Hello? Are You Listening?

“Are you following MY directions?” This is a question that I ask my three children fairly regularly along with “What did MOMMY say?” Many times they respond and many times they do not and just continue to do whatever their little hearts and minds are directing them to do. They ignore me sometimes, develop sudden amnesia, continue to keep kicking their feet, talking with their mouths full, singing at the dinner table, poking one another or just being “themselves”; three very uniquely different children ages 12, 5.5 (soon to be 6 in 4 days) and 4 years old.

Don’t get me wrong, like every mother I LOVE my children and think that they are GREAT! But, I have to be honest, they do not always follow my directions the first time given. Sometimes, they do not follow when my husband chimes in with “Did you hear what MOMMY just said?”

I have just started the On-Line Bible Study with Proverby 31 Ministries http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/ where we are reading the book What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa TerKeurst. I have had a few things become amazingly clear to me in just three short days of participation. I am an AVERAGE listener. I do not mean listening to my staff, co-workers, family and friends (though I may be average in that realm as well) but an Average listener to God. In fact, average might even be generous.

Like many Christians I pray, read the Bible, go to church, volunteer in childrens ministry, and overall try and be a good person, wife, and mother. Until today I said that “I know God!” Lysa talks about in her book that “We have become so familiar with God yet so unaware of him.” WOW! THAT”S ME!  She also says on page 17 of the paperback book “How it must disappoint HIM when we don’t hear  or don’t listen to HIM.” How many times had God said to me “Darcey are you following MY directions?” “Darcey did you hear what I said?” I quickly realized that I am not much different than my children with the listening skills; especially when I want to just keep doing what I am doing how I want to do it! (just like my children). And, to be 100% honest, sometimes I hear GOD loud and clear and I am slow to respond if at all. I have SO easily become trapped in the routine of family, kids, work, PTO, track practice, swim lessons, Tae Kwon Do lessons, family vacations etc. I cannot listen to follow the directions of God if I am not listening closely to/for HIS instructions.

I can never thank God enough for HIS grace and mercy which is new every morning. As I begin to actively pursue God in a better (more dedicated) way my prayer is that I can not only hear his voice but be better than an average listener and follow HIS directions.


18 thoughts on “Hello? Are You Listening?

  1. Thank you for your post! May each of us really LISTEN to what He has for each of us!
    Stopping over from Blog Hop #1.

    Chosen by Him,
    Trisha Goddard

  2. I love that God allows us to learn through the children He blesses us with. He has often shown me my childish behavior through them. Thank you for pointing out another one that I need to work on.

  3. wonderful insight! And OUCH! Average listener…yep that would be me…working with you to become an excellent listener to God’s voice

  4. As I was reading your post I was shaking my head in agreement. I have a 9,6, and a 3 year old who are average listeners also. I too found myself completely understanding how you compared yourself to your children when it came to listening to God. One of the main reasons I joined this study was so I could learn to listen for His voice again so I will not miss a chance to say Yes to Him. Thank you for sharing

  5. Loved your post today Darcy! I too find that I am the one doing all the talking. This study is making me more aware of that fact. I try to stay in constant communication with our Lord throughout the day, sending up bullet prayers and asking The Lord to guide my steps. Lately I’ve included a request for him to guard my tongue as well, and as I learn how to control my tongue, I find that I am truly listening for that guidance. So many times I pray about things but then take them into my own hands, telling myself that my reaction was from God because I prayed about it, when all I really did was go with a gut feeling and not really take the time to listen for the answer from Him. So as I close my wordy reply, your post reminds me again to be quiet and listen!!

  6. I can relate…. being so caught up in “life” but not taking the time to be still and listen. Praying I will make this a priority.

  7. Thank you so much for this Darcey! As a mom I forget that my kid is not the only one who needs to listen, but that I need to listen as well. Blessings, Jenna

  8. I like this, read a suggestion that encouraged me to check out this blog. Hearing God loud and clear and sometimes being slow to respond or not at all, that has been my story many a time. I am thankful for this study turning so many hearts back to God and hears on to His message. 🙂

    • Hi Valerie –
      I am glad that this was helpful! Sometimes I’m convinced that I am the only non-listener on the planet. I don’t mean to be. This OBS is helping me tremendously!

  9. Great challenge that we can’t just be listening, but we have to be tuned into HIS voice specifically!!! The world shouts a million messages at us pulling us every which way, but it’s only God’s voice and His instructions we need to hear. Thanks so much for the reminder!

  10. This reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures. Lamentations 3:26 – It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. I picked this as one of my personal memory verses years ago because, as those who know me can attest, I am really bad at both waiting and being quiet!! Thanks for the reminder. I will add “Lord, quard my tongue and help me listen” to my breath prayers.

  11. Even as I started to write my emphatic, nodding agreement, I realized that I had started to write before finishing the read; just like I had started building on my husband’s idea this morning before he’d finished verbalizing it (frustrating him to no end). I envy people with good memories. I’ve always known that *hearing* requires a lot of concentration for me, whether I’m listening or reading, I really hadn’t “heard” that part of the message during my initial reading of Lysa’s book or my own personal meditations so I guess that I had browsed over that aspect of the lesson like I often do. Thanks for saying “Yes” and writing this for me….now, to go back and finish reading your blog then let the lesson sink into my very soul! LOL!

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