SWEET IS THE WORD! D&C 101:7 - A FOLLOW-UP THOUHGHT - ANOTHER REASON WHY GOD SOMETIMES KEEPS ANSWERS OR HELP AT BAY

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Pic via: the living room floor, at the feet of a little girl playing with little toys during quiet time. Claire and Emmy were snoozing upstairs. 😴😊
Entry from Saturday, April 29
"They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them int he day of their trouble." 

Well does it get any simpler than that? If it doesn't feel like God is answering my prayers, it may very well be because He knows I'm not listening.

This verse can totally be applied in the context of obedience, but upon reading it just now, I really feel like it also applies regarding listening to Him for the answer to my prayers. I ask away for what I need in prayers, but do I take the time to then listen on my knees in return? Hardly. And I'm not pausing much during the day to listen, either. I move on from praying pretty quickly for obvious reasons (three kids!!!), and yet, there are a good handful of potentially still moments each day (I'm thinking of nursing session with Emmy) when I could be "hearkening" unto Him but, honestly, I'm on my phone instead. 

Lesson learned (I'm grateful for it): sometimes God keeps answers at bay for a bit when He can clearly see that I'm not listening. And I totally get that. The girls will often come talk to me and run away before I can squeeze in a word, leaving me calling after them to stop and listen. They will not, do not hear me if they don't stop and listen to me. I get to ask God for what I need, and then if I really want my answers, I have to pause and listen. 

2 comments:

  1. This is amazing! Something I have been seriously trying to figure out myself. I will definitely be working on my listening skills. It makes total sense, right?!

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    1. Right! I don't think I've read such a direct scripture like that in a while. I love it. XO

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