Listen Up!

It's Friday again already! Today's word is 'Listen'. You can join us at Lisa-Jo Bakers place if you would like. Lisa-Jo picks a word every Friday and a bunch of lovely ladies write about it for five minutes. Then we share what we write. No over-thinking and perfection, just free writing.


Listen


Be careful how you listen. Jesus says that.

I was schooled in this today.

I foolishly stayed up way too late last night watching a movie. 5 1/2 hours of sleep are not enough for me. Satan knows our weaknesses and he waits to pounce on us when we are down. He is looking for opportunities to destroy us and to destroy our families.

I woke this morning with an impending thick dark cloud looming over me. Motherhood felt heavy and hard and completely impossible. I heard that my girls weren't good enough. I listened and heard that I was failing at my duty to raise my daughters for Christ. These are the things I heard.

He got me this morning. I listened as he whispered about how I was failing at raising my daughters for Christ. I listened to him tell me how I was failing, and I believed him.

I carried this on my heart all day long. This feeling of failure.

Be careful how you listen and be careful what and who you listen to. What I listened to this morning wasn't true. Well, its true that I am not a perfect mother, and its true that my four teenage daughters aren't perfect either. But then, what is perfect? By who's standard are we measuring perfection? That is the real issue here.

When you feel like your failing. Ask yourself what or who is defining your failure. Be careful who and what you are listening to.

This afternoon I took a nap.

When I awoke the dark gloomy clouds had lifted.

When you feel like your not good enough. Like motherhood is too hard. Like your failing. Like it is just too hard. Stop and listen. Listen beyond the words and feelings being hurled at you. Listen for the Still Small Voice. Listen for the truth. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Do you hear me? Are you listening? It is not wise to compare yourselves amongst yourselves. Listen up! You are going to get through this. Jesus will not leave you nor forsake you. Listen to the truth when the enemy starts shouting lies at you.

You are good enough.

You are complete in Christ.

He will give you everything you need.

The Lord showed me this verse while I was thinking about listening and about my experience today:


But now, O Jacob, LISTEN to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
" Do not be afraid for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by my name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
Isaiah 43:1-3


Go to Him........... and listen.

Today, I learned the importance of being on guard against our enemy. He is on the prowl seeking whom he may devour.

Listen to the Truth.

With love,

Renee

p.s. I'm sharing this with the ladies at The Weekend Brew, stop by and visit us!

Comments

Aritha said…
Thank you for this beautiful, practical blog. Sometimes I don't know if it is God's voice or our enemy the devil. I heard in my head the same as what you write. I thought it was the Holy Spirit, who pointed me to my laziness in my 'talk about God' to the children.

How can I distinguish who says what?
BARBIE said…
Beautiful! I know all too well the voices in my head that tell me that I am failing. Thank you for linking up and sharing this post so that others come come and be encouraged!
Unknown said…
Thank you. Its so easy to listen to those old inner voices that deceive us and lie to us about the truth and our value. Needed this today.
Unknown said…
Hi Jedidja. What I have come to understand is that the Holy Spirit never condemns us. He always points us to our righteousness in Christ and says "live as who you are"... Satan's words always take us down and out and make us feel we arent good enough. Jesus would never say that about us! I am sure you are doing a great job as a Mom.
Aritha said…
Yesterday I talked about this with my husband. Yes, Its true what you said is in blog and answer. It was like/ as if the sun rises in the dark world inside me. Suddenly I see things clearly. Thanks.

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