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This is the way! Walk it out!
Everyone seems to have an opinion or comment about how “others” need to serve and seek out their purpose in life. Don’t deceive yourself. If anyone of you thinks he or she is wise in matters that address the current world trends/ events and the ever changing opinions about it all, they are going to be really disappointed.
In fact, you must be considered a fool by worldly standards, in order to become truly wise, because the wisdom of this rebellious and broken world looks like foolishness when put next to the vast wisdom of God. He catches the wise in their deceitful plotting and pompous presumptions.
The LORD knows the highest thoughts of those who think they’re so very wise, and to Him, their thoughts are worthless, 1 Corinthians 3:18-20.
Throughout the ages, people have struggled to understand God’s call, plans and purpose in life for themselves and others around them. It take a few very basic steps of discernment to “know” that direction and path. Becoming aware, gathering information, making a decision, and looking for confirmation of your choice — can help.
How do your hear God’s call in your lives?
How do you understand what you hear?
These questions have been asked by every generation and continues to be asked by all who seek to discern God’s presence and call in their lives. If you look at scripture you find several examples of people struggling to understand God’s call to them.
You are likely to hear God’s call several times before you realize who is calling. Your task is to listen, to listen well, and once you’ve heard God’s voice, to follow it.
Consider the story of the call of Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10). Samuel was a young boy serving in the temple when he heard a voice calling his name. He assumed this voice was that of the priest, Eli. Eventually, Eli realized that Samuel was hearing God’s voice calling to him and instructed him to respond, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” Samuel needed Eli to tell him that the voice he heard was God’s. He didn’t recognize God’s voice on his own.
Or consider the story of Andrew and the other disciple when they were with John the Baptist. John sees Jesus walking by and points out, “Behold the Lamb of God.” With that the two disciples of John follow after Jesus and become his disciples (John 1:35-40). They needed John the Baptist to point out Jesus to them. Then, they could follow and respond.
When you seek to discover God’s call in your life you enter into a time of discernment. The dictionary defines discern as: to separate, to sort out, to sift through. Discernment, then, is a time of sifting and sorting.
Spiritual discernment is also a time to see with the eyes of your heart so that you can choose life in God. It is a time when you allow yourself to be open to God’s will, and it is an opportunity to allow the spirit of God to guide your mind, will and emotions more than only trusting in your own reasoning and logic.
Listen closely…. There is s voice saying to you, “This is the way! Walk it out!”
The Prayer Tool
As moms, we do a lot to serve our children. But the greatest service we can offer them, is a powerful tool that has a reach far beyond our own. It’s the prayer tool.
There is no specific formula to follow when praying for our children, mainly because each child is uniquely different. They have different gifts, needs, and challenges.
There is no “best way” to offer our petitions, but we are promised that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us when we struggle for words, (Romans 8:26). So you see, there is no need for us to feel intimidated! No way! We have the Holy Spirit as our prayer partner.
We can confidently approach the throne of grace with the desires of our heart and a willingness to be used in God’s service as a wise and watchful steward of the children we have been entrusted with.
Motherhood is more than just a stage in life! It’s a lifelong calling from God! With it He gives us hearts that love deeply, hands that serve tirelessly, and vision to see
His blossoming image in the precious ones entrusted to our care.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|