I have often joked with those closest to me, that sometimes I really wish that God would speak to me audibly. You know, when you have an important decision to make or need to be comforted, that all of a sudden you hear His booming voice talking straight at you. Yeah, I know, that that may never happen in my lifetime and most likely I won't hear it for myself until I meet Him in Heaven. But, as always, He answers in His due time. Let me start from the beginning, so you can get a better understanding where I am going with this one.
A few weeks ago, God laid it on my heart to focus more on Him, my husband and my kids. For some reason, my heart was heavy towards these things. I have spent these last few weeks in His Word and in prayer, trying to figure out what exactly He wanted from me. I was feeling lead, but not quite sure where and why.
Specifically, two things have been continuously on my heart and on my mind.
- Focus on honoring my husband and my kids
- Use my time more wisely, especially in the technology aspect (computer and iPhone).
Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post explaining how I couldn't find enough time in my day to get things done around the house. One morning I woke up and realized that that was because I was spending way too much time on the computer and my phone. I know, shocker! (you know when you have an iPhone it pretty much is a computer that is with you all. the. time)!
I decided right then and there that I would make it my mission to make my computer time less of� a priority. I would only get on the computer AFTER my kids were taken care of, I spent time in daily devotions and in His Word, and the kitchen cleaned and coupons done (hey it's a start, if the kitchen and dining room is cleaned up I feel I have really accomplished something :-)).
I again, blogged about why I wasn't on the computer as much. I have to admit, I felt kinda silly writing about it, because come on, I have so many friends who seem to make their computer time work amongst the other things. But for me, this was a step I definitely needed to take. I even threw around the idea of taking all my apps off my phone so I wouldn't be tempted to Tweet and check facebook while away from the computer. But I hadn't gone that far yet, I did limit my time on my phone.
All right, so back to God speaking to me audibly :-). He didn't but he did give me a few clear, direct tidbits of what He is doing. Which is so exciting to see. Because, come on, we all need a little bit of God's insight once in awhile and some encouragement that comes along with it.
So let me tell you 3 specific situations that were a reinforcement and encouragement to me that I must be doing something right :-)!:
#1 As I said earlier, I have been focusing on trying to figure out how I can honor Jeremy, Evan and Carter. I even asked for prayer last week in Home Church during out girls time for this specific need. Which that in and of itself is a pretty big deal, since I don't like to share my deepest thoughts to anyone!
On Saturday, I went running with my friend and in the midst of our run, I mentioned to her that I was focusing a lot of time on learning how to honor my family more. I came home from my run and all three of my guys were resting so I decided that that would be a good time to sit and do my devotions for the day. I have been doing a rotation between strictly reading my Bible and reading some of my devotional books.
For some reason, I decided to read out of my devotional book that day :-) (I love saying that phrase "for some reason" because obviously it wasn't my doing, it was God's way of gently nudging me to do it). I don't read out of the devotional very often, maybe once every 2 weeks or so. I just place a book mark in it and pick up where I leave off.
Don't you know, I flipped open to my book mark which was still at the end of the previous devotional and I had to turn the page to the next one and you know what I found:
How cool was that? Seriously! What a great encouragement that yes, I was on the right track. You know, since most of the time God doesn't speak to us through voice, it is hard to know if we hear him right and are doing what we "think" He is telling us to do.
#2 We have a radio in our living room that is very finicky. Even though it is a nice radio it will only play the strongest of radio signals. And as have mentioned before, the boys and I love to sing and especially love to have background music on. So a few weeks ago, I tried to get some of our favorite stations to come in, but nothing. So I put it on a Christian station, that I don't necessarily enjoy listening to because they don't play a lot of music, mostly sermons are played during the day.
I decided that that was better then nothing. So I started turning on the radio while we were at home, just for the background "noise". I found that during rest time for the boys, it was nice to sit on the couch and listen to the radio. During rest time for the past few weeks there have been a variety of wonderful sermons that I have listened too. Guess what the majority of them of been on?
Yep, you guessed it (well maybe not but I will give you the benefit of the doubt): Marriage and how to keep a healthy Christian marriage. So during the afternoons recently, I have sat down and have worked on coupons etc. while listening to a sermon.
Yesterday, I had the radio on but not listening to it.� I would not be able to tell you what the message was about or even who was speaking, but I walked into the room for some reason and at that exact moment that I walked into the room, the speaker says, "...well maybe God is telling you to put away the computer and build a relationship with Him..." OH MY WORD! Are you serious, God? How awesome! He encouraged me with my #1 goal and now He just encouraged me with my #2 goal!
#3 Right before I sat down to right this post, I decided to plug my phone in to the computer to sync it up, since I NEVER do and Jeremy likes to remind me that when I put things on my calendar on my phone that he can't seem them unless I sync my phone to my computer. Oops! So lately we have had some schedule conflicts :-). I also needed to get some pictures off of the phone for a post I am writing later this week.
After the two of them swapped info and my pictures were put on my computer. The phone CRASHED.� I had to restore it to factory settings. Do you know what that means?? All my apps and pictures - GONE!! Well temporarily until I realized that they can be restored. Oh the magic of technology :-)
So I guess when I was throwing the idea around of taking off all my social media apps until I worked on my priorities, that God thought that was a very good idea. He did show me His sense of humor too. So maybe I will take off those social media apps for a little while after all.
So you see, I am feeling very amazed at what God is allowing me to see in His little plan for me! I do not know what He is up to and may not know for some time, but He has allowed me to see just a few glimpses into His plan and has encouraged me that I am doing something right!
How awesome!! You know, as much as I would love to hear an audible booming voice telling me exactly what I should be doing, I will take these little signs any day! God knows my heart and knows that I need some affirmation when making decisions. He has given me more than what I asked for and I can't wait to share with you what I have learned from this whole experience. So stayed tuned :-)!
Your turn! Any "God moments" with you this week? I would love to hear about them!