Listening to God’s Notifications

Listening to God's NotificationsNotifications announce or alert you to bring your attention to something. A comment on a photo or a reply to a status update gains your attention if you’re a Facebooker like I am. Notifications in the mail for late bills or upcoming events help you make a conscious decision for action, to pay the bill or to mark the event on your calendar. E-mails notify of deadlines for projects or sales events. Texts dings let you know someone has sent you an “important” message on your cellphone. In child language tattling is its own immature notification. A dog barking creates its own alert to pay attention for an unknown person nearby.

Does God send you daily notifications?

He speaks to me regularly and reminds me often of things He wants me to know or remember. The Holy Spirit is God’s notifier since He lives in the heart of the believer.

One day I kept track of a number of the notifications God gave me…

Baby crying – “You were once like this and your family loved you.”

Child tattling – “Do all things without murmurings and disputings yourself (Philippians 2:14).”

Correcting child’s behavior – “Are you listening to what I have corrected you about?”

Making another meal – “All you have needed I have provided.”

Teaching household skills to our children one more time – “Build them for me in character and skills so I can use them.”

Interruption of our daily routine by baby – “People are more important, they are who I died for.”

Child arguing – “Did you notice your child is selfish just like you? You argued in front of them last night.”

Inappropriate commercial – “Guard your eyes and heart, not just the children’s and change the channel!”

Hearing how God blessed someone else – “You can be happy for them and thankful I answer their prayers too. Don’t be jealous, your time will come.”

Laughter and silly giggling – “This is joy, loving the people and family I gave you.”

Witnessing child making a good choice – “All the hard work you do can produce good and godly results.”

Violation of my rights – “A servant serves no matter how they are treated. Christ was reviled and reviled not again. (I Peter 2:23)”

You might argue that those were conversations I had with myself or it was my conscience but I am confident that in God’s still small voice He spoke to my heart in these instances. Some of them as encouragement, some to alert me of my own bad attitudes and sinful behavior, some to help me rejoice in seeing Him working in my life even in little ways.

Pay attention, God is always speaking in His still small voice if you are listening. What will He notify you of today? Love that He speaks to you as His child and respond to how He speaks in obedience.

Hunting for a Good Marriage – Wedding Shower Devotion

Hunting for a Good Marriage

This was written for a ministry friend that is planning on hosting a hunting themed wedding shower for a young lady in her church who shares the love of hunting with her future husband. I love the idea of incorporating the bride’s interests into the shower with pink and camouflage decorations.

Hunting is its own hobby and sport. It takes a large amount of self-discipline as well as training in how to go through with killing the animal you’re hunting. Let’s think of just a few things that are required when you go hunting.

  • You have to have the right hiding place(s) – The Bible says that when you get married you are to leave your father and mother and cleave to your husband (Genesis 3). You should be hiding in a place where you are cleaving and close to your husband. Another place to hide is in the shadow of the Almighty, especially in times of trouble. – Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
  • Your hunting gear (clothes) – This is very important to keep yourself hidden and warm while you wait for your opportunity to make a shot. The wife’s proper clothing is found in I Peter 3:4,5 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:” This is not a popular set of clothing to wear because as these verses say, it comes at a great price. The cost is our words and how hard it is sometimes to put on a meek and quiet spirit! But when we do, it shows we trust God to take care of things in our marriage.
  • The right weapon – As a good clean gun is important to a hunter’s outing, the weapon of a good wife will be the same weapon as a good Christian, which is the Sword of the Lord, the Bible. The Word of God will help you defeat the enemy as he attempts to attack you as you seek to honor God with your marriage. The Sword will also teach you how to correct your own heart and ways (Hebrews 4:12).
  • The right sight – Not only is a good gun the most important piece on a hunting adventure, but you should have a good sight on your gun so that you can look through it and see the animal that you are planning on killing. There are other sights you should keep your eye on as you walk through marriage together with your husband.
    • Keep you sights on: The Lord, your husband, and your family.
    • Watch for the enemies – the wicked woman, laziness, distractions and/or relational substitutes
  • Take safety precautions – Just like when you are hunting and you typically wear hunter’s orange as a safety precaution to keep other hunters from shooting you, you should take precautions in your marriage. The most important thing to guard your heart against is hardness of heart because it is the cause of divorce (Matthew 19:4-8). Protect yourself against bitterness by forgiving and not going to bed angry (Ephesians 4:26). Practice doing good to your husband even when you do not feel like it because the virtuous woman gives us this example in Proverbs 31:12, She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

God and His Word will help you to be the best wife and hunter that He wants you to be. He is the best at watching out for us and helping us in our marriage. I pray and hope that the Lord will be always in your sight that you can walk with your husband for as many years as the Lord will allow you together.

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