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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Children Talk Gibberish but I listen

I Love My Brother

Then there arose reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child and set him by him. “Who so ever shall receive this child in my name receives me: and who so ever shall receive me receives him that sent me. Luke 9:46-48

Listen to your children

Do you ever listen to your children or pay attention to their shallow school adventures? Jesus mentioned humility several times in Matthew. When we receive children in Jesus name we receive him Matt. 10:42 & 18:1-5.
In life we often choose to ignore children and disregard their conversation as complaining or silly gossip. Let’s face it is nothing but gibberish right?

God’s Blessing

When my children talk I listen. No matter how trivial it appears. God blessed my wife and me with two lovely children. They are out going, always showing affection and love to talk. Daily I see the Holy Spirit operating in them, through their actions and conversations. My son is inquisitive, while my daughter enlightens me with examples of how she spoke words of wisdom to friends.

On one occasion the Holy Spirit worked though my children. That event became the inspiration for this devotion. One evening they decided to play church. I, being preoccupied didn’t pay much attention until I was called into their circle of fun. With an audience of stuffed animals and Bible in hand, they asked me to preach. Initially reluctant, but I took the occasion to speak the word. This was a Just Do It moment and not a time to question God.

Was there a reason for me to preach/teach my children? Don’t know. Could I have continued with my undertaking? Yes, but I listened and used the occasion to edify the word of the Lord. Was it a message for the children to learn from? I may never know the intent for the impromptu bible class but one thing for certain LISTENING was the lesson.

God speaks to the hearts of your children. Humble yourself, receive, and learn from them. And remember God gave us two ears and one mouth for twice as much hearing and less talking!

Tigner James

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