My boys, aged 5 and 3, are constantly giving me compliments. “You look terrific Mum”! “I love your hair Mum!” “Ooh… You look so pretty Mum!” They sure know how to make a woman smile lol.. Their compliments are always so heartwarming, they seem so heartfelt and my heart always melts when I look at them excitedly showering me with praises. lol. Or should I say almost always heartwarming – once in a while, their compliments come suspiciously close to a request for something so I’m thinking hmm… thanks but hmm…. lol! Anyway, I digress .
I usually wear the same set of earrings every day. Sometimes when I am in the mood for something different or if it’s a special occasion, I will switch my earrings to a different set – to match what I am wearing. And at the end of the day, I will go back to my regular pair, the pair that goes with practically everything I wear .
That morning, I was wearing a sky blue and white top with one of my favorite pair of pants. Hubby had already left for work. The boys were all ready, waiting in the living room. I was in the bedroom finishing up, and I decided to put on a new set of earrings.
All done! As soon as I stepped out to meet the boys in the living room, the first thing they said was “I love your earrings Mummy!” “Thanks Guys!” I replied, laughing at how quickly they had noticed.
As we headed downstairs to the car, I thought about what had just happened. The boys giving me a compliment really didn’t come as a surprise – like I said earlier, it’s something they do regularly . They spend a lot of time with me, so it really wasn’t a surprise that they quickly noticed that I had changed my earrings that morning either. Just like they are quick to notice if my emotion changes in any way – Even when I don’t say anything, They often know when I am excited about something, When I am especially happy about something, When I am sad, When I am upset, When I have something on my mind, and yes, they know when I am wearing a new pair of earrings- even if it’s just a tiny little pair that no one else (other than hubby:)) will give a second look! They know me that well – and the reason is very simple – we spend a lot of quality time together, they pay attention to me, they communicate with me, and we share a lot with each other every day.
A lot of times we will pray – “Lord, I want to know you more.”… “I want to hear your voice”, “I want to do your will” etc. We sincerely desire to constantly get closer to God and to hear him speak to us. To have such a personal relationship with him that we know when he is speaking, and we know what he is saying. That we know when something changes. We know when we are going where we’re not supposed to go. We want to be sensitive to God; we want to keep growing, to keep getting closer to him.
I am certainly no expert (in fact, far from it!), but I can share my own “God experience” with you… Yes, I still have questions – including questions about certain things I discovered very recently. There are some things I still don’t understand – And I will not pretend that I do. But I am getting to know God more and more every day, and I can honestly tell you that the more time I have spent with God, the more I have sought him, the more I have honestly bore myself out to him… the closer I have grown to him. The more sensitive I have become to him. It has amazed me. It is almost kinda scary sometimes (not in a bad way though ).
Like I said a little while ago, one thing I know for sure is that God is real and His love for us is greater than what we can even fathom. There are things in life that seem to throw me in a loop sometimes. Questions I have. Some things don’t seem to make any sense. But one thing I know for sure – God is real, and His love is real. I can testify.
How do I get closer to God? How do I become more sensitive to him? I am not talking about spending hours every day praying and reading your Bible. I am talking about the simple things, for starters making out a little quality time to spend with God alone every day. Mentally and practically putting God first in all that you do. Talking to God honestly throughout your day. Your mindset will start to change and you will start to see results. I believe God longs to have an ever growing relationship with every single one of us, not just with certain people.
Here’s the Verse/Thought of The Day:
Jeremiah 31:3b “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (NIV)
James 4:8a “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (AKJV)
Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (NASB)
And a few more verses I thought I should share:
Psalm 139:13 -14, 17 -18 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” (NIV)
Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Have a wonderful day everyone – Remember – You are absolutely and definitely on God’s mind ! Are you smiling? Yes!:)! – I love your smile!:)!
Much Love & Blessings,