, there is still am ample supply of hollering for each other going on.  And I’m sure we have all learned the lesson to not ask a child to go get a sibling.  They holler.  “I could have done that myself,” is a very famous statement. 

     Then you add the sounds of TVs, radios, children fighting, dogs barking and military activity (on the game systems), and you have one noisy house.  About now the Grinch would be grouping you in with those noisy Hoos of Hooville.

     It is a scientific fact, or close to it, that the noise level increases in direct proportion to the activity level.  The busier your home, the noisier it is.  But here is the alarming thing.  God speaks to us in a still small voice.  With all that noise, how are we ever going to hear him?

     Here is another confession.  When I am in busy mode, I am tuned OUT.  When I am on a mission with somewhere to go, something to do, I am not listening.  Children may speak, but I only get part of what they say.  If you wonder why you don’t remember a particular conversation, it is because you weren’t listening.  I also do not see you.  Just the other day I was shopping at a book store and was zoned out.  A friend tried to get my attention and had to literally get right in my face to be noticed.  Short of pulling out the sledge hammer, God has a hard time getting our attention.

     We have tuned God out with our busy lifestyles.  He may be speaking, but the noise level drowns him out.  His still small voice is silenced below the din.  We also put Him on hold just as we do our speaking children.  “Not now, talk to me later.”  When is later?  When do things truly slow down long enough for you to sit and listen to God?  Do you delegate his voice to Sunday?  Do you only allow Him to speak to you through your pastor?

     Thank God when we have a request for Him, He does not say, “Not now, I’m busy.  You can tell me on Sunday.”  For us the door is always wide open to His throne room.  He has even given us permission, no, the right to boldly go right before His throne.  This is amazing.  On this earth we lack the right or access to go before ANY king or queen.   Yet the King of kings is seeking an audience with US.

     For the past five months I have shared with you countless ways that our busy lifestyles steal from us.  No loss I’ve talked about to this point even compares with the loss of hearing from God. 

     Many times we do not even realize what we are missing.  We are too busy to notice the lack.  But it is there and it slowly and sometimes not so slowly, gains ground.  Before long the lack of communion with God is noticeable in countless ways.  First of all we dive into yet another activity that stresses us and our families because we did not ask God if we should and we sure didn’t take the time to listen to an answer.  The stress level in our homes is dense, arguments and disobedience are reaching epic proportions and you are feeling unhappy with life, maybe even a little depressed.  Dear Mama, stop and listen!  God is speaking and He is talking to you.

     He is speaking wisdom and guidance for you and your family.  He is forewarning you of dangers along the way.  He is instructing you in Godliness and letting you know how very much you are loved.  You should stop and listen.  It is fresh water for a thirsty soul.

     If you have no time for Him today, it is time to rethink your activity level.  Without hearing His voice you are digging a pit for yourself and your family to fall into.  Slow down.  Eliminate some of the noise that is drowning Him out.  Turn off the TV and radio and allow some silence into your life.  Then quiet your own thoughts of all you still need to do.  Now, shhh just listen.

 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2011 9:21 am

    This is why a RETREAT is SO important. And, why I love getting up earlier than my sweeties. Caleb’s gotten so he rises early, LOL, but he’s so tired as he trudges through the kitchen that it is like still being alone with God.~
    God bless you as you serve Him.

    Lucy~

  2. Josh spence permalink
    October 24, 2011 11:02 am

    That was great 🙂 I’ll try to be more quiet lol

  3. Noah J. Cicalo permalink
    October 24, 2011 1:39 pm

    Lord knows I need to do that a lot more than I do. I kinda wonder if I even do do that 😛 Need to tune out some things and listen to something (or Someone) different for a change.

  4. Noah J. Cicalo permalink
    October 24, 2011 1:39 pm

    My tongue should be sticking out on that last comment lol

  5. Libby permalink
    October 24, 2011 2:26 pm

    A great reminder to slow down and listen. I am often too busy, involved, yelling at kids, etc to hear God calling to me.

  6. October 26, 2011 8:46 pm

    I GOT STILL ENOUGH TO COME AND READ THIS HOPE THAT COUNTS FOR SOMETHING. wELL YOUR RIGHT ABOUT BEING STILL AND JUST LISTENING.
    That is the thing that we all need to learn about God. Jody

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