Saturday, January 16, 2010

Listening


The other day I went to pick Ellie up from the child care at Bible Study and when I got to the door and saw her in someone's arms she was completely content, not even looking my direction. As soon as I said "Ellie" she turned fast immediately knowing whose voice she heard and reaching for me.

There is something about mothering that creates in us a gaping hole for Christ continuously. That is why I want more kids, and at the same time don't know if I can handle more. I am shepherding my little ones, as I am being shepherded. When I saw Ellie's reaction to my voice, God recalled this verse to my mind:
"He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice." John 10:3-4

There are so many voices I'm tempted to listen to throughout my day. Second by second voices are telling me I should put my kids in daycare and get a job, because this is too hard for me. That I'm ruining them. That I'm not good enough. That I'm always tired, grumpy, snappy, and that's what they'll remember me as. That anyone else could do a better job than me, or that mothering is not one of the best ways I could spend my prime of life.

I pray that I will spend enough time listening to my own shepherd's voice before all the other voices begin in my day, that when they start with their lies, I will clearly hear and follow my true Shepherd, and react just like my little Ellie the moment she knew her mama was near. Crying, reaching, and striving to be near.

4 comments:

Monique said...

Jenn - this is precious! thanks for sharing your mothering journey:)

Betsy Myers said...

Thank You, Jenn!!!!! PRAISE GOD FOR GIVING US MOTHERS LIKE Y O U !

Kelly said...

Ok..you are truly one of the most amazing women I know! It's true..believe it sister! I am so thankful for your honesty and you have such a gift for putting it into words where others can be encouraged and challenged by it all at the same time! Thanks for living out the truth! Love ya friend!

Shanole said...

Love it!