Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for Your servant is listening."
Thus Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fail.
I Samuel 3:10, 19
Tied to my last post in making the most of my time, is my willingness to listen to His voice. I can easily tend to have a "Martha" personality (being busy doing and not sitting at His feet; Luke 10:38-42). It goes back to priorities and balance. Yes, I'm to keep my home, but in the balance of keeping God the main priority. Interestingly enough, when I make Him the first priority, other things fall into place. Of course, I don't mean that we don't have any problems or struggles; it's just that I deal with them much better.
Take yesterday for example, our little Bethany is still struggling with illness. We found ourselves in Urgent Care again last night. This time they gave her a breathing treatment which helped and sent us home with prescriptions to be filled today. We had to cancel our fun evening plans (we did it gladly because sick kids take priority), but usually this kind of upheaval and worry about her would give me a 'reason' to "stress" eat. Instead I drank a tall glass of water, prayed and off we went. That kind of victory is only from HIM and I praise Him for it.
Before Bethany got so sick yesterday, we were able to enjoy a picnic at the local park. We met some friends there and had a delightful time. Baby Boy enjoys the play equipment to the fullest. Thankfully oldest sister was there to run after him! :) Thanks Marissa!!
Listening to Him is not the same as hearing to an audible voice. I listen to Him and "sit at His feet" by reading His Word and meditating on the words I read. Letting it sink in through meditating and memorizing His Word helps me apply it and live in obedience to it. I love this quote by Amy Carmichael:
A cup brimful of sweetness cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, no matter how suddenly it is jarred.