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Learning to Listen to God

14 Jun

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Looking into my child’s eyes, with his cheeks resting in the palms of my hands, I answered the question – for the third time. “Each time you asked I replied, but you weren’t listening.” I continued, ” You need to learn to be still for a moment and listen!”

I stopped and reflected on my own words. How am I doing on listening? How many times do the children speak before I hear them? Do I quickly take care of something my hubby may have asked me to do, or do I procrastinate?

Mark repeatedly has done a character study with the kiddos, beginning when the older were the younger…

Part of it includes something like this:

True listening means paying attention with your ears, eyes, mind, and hands.

1. Ears: Try to block out any other noise, and focus on what is being said.

2. Eyes: Give full eye contact, not looking away, distracted by something else.

3. Mind: Embrace what is being said, thinking it through. Mull it over in your mind.

4. Hands: Put into action what you have heard.

In my recent post In a world full of contradictions… , I referred to gaining wisdom by seeking God. Learning to listen to God can be just as hard as teaching our children to listen to us, but it doesn’t have to be. The same principles apply to both situations.

1. Ears: Take time to be still, quiet before the Lord. (As a busy mother of young children, sometimes the only semi-private moments are in the bathroom!)

2. Eyes: Take time to read the Word of God, even just a verse or two if time is short.

3. Mind: Ponder what you have read, applying it to your daily life.

4. Hands: Don’t just forget and move on. Put it into action.

These are lessons I am still learning. In fact, I am sure it will be a lifetime of learning. But, I have seen that the more I practice listening – and put in to practice what I have heard – the better listener I become.

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In a world full of contradictions…

12 Jun

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“Take the blanket off your poor baby, it’s much too hot! He needs air!”, were the bold instructions Mark and I received as we began to walk through the church parking lot. It was the first Sunday morning of our newborn’s life. Before reaching the entrance to the building, we were admonished again, this time for not having him covered better. “He’ll catch a draft if he is not wrapped!”

The nurses at the hospital sent us home with strict instructions to feed our baby every three hours and no sooner! By the time our fifth and sixth babies were born, the view on feeding had changed dramatically. “Feed on demand.” When our later babies came… well, I guess I really don’t know what the advice was. We did what we thought was best for each child.

Should we put our children into public school, private school, home-school? Should we choose a classical curriculum, unit studies, text books, work books, co-ops, or simply un-school????

In a world full of experts and contradictions, I need wisdom!

At the end of the day, it’s not the well meaning people in the parking lot, the nurses at the hospital, or the latest books on education that are responsible for our actions. We, as parents must make our own sound decisions.

Seeking God personally, as a couple, and as a family has consistently been our greatest resource.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)

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How in the world did we end up with 14 children???

26 Apr

Recently a friend of mine invited me to be a guest on her web site, Notes at Naptime with Shara.  She had been getting after me for a couple of years now to do a pod cast.  As much as I love and appreciate Shara, I wasn’t real excited about hearing myself on a recording, much less sharing it with anyone else!  Finally, when she asked again, I decided to swallow my pride and go for it.  This story is about the incredible way we came to now have 14 children.  If you take the time to listen, you might want to get a cup of tea and put your feet up.  It takes close to a half hour.  I happen to think it’s a great story and worth your time!

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Stop and visit Shara, Kirk and their beautiful family at Notes at Naptime.

http://blogging-mama.com/family/from-5-to-14-children-podcast-with-becky/ 

http://familylegacymedia.com/category/podcasts/walking-with-the-wise/