It was the first 2 minutes I’d had to myself all day.
I’d been racing around all day, getting the kids ready to go to Grandmas and myself ready to go out with Jeremy for the evening and trying to leave the house in some semblence of order – oh, and cooking breakfast, lunch, and a dinner we could take in the car. Yeah, hectic.
I knew I needed to connect with God, to get His perspective on my life, to give my soul a breath of fresh air. But I just didn’t have time.
Finally, with two children napping and the third in front of a movie, I snuck in the bathroom to take a shower. As the hot water sprayed over my face I tried to relax, but instead found myself ranting at myself, life, and God. Frusterated that in a season of my life where I KNOW I need to connect with Him on a regular basis, everything seems to fight against that – busy schedules, so many little one’s needs, lack of sleep – need I go on? I know you all can relate.
That’s when God’s Spirit nudged mine with the suggestion - “Why not use these two minutes to meet with me?” Kinda reminds me of the widow’s two mites…
“Hmmm – good idea – just might work,” I thought. “I’ll give Him these few moments I have to myself and see if He can do anything with it.”
Well, believe it or not, the Lord spoke to me, there in the shower, filling my heart with joy and peace and His love. He is so faithful. I wanted to share with you what He said to me that day because I think it will be an encouragement to all of you who have long days and little children to care for. But with the rest of this post I want to share my notes from yesterday’s sermon which, of all things, was on the topic of hearing the Spirit’s Voice. (Thanks to my awesome pastor and father-in-law, Mark Holden, for this great teaching)
Often when one tries to listen to the Spirit’s voice, so many other thoughts invade. It’s helpful to know these characteristics of God’s voice – what it is and what it isn’t.
God’s voice is…
- the voice of Truth – what He speaks will never contradict scripture.
- the voice of Love – always based on a foundation of love
- the voice of Healing – He desires to restore and build up and make whole
- the voice of Wooing – It’s winsome and attractive, He wants to embrace and console.
God’s voice is…
- NOT Condemning -” “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
- NOT Angry – “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” James 1:20
- NOT Rejecting – He is a God of mercy and grace who invites us in!
- NOT of the flesh - He does not speak things to us that would build up our flesh.
If you have been trying to hear the Lord’s voice in your heart lately and have been confused and unsure what He is saying and what might be coming from other places, try comparing it to this list. Then you can discern what is truth and you can toss out what is lies.
His words to me in the shower the other day were full of love and compassion – I hope to share them with you tomorrow.
How do you find time with God in your busy day?