How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?

July 27, 2016

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11:15 (NASB)

RACHAEL CARMAN

Like most mothers, I’d gotten into a daily habit of using certain phrases to keep my crew in line:

“Make your bed.”

“Stop hitting your brother!”

“Go to time-out.”

Sure, I also tried to throw in an occasional “I love you!” when I thought about it.

One day, one of my seven children was being passively disobedient. I responded with a full-blown sermonette composed of frequently used phrases:

“What part of this is unclear?”

“Do you understand what I am trying to tell you?”

“What is the problem?”

“I will never ask you to do something that I do not believe you are able to do or that I am unwilling to help you try.”

“Are you even listening to me?”

Suddenly, time froze. It was as if I could hear God saying, “Rachael, are you listening to Me? I think I’ve been pretty clear. I have some things I would like for you to do, and I promise to help you.”

My own chided child had disappeared during this moment of revelation, and I was left alone with my heavenly Father’s question: Rachael, are you listening to Me?

I was convicted. I hadn’t been listening. I’d been hearing but not obeying. In fact, I had been ignoring the very sin in me that I was so quick to point out in my child.

So often, the things we say to our children are the very things God wants us — His children — to hear:

“Be still.”

“I’m the Parent, that’s why.”

“Pay attention.”

“Please, just trust Me.”

Take out the trash.”

“Share.”

Look at the list of things you’ve been saying. Do you hear your heavenly Father whispering the same things to you?

God is speaking. Our key verse puts it simply, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).

What do you hear?

Is He asking you to be still and wait on His timing? Is He calling on you to take action? Is He asking you to trust and know that He is God? Maybe He simply wants you to know that He understands how you’re feeling.

More than anything else, God wants you to hear that He loves you.

Dear God, help me listen carefully to what You have to say to me. Help me hear and respond the first time with obedience and joy. Your Word speaks clearly. All of creation declares Your glory. Incline my heart to be still and know Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 10:2-4, “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (NASB)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Do you dare dive a little deeper and hear God’s still, small voice amidst the chaos of raising children? Rachael Carman’s heartwarming insights in her book, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?, will help you hear God’s voice in the midst of it all.

Visit Rachael’s blog for more encouragement today.

Enter to WIN a copy of How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? by Rachael Carman. In celebration of this book, CBD is giving away 5 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here. {We’ll randomly select 5 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, August 1.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Think back over the last several days. What things have you said to your children over and over? Which words do you want to resonate with them long after they leave your house? Which words would you rather they forget? Are there words you want to make an effort to say to them more often?

Spend some time in prayer thanking God for your children (or other young people you influence) and what He is teaching you through them. Ask Him to help you as you seek to make changes to what you say to them.

Listen carefully to your children. Then listen carefully to the Lord. His Word speaks loud and clear, and the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth as you seek Him and make a relationship with Him your priority.

© 2016 by Rachael Carman. All rights reserved.

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Comments

  1. Nicole Mckinstry says:

    Truly humbling. I needed this. Never thought of this from God’s point of view

    • It’s the hardest most job I have in this life is to raise my kids. And I don’t think I’m talking or listening to God enough. Time to start talking praying and listening to God a lot more.

  2. Christabel Sevilla says:

    I have encountered this so many times…asking God why he has been so harsh in disciplining me and suddenly it dawns on meβ€”he has been so gentle with me regardless of my disobedience or delayed obedience. I have been more harsh with the disciplining of my 3yo!!! Needless to say, that was very humbling.

    • Donna Ward says:

      Never has a message hit home like this. There have been some doors closing in my life. Initially I struggled to understand. Now I know God is leading me in a new direction and I need to trust His plan for me.

      • So glad that the devotional blessed you. The first time I heard God speaking to me when I was speaking to one of my kids was sobering and encouraging. We’re on this journey together-May God bless your new direction.

        • Jane Blythe says:

          Dear R, was able to see you devotional on pro31. Looks like many received this great reminder being children of God. Thank you for this ministry.
          Love,
          Jane

  3. “Be still ” I have this in picture frames all over my house and still forget to actually live it ! Would live to read the new book !!!!

  4. Amy Floyd says:

    This quote is my life!!

  5. Charise Blodgett says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I don’t always ready these because of 1 excuse or another. But I do feel like God is trying to tell me to seek Him more in the firm of devotionals. So thanks again πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, I needed to hear this because what I tell my son, I do not do myself ! I hear his voice but have been disobedient …

      • We have all done it-all of us! It’s good for me to remember that I might be a little further down the path than my kids, but we are on the same journey-to the heart of God.

  6. Stephanie B. says:

    Y’all always seem to know what I need to hear! Very humbling read and eye-opening point of view. These posts are starting to create a few DIY projects in my mind for a few of the empty walls in our home.
    Thank you for this & all your amazing posts ?

  7. Bianca Myrick says:

    This spoke to me on so many levels, as I am coparenting my 5 year old son. It has been challenging but humbling. Lord help me listen and discern

  8. Trisha Krcmarik says:

    I love this reading!!!

  9. Kerri Evanson says:

    Such a great eye opener and reminder. Taking a deep breath through out the day on some days is so crucial.
    Matthew 11:15 is such a simple yet very powerful scripture. And I need to take it to heart.
    Thanks for this much needed devotional. πŸ™‚

  10. Sadly, my voice drowns that sound of God’s voice all too often .With each passing day my voice sounds like my own mother’s voice sending directives to conform to the standards she desired for me.Sometimes I agreed, sometimes I didnt.Thankfully, I remember hearing her each Sunday morning leading the kindergarteners as they sang”Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam!” Those words
    remind me I am loved and lift my mood
    two or three notches as I recognize God’s omnipotence in my everyday life.Ever so sweetly,another voice has been added to the chorus.My own 6 year old granddaughter chooses to sing or hum the same song as she plays each day!
    What blessings God shares with us through the generations!

    • Vik, your reply spoke to my heart too. Our families shape who we are and how we respond. Sometimes life is on auto pilot until God sends us sweet reminders of His love. Blessings to you and your family. Faithfulwalkinprogress.wordpress.com❀️

  11. Trish Hardesty says:

    Thank you I needed this today . Been a hectic week and it’s just Tuesday. Thank you the awesome reminder.

  12. Angela Stadnyk says:

    What an amazing revelation! Thank you for the perspective. I have some listening to do!

  13. Rebecca Ramsey says:

    Being widowed in the last year has taught me about listening and being still and really seeking God and truly knowing Him. Raising my 3 kids alone since losing my husband is a challenge but one I am taking very seriously and wouldn’t trade for the world. I would love a copy of this book to help guide me in my own relationship with God as well as being able to lead by example for my children; something I didn’t have much of when I was their age(s). Thank you and God bless! 2 Timothy 1:7

    • Michelle says:

      My father passed when I was 8, he left behind a SAHM with 3 kids. God has a tender heart for widows. You are doing amazing raising your children to know who Jesus is, not only by words but by your actions. He sees everything you are doing and feeling, and I’m sure He is smiling down at you!

      I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m adding you to my prayer list for strength, comfort, peace, perseverance, and for the Holy Spirit to remind you at times to give yourself grace. Your children will grow up and reminder the strong godly woman you are πŸ™‚

    • Your children are blessed to have a mom so determined to lean into God during this challenging time. What a blessing to know He is always with us. I hope you can pick up a copy of the book too. The whole thing is in devotional form so that you can really take you time listening. Enjoy His voice-

    • Glenda Pugh says:

      Rebecca I am also a widow for three years now and have 3 kids. I know it is so very hard. God is my only strength. I have such a deeper relationship with him now. I’ll be praying for you.

  14. *glass shattering, jaw drops* the last few days make sense now….

  15. Many years ago when I was going through a particularly rough spot, I heard God telling me that he had tried and tried and was now asking me what it would take for me to hear/understand. It made my heart hurt.

  16. Kara Barrington says:

    I struggle with this daily. ❀️

  17. Thank you! I really needed to hear this.

  18. Lauren Coe says:

    The last words I said to my 18 yr old daughter were for her to come say gnite so I could talk to the baby and feel her move. I hadn’t felt the baby move in 4 days and I’d really like to. She said it was only 2 days.
    I reflected and realized that 2 days to me is like 4 to Him or longer. A day is like a thousand years and a 1000 years is like a day.
    You see I will miss my future grand daughter. She is being adopted to a wonderful Christian couple who cannot have children. I know I am adopted into my Daddys family. And that should give me the comfort I need…but I must be honest…I miss her already. Thankyou for opening the door for me to open my heart.

    • Lauren, what a marvelous attitude!

      I was present at a baby dedication where the pastor prayed that the babe in his arms would become an adult filled with love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, kindness and self control. Pray into this blessed child’s future, for the woman of noble character she will become.

    • Whitney says:

      So beautiful! We adopted my daughter as an infant. Throughout the process I was in touch with both the birth mother and birth grandmother and was amazed by their strength and selflessness. The love they had and the desire to do the very best for the child was inspiring. My daughter is only 4 years old, but we talk to her about her birth mother and grandmother already. I always want her to know what a beautiful thing they did. I thank God for them! Will be praying for you and your daughter and the adoptive parents, and of course this child who is already so loved by so many!

      • Oh ditto Whitney!! My daughter is now 14 and knows 2 things: I am her forever mom (and am so blessed by this) and her birth mother was as brave and unselfish as one can be to entrust this child of God to me. What a blessing this teaching today has been because I forget this sometimes and actually utter awful things like “do as I say and not as I do.” Ugh. I will print this teaching and your beautiful response to remind me that God is so everlastingly patient with me that I can at the very least be as patient with my own children as my human limitations will allow. They HAVE been listening to me. I don’t much like what they have been hearing from me. Today starts a do-over ?

    • Thank you Lauren for sharing your heart. What truly bittersweetness. The circumstance, and yet God’s presence. Your heart and the gift you’re giving. The joy and the loss. My God’s grace be abundant and His comfort and confidence be yours. May He hold you and your daughter as you bless this couple. He loves you so-

  19. Please consider me, as I am having a difficult time in listening to what God is telling me. I need to learn to listen and feel this book will help me becoming more obedient to what God is trying to teach me. I need help! My name is Ruby Villegas and my address is 721 W. Tucker St. In Hobbs, New Mexico. I want to learn to be obedient!!

    • We are all on this journey together! We all-WE ALL-struggle to listen and to obey. You are not alone! Oh that we would all be so keenly aware of our need to listen and obey! I’m praying for you Ruby and for all of the other moms for all of us to have hearts eager to listen and obey! Continue to lean in-

  20. Each time I have taken the time to read your devotions, the topic is exactly what I need to hear, at the perfect time!

    Thank you for your daily encouragement & edifying wisdom. I thank our Father in heaven for your continued readership growth.

    Good bless!

  21. What an inspiring devotion! Thank you!
    I would LOVE to read your book! ?

    • Why not get some friends together and do a book club? You could read a few chapters at a time and share what God is saying to you. You could even do the most powerful any of us can do-you could pray together!! Imagine what God might do. I’d love to hear from you as you-

  22. Ashley Frost says:

    Just what I needed to read! Thank you!

  23. Jenacca says:

    Needing to hear Gods voice.

  24. God is definitely speaking to me. Just be still. Listen. Be patient. Trust in Gods Plan!

  25. Ouch! This really hit the mark. Passive disobedience…never thought of it like that.

  26. Tanya Doan says:

    Going through a pretty rough season right now and I wanted to thank you for this devotion today as it helped me to remember to stop and be still. Listen and wait on the Lord instead of trying to play God and do it all myself getting it all wrong.

    • I’ve known rough seasons, even over the last couple of years. No fun. Just wanted to reminded you of what you already know and that is of His love for you. He is will you. All of the things I have willfully messed up, all of the times I have insisted on my way, all of that He redeems. That is who He is and what He does. He is the Great Redeemer. Lay it out before Him and thank Him. He’s got it!

  27. mari aguilar says:

    Unfortunately I am guilty of being overwhelmed with the Lou noises of the world. It was to get caught in everything you expect from others that we fail to listen and see what God expects of us.

  28. I think we really need this.

  29. Oh! Didn’t the devotion just hit my HEART! I need to stop and listen to what God is asking of ME and PRAY without CEASING!

  30. this is something that I struggle with daily. I often her God actually speak to me through my children, hoping that I will listen

  31. Just recently found this website and love the daily devotionals. It is helping me to understand myself and Gods word. Thank you.

  32. Kristina says:

    The things I have said recently, “you are a smart girl, but you aren’t acting like it, ” or “when she starts screaming that should be your cue to stop!” “Just stop it or Just get along!” are my recent quotes. I want my children to remember, “Love is a choice, and vengeance belongs to God!” God calls us to love those that aren’t always so easy to love and to forgive their faults (because God forgives our sins through Jesus’ death on the cross). I want them to remember “give grace to others because you will need some for yourself.” I want them to forget the yelling and instead to remember that I will hold them and speak kindly, but truthfully to them. Anger is a feeling and revenge isn’t a solution.

    • Thanks for sharing what you’re saying. That is very brave of you! I’m pretty sure that is a list that most of us would rather keep to ourselves. May God bless your vulnerability and your vision for your kids. May His voice be clear and your heart obedient.

  33. Catalina says:

    This devo was like dejavu of all those times when you read the same verse many times but then God actually speaks to you through it by the 7th time . Because I explain to my niece that when take care of her she needs to obey me, but now I notice I must fix myself first so the I have the right to tell my 3 year old niece that she must obey me! Truly this one of the best devos.I loved it ???

  34. Jennifer says:

    A much needed devotional after lashing out at my kids today!

  35. Nancy Cochran says:

    I would love to win Rachel’s book. I need to learn how to “stop and listen”.

  36. Nancy Cochran says:

    I apologize for misspelling Rachael’s name. This auto text sometimes gets away with me.

  37. Wong Shi hui says:

    This book will help first time parents like myself a lot πŸ™‚ in supporting and guiding children in the way of Christ πŸ™‚

  38. We all hear our mother’s voice in us as we speak to our children. We heard her w/o listening just as our children hear us w/o listening. We don’t like it, plus it makes us sad they don’t want our direction and advice. That’s the same technique we use to hear our Heavenly Father. Not good.

    • So true. It really does break my heart when I kid passively listen to me. I want them to do something. Great point. That same opportunity is available to us as we listen to His voice-to do something! We must choose to go forward in the power of His might, straining for the goal: His glory!

    • Also sad from an older moms perspective… After you’ve done the best you know how, praying constantly for help to ‘get it right’ I look back and hear all the words of ‘guidance’ I offered and the times I did it poorly, and wish I had a “do over”…. Knowing “if I only knew then what I know now….” I could certainly do it better given another chance!! Butpleasehear this, Carol… Keep praying, stay in The Word, and take advantage of the wonderful resources like Rachaels book now available. I am so profoundly grateful that God redeemed my poor efforts and that our children are walking with Him and are wonderful parents, much better than I was. I praise Him for their faithfulness and the joy they provide. He is our great Redeemer!

  39. Genesis says:

    God Bless You!!! I would love to win a copy!!!

  40. Shanna L Rodgers says:

    God recently called my 28 year old son home. Believe me when I say that your site’s devotions have been so timely and I believe God is using your devotions to get my attention, speak to me, and assist me as I go through this process of grief. All I can say is Thank you so much. Always know your devotions touch someone just when they need it and God is using you and your experience to help people. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • God bless you Mama, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Praise God. I’m so sorry for your loss. In my own life I continue to be amazed and thankful for all of the ways He meets me right where I am. Every time. He knows. He cares. He loves you. May His comfort be yours.

  41. This is just what God ordered for me. It’s a daily struggle. Thank you for putting it into perspective.

  42. All areas of childhood growth is challenge in itself! Some of the most trying years are junior years of high school when we know we have reared our children in the way they should go. These are the times most challenging because we know our child(dren) are competent enough to know the difference but choose to do otherwise. It’s not that teenagers don’t want too, Its an impressionable time when a teen really finds self and the parent(s) find a way to aid the child(dren) in the direction they should go: without choosing for them. These are the trying times that are amidst me that is more overwhelming than all childhood. Winning the book will definitely help me to identify when the Lord speaks to me whether it be during school day, game time, or at home in the evenings. It is hard for a teen in high school and it just as hard for a parent with a teen as it would be for a first time parent, uncharted territory!

    • You are right-the teen years are a huge challenge! Just when I thought I new something about parenting, they became teenagers. I’m so grateful that God walks with us each step of the way. Take heart-you’re not alone!

  43. Some of the things I say to my teens are: What were you thinking? You have had ample amount of time to do it why isn’t it done yet? You need to prioritize your work and stay organize to keep up with your assignment! There are several others questions I always ask my teen but it is only when I reach for my Bible I hear his voice! Sometimes I hear him speak to me when both of the boys are gone, “Be still and know I am God…(Psalms 46:10)”

  44. Being a mom is the best feeling in the world, the most fulfilling role and really an absolute joy. We need God’s grace daily to be a great Mom! I am grateful to be a Mom and I am grateful because God is with me in this beautiful journey of motherhood. God bless!

  45. Fannie Goldsmith says:

    The Lord spoke to me through this devotional today as He has been asking me this very question lately. I have to admit I am pretty hard headed and don’t listen very well some times. I babysit with some of my granddaughters and He reminds me I need to listen to Him so I am a better representative of who He is instead of always wanting to take my own way to do things. At my age I should have learned to listen better but I still try to do things my way instead of His. I am thankful He has not given up on me and continues to work on me. Thank you for these words of encouragement. God bless.

  46. E. Snell says:

    I would like to read more from, How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?

  47. I’ve been wanting a good book with biblical ideas how to deal more patiently and not be so negative in my responses with my kids.

  48. Rachael porter says:

    This is truth! Thanks for sharing and for the gentle reminder.

  49. Thank you for this

  50. Kathy Finley says:

    Thank you

  51. Margie High says:

    I hear God’s voice telling me to be still and patient. I would love to learn more about hearing his voice.

  52. Oh wow as I was reading this devotional it was like God was talking to me. I’ve been going thru some things n asking myself a million questions and I felt God talking to me thru this devotional. Thank you!

  53. Every mom needs to read this book! πŸ™‚

  54. I’m commenting while sitting up with my one year old who will not go back to sleep. I’m frustrated and so tired. God is telling me to be still and to trust Him but right now all I want us to know the answers and throw a fit. This was good for me to hear but will be hard to listen to.

  55. Megan Ellison says:

    Would love to read this book!

  56. Oh dear! Your piece really got to me. I have a whole list ‘quotes’ myself when trying to get my children to do one thing or the other. To my astonishment I sound just like my mother. And I wasn’t particularly amused when she said those things so why am I repeating them? Then I hear my children saying those words to one another..More telling is the fact that God is talking to me (in a far gentler fashion:) and I often decide to obey in my own good time. Thanks for this . I will take a breath before yelling … it has very little effect anyway

  57. Sherryl-Anne Weyers says:

    I needed the email so much this morning. I was so convicted, would absolutely love to read the book.

  58. I need this encouragement to be consistant in listening and obeying God’s voice, due many challenges in life the habit to listen and obey is very much unstable starting with my personal life.

  59. Wendy O. Kile says:

    Be still…I needed this, thank you. God bless

  60. Lyudmila Pacheco says:

    Thank you for sharing this post. I so need it to read. I do get lost in the midsts of raising my children and do forget to stop to hear what my Father has to tell me. Thank you .

  61. Ashley Garcia says:

    Wonderful! I actually say all those things. It really made me think! Thank you!!

  62. Kim Esposito says:

    Thank you for this message. Your article had the Godly answer to my self-esteem afflicted anxiety. I’ve been trying to rationalize my recent unkind behavior towards another. That’s a prideful, earthly response. Your reminder to turn to God and wait for Him to answer is the conviction I needed to hear. It was a conviction that turned me to prayer. God bless you.

  63. I realty needed this one this morning! My 17 year old daughter and I had really had a hard summer, I need some help in mending this relationship before it goes any further in the wrong direction.

    • I can completely relate!! I’ll pray for you, you pray for me. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. We must be diligent in fighting for the hearts of our children, for our relationships with them. It’s not easy, but it is worth it. Consider yourself hugged-

  64. Peggy Kirk says:

    Oh, my how this hit home for me this morning! I have been in the middle of a huge storm and trying (as usual) to do things on my own without really “hearing” the voice of God! For the past year my family has been living with my mom due to job changes for both my husband and I. We really want our own place, but I have been trying and working at finding a place without really hearing from the Lord! Thank you for this devotion today!

  65. April Land says:

    I have the verse “Be Still and Know that I am God” on the back glass of my car as to remind myself everyday and it’s still a hard thing to do in this rush,rush world that we live in. Great devotion today!

  66. Michel Lanclos says:

    I adopted a little girl and she has been struggling with my decision to wait on seeing her family so I decided to just do it and really hear God saying just wait and be still. Just yesterday, I was sitting quietly and thinking all I have been saying is Annabell are you really seeking God and really spending time with him. This morning that is what I am hearing are you seeking me.

  67. I had to smile just a bit when reading this devotion. Hmm, let me name a few
    Hello….What?…I am right here in front of you,…Are you ignoring me?
    Being STILL is hard for me. I think I am listening!
    I remind my daughter, daily, God is always speaking. He speaks to you and I know you hear Him. Are you listening and responding to Him?
    Interesting perspective…really it’s for me!!!
    Would love your book??

  68. Thank you for sharing this devotional. I would love to read this book and share it with my daughter.

  69. How many times do I have to tell you something is ringing out in my soul at the present moment.

  70. Angela Hay says:

    Thank you for this much needed reminder: He who has ears, let him hear. I’d love to read your book.

  71. Prayers please

  72. This really spoke to my heart…..
    My nephew lives with my husband and me…..he is easily distracted, so I frequently say….. Are you listening to me….. Never taking into account the many times I get distracted and God is saying to me….. Are you listening to Me?
    That question will have a whole new meaning to me going forward!!!

  73. Patricia Jones says:

    It is such a good feeling to know that God hears and responds right away. I was just asking him for guidance on an issue or should I do what I was thinking. Within a minute He woke me up and lead me to read this mornings message. I could really use this book as I see now I really need my listening ears on. Thank you Rachel.

  74. Jacie Green says:

    A good reminder to practice what we preach to our daughter. We must constantly remind our 4yr old to, “use her listening ears”. I need that reminder, too.

  75. Anita Young says:

    I keep telling my son to think before he does things, boy do need to listen to that after reading this!!!

  76. Suzn Lyons says:

    I am struggling with a problem right now. I have asked for God’s guidance yet i get impatient. I would love a copy of this book!

  77. Diana Pemberton says:

    In the midst of it all….Thank you for this!

  78. This devotion was especially written for me. I just had this conversation with my girlfriend not too long ago. So many times I’m parenting and can hear my words being repeated to me by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it’s annoying. (Am I allowed to say that?) It makes it hard to punish my kid when I’m guilty of being the same way towards God. Very sobering to say the least. Thanks for sharing. At least I know I’m not alone.

    • You can say that Ava-I get it! Yes, I too sometimes get annoyed when I realize that God is speaking to me. YES I DO. That’s just the truth of it. And our God is big enough for us to be real with Him. We aren’t fooling Him when we insist on denying the truth. How about you and I dare to grow up and past our immaturity-let’s allow Him to be our Master. Let’s listen and obey!

  79. How I wish I could have read this when my children were young! Thanks you for reminding me to listen.

  80. Thank you! What an apt devotional today and just reading through the comments, that’s helped me too! So glad to be reminded that I am not alone in my troubles and to listen to God. I’m listening.

  81. Yes Would love this!

  82. Thank you so much for today’s message! I can look back and hear myself speaking to my children in ways that I hope they forget and I pray the words I use today will be the ones they remember!

  83. Lisa Easterling says:

    I feel God is leading me to work in my church. It would b be nice to learn more about listening for His voice.

    • God speaks to us through His word and through prayer. He loves each of us and has a plan for our lives. The ultimate plan He has for you is for you to glorify Him in all you say and do. As you pursue Him, He will direct your steps.

  84. Christy sims says:

    I would to to have this book.

  85. Why is it so hard to remember that we need to get quite a listen to what God is saying to us. It takes moments like the one you spoke of here sometimes to have that “ah ha” moment again. Thank you for the reminder. ?

  86. Veronica Bradford says:

    This passage spoke volumes to me. I have no children of my own… However, I felt that God Was speaking directly to me through your words. I pray now, Dear Lord, help me to slow down, listen and obey your voice..

  87. Jennifer McCleary says:

    In the past week I have been trying to listen and hear God. I’m going through some trying times in my personal life. I have ask my self am I listening to God. Am I the one who is leading, or am I letting God lead me through.

  88. For sometime now I’ve been in a fix over who to settle with in marriage. So many voices here and there, family, friends, sisters in church and so on. I have the men asking my hand in marriage but I can’t seem to be able say yes to anyone. Praying has become stale to me and I’m losing myself. I really hope I can find peace cause that’s what I need right now.

    • Jesus is the Prince of Peace. We do not serve a God of confusion. If things seem like they are spinning, if nothing is clear, step back and make sure you are breathing. Step back from the issue at hand and just spend some time praising Him, His goodness, glory and grace. He is worthy. He is able. He is enough. Having refocused on Him, then seek His will through prayer and counsel. Don’t rush-

  89. Jennifer Schick says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book

  90. Yes! This is an issue God has had to remind me of over and over again since becoming a parent. Maybe reading this book will help me in my own journey of learning first-time obedience!

  91. Veronica Bradford says:

    This is a continuation of my previous post what is he saying: put that phone down while I’m trying to talk to you. Turn the Tv off. Get still my child, those things can wait. I need you to hear me now. I need to give you instructions for your day, for your life…

  92. CRYSTAL says:

    God has frequently used my own words to my children to convict me of my sin. I pray to be still and listen today to God’s voice

  93. Thanks for this today. It certainly is a wake up call for me.

  94. Love your devotion?

  95. Rhonda Hoy says:

    Being a mom is sometimes a challenge when I feel like I constantly repeat my requests to my children and think they’re not listening to me. I too am reminded to be still and listen to God’s voice speaking to me! God is always ready to share what’s best for me….it’s up to me to listen.

  96. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win a copy of your book! As a mother to three year old twins and a five month old, I can relate to having to ask my children multiple times if they are listening and forget how I am not listening to God speaking to me in the midst of all the chaos. Sometimes I feel like all I do is yell and I need this book in my life, along with God of course!

    • Be encouraged. You are in the trenches of motherhood. The challenges and exhaustion you are dealing with are not your imagination. Keep on keeping on. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other, one PBJ before the txt one! Allow Him to be your joy and your strength. And don’t forget to enjoy them too-smile and laugh and cuddle.

  97. My son is too young for my laundry list of sayings but I know I say certain phrases to my husband far too often. I bet a lot of what I say to him I should be saying to myself.

  98. Nicole Dye says:

    I was unsure what was to follow when I began to read the encouragement for today. I am so glad I did. What a valuable reminder of our place and how our Father is also wanting us to listen to him.

  99. Thank you for this. I am trying to be more mindful of the words I use when speaking to my children about their behavior, and I am also working on being still and truly listening to God.

  100. Angela Raphael says:

    I would enjoy a copy of the book.

  101. Carol Elburg says:

    I would love to receive this book.

  102. Wow! This is so true! Thank you for the reminder! It is so easy not to hear sometimes what God is saying! I pray that I will listen to him more and completely trust HIS will!

  103. Elaine K says:

    Love hearing his voice….and I will probably have to be reminded to listen to him throughout life. Our relationship is ongoing….and ever growing.

  104. Vivianne Oliveira says:

    Yesterday I was talking to my 6yo son that he should meet expectations when I asked him to take shower by himself and he delayed in doing it. After reading this devotional, it is clear that God is saying same…obey at first time with a heart of joy!
    “I was quick to point on my kid my own sin…”
    Thanks God for your mercy and faithfulness. Help me to obey with joy at very first time.
    Thanks God for using this devotional to speak to me and bless the writers so YOU can speat through them.
    Have a blessed day! <3 πŸ™‚

  105. Heather says:

    My initial thought was, “How I wish He would speak to me but He doesn’t.” Then all of a sudden my heart was reminded of the exact words I’ve been disobeying. Thanks for the reminder to listen and obey.

  106. Thank you for this devotion. I want my daughter to gear me say over and over how much I live her as does her Heavenly Father. I also want her to here me share the words God would want to share in a loving yet discipling way. I love how this parallels to God speaking to us His children. I know I need to slow down and listen more.

  107. Wow, such an eye opening thought. Thank you!
    I’d love to read the book!

  108. Kimberly says:

    Great encouragement for everyone. Thank you for planting these seeds in my life.

  109. Thank you for this devotion. I want my daughter to hear me say over and over how much I love her as does her Heavenly Father. I also want her to hear me share the words God would want to share in a loving yet discipling way. I love how this parallels to God speaking to us His children. I know I need to slow down and listen more.

  110. Kita Sharp says:

    While I am not a mother, I do work with children and it’s true: I find myself pointing on the very sins in my kids that God is pointing out to me. Father, I pray that I listen and obey when you speak.

  111. Marilyn says:

    Sigh to reminded that I am often too busy to listen. Why don’t I pause. Because oh this has to be done that be done. And some of it is just busyness I created. Thank you for reminding me not only to pause but how in my busyness I often am not sending the message of God’s Love.

  112. W. Strohecker says:

    I would love to win this book

  113. My children are now grown however I did this last year with my oldest granddaughter. Boy was I righteous! Yet this year I listened to God and no that this is something only He can fix and all I have to do is pray!

  114. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words. It’s time I stop and listen to what my Heavenly Father has to say.

  115. Thank you for this. I am searching for answers that may already be there. I would love to win this book I think it would help in my journey.

  116. Great message and much needed today. Thank you.

  117. My children are 20 and 22. They are amazing young ladies. They still live at home. They have attended community college. One has her associates and he other is finishing up hers. They both express that they don’t think this is thee area they will persue. (I mustvadd they also only attend church because that is the one rule we have for living at home). These 2 areas leave me awake at night. I talk about faith and how God promise them. Future Jerk. 29:11. But then I read this devotion Nd you ask what is God saying to me? BAM! Amy have faith trust and truely believe. Thank you for this timely reminder

  118. Sherry Sulzer says:

    Thank you for this message today! It’s so much easier to keep talking when we need to be listening. I pray that God will help me to stop in the busyness of life and listen for His guidance in all my decisions.

  119. Carla Kelly says:

    Oh how much I have been saying this to myself lately. I have 3 teenagers (2 boys and 1 girl). Both of my boys have mental disorders and sometimes that makes disciplining and sticking to my word with them….well…HARD! I often find myself repeating things over and over and doing the classic…”Why aren’t you listening to me?”, “Because I said so.”, and so on and so on. I too had a revelation like Rachel one day. As I was trying to discipline my oldest child who is 17….he was being completely defiiant. I looked up and said, “What do I do?” I felt it immediately on my heart….”Lead by example. Not only your life, but also how you are obedient to your Heavenly Father”. WOW!! Here I was disciplining my child…..for something that I do not to do myself. Here I was breaking the heart of my Heavenly Father each and every time I was defiant. The same way that my child breaks mine at times. I never would have thought in a million years that one act of me trying to discipline a hard headed, stubborn, child…..would reveal so much about myself. How many times has God looked down and said the same thing about me??

    • Wow-Thanks for sharing your own story! Yes, that is exactly it-“me trying to discipline a hard headed, stubborn child…would reveal so much about myself”? God loves us too much to leave us where He found us-He has a much grander plan: that we would be molded into the image of His Son. Praise His name!!

  120. chris ehlers says:

    Thank you for this today!!! I need to be reminded to be still and listen!!

  121. Natalie jones says:

    I was thinking of what I do say most to my 2 year old (and 8 min old) and it is “be kind”–oof. Could work on that myself.

  122. Tammy Hormann says:

    Wow, what a wake-up call. Thanks!

  123. Wow! Your devotion this morning spoke right to my heart. I don’t have children, but I look after my mom who has dementia and thus, I have the role of the parent. This was a great eye opener, a subtle conviction to soften my heart and demonstrate more grace, mercy and patience towards her because that is exactly what God is showing me. Thanks.

    • Love what you said-“a subtle conviction to soften my heart and demonstrate more grace, mercy and patience”, that is it exactly. God gently draws us deeper, to love authentically, to give sacrificially. All for His glory!

  124. I want this book so bad! I try to be still and listen to God but all I hear are children. I’m at a crossroads and not sure if what I hear is from The Lord or from the world. It’s so hard to listen when the devil seems to be screaming in my ear.

    • So, when there seem to be competing ‘voices’, it’s time to spend some time praising Him. Turn on the praise music or get our your hymnal and get to singing His glory. Focus on Him and you will silence the enemy. “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4.7. It’s a promise!

  125. Thanking God for this daily inspiration!

  126. Karen Leis says:

    Our Church has a Mom to Mom support group. I have been chosen to MENTOR a young mother with three children. She is a stay at home Mom and I believe she could greatly benefit from this book. I would love to have it to give to her

  127. Kristi Lester says:

    What a joy this article was to me. As a mother of three bio daughters and two newly placed foster children, 2 and 4, I woke up exhausted and discouraged this morning! And I opened my email to this word from the Lord! It was much needed.
    We know the Lord has called us to grow thru fostering to adopt. We didn’t know that having toddlers in our foutries wouldn’t be as simple as when we were in our twenties! Thank you for the reminder this morning of how I need to listen to what the Lord is saying to me more often. I would love to be entered into the drawing to recieved a copy of the book. Thanks so much.

    • May God bless you and grant you the strength you need to bless these little ones. I’m headed to watch my grand daughter this next week and I’m pretty sure that she is going to wear me out. I’m not in my twenties any more either!! Enjoy-

  128. Annalee says:

    What can all learn so much from the relationship we have with our children. My prayer is that my words are speak life and truth to my little people.

  129. Oh how often I say things to my kids and I know the Lord is speaking those same things to me. How convicting!

  130. Mrs. Lamptey says:

    “Instead of throwing a fit about it, stop, breathe and ask mommy for help! ” Um, very easily could be God saying the exact same thing (not mommy, but God). πŸ˜‰

  131. Thank you for today’s post! It was just what I needed to wake up and read this morning.

  132. I always pray that my children will hear the voice of the Lord speaking to them. This teaching hit me hard. What if God wants to use me as the vessel through which He can reach out to them? I doubt VERY much that His words are: “knock it off, I won’t tolerate this for another second!” Wow. Dear Father: please give me the strength, patience and insight to curb my toungue and respond to my children with mercy, forgiveness and reliable, consistent expressions of my love for them in all my words.

    • Great point-your right, He doesn’t speak to us that way. His patience and kindness toward us is new every morning. And by the power of the Holy Spirit we can extend it to others as well!

  133. Rebecca says:

    It seems at the right moments of when i am frustrated or in desperate need of encouragement in mothering one of your fb posts will show up just like this one. ? It

  134. Nanette Fontenot says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Trying to listen to God amidst the chaos of this world is a huge task for Christians. We need only to listen to Him to have the peace that He promises!

  135. Donna Bucher says:

    Today is the day that this is exactly what I need. My conviction is speaking and not hearing how or what I say. I am in need of God’s forgiveness and guidance in this matter. Thank you Jesus! Amen

  136. valorie blunt says:

    I remember being at my daughters house when she was chastising her daughter..all of a sudden she fell to the floor and and said” oh my goodness Mom I’m turning into you” I got a good laugh and said” Yes..But I bet your room is clean!”

    • What a blessing to share that moment! Laughter is a blessing. While becoming our mothers might frighten some of us and delight others, becoming more like our heavenly Father should be our goal. Oh that we would listen to Him and sound more and more like Him when we speak to others.

  137. Heather says:

    Oh, how I need this. I say these words in frustration to my children, particularly the oldest, daily. And yet, I hear God clearly telling me to do something, but do I obey? Nope. I’m scared. I doubt. I question. I’m afraid I’ll fail. What if I fail?? I need to listen and trust him enough to obey.

  138. Donna Anderson says:

    I run a daycare center in South Dakota and find myself using the same phrases you quoted. I would love to get a copy of this book and read how God uses the same words to reach me. (I usually respond like one of the children.) I want to recognize when God is talking to me and respond accordingly.

  139. This really hit home. I am childrens director and find myself fussing at the kids at times to be quiet and listen. Sometimes it is hard for us all to sit quiet and listen to the still quiet voice. Thank you for this.

  140. Cathy Brandon says:

    I had a miracle last night, and it was only because I Listened to God. My husband left me after 45 years of marriage 8 months ago. I was devastated, and felt unloved and unworthy. I cried out to to God again last night, please help me. He told me He loved me, He cared, and He would always be with me. I still mourn my husband, and what I wanted from him was just to say he still loved me. God answered that prayer with a call from my husband saying he does love me and cares deeply, just not as I need him to. Just knowing my husband loves me, and cares is a miracle . How many women ever hear that again, after their husbands leave them? Reading your words about things happening in God’s time not ours, and to Trust Him, really hit home. I wasn’t listening. I would love your book, and think your messages are powerful and inspiring.

  141. Glenda Parke says:

    Very insightful and much needed! I’m sure the book would be as well.

  142. Jaime Coltrane says:

    Thank you for today’s post. Much needed.

  143. Rebekah says:

    Hi Rachael,
    I am a mother of 3 small children. I have 2 4.5 yr. olds and a 3.5 yr. old through adoption. I often times loose my cool even though my intentions are good. I know God’s still working on me so I would enjoy winning a copy of your book!
    Love In. Christ, Rebekah

  144. A very timely devotional and I have never thought about this in God’s perspective. Thank you!

  145. Robin MacConnell says:

    Thank you for sharing this….made me think about what I say most often to my children, and it surely isn’t, “I love you.”

  146. Darlene says:

    As a mom of 3, our busy schedule keeps us very active. The house stays calmer and the kids listen better when I make them stop and focus on what I’m saying. Why would adults be any different? We need to listen and obey our heavenly Father just as much as we want our kids to listen & obey us. I know that it is hard to shut-off ‘mom-mode’ (the never-ending ToDo list, what to make for dinner, your ‘taxi’ route for errands & activities, etc.) but who better to direct your path than God himself. I’ve realized that listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the noise & chaos around you and to focus your thoughts on what God has for you.

  147. Amy Smith says:

    This really spoke to me this morning. Thank you for sharing.

  148. Neat insight! Having a house full of children means many words spoken throughout each day. Meaningful words teach and reinforce spiritual truths. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord, my Rock and my Salvation.”

  149. This prospect is so encouraging and seems meant just for me! I, indeed, need to “learn to listen”! Great devotion this morning, thx Rachael!!

  150. Martha Bison says:

    Just what I needed to hear. Thanks’

  151. God has been speaking to me and I have been ignoring Him. This was the perfect message to find in my inbox this morning. Thank you for the beautiful words of wisdom.

  152. Tammy H. says:

    I’ve been so blessed by the daily Proverbs31 devotionals that come to my email each morning. Today was no different. I can completely relate to the phrases that are reiterated time and again. I’ve not taken the time to consider how God is trying to speak to me in this way.

  153. I am blessed to have this available to me

  154. Karen Pope says:

    What a timely message! God speaks to us in so many ways. Listening to and obeying Him should always be the focus of my life. Thank you for this reminder.

  155. Thank you!

  156. I loved reading this post… I don’t have children of my own but I am a therapist in a residential behavioral and trauma centered facility for girls 11-17 and have found myself having these moments while speaking to them… It’s amazing how He speaks to me through them and how He speaks to them through me.
    L πŸ˜‰

  157. What a great prize to win! I’d love to own a copy of this for myself!

  158. Thank you for sharing today’s devotion! I had not before correlated the words I say and God speaking to me; after reading your devotion I will take closer note of the words I say as well as listen more to God’s voice. In addition, your devotion has caused me to reflect on another thing I need to work at: quieting my mind and being still (so I can listen better)…which is also difficult for little people! Again, thank you!

    • We all need to practice quieting our minds and being still. We need to encourage and challenge each other to do it. Why not find a couple of friends and do just that? What might God do? Show you? Change? He is Able!

  159. Embracing stillness with the fast pace of society, and the rush of thoughts that flood my mind, is a challenge for me. I make time for almost daily meditation and my mind starts to wander after a few minutes. I’d love to read the book and learn how to be still more consistently.

    • I wish there was a magic formula. There isn’t. For me, it takes regular practice. Intentional, deliberate, chosen determination. And it’s worth it every time.

  160. My greatest desire as a Christian is learn how to know what God is saying vs what I am saying. I need help in hearing God’s voice.

    • Me too. My impatience often gets in the way of hearing Him and being distracted by what I wanted to hear. “Wait on the Lord” is a phrase in Psalms. Waiting is the hard part for me, but I’ve found that praising Him while I wait is invaluable.

  161. Chloe Muntefering says:

    Thank you so much for the great insight. What a wonderful perspective you offer. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  162. Tabitha says:

    I love reading your blogs. They really hit home.

  163. What a timely book! Our ministry is to victims of domestic violence and our goal is to point victims to Jesus – and our question always to them is …. what is God saying to you? Also relevant is the increased volume of the world and how gravely important it is to our daily walk and witness that we pay attention and hear what God is speaking into our lives! God Bless!

    • May God bless you in your ministry. A desire to hear is foundational. And a knowledge of God and His word is key to discerning truth. God’s over-arching message is “I love you!” Our love for Him is evident in our love for others through service and our obedience in light of His holiness.

  164. Delicia says:

    This message really hit home! As I read the words I reminded with visual pictures the times I’d corrected my child and God had corrected me on the same issue but I myself had not been obedient.

  165. Amy Jeffers says:

    Wow – I know God speaks to me and I listen for a while but then I find myself slipping back into old habits. I am not good with waiting and I become discouraged!

    • It’s easy to become discouraged. That is exactly what our enemy wants to trap us in. God calls us to trust Him with our past mistakes and our inadequacies, going forward faithfully with Him. Practically that means that we don’t get stuck in our past, in the mire of discouragement, but rather that we dare to put one foot in front of the other, focusing on Him and His glory instead of our failures! Be encouraged-He is Able!

  166. Thank you for the reminder to not only hear, but listen and obey our Lord.

  167. Danielle says:

    This morning’s devotion was confirmation to me. I find myself many times speaking the same things over and over to my daughter and I just feel like she isn’t listening. This really encouraged me to know all is not lost and it is not all done in vain, but there is a reason behind it all. I really think I would enjoy your book. Great devotion again, and you have a blessed day!

  168. Clara Enwereuzor says:

    God surely wants us to stop and listen but do will do that. May God help us to just do that when He is speaking to us.

  169. Help me hear and respond the first time with obedience and joy. …..this is the sentence that I relate to at the moment. I seem to question my hearing to much and I believe it hinders my obedience. Clarity and confidence is my prayer. Thank you for these words today. ?

  170. Thank u

  171. Cindy Aldridge says:

    Thank you so much for today’s devotional. I can hear myself saying all of the things you talked about. It is so difficult to find the time to stop and really listen to what God has to say. Or maybe it is so difficult to face up to what God has to say. I don’t know. I just know I struggle every day to LISTEN.

    • I too sometime find it hard to ‘face up to what God has to say’. Often I hear or have heard what He is saying, He’s said it over and over. But I don’t like it or would rather not obey, so I ignore. Just like you. God wants to to desire to hear from Him, no matter what, trusting that it is for our good. Let’s determine to be better listeners!

  172. My child is grown and has a 7 week old son. I would love to win a copy of this book for her.

  173. Virginia says:

    So true!

  174. Very encouraging message, somedays I feel so very lonely and discouraged as a single mom head of household.β€œ When I look to my Heavenly Father/Husband trying to be obedient, grateful and put a smile on his face by working for him not humans, I need this verse everyday Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Days are long years are short. Thanks for encouragement today

  175. Madie Torres Herrera says:

    Thank you…we all need instruction just like the one we try and give our children. Would love to read your book.

  176. I have been struggling with this lately. Having said that, I decided today to come to this site by pure happenstance and low and behold this is the blog that I read!! Talk about God’s perfect timing. There are so many times each day that we can give a joyful word to those around us and we don’t. I plan on starting this today. Thank you for this blog and for beginning to be a part of my daily life. πŸ™‚

  177. Susan Freeze says:

    I have often thought parenting has given me a greater understanding of how God feels. So nice to be reminded again.

  178. Thank you for the encouragement and call to action that I needed this morning.

  179. Tara Burt says:

    I am a loud person by nature. Its so very hard to quiet and calm down and just be and listen. There are times I think I have heard him and others I think and yet Still doubt. Something I am certainly working on.

  180. Grace Ortiz says:

    Thank you for writing this book. I never knew how are words have so much power
    In the negative side , this teaches me we must value our children’s lives.God is teaching us thru them about parenting, listening to God for instructions. I pray for every parent for guidness from God , best way to listen to others instead of always
    Thinking my way is right

  181. Donna Smith says:

    WOW!!!! This spoke to me in a profound way! I have never thought about those words we saw to our children/grandchildren are the same words that God is saying to us as we speak them to our loved ones. Thank you so much for this! If was great! I am sure your book would be filled with devotional materials that would bring more revelations as this one did today. Thank you. Donna

  182. Melissa says:

    Wow. I am living through the realization that God has been telling me, over and over, exactly what I need to do, in facing a wall I didn’t want to acknowledge. I wish I could say that I was eager to grow and expose myself to Him, but I have honestly been skating around the edges. Thank you, Father, for forcing my hand, and making me come clean about my financial situation. I am so tired of trying to juggle all of the balls and make everything “okay.” Help me, please, to embrace the light, whatever the consequences may be, so that I can walk more closely with You.

  183. lisa day says:

    Oh how great to hear God’s voice and know I’m making the right decisions. To have faith that God is speaking to me. I be still and I think I’m listening, but am i?

  184. Jamie Nader says:

    Great word today. A reminder I needed!

  185. Beth Reynolds says:

    Loved this!

  186. God is leading me into new, exciting directions, aand i’m so careful with each step, I just don’t want to miss Him!! But i don’t want to leave my family behind in the process!! I want so much for us all to take this journey together; but we are all in different places, with different callings… this is hard! taking a step back amidst the excitement to make sure I am not missing my FIRST calling!!!

  187. Abigail says:

    This hits close to home for an expecting mother with a lot of uncertainty coming up! Just yesterday I was reminded that this life, including the life of my daughter yet to be born, is not my own and everything in it is not guaranteed — other than His grace and love!

  188. Marjorie Biggs says:

    Thank you for this inspiring message. It helps me to remember that even though my son is 53 years old and is afflicted with a chronic mental illness that I do say a lot of these phrases to him and that I need to listen and respond to God!!!❀️??

  189. Kim Wright says:

    Thank you for the clear exemplary pattern in that I examine my willingness to hear God’s voice and respond.

  190. This is a great devotion! I often need to just stop talking and listen.

  191. Melissa Wilhoit says:

    This book is exactly what I need right now. I have been struggling to be still and hear His voice lately.

  192. Margaret Newton says:

    God is a good, good Father. Thanks for the reminder and challenge to listen with greater intention.

  193. Oh Lord, help me to listen!

  194. Cindy Molnar says:

    This is exactly what I needed this moment. When I can actually hear some of the parent non sense that comes out of my mouth and realize God has been saying the exact same statement to my heart I am convicted and I ask for forgiveness for the harshness of words that come out to my children. We must be parents and raise our children in the Lords way however I must acknowledge I am a child too and my Father is trying to get through to me as well; listen and pray

  195. This has convicted me to the core. My problem is that I don’t know when God is communicating with me. How do I know if a thought, or anything else is from Him. I do go through the process of determining if it is something that His word supports. I don’t know, I just find it all very confusing including how do I know what his purpose is for me which includes being able to receive His messages.

  196. Serita Clawson says:

    I love this thought!! I would truly enjoy reading this book and sharing it with my daughters who are mothers of little ones!!!

  197. I try to remind myself of this everyday and still fail miserably. I’m so glad that God is so patient with me.
    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  198. Just recently I was talking to my oldest about his behavior and sure enough the Holy Spirit nudged me and told me to examine my own behavior. I dismissed it at the time but this devotional has made me revisit and take the time to reexamine my own actions.

  199. Janet Jaynes says:

    I would love to know how to hear Gods voice in the chaos of life……this is something that I have been struggling with lately. Thank you

  200. Good word!

  201. Thank you for this. I needed to read this today.

  202. The Lord convicted me of this very thing just yesterday! I am so grateful He is more patient than I. Thanks for the timely reminder!

  203. Yudith Alamo says:

    The Lord is speaking to me this morning. This is the second devotional I am reading this morning with the same topic. Thanks so much. Would like to get a copy of your book to learn more about this topic.
    Blessings,
    Yudith

  204. Debbi Enter says:

    I have four kids between the ages of 8 and 1! I could benefit from this book!

  205. Wow I needed that.

  206. Kaija Paddock says:

    What a perfect book that I could use in my life! I see this daily struggle as well. When I’m in the midst of questioning my children I hear the Holy Spirit speaking and yet choose to dismiss because of frustration, and later having to apologize.

  207. Mindy H says:

    Thank you. This is a message I have heard before, but too often forget.

  208. Kristina says:

    I love how God speaks to me at the right time in that very moment. This devotion really encouraged me with my parenting skills. I don’t always take my own advice when I’m redirecting my children and I’m even disobedient. But God does say come to me as little children. A lot of the time they listen better and have a more understanding than adults.

  209. Wow what a convicting devotion! I’m so guilty of “preaching” to my child when I need to practice what I’m preaching to him! I would love to win this book to help navigate being a single mom and growing & learning with and through my son. I recall praying once that God show me my faults and instantly my child began acting it out and I was so frustrated until I heard God tell me you asked me to show your flaws. From that moment I learned to pray for peace and wise words before I spoke to my son. I have to be honest and say I haven’t been very consistent but I do my best.

    • Thanks for sharing Barbie-I too have learned that my sermonettes do not have the affect on my children that I wish they did. Oh, they make me feel better, but even that is empty. Your heart’s prayer ‘that God show me my faults’ is admirable. I’m sure it pleases God when we want to know what is hindering our relationship with Him. His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every morning-Praise Him!

  210. I love to here that I am not alone. That I am not the only mom that, needs to be still and listen.
    Thank you

    • No Dolly, you’re not alone. We are on this journey together. And we need each other! Isn’t He good to give us each other, to celebrate His goodness and praise His name. Be encouraged!

  211. Perfect timing of this message! I’m trying to do a better job of listening and being still.

  212. Chantel says:

    Thank you for this

  213. Thanks fo making me think about what God is saying to me. Trying to learn to be still in His presence and listen. Would love to read more in your book!

  214. margaret corry says:

    How I fail to listen to my own words….. thank you for helping me to stop and listen to God.

  215. Angela Nutter says:

    I am at a point in my life i have raised 5 children and all out of the house except one. I pray and ask God now what do i do. All I have done is raise children. I get frustrated because i feel likevim missing what God is trying to tell me..

    • Well done Angela! You have been doing some of the most important work on the planet-raising the next generation. What a blessing to have five children. But I know that in the midst of that there are many distractions both good and bad. God speaks to us through His word and through our prayer time with Him. Praising His refocuses us on Him, His glory and His goodness. I know that for me when His voice seems distant or even silent, praising His name brining Him back into focus and the chaos quiets, if only for a few moments. May His voice be clear to you-

  216. Judy Gealy says:

    Oh, how this touched me this morning. I just returned from Bangkok, Thailand, visiting our son, his wife, and their three small children. They’ve been there 7 years now, and it’s so hard to grandparent when we’re so far away. I’m grateful for the wonderful technology we have but still long for those hugs and kisses-and words of wisdom I’d love to impart, preferably into those little ears! Our son and daughter-in-law love the Lord and they try really hard to guide these little ones, but it’s very hard with three-don’t know how you’re doing it with seven! I pray continually for God’s wisdom-found in listening to Him alone. Would love to read your book.

  217. Becky H says:

    I can definitely relate. Sometimes I do hear God speaking to me in the middle of me talking to my daughter. I compare her actions with mine and I get a glimpse at what God might be feeling when I disobey. I’ve been praying to be bolder to obey the moment He asks.

    • Though we haven’t met, we’re living parallel lives. I too have a child that has especially challenged me the last couple of years. The glimpses I get of how God sees my behavior in light of how I see hers is sobering. Oh to be more consistent, more obedient, more aware. I pray that we will both persevere and trust Him who alone is Able.

  218. I love the comparison between my parenting words and God’s. I’ve been telling our kids there’s work to be done in the house and everyone has to do their share (aka chores)…..and we are on a mission team to plant a new church. There’s work to be done here too! I love it!

  219. Norah Gatti says:

    When I read this devotional today, it stopped me in my tracks. My kids are grown up now but I can hear myself saying these exact things to my kids when they were little but sadly I didn’t stop to listen to God trying to say the same thing to me. I am trying to listen more now for God’s voice whispering to me. I recently read ” Letters to my daughters” and I now realize how disconnected I was from my first husband, my children and especially my God. I thought I had to be the perfect wife and mother but I forgot that first of all I needed to be a child of God and talk to Him first in prayer to help and guide me through my day.

    • Norah, what wise words. Too often the most important, simple things get trampled underfoot, our feet. I’m so glad we serve the Great Redeemer who doesn’t waste anything. He makes everything new and I am grateful. Thanks for sharing what the Lord has showed you. I’m confident that God will grant you opportunities to share and encourage other moms!

  220. Heather Mays says:

    thank you for your wonderful words of insight

  221. My children are almost grown now but I still need this reminder. It’s so easy to see their faults & ignore my own. How I need to be still & know our great God by taking the time to listen to His voice.

  222. Cynthia says:

    Thank you for the reminder to be still and to listen to God’s plan.

  223. Sarah M. says:

    As a young adult who does not have children at this point, I have not experienced 24 hour parenting yet. However, I have a bit of nannying experience under my belt so I know exactly what it is like to have to say the same thing to a child over and over and over again. I love this reminder that God is doing the same thing to us–gently reminding us of His truth, and it is even more significant to me because I know the frustration from a caregiver perspective. In my head, I am constantly asking, “Why don’t you just listen to me? Why don’t you trust that I know better? Why do I have to repeat these instructions every time and go through the pain of your resistance again and again?” I suddenly have a better understanding of how ridiculous my own resistance against God really is, and I want to learn more about the messages He is sending me as my heavenly Parent.

    • Nanning can be challenging, but also a delight. Your insights from your experience are dead on. I love how no matter what stage we are in life, the Holy Spirit is constantly pursing our hearts. He is inviting us to go deeper, to trust more. May you continue to grow in your relationship with Him.

  224. Chasity says:

    Sometimes I don’t even pay attention to what I’m saying, let alone what God is telling me. I keep thinking of “because I said so.” Sometimes it is the most sufficient phrase I can use after I’ve tried explaining but keep being met with”why?” I bet at times He just wants to say “because i said so, that’s why, now please do as I say.”

    • Chasity, you are right. I am sure He would love to say, “Because I said so” countless times a day. In fact, I’d bet that would make the top ten things He whispers along with “I love you” and “Together we can”. All of our why’s, all of our chasing after an explanation is just a waste of time. He extended us opportunities to obey faithfully, to do what He asked. It is a divine invitation to know His better. May we do what He says, not because we understand why, but because He said so!

      • Amen, Rachel. And thank you for this insight. The whole idea of God as a parent who just wants the best for us has been truly eye opening. I’ve heard the concept of Him as our heavenly Father but your words bring that idea home. Thanks again!

  225. This is something I need to do more often. Take the time to be still and listen to what God has to say to me.

  226. Sherry Trail says:

    I would love to have a copy!

  227. Stephanie Slocum says:

    There have been many times that I’ve said something to my children and The Holy Spirit has instantly impressed on me that what I just said pertains to me as well. What made me think the most is, “What words do I want my children to remember when they are grown and leave the house?” Or even when they leave the house to go do sports or play at friends. What words am I impressing on them and what do I want to impress on them. I’m sorry to say that they don’t line up all the time.
    Thank you for the reminder and calling out to be still.

    • None of us line us all the time-that is where His grace some in. He looks at our hearts. When our hearts are devoted to Him and His will, His grace is sufficient. Can you imagine what He might do, how we might grow if we all practiced being still?

  228. Crystal Ponder says:

    Good morning and thank you for this devotional. I was truly convicted by your words. I often yell at my kids and wonder if my words fall on deaf ears, but never realized that the same words I’m yelling God is speaking towards me. I’ve let everything and everyone get in the way, and allowed the busyness of life to drown out the voice of God. Father help me seek you first and truly hear and obey the words you are speaking to me. AMEN

  229. Valerie Cox says:

    This reminds me of a friends three year old daughter, who would respond to her mother using her full name “Kendra Lynn” with “you told me once”.

  230. Thank you for these words of insight and advice. Important for me today.

  231. Cynthia says:

    This was a great reminder that I need to listen because very often I hear myself say to my children “did you hear what I said” and I’m sure God has said that to me plenty of times.

  232. Corlis Nichols says:

    Truly makes one stop and think.

  233. My daughter is having a hard time lately spending the night away from home with her grandparents. We are moving soon and need time to get some work done. I’ve been fearful about all the changes in our lives, and this devotion helped me see that the Lord is teaching me through my daughter. Just as she can trust me to have her best interests in mind, so too should I trust my Father with His great plans for me. Jeremiah 29:11 is true for each one of us!

    • Yes, as we focus on Him it changes everything. He is always in the process of doing two things: glorifying Himself and growing us. Always. Keeping that in mind grant us peace and confidence as life unfolds!

  234. What a beautiful reminder for me to slow down and listen to what I say to my kids as well as slowing down and listening to what God is saying to me.

  235. Jennifer E. says:

    Thank you for the great post. It really spoke to my heart today.

  236. Susan J. says:

    Reading your words today really struck home. I think I had this exact same conversation with my 3 kids yesterday! And I said a prayer last night similar to what you were saying that in the midst of me getting upset at my kids I am not listening to God and he probably feels the same frustration with me! What does God do, but try to correct and give grace. I think I need to us we his example with my own kids.

    • As our children come to faith and embrace Jesus as their Lord and Master, we find ourselves on the same journey with them. He knew that families would be the best place for us to be molded into the image of His Son. He knows that in families our patience, our love, our faith, our self-control are challenged. In the context of family, people are living together in close quarters and conflicts and problems come up. It’s inevitable. And that is where He comes and grows us, teaches us. Talking with your kids about this is powerful. You’re preparing them and encouraging them in their journey! Well done-

  237. This message really was what I needed to read, great message.

  238. Kelly Wagoner says:

    What a surprise to find a familiar face in my inbox this morning! Thank you for making this contribution to Provers 31 ministries Rachael:) I had appreciated all you added to the Apologia sponsored fb party on Hip Homeschool Mom the other night and now here you are for my morning devotional time-yippee!

  239. janny holder says:

    God give me the wisdom to hear you and wait on you. Show me and teach me to wait on you, God please DONT LET THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD STOP ME FROM RECEIVING MY BLESSINGS.

  240. This was very ironic to me! For YEARS I have said, “If God put us into classes like schools do, I’d be in the slow learners’ class!” I wonder how many times God has “shook his head and sighed ” when I go about my day, and wondering, “is she ever going to listen to me?” And then He goes right on helping and teaching me with love. My children are all grown and on their own now, but they still come back and ask for advise, help, and prayer support. Yet, I can so relate to this devotion. I still need to learn to listen and heed His voice.

    • I’d be in the slow learners class with you. God has been so patient with me too and I am grateful for this journey of growth. Let’s determine to listen and obey to Him alone.

  241. Just had quite the jnteresting conversation this morning about listening to what is specifically being asked and not what you think you heard or wanted to hear. It goes both ways and we both need to actively listen…and the day begins again

    • Excellent points-it does go both ways. I have wanted to hear from Him so badly that I convinced myself that He had spoken. But I knew the truth and paid the price. Just like my kids do, sigh. Isn’t He good to give us each other for encouragement?

  242. Donna Brewer says:

    I would love to read further on listening to God. Thank you

  243. Diane Rust says:

    I have taught young children for over 30 years,am a wife, mother.grandmother and still need to be reminded to listen and obey God’s promptings through the Holy Spirit. I would share the wisdom in this book with my teacher friends, my children, my grandchildren, my students and anyone else God tells me to!!

  244. Melissa Kraemer says:

    This is such a good message and it reminds me that I need to be obedient and trust that God is in control. The word says that His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are not my ways, thank you God, that your ways are so much better than mine! Psalms 46:10 is the verse that I repeat to myself each morning to help me remember that I am not God!!

    • You’ve nailed it Melissa, at the end of the day the whole listening and obeying thing comes down to an issue of trust. Do we trust Him? That He’s got it? That He is in control? That He loves us? That He will do what is best? I’m glad I’m not God, that I’m not in control. Being still is a great way to start the day-

  245. Sonja harpe says:

    God must be telling me something. Your devotional and another devotional told me to be still and glorify God.

  246. Lynette Hughes says:

    As I read this, I thought of the many things I have said to my children that my Heavenly Father would never say to me. However, I don’t want to miss the real lesson here. God is speaking to all of us by the Holy Spirit. May I be quick to listen and obey.

  247. Christina Oser says:

    Yes. I often hear Good voice speaking to me as my voice speaks to my kids.

  248. Diane Doucette says:

    I often give advice some of it very good some of it not so good. But here lately when I do I’m often thinking that I should take some of my own advice the reason I can see things clearly for others cuz most likely they are things that are in me that that I should be looking and some myself. God had me to stumble upon this lesson that you are writing about. I would love to have a copy of this book I know it did help.

  249. This was very eye opening! My children are still babies but my oldest is starting to test his boundaries. I pray that God would guide my parenting as he places convictions on me and my husband as parents!

    • Those kids that test the boundaries are such blessings. I have a whole other presentation/article on ‘That’ Child. They are world changers, but not easily parented. God will teach you many things as you raise your littles. Nothing is wasted. Nothing. He weaves it all together perfectly. Praise Him!

  250. Phyllis Witter says:

    I need this book at this point in my life as I struggle with relating well with my daughter in law. Thank you.

  251. Such a phenomenal reminder this morning! It can be so easy as parents to forget that we also live in a child role with regard to God. I am not yet at the point of disciplining my daughter (she’s only 3 months old) but this is so good for me to keep in mind as those times approach. I need to listen for God’s voice and have obedience to Him be evident in my life in order to one day teach my daughter to do the same. Thanks for a great devotional, Rachael!

    • Thank you Amy-you are embarking on a marvelous journey. (I’m actually on a plane headed to see my grand daughter as I write this. She is only 8 months old.) What joyous times await you, what bonding, what cuddling, what memories! Enjoy each one-point her to God each day, the wonder of His creation, the singing birds, the sunrise. Praise His with her, sing to her, tell her His story. Enjoy!

  252. Jessica says:

    I would love to read this book!

  253. Kim Selles says:

    This is an area i have definitely struggled with this summer with my children being home from school. I am praying God changes me on a daily basis that I will learn to be still and know that he is in control of every aspect of my life

  254. Molly Johnson says:

    How powerful are words! Your words spoke to me this morning. I pray that I hear my children’s words, that I speak words to them that God would have me speak, and that God’s word resonates within me. Thank you.

  255. Molly Childress says:

    Wow–so convicting, yet so encouraging! Thank you for such a good word this morning.

  256. Wow thank you so much for writing this devotion. This hit home so well. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you

  257. Getting “still” with God…priceless.

  258. Amber Haifley says:

    I just took on a new “ministry” as the ombudsman for my husband’s boat. As I look forward to serving the 140ish families associated with our boat, I badly want to be doing it all for Christ, keeping him first and certainly listening. Which is something I struggle with.

  259. I know I need this book. Oh, my do I ever. I am a screamer and I do not like that I am. For some reason I believe I can get it across if I scream and I know that is not right!

    • You’re right Fran, screaming isn’t very effective. It doest work at my house either. But admitting it and desiring change are the first steps to making a turn on a more peaceful path. In Nehemiah 8.10, Nehemiah encourages the people who are tired that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” And of course Philippians 4.13 says that we can “do all things through Christ who gives us strength.” There is hope. The Holy Spirit will guide and teach us. You can’t do this alone, but He can do it through you. What a testimony to your kids about the power of God to change us from the inside out!

  260. Kelly Bicking says:

    I would love to read this book!

  261. Britani H.L. says:

    I love this article, it was very convicting because I’m currently experiencing everything said in it. I love proverbs 31 ministries and would love to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  262. Rachel S. says:

    I don’t seem to know what I’m listening for. I try to hear Gods voice above all else but seem to fail time and again. I need help!

    • I appreciate your question. It’s a good one. It’s hard to know what to listen for when there is too much static in the background. The best place to listen to God’s voice is in His word. Read through the Psalms, or the book of John. Note His love and grace, His faithfulness and His purpose. As you read, pray for His to direct you, to lead you to speak to you through His word. And praise Him. Praising Him grants us focus when the life is busy and full. We all need help to learn how to better listen and obey. We are on a journey, there are no shortcuts. But you’re not alone.

  263. One day while “speaking loudly” to my children who were not obeying, my youngest daughter(6) says, ” mommy, you have the devil in you right now.” What an eye opener to me and my lack of self control. And a reminder that I don’t listen to God either. I would love a copy of this book! No, I did not yell at my daughter after she made that comment. I responded positively and left the room, cried and prayed

    • Well handled Julie. Isn’t God good to point out our issues to us? I’m so grateful that He doesn’t leave me where I found Him. He continually draws me deeper, asking me to trust Him and obey Him. Grateful to be on this journey with you!

  264. Dee Dee Toombs says:

    Oh my goodness, this was meant for me today. “When I say NO, you think that means keep asking until I say YES”. This is my favorite saying. Sometimes it’s with laughter and a smile, but most times I’m gritting my teeth and frustrated. Then I feel guilty that I’ve looked at them that way and for yelling at the them. Both of my kids are at camp this week so I’m reflecting in my quite time alone and not liking my parenting skills which I’m positive my listening skills are just as bad. I feel I havn’t heard from God in a while. Please Lord help me be a better listener.

    • May we all be better listeners! May God bless you this week as you seek Him, to be the mother your kids need for you to be, not perfect, but rather pursuing Him who is Able and Worthy!

  265. Jessica says:

    Daily, I am reminded that God loves us, as He places what I need to see and hear in front of me over and over again. It truly puts me in a state of awe when God finally obtains my attention. I have one of those “oh yeah..” moments, when I finally understand what God had been trying to communicate to me for some time.

    Currently, I do not have any children, but I do believe that God spoke to me through this devotional. All day, each and every one of us speak to others and even ourselves. During a considerable amount of time, our minds are consumed by the thoughts of the next task at hand. Today, I have been reminded that we need to, and secretly desire to, have God think for us. We just have to quiet our minds and listen, because God is always knocking at our door (Revelation 3:20).

  266. Thank you so very much. I truly needed to read this word today. Sometimes I feel like my children never hear what I say. And I can only imagine how God feels when I don’t hear him because I am more concerned with gripping about what my children didn’t do. Oh how I need a copy of your book. I pray God make shape and mold me into that wife mother and daughter that he has called me to be and that I learn to be still and know that he is God. so I may hear is voice in the midst of all my frustration.

  267. Rena Fortson says:

    This year alone in my hometown there have been seven sudden deaths all under the age of 30. I’ve asked God what is He trying to tell us. I have a 14 year old son and a 13 year old daughter and they both are at the age they are trying to test me. I would love tof have this book so that I can become stronger in my walk with God and help my children grow closer to Him as well.

    • Sorry to hear about your hometown tragedies. As to your children trying you, I’d like to maybe reframe it for you. This is a time when they are testing to see if what you taught them about God is true. They are probably not doing it completely on purpose, but they are pushing. It’s not your imagination, but it is a golden opportunity to help them process their questions and their frustrations. It’s got to be hard to be them, with the rush of hormones and all of the pressures of culture. I’ve been shocked by the amount of time we spend at our house just talking together. Kids need us to dare to have conversations with them about the easy and hard stuff. Keep listening to Him-

  268. Colleen says:

    Your message today spoke loudly to me. I have been praying for some time now, “Lord, let me hear Your voice…” Sometimes I’m afraid that He’s speaking to me, but I’m just not hearing Him. Lord God forgive me if I have turned a deaf ear to You, I want to hear and obey You always, in Jesus name, Amen

  269. This was a great view point for me. Thank you

  270. Maureen says:

    Thank you for that great reminder! When my daughter was a baby, I remember being frustrated about all the poopy diapers as I changed one in the wee hours of the morning. Then I specifically heard God say, “I clean you up all the time…” Now that I am a grandmother, I want to remember that time, and as I say to my precious granddaughter “You need to be patient…”, help me to hear the Father’s voice again, telling me the same!

  271. I needed that reassurance. This is what God has been telling me lately. Listen to him. Thank you for your devotional today.

  272. Kelly Smith says:

    Would love a copy of this book….it sounds perfect for my busy life!

  273. I want so much to hear God’s voice. For direction, for Wisdom, for peace. Thank you for this devotion, much to think on. Blessings

  274. Thank you so much for realigning my perspective. How easy is it to correct our children without fully being aware of our own accountability.

  275. I enjoyed today’s devotion and would love to read more.

  276. I would love to have a copy of the book. I just had a disagreement with my son and he told me that I do not listen to him. After reading your daily devotion I was like…WOW that was clearly a confirmation from God. I need to listen to God. Thank God for confirmation and thank you for your daily devotional.

    • Thanks for sharing Cordelia. Listening is so important. All of us want to be heard, but that would mean that we don’t all talk at once! We desperately want others to listen to us, but we often don’t listen to them. I’m still learning just how valuable it is for me to just listen to my kids as they dream and ramble and vent and wonder. God does that we me all the time! He just patiently listens while I go on and on. Let’s resolved to lean in and listen more.

  277. Thank you for that encouraging truth shared today. God is continuing to tell me to be still, and listen, and let go of control. I so appreciated this today.

  278. Susan Ruffalo says:

    Thank you for the timely devotion. I needed to hear this. I thank you. and my children thank you!

  279. Brandi Hein says:

    I definitely needed to hear this today. Not only to remind me God is talking to me just as I talk to my children but to remind me to slow down and listen. Take time to hear him again. The business that comes with raising children often makes it easy to put God to the bottom of the list. This is such a great reminder that He should be at the top.
    Thank you so much for this truth today!

  280. I pray daily for family, my 4 grand children, nieces and nephews and children of friends. This world is a complicated place especially for children to grow up in – much more scary than even when my daughter was small. This devotion is a perfect reminder for us to trust God and rely on HIM. When we have doubts, fears and troubles seem dominate our time we MUST take a moment and re-focus. Today’s children are the adults of the future! I would love to give this book to my daughter. Thank you for the wonderful messages every day from Proverbs 31.

  281. Kate Nelson says:

    I work in a classroom with children with special needs and I often hear myself saying the same thing over and over that may not be the most uplifting. I enjoyed this reminder to stop and listen. I want to be a light for them!

  282. Julie Guerrieri says:

    So true. I tell my kids that I ask them to do things not to be mean or bossy but to help them or our family and that sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do.

  283. Oh my…I recall hearing my mom say to us – 8 children…at one time or another: ” How many times do I have to tell you…” This one is loud and clear and I’ve said it to our daughter on a few occasions and caught myself, wondering in my head “Why am I saying that?” It’s because I didn’t pause and think!

  284. Rebecca says:

    My children are adults so it spoke to me because I want to be there for my Mother so I have delayed getting chemo. But “are you listening to me” caused me to pause and hear God say “take care of you and I’ll take care of your Mom”. So my journey with chemo will begin sooner now.
    Thank you

    • Dear Rebecca, God loves you so. He’s in control of the whole situation. Praise Him in advance for what He has planned. May He bless you beyond what you can ask or imagine!

  285. I often slow down and pause at the phrases I say to my children over & over. It helps me understand my struggles with them at times because I think about how God views me and what I put Him through. I was convicted by “be obedient the first time & with joy”. I have been working on my daily quiet time before my house gets up. But the Lord has been waking me up @ 4 & 5 in the morning! I sometimes roll over and feel guilty later when my day is rushed & I don’t have a clue on what my plan is for the day. I’m a teacher and was just hit like a ton of bricks with a phrase that I scold my students with all the time: when do we follow adult instructions/directions? The first time. All those mornings I’ve valued my sleep more than my relationship with God and following his instruction to get up. Thanks for this today

    • I’m right there with you. Many times I have ignored my Father’s gentle whisper to spend time with Him to start my day and rolled over instead. I have never regretted getting up to be with Him. Never. He prepares me for the day ahead-the day He is already in! He has awakened me at those same hours for a season. Enjoy the peaceful time with Him. What a blessing you must be to your students!

  286. This devotional was so appropriate for today. My daily struggles can often be traced back to how I began my day with God s word(or the lack of reading it). Thanks so much for the encouragement.

  287. Amanda Kimball says:

    Great message! How often I fail to stop and just listen. Thank you!

  288. Jennifer York says:

    This is perfect for me. I often think that God is speaking to me by what I say to and about my children.

  289. Caroline says:

    Great devotional and one that I really needed to hear. I would love to receive a copy of your book!

  290. Amy Welch says:

    This would be great!

  291. Melinda Funk says:

    Thank you so much for reminding me how important it is too listen. I feel challenged today to listen and love on my kids in a deeper way and to listen to my heavenly Father as he guides me.

  292. Ann Newsome says:

    Yes, I do need to stop and listen. I have my six year old grandson who I sometimes seemly find myself asking him the same things to do over and over and he acts like he doesn’t listen. He is listening just not always acting on what he has heard. After thinking about this, I myself isn’t listening. My marriage recently broke up and I’ve been so caught up in my emotions, that no I wasn’t listening to God and I think I sorta didn’t want to. Just like my grandson who needs to listen to certain things that I ask, I realize that I need to do the same. I’m finally beginning to listen and do what our Father has asked me to do. It’s not easy but I know he’d never ask me to do something wrong. I am listening. Thank you for this devotional today.

    • Ann, I’m sorry to read of your marriage breaking up. But grateful for how the Lord has drawn you close. Even through your grandson He has pursued you. I completely understand not wanting to hear God sometimes. Sometimes I think I know what He is saying, but often I am wrong. May God continue to bless you-Praise His name.

  293. Thanks for this reminder! Very often I have heard God’s voice reminding me that many of the things I tell my kids are sermons I also need to preach to myself! Especially when I tell my children to “not worry!”

  294. Pattie Sexton says:

    I “accidently” clicked on this devotion in Proverbs 31 this morning and so glad I did! Would really like to read your book!

  295. I just want to hear His voice more clearly and act on what He tells me. This whole thing brought tears to my eyes today knowing i hear but dont always listen.This just really resonated inside me.
    Thanks

  296. Maureen says:

    Many times I wonder why I am not hearing God’s voice and then I realize I just didn’t like what He was saying and had tuned him out. Oh to trust and obey!

  297. Joanne Ida says:

    As a single Mom this really spoke to my heart. As it is only me raising my son, I take on too much as both parents and I forget that my son has God as his father and I should submit to His will. Jesus will carry my burdens. I don’t have to carry them myself. I need to stop and listen! πŸ™‚

  298. I am raising 2 of my great grandchildren. I don’t have the patience not the energy I had when I was younger and find myself saying phrases that I don’t want to stick in their head as they grow up. I need all the help I can get to find the joy in being aom again at 61

    • Sandra, your situation sounds challenging, but also full of possibility. Your love for the Lord and your stories of His faithfulness will bless your grandchildren. I’m headed to spend some time with my grand daughter who is only 8 months. I’m fairly certain that though she is only crawling, I’m going to be worn out by the week’s end. The best way I know to gain the strength we need for the tasks we face is to focus on Him and His glory. “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8.10. May His praise be on your lips!

  299. This applies to us all, even when we no longer have little ones we are parenting. Just think of things we say to husbands, friends, relatives!

  300. I would love a copy of this book!

  301. Good story. Made me open my eyes to what God is telling me..

  302. Thank you for reminding me to be still and know that my God loves me and will never leave me or forsake me.

  303. Shannon says:

    I am very convicted this morning. I was reading my First 5 day 2 study of the book of Romans and Corinthians when the word “obedience” flooded my mind. God wants me to be obedient, He has called me by name. I know it’s something He has been whispering to my heart for a while now. So I prayed and asked God to keep this word on my mind and in my heart over the next few days. To overwhelm me with this word and what it truly means in my life. After I closed my prayer I opened my email and saw this mornings devotion. The line that says “I hadn’t been listening. I’d been hearing but not obeying.” That was so convicting for me. God works fast and was quick to show me that He is here listening to me, now it is my turn to listen and obey Him. Thank you so much for your obedience to your calling to write today’s devotion. God has used this to let me know He’s here and he heard my prayer! God is so good!!

  304. Last night my children were not well behaved, and I cried to God asking him to show me the way to handle these kind of situations. When I woke up this morning, this was the daily devotion. I know he is listening, now I just need to make sure I am.

  305. Oh I love this article and her book!! You all should read Rachael’s book – every chapter truly speaks To you and helps you open your ears to God on a daily basis. Thanks so much for sharing is!

    • And thank you Meg! I’m a little slow responding to all of these, the numbers keep going up! As I write this now I’m on a plane about to land in NM. The number of responses is at 1048! I’m overwhelmed with God’s blessing, with this opportunity and with the response! Let me know if you even receive this. I’m determined to read through and respond to as many as possible. I’d like to know if the readers are being alerted that someone-me-replied to their comment. Thanks-on to the next one!

  306. Susan Sarver says:

    very convicting devotional!

  307. Brenda D says:

    Even though I’ve had this revelation before, I’ve continued to not listen to God at times.
    When I read this, it spoke volumes to where I am in life right now. Fear of the unknown can sometimes paralyze me and I stop listening to Him.
    This is a fantastic reminder for us to not only listen, but to obey. ❀️

    • Brenda, thanks for commenting. Fear is paralyzing, you’re right. Fear of anything other than God is debilitating. He invites us to the freedom available when we fear only Him. He is trustworthy. He is able. When I get caught in fear, when I’m feeling like the walls are closing in, praising Him is the only way out. Get back to His truth, His word. Put on some praise music, get out your hymnal and sing your heart out! Perfect love drives out fear!

  308. Megan L. says:

    Thank you for this simple reminder.

  309. Such truth.. Needed to hear that today! God speaks .. I need to consciously take time daily to listen!!

  310. Yes I need , do you hear me , stop and listen , so many times I feel I have walked right over what I feel God is trying to say to me .

  311. I have been walking with the Lord for several years, and this past year I realized that I have not been listening and trusting Him the way He wants me too. I have been receiving your emails and they have been a blessing. Thank You so much
    Your sister in Christ … Millie

  312. Jessica McQueen says:

    So many times I haven’t stop to listen to what God is saying. This devotion today was a small reminder of what God wants me to do. Thank you for that, it’s definitely what I needed to start my day out with.

  313. Brittany Hagy says:

    Great reminder today…! I’d love to read your book!

  314. So many times I feel I have walked right over what God is telling me and I want to hear his voice clearer or sometimes I want him to shout at me ! God make me more sensitive to your word !

  315. Such a convicting article. Just a few weeks ago I was driving and it came to me that God was asking me to just ‘Be still in the quiet.’ The daily buzz is so much nicer than hearing the breeze from your fan in your bedroom. I’m trying to be better at just sitting and waiting for God vs acting.

    • As I’m reading through all of the comments it seems as though the Spirit of God is moving among His people with the same prompting: Be Still. It’s startling how many of these posts are that the devotional is merely a confirmation of what God has already been speaking to individual hearts. Think about that for a minute. Not only would it profoundly change us personally if we did this one simple thing. It would change our homes, our neighborhoods our churches, our world. May we determine to be a part of that change!

  316. Great words.

  317. Wow…God new I needed these words and scripture this morning. Thank you.

  318. Ginger Summerlin says:

    Be still and listen is one of the hardest things for me. I am a doer! I would love a copy of this book!

  319. Jennifer Williams says:

    Wow…just what I needed to read today. God spoke directly and personally to me. Thank you for obeying Him and posting this today. Your book sounds amazingly practical. Would love to read it. ?

  320. Taking the time to “be still” so we can hear is often the most difficult task!

  321. Ashley Coursey says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. So much yes β™‘

  322. Alyson Mccullough says:

    Oh this mommy heart needed your words of encouragement this morning! Thank you for being obedient to God and serving in a ministry that encourages others!

  323. Oh boy, did this hit my heart. How often have I been the instructor and not the listener. Thank you for the wake up call. ❀️

  324. Paige Mercer says:

    Lord did I need this today! I’ve been so hard to listen and obey. Just had my 3rd child not even 2 weeks ago and have been in the hospital with him since and it’s caused a lot of frustration for my whole family. I have a 3 and 2 year old that misses me and a husband that’s trying to do both of our parts. I know I haven’t given the Lord my ear!

    • His mercies are new every morning! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Sounds like the world has been spinning. He knows and He is right there with you. Keep breathing and allow Him to speak. Love your heart-

  325. Melissa Squarey says:

    Thank you for providing this revelation today. At such a time as this when we get caught up in a wave of ‘what ifs’ and ‘how am I gonnas’ this blog post/devo was special to my own heart. It’s such peace to know that all we have to do is let Him parent us.

  326. Jennifer Kostuch says:

    Really could use help in this area.

  327. Mary Littrell says:

    “Be still and know that I am God”. If we could only “Be still” the way he instructs us to in this busy hectic life. I want to KNOW Him more. I am seeking a God love like never before so that I can share it. Share it with my children so that we can share it with all of those around us.

    • There’s a great book that you might be interested in: “Knowledge of the Holy” by AW Tozer. It is all about the attributes of God. Getting to know Him better is a great desire!

  328. I needed this today after a particularly trying morning with my 4 and 2 year olds. I struggle with knowing if I hear God’s voice or if it’s my own conscious mind.

  329. Sometimes it’s so hard to be still and listen.

  330. Thank you for the reminder! Just yesterday I was instructing my four year old on instant obedience and that struck a chord in my heart. Then this morning, your devotional. I think God may be trying to tell me something!

  331. What a wonderful way to start my day with this simple and encouraging reminder! I’m always praying to share the light of Jesus in my heart, with my words, and interactions with others. Listening with open ears for his whispers will help me follow through with this prayer. Thank you.

  332. What a wonderful message! I would love to have a copy of your book!

  333. Wonderful reminder of how we need to think before we speak to our children, how to ask God for help in this situation, and that we need to go to HIS WORD for wisdom and knowledge. So many times as the words are flowing out of my mouth correcting behavior in my children, I am reminded that God would probably like me to listen and obey better as well! Thanks for the gentle reminder!

  334. Dorothy says:

    For myself, I feel lucky if I can breeze through my devotion each morning. I rarely take more time with God as I feel interrupted with my 3 kids throughout the day. It would be refreshing to read and learn how to incorporate our Father into daily habits.

  335. I just had this conviction this morning…. I am talking alot and forget to be still and listen.. thank you for another reminder! God bless you

  336. It is a daily occurance where I realize that I am not living in accordance to God’s Word yet I expect that from my children. Oh how I wish I could be a better example and get back on track….feel like I was a completely different person before kids.

    • We were probably both completely different before we had kids. But God in His kindness saw fit to grow us beyond where we were. Parenting is a journey, best traveled in the light of His presence, in the fellowship with the Spirit with others who are seeking to honor Him too. Be encouraged-

  337. Jaime T says:

    Exodus 14:14 – Be still! Something I know I need to do and read daily – so much harder to put into practice. Thanks for this reminder!!

  338. I love this! What a great perspective! Right now I would really love to know how to actually know when He is telling me something.

    • The best way I know Janine is through practice. We have to begin by turning the world off. All of the distractions that our enemy uses to drown out God’s voice. Next, know that God speaks through His word and our time in prayer. As you seek to hear His voice start there. Nurture the Spirit He’s given you by glorifying Him in all things. As these things become part of your daily life, His voice will become clearer and clearer.

  339. Nikki DeOliviera says:

    This devotional touched my heart. Thank you.

  340. Thank you for this reading; THIS is what I needed to “hear” this morning.?

  341. A friend shared this with me and boy did I need to hear it! Thanks pal.

  342. Amy Fogle says:

    Seems like I was reading about myself from this devotional ! I needed this !

  343. Our 9 year-old grandson lives with us, and I have often thought that God gives us children to help us “get it”, and if we still need help, He gives us grandchildren! I have often heard God speaking to me through them. One thing that I recently came to understand is that boys need to hear and know they are respected, and girls need to hear and know that they are loved. I wish I could have heard and grasped this years ago, having raised four sons and now nine grandchildren.

    • That is an excellent point and reflects great wisdom, probably from your vast experience. Boys do need respect and girls do indeed need our love. May God continue to bless you as your grand parent.

  344. This certainly hit home for me this morning. Thank you!

  345. Shandra Tipton says:

    Be still and listen. I need to learn to do that more often. Thank you for sharing.

  346. Delores McPherson says:

    Thank you for those timely words. I needed to hear this so I can listen as I speak to my grandson and as God speaks to me.

  347. Hard to think about God saying these words to me! Thanks for opening my heart to this as I am sure that is exactly what God is doing.

  348. Danna V says:

    Wow! What a great reminder of how much God still has to teach me…truly humbling.

  349. Karen J says:

    the title of this post i read it and said oh boy that is for me. How many times do i have to tell you is a common phrase coming out of my mouth, i have been aware of these words for weeks. each time i say them i feel undone annoyed and frustrated. they just are not listening. its not a healthy thing to say. it isnt kind or encouraging in any way so i have mad a conscious effort to stop saying it. and to repeat what i am trying to communicate in another way so they can understand what i am trying to say. i want to speak love kindness and grace.

  350. rachael says:

    An awesome devotion today. I find myself guilty of saying many of those things to my son. I want my son to be proud, honorable, but more importantly, love God with all his heart. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  351. Cammi Hevener says:

    This rings so true with me right now! I work during the day so leaving chores for my kids are the first things they hear from me.. Thank you for the reminder to speak encouragement and love to them also πŸ™‚

  352. Karen P. says:

    BOOM! Right between the eyes!! What a well-needed dose of perspective! Not sure if I could handle a whole book, but I’d sure love to try!

  353. Very good encouragement. I would love to read your book!

  354. Emily Pyatt says:

    I find it hard to hear God when we have so many things going on. I also find it hard most of the time to make time for God and to stop and listen for Him. I am trying to make it a priority in my life. I know that is something I have to do. Thank you for reminding me I am no the only one struggling with it.

    • That’s right Emily, you’re not alone. Though the enemy wants you to believe that you’re the only one, you’re not. You are in good company. As mothers we are often discouraged by all of our failures especially our failure to have our time with God. But we do not serve a drill sergeant. We serve a merciful, loving, gracious God. Let’s keeping pursuing Him each day together-

  355. Mand Ison says:

    I am hearing Gods voice being called to adopt. Even as I type my heart is racing. I will need his help!

  356. You must have lived in my house when all my five were living at home . . . and I still need to listen. I would love to read your book. Thank you so much for the offer.

  357. Oh the truth convicts us! Thanks for this wonderful devotional.

  358. Be still. Listen. Hard lessons in life but great reminders. I need to be still. Definitely listen. I’ve had an emotionally draining 3 days ironically with friends leaving ministry, parents not happy with me, teenaged children being teenagers and a spouse that has some very angry responses these days to me…..life has beat me up. But I’m a child of the One True King – I need to be still & listen to Him and not those affecting me.

    • Amy, with all you have going on, know that you can rest in your Father’s arms. He is safe and He loves you. He is still the Master of the universe, still in control, still on the throne. Praise Him in the storm!

  359. Lauren Sorgaard says:

    Great reminder – put in a way I hadn’t previously considered. Would LOVE to win the book, thanks so much for the chance.

  360. Rhonda Hottle says:

    I’m mending a relationship with my daughter and I’m thankful that I heeded the holy spirit in how to handle this but in the beginning it was not so. Definitely a soft answer turns away wrath. There are times I wish I had listened to her cries for help sooner instead of dismissing them as she’ll figure it out, if I had, we would not be in the “mending” stages. I would enjoy reading the book as I know there are other areas I need to step up the pace in!

  361. Josephine Dickson says:

    As a step mom of a tween and mom of a toddler, I so needed this today! I would love to read the book also.

  362. Thank you for this reminder. It’s so easy to get busy in a day and make sure other people obey, yet we ourselves forget to obey.

  363. One of those days when you wake up and check your email and God left a little message for you that speaks right to your heart. He’s always there.

  364. Good, timely words this morning.

  365. Brenda Hollins says:

    Wow!This word is a true blessing. My children are all grown. However as I am writing this I remembered something I told my son a few days ago. He’s 26 but disabled. I purchased him a phone and it started acting up. There was another phone he wanted and we applied to get it on a credit payment plan.We were unable to do so. He was very upset. I was trying to tell him something about saving up for it. He walked off and was talking negative. I got upset and asked him ” when have I ever promised you something and never got it for you? ” He responded never. So I told him not to worry about what people had to say (as in no) and just trust the 2 he could always count on God and me. I must admit I have not trusted God concerning His promises concerning His plan for my life and that which He has called me to. I have listened to others no and my own negative thoughts about myself. Thank you for being obedient and sharing this word. And thank God for His awesome love.

    • Wow-thanks for sharing your story and the quote. That is a great one! I’ve said it too. Talk about a whack over the head-He always keeps His promises! So grateful.

  366. Thank you for sharing. We all need to slow down and listen. πŸ™‚

  367. This! Yes! Thank you! I find myself saying these things already to my 2 and 4YO boys. Who knew it starts so young? And I’ve heard the words reverberate in my ears as they’re leaving my mouth. Truths for Mommy to hear as well.

  368. It is interesting to me how often I forget that God is our FATHER and he wants our attention and obedience, just as we want from our own children. That perspective changes everything. Thank you for this devotion. Looking forward to reading the book.

  369. Farrah Haney says:

    I am going to read this book. I feel like I say the same things to my children all of the time.

  370. Julia Bettis says:

    I need this book! I keep stumbling over the same issue in my life over and over and I don’t understand why! Perhaps it is because I am not listening to God! But what is He trying to tell me? I pray continually, read the Word everyday and seek to do His will. But this same issue keeps causing me grief, like the thorn in Paul’s side!

    • You and me both. I too have a particular issue that He seems to be silent on. I’ve asked over and over. One day as I was seeking Him about it again, I felt my Spirit say, “Stay right here. Keep listening. Keep wanting to hear. Don’t move.” I believe that God longs for us to desire His voice. It’s beautiful to Him when we lean in, perk our ears to listen. He wants to to keep seeking through His word and through prayer. He is glorified when we do. This time of seeking, waiting and listening won’t be wasted. It never is.

  371. Vanessa Bintz says:

    I love reading your blog. It always speaks to me! I am learning to trust that those whispers are from God and to listen and pay attention. What a blessing you are to others.

  372. Thanks for the opportunity to receive this book. This would be helpful for the season of life I am in.

  373. Sarah Lakin says:

    I enjoyed this quick devotion, because I have stopped in the middle of a”lecture”to look dumbfounded at the expression on my daughter’s face. Sometimes it feels as if Christ just came down, thumped the Bible over my head, and gave me a big”duh” moment.

  374. Aracely Thornton says:

    Hi. I going to purchase a copy for myself & would love to win a copy of for my daughter. It sounds awesome & something we’re, both, in great need of.

  375. Thank you Lord… So needed today…

  376. I needed this, thank you!

  377. Jennifer Palacios says:

    Thank you for this! This is exactly what I needed because I’m going through my storm now. Thank you!

  378. This is a good and relatable message. Be still and listen. Thank you for your obedience to share it with us.

  379. Stacey Cochran says:

    Although I am not a mother yet, I really relate to this post. I really needed to hear this because I feel like I say some of these things to my husband.

  380. How many times do I have to tell you? Sounds right up my alley. I have been convicted quite a bit lately when I speak to my children- and God says yes, Christina- How many times, before you listen? It’s amazing how speaking to one of them then resonates in my own ears.. I am really eager to review your book. Praise God for REAL (imperfect) Godly women!

  381. Shelley says:

    I need help hearing his voice

  382. Thank you for your ministry!

  383. I don’t think I’ve actually stopped and listened for quite sometime, until just now. Thank you for the reminder!!

  384. Wow, I sure do remember MANY times raising my voice in trying to get my kids to listen & behave. Sadly, I rarely brought Jesus into the conversation and wish I had. My spiritual life is different now at 59, fuller, richer, and feeling blessed daily because of my start each day with devotion, largely due to P31 ministries which I have been only following for about 2 years. With 7 grandchildren, most out of state, would love to send a copy of Rachael Carman’s new book to my 4 kids! Thank you!

  385. Since my husband passed away last December I have been struggling to find my way without him after 41 years of marriage. “Be still and know that I am God” is a reminder I have been getting at least weekly, if not daily. Patience has always been difficult for me but I am trying to listen for His small voice to direct my future path. I know He has plans for me. I just need to be still and listen.

    • Amber Clawson says:

      Praying for your heart. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a spouse. Praying God heals your soul and shows you the plans He has for your life! Hang in there!
      (I really have found the First 5 app to help heal some wounds in my life.)

    • I’m so sorry for your loss Sherri. May you know the reality of God’s presence. I pray that He will reveal Himself to you as you seek and praise Him.

  386. So many times I lose patience with my 2 little ones. I get frustrated and think why can’t they just do right. I thank God that he doesn’t lose his patience with me.

  387. Raising a strong willed child makes ears to hear even more important and oh the patience needed! Any help through God’s grace…

    • Blessings on you and your strong-willed blessing! I’ve got a couple of those too. I’ve had the opportunity to present a new workshop at some conferences this year entitled, “What about That Child?” It’s been well received. I’m going to be doing a webinar on it over at my blog in the next month. You are welcome to join us-I believe you would be blessed. RachaelCarman.com

  388. Thanks for this devotional. It is definitely a challenge in today’s world to unplug, close our mouths, be still and listen for the words God whispers to our hearts. I appreciate your example of parallels between what we, as parents try to speak into our children’s hearts and minds and what God may be speaking to us. I’d love to learn more about how to hear God’s voice.

  389. SusanKelly Garrett says:

    How does one “really” hear the words of God? I have been reading, searching and praying for the answets. How does one sit in a quiet moment and let the ” wheels” of their mind slow down the hear the words of God? I would love to know how, because I want so much to hear what God is saying to me

    • Excellent questions but without short answers. The best way to start is simple practice. Practice unplugging, then meditating on His word, praising in prayer, being still and listening, and journaling along the way too. It isn’t a formula, but rather a rhythm, a flow. The order isn’t as important as the focus-on Him. I’m hoping to do a retreat on this in the near future. You can watch for details on my blog.

  390. Oh how I need this book! I would love to win a copy!

  391. Toni Lorenz says:

    I believe each of the questions Rachel asked is relevant to me. In some areas I need to “be still” and wait for God…His timing & His guidance. In other areas, I’ve procrastinated long enough & need to take action. Over the past few months, I’ve clung to the fact that I need only to trust and know He is God, and that through dark times He is the only one who understands my feelings.

  392. I love reading your daily devotionals, they have really been helpful to me in my walk with Christ. Thank you for all you do. πŸ™‚

  393. The first thing I do every morning is read my devotionals from Proverbs 31… I don’t know how to explain this but I see it as my direct line to God. Its almost as if my questions and concerns are answered through this ministry. an eye opening time of reflection , humbling truth being spoken to my heart, that at times brings me to shedding a thousands tears.
    Today –
    “How many times do I have to tell you? I only want the best for you. Do you not see how blessed you are? Why do you keep asking after I said no? If only you believed in yourself as much as I do”
    These are all things I tell my boys… And today I repeated them as if God was telling me….
    Thank you for allowing me to see my fathers pain when I just don’t listen and understand.
    God bless you

  394. Need this book in my life. Just saw you speak at chea in California. I’m so happy to have gone to your workshops. I bought cd’s of your workshops and husbands to keep me motivated though the school year.

  395. Amber Clawson says:

    Yep this sounds just like me. I’ve been so easily frustrated and I’ve been trying so hard to watch my words. I need to relax, shut my mouth and sit in the presence of the Father!

  396. Just said those exact words to my 4 year old prior to opening my devotion today! Just what I needed lol

  397. I feel like I’m listening, but I struggle discerning between His will and my will. πŸ™

  398. kacy rutledge says:

    I love the Proverbs 31 Ministries. They are such a big part of my morning. This recent blog really hit home. I need to listen more and not have God ask “How many times do I have to tell you”?

  399. I would love this book!

  400. Great reminder! I needed this today!

  401. What a word from God! Be still and listen!

  402. Wow! What an awesome reminder today. I need to show my children how to obey and to do that, I need to make sure I am obeying what my Father says to me! What a great reminder to show grace, just as the Father does. Thank you!

  403. I am 69 years old and my children have already flown the coop; so that leaves me alone (my husband died 16 years ago) to hear the voice of God. It’s amazing how far we push the envelope before we hear, even at this age and maturity….?????

  404. Melissa says:

    Thank you for this devotion! I am sure it is something I needed here today.

  405. Janice Sullivan says:

    I enjoyed your piece today. Thank you for showing how our daily words show the love of God. My children are grown, but I still can use some of your examples as ways to continue to teach my children. Thank you for sharing.

  406. So eloquent, so true. Thank you! May each and every woman reading today glean from the truth written here. In the chaos of our days, may we find many moments to “Be still and know…” and hear from our heavenly Father. Father, break through the background noise in our lives and may we truly hear you.

  407. Julia Nelson says:

    I would love to continue reading about this in the book!

  408. Thank you for this reminder!

  409. kathy rusch says:

    This is sooooo true. i want to speak from the Truth that Christ is sufficient in all things…thankful for this simple truth. i want to fully comprehend it.

  410. Thank you for this. Lately I have been stuck in a cycle of repeating myself to my boys and asking, “God, what am I doing wrong?” I’m finding it hard to hear His voice but am trusting that He is working.

    • You are probably not doing anything wrong, they just need to hear it lots and lots of times. As a mom with 4 who are graduated and gone, I can see now and only now some of the fruit of my labors, my repetitions. Our kids need us to say things over and over. It’s our job, our privilege. They are not being insolent, they just don’t, can’t get it the first time. And neither do we. We are on the journey together-

  411. Heather Tolbert says:

    God’s timing is perfect. So often I get wrapped up with my to do list that I stop listening for God’s voice. However if I’d just slow down and seek it out I find that He’s constantly whispering things to me. Thanks for letting Him speak through you to reach my heart today.

  412. Virginia says:

    I’m going through some changes in my life now and yes, God is speaking to me. I hear him but have trouble trusting in him enough to let go of the worries. I’m sure he is saying “How many times to I have to tell you?” This sounds like a great book!

  413. Sarah Williamson says:

    Thank you for this reminder. With four little ones, I am constantly hearing myself say these phrases you mentioned, and I want to be sure I lead by example for my children by listening and obeying Jesus myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the repetitiveness of life. Thank you for sharing!

  414. Wow! I just retired and am waiting to hear where He’s leading me. I need to listen more carefully so I hear His direction.

  415. Eleanor says:

    I am desperately trying to hear that still small voice above all the noise!!!

  416. Help Me Hear

    • Yes, Lord, perk her ears to Your voice alone. Help her to turn off and tune out the world. Speak clearly to her through Your word and her worship, her time in prayer and her quiet moments. Make Yourself know holy Father! Amen.

  417. Wow- this one hit deep this morning… How many times have I asked my children to “sit down and be still” when that’s what I really need to do? Sit down and be still with my children while they are little – the dishes and laundry can wait.

  418. Love this!

  419. This one was an eye opener this morning, please help me hear rather than react so quickly

  420. Wow! How very true and humbling!
    Thank you for your post today!

  421. Brianne says:

    I believe we all have times where we could be better listeners to the Lord!

  422. Oh how often and how easily I forget that while I may be 37, I am still a child. God’s child.

    The reflect and response question hit me rather hard because when I think about what I’ve said to my child over the last several days, it really hasn’t been much. I used to make it a point to tell my step daughter daily that I loved her, no matter how much I didn’t like her at that moment, God told me she needed to hear it. But as of late, my sassy 17 going on 18 year old has decided that my life experience means nothing to her and I know nothing. I’ve taken a step back from the parenting role and just observed, waiting for her to come around. HA! And as I write this, I can absolutely see how God does the same with me. Tisk, tisk. And here I thought I was all growed up.

    • Thanks for sharing Jen. Yes, just when we think we have it all figured out, one of our children goes and blows the theory! God is constantly in the process of growing us and glorifying Himself. Praise His name!

  423. Cindy Loh says:

    How many times have God told me He loves me? Yet I still feel rejected by people. Rachel your sharing touched me deeply. I will cling on to God’s promise and be comforted.No greater love can fill the gap and remove that pain from me. Amen!

  424. Wow. This topic hits me hard. I seek to hear the Lord but seem to have a hard time hearing him. I could use all the help I can get to hear Him clearly. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  425. I remember clearly having to ask my boys “how many times do I have to tell you?” They are both grown (one still in college) now, and some days I miss those days when they were younger! God is continually telling me that same thing! Thanks for sharing today!

  426. I had to chuckle while reading this devotional, because the past few months, this has been me to a tee! Going through marriage issues, trying to let go and let GOD….while dealing with the kids on summer break, and coming home from work, asking them to pick up, do this, why isn’t this done? While yelling…”HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU”. You hit the nail on the head, as this is exactly what God is saying to me. While I’m looking for answers and reassurance, I have been repeating the words he is saying to me…to my children…lol. WOW!! Thank you, Thank you!

  427. Kim Breland says:

    Wow !! I hear you Lord but I do not listen !!
    That is just what I needed to hear this morning!.
    Lord,, I pray that I not only hear you today but actually listen to what you are saying !

  428. Jessica Zile says:

    Thank you for your devotion this morning. I needed to remember that I hear my shepherds voice and following and obeying is a place of safety and peace, not of anxiousness.

  429. This is an excellent reminder for me. I am praying to God for guidance and help, but am I listening to His response and instructions. I am dealing with losing my health insurance and finding a new one and it feels like my mind is going a million miles,a minute but perhaps I need to slow down and listen to God.

  430. Thanks for these words of encouragement today!

  431. This week I been searching for answers in Gods word, worship, and prayer. While driving to work I felt to turn off the music and just drive; in the stillness I heard, ‘I’m teaching you to wait.’

  432. Sandy Svensson says:

    I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book!

  433. Thank you for that devotion, I have not been listening…I DO need to slow down, and hear his voice…I’ve been away far to long…

  434. Elizabeth Brown says:

    I enjoyed this devotion. I don’t have children of my own, still hopeful for that, but I have several younger siblings and I’m a teacher. It is so hard for me to be still and to slow down and hear God’s gentle voice. However, while teaching I have had many of those moments like you described in the devotion, and used many of the same phrases. That is probably where and when I hear God the most, while I’m teaching. Conviction sometimes hurts, but I love hearing from God. It makes my heart happy knowing He is still working on me.
    I moved to a new school this year, and I haven’t really been looking forward to starting the new school year, mainly because I’m not sure if it was a move God wanted me to make, but this devotion has given me something to look forward to again. Those moments when I think I’m teaching someone, but God is really teaching me. Can’t wait to see what He has to say this year! (Would love to read your book, and share with my mom!)

  435. I need to slow down, and hear my Father, I have been away far too long…

  436. Lori Gardenhour says:

    I would love to read this. Struggling with listening lately.

  437. Mary Rolison says:

    Thanks so very much. Really needed this devotional today with being the mom of a two and four year old. I can definitely relate.

  438. Kim Griffiths says:

    Thank you for this message today. I haven’t been listening very well. This was a great reminder of what God wants for us.

  439. kim little says:

    This has blessed me. Thank you

  440. I needed this! Thank you!

  441. I often hear God saying “have patience” when it comes to kids, hubby and work. How often do I listen to what God is trying to tell me and teach me? Not near as often as I need to be. This book is on my list of books to read!!

  442. Shannon says:

    This is exactly what I was thinking while driving back from dropping my daughter off at camp today! Perfect timing!

  443. Debbie R says:

    This is very convicting to read because I do a lot of talking to God and not a lot of listening.

  444. Mary Giesbrecht says:

    I really needed this today . Thank you.

  445. What we have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our Spiritual condition. (big Book)

  446. Erin H. says:

    Whew! This took my breath away! Thank you!

  447. I’m a grandmother now, but I spend a lot of time with my 8 grandkids! I’ve had 2 at a time since the end of May and my husband and I are heading back home after picking up 2 more. We’ll have 4 of them for the next 2 weeks! I love them dearly, but I can’t wait for them to go to bed at the end of the day. The other day I was encouraging my 10 year-old granddaughter, who had just received Christ at camp, that she needed to spend time in prayer and reading her Bible on a daily basis and realized that I was telling her to do what I, myself felt inadequate in doing! I agree that God sometimes uses kids to show us those areas of our own spiritual growth that we need to focus more of our time on as well.

    • Blessings on your Robin. What a great adventure to have 4 of your grandkids for 2 weeks-I totally understand the exhaustion too! May God grant us the diligence in our relationship as an example to the next generation!

  448. Timely……I’m struggling to motivate myself. Sometimes mentally so exhausted, physically spent, emotionally drained and spiritually empty. Praying for a quiet mind and willing heart.

  449. I needed to hear this. I pray that I am able to be still & listen…

  450. Deanna Berry says:

    God has been telling me to wait on His timing. It’s so hard to be patient while in trials.

  451. This is exactly what I needed to hear today.

    Thanks!

  452. Be still…. I need to do this so much more than I currently do. Thank you for this devotional. I would love the book.

  453. Great title? Such a privilege to be a parent so you get some insight into God’s Parent/Shepherd’s heart …sure it is a great book!

  454. Most of the time I am waiting to say than listen. This blog opened my heart to take time to listen.
    Suzy

  455. This is a wonderful reminder. I have often thought that having children has helped me better understand God’s relationship to me. Thanks for this devotion.

  456. Elizabeth S. says:

    I want my children to love and follow God, but I catch myself not listening to Him at times. Do I allow my kids to act that way? Then why do I do that to my Father?

  457. I have had this role play out in my own head and yet I continue…it’s a shame my kids’ heads are as thick as mine?

  458. As a working mother of 3 young girls. This is my greatest struggle – above all. Above all, I want to not just hear but listen and obey to God. I really would love a copy of this book. It would aid me greatly in raising Godly women…

  459. Ginnie Cobbett says:

    I loved this devotional. I so needed to be reminded to listen closely. I asked myself the questions, what have I been saying lately? Thank you. Blessings

  460. I would love to have this book. Thank you
    It is very hard to wait on God’s timing when you want to go ahead and do something.

  461. Totally convicted!!

  462. Amen!

  463. Mary Ellen says:

    Wow, this really hit home. Need to be still before the Lord and LISTEN!
    Thank you!

  464. Kathy Walden says:

    All of our six children are grown with families of their own, but I can certainly relate to the title and I wonder how many times God has asked me the same question. We think we rely on Him, but I think we have only scratched the surface of what God wants for us and from us. Thank you so much for these words of wisdom.

  465. When I read your devotion for today my mind went to the time when God was speaking to me and I was hearing and not doing what he had instructed me to do. So many times we wonder why we do not grow in the Word of God and his purpose for out lives. Its because his instructions are for the plan he has set in place for our lives even before we were born. When he calls us to do a ministry for him he also prepares us before hand to help us to be able to go forward for him. I to am guilty of not following what I heard from God and it has delayed a calling in ministry that has been on my heart for a year. Had I listened to and followed what I was told I would be more prepared for the up coming months ahead of mentoring young teens and young adult girls and women for their role in life as God’s children and how he has plans for out lives and to make sure they understand the Proverbs of His Word that teaches instructions and guide lines for our lives in all ages of our life. I feel I have let Him down as far as the study of His Word and not submitting to him earlier for the study of this ministry. Let us be careful to listen to His instructions and make sure we do not fail in the plan he has set for us to follow for His glory and honor. Your sister in Christ Always

    • Thank you for sharing this.

    • You know that the best part is that we can’t mess Him up, He’s God! He is the great Redeemer. All of our mistake and regrets and missteps He uses to grow us and glorify Himself when we give them to Him in open-handed submission. If we determine to hold on to them with white knuckles, that’s when it’s all a waste. Let us resolve to release our past to Him, and in the words of Paul, “straining forward for what lies ahead…press on toward the goal to win the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”! He is Able-

  466. Leah Fisher says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. Needed this today!

  467. Annette Lauver says:

    This message is very timely in my life. I am being called by God to listen, trust and go deeper with Him. Thank you for this devotional.

  468. Such a great reminder this morning! I’ve already told my kids 20 times this morning to stop acting out!!! Maybe it’s time to be still and listen to the corrections of my Heavenly Father!

    Thanks for this!

  469. I had lost God’s voice when my sister died almost a year ago. I’m still struggling to hear him loud and clear.

    • Denise,
      I will be praying for you today. Specifically that you can start hearing God’s voice again. May you start a new journey today with Jesus.

  470. This is exactly what I needed to read today. I’ve had a few rough days with my kids and found myself in this situation. I had asked God to please help me and I came across this today, what a blessing!

  471. This is so relevant for be this morning!

  472. Amy Hickman says:

    Oh wow… I’ve never thought of it this way. What a good lesson! I’d love this book.

  473. Wow! I never thought of it this way. Sometimes I can repeat and repeat things to my son and I wonder if he’s listening. I know God does that with me too. This devotional is eye opener. God is way more patient with me than I can be with my son. Thanks for your article.

  474. Cynthia Warren says:

    Thanks for the message today. I could see myself as I read the words. They rang true. I am going to make a conscious effort to listen and hear God. I’m going to pray he gives me the discipline I need to do so and to be obedient.

    Thanks again for inspiring change through your message today and everyday.

  475. So thankful to have read your devotion this morning. This message is for all of us…no matter what season of life we are in. What a good Daddy to love us so unconditionally! Amazing grace, how sweet the sound……. It’s Your voice Lord that I want to hear, not my own.

  476. Shelly Jerrett says:

    Iam very thankful I listened to God this morning and took time to seek Him by reading this devotion. Thank you for listening an investing into us Moms. I would love to read your book.

  477. It’s been really hard to hear the Lord with all the fuzziness of life turned upside down, but I am ready to start listening. Thanks for opening my ears and my eyes with this message!

  478. Unfortunately I must be told time and time again just like my children. Thankful for grace and guidance. Thankful for this resource.

  479. I need to listen more carefully to my three children (23, 20, 13). I also need to listen closely and carefully to the Lord. I need to get back into His Word, which speaks loud and clear, and I need the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth as I seek Him again and make a relationship with Him my priority. Thank you for this reminder. God Bless You All. <3 πŸ™‚

  480. This message stopped me in my tracks…I have never thought of it this way. I am consistently tossing those phrases out to my kids like a broken record and yet…I do not obey my Heavenly Father in the simplest way. This made me chuckle as well, like I can hear Him saying “KIM, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU???”. Such a good read!

  481. Joelle Fox says:

    Oh how I wish I had seen this post five years ago! My son, now a teenager, has distanced himself from me much like I did my Father in heaven at the time. Since then I have found my way back to receiving and following Him, but my son is still working alone. Please join me in praying God continues to capture his heart and show him His plan. Blessings!

    • I will join you in praying for your son. God redeems the years the locus have eaten (Joel 2.25-figurative reference to how God restores what has been stolen.) He is the great Redeemer. He wastes nothing. May He show Himself might to you and to your son!

  482. Right now I’m hearing my own words come back at me from God, “What am I, chopped liver?” “How can you forget what I went through?”

  483. Something I have needed to hear the last few months.

  484. Colleen Pierce says:

    I sometimes wonder how I can parent these 4 children when I haven’t got the principle right, yet, either. How can I expect them to do something I’m still working on? I certainly can’t wait until I have it all together before I can teach them anything. Parenting is an intense course!

    • You’re right Colleen it is! So maybe the first step isn’t getting it all right on our own, but working on getting it right with our kids by the power of the Holy Spirit. The family is God’s safe place for spiritual growth. We grow together as a family as seek to be conformed into the image of Christ. Stand firm.

  485. i WOULD LOVE TO WIN A COPY OF THIS, I HAVE FOUR BOYS AND AT TIMES I SAY THINGS I DONT ALWAYS THE RIGHT WAY

    • We all say things we don’t mean, or say things the wrong way. It’s part of our growing, reminds us of our imperfections, grants us the opportunity to ask forgiveness. He is perfect. We need Him. He is Enough.

  486. This devotion was so timely as I too struggle with sounding like a broken record to my children. “How many times have I told you… (insert any one of multiple common phrases here),” “Eat your breakfast”, “get your shoes on”, “what part of that didn’t you hear?” – all too familiar words out of my mouth. I need to take time to listen & hear what MY Father has to say to me and really listen!

  487. Leslie Rivera says:

    I was totally blessed by this devotion. Often, times the very thing we point out in our children or others, is the very thing God is trying to show us. I would love to get this book. As a single mom, I know I need to listen to what God is telling me in the midst of my daily chaos. I must be obedient to be a true blessing to others & my child

  488. Words of wisdom

  489. I recently had the pleasure of attending a couple of Rachael’s workshops @ the AFHE convention. Loved her passion! She is an organized & engaged speaker and I would love a copy of her book!

  490. Lensey M. says:

    Wow how this spoke to me today! And not even about my children (although that was a good point too), but strictly about myself. I love to ask God questions, but I am terrible about listening for His answer. I’m not a super patient person. Thank you for reminding me today to really sit and listen for His guidance.

  491. beth scarbrough says:

    Oh how I needed this book 20 plus years ago as i raised my older two but as God blessed us 6 years ago with our 3rd!! I sooooo NEED this book now to guide my as i begin parenting all over again!!! πŸ™‚

  492. Michelynn says:

    Be still and listen

  493. Rachel’s words resonated with me deeply. The night before reading this I was driving home from freshman orientation with youngest child (10 hour drive) & was talking to God promising Him that I will spend time daily reading His word to find direction in my own life.
    I believe this wasn’t a coincidence & I am to read Rachel’s book. Whether I am chosen to receive a copy or am to purchase her book – I can’t wait to start reading it!!!

  494. Would love to win a copy.

  495. Michelle Grandon says:

    This is something I say often to my boys. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  496. God is good!!!!❀️?

  497. MICHELLE says:

    I really needed this today. Thank you! I would love to win a copy.

  498. Hearing God’s voice is the hardest thing for me. My brain seems to never be able to be still. I struggle with this issue more than anything else I can think of.

  499. Vickie Cusimano says:

    Thank you for this wonderful story today. I have been struggling with something that God has asked me to do. I m scared and worried about doing it, as it is something I would normally do. AI read this I seen myself as the child saying to the lord ‘But I don’t want or know how to do it’. I as everyone out there to pray for me that I do follow the Lord. I know if I do it will help so many. Thank You

  500. Margaret Porth says:

    Whether it’s a child or a spouse, we seem to call them on things we ourselves need to change. I am so thankful for a gracious God.

  501. What a lovely devotion & what a wonderful gift!

  502. Thanks. I needed to hear this truth.

  503. This devotional really opened my eyes to see what God is trying to tell me.

  504. Leanne Jones says:

    Love this message!

  505. Jayna Wall says:

    Great devotion!

  506. Often times I pray but I don’t stop and take the time to listen. I pray and then I’m off to do the things I think I need to get done for the day. What I NEED is to stop and listen to His still small voice.

  507. Wow!
    what an awesome eye opening devotion!
    I’m ready to read, “How many times do I have to tell you”!

  508. I actually opened this particular devotion in excitement thinking this would help me with getting through to my six kids. Instead my eyes were opened with what I REALLY needed! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  509. Great devotion today! Would love to read this book.

  510. Jess Roselle says:

    Great devotional today,thank you!

  511. This devotional was amazing and really spoke to my heart… I do struggle with listening sometimes but don’t have a problem with speaking ( Go Figure lol)… I don’t have any living children but I do have nieces/ nephews that I would love to lead by example…

  512. I worry sometimes that when raising my 30 yr old, I put too much emphasis on “excelling” in school, career and life and perhaps not enough focus on being a good person.

    I worry that I failed her. (Be careful what you wish for.)

    While they have ethics & character & morals – above reproach – they are not generous or kind in spirit or deed. There is a selfish nature. I worry that I dropped a ball here.

    But then again – at 30 I was not that selfless either. Perhaps I am judging her (wrong of me anyway) as if she were my age.

    How do I resolve this worry?

    We adopted her as a teen and I wasn’t really able to instill religion as she is headstrong. She has faith but that’s it – no bible reading, church, etc. Again, I worry that I failed her. But then again, at 30 – I wasn’t where I am now in faith.

    Please pray with me that they will grow as a person of faith.

    • I pray that you will know God’s redeeming love. That you will rest in His peace. Romans 8.1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God is honored when we seek Him and trust Him. May God grant you the strength to open your hands and give Him your daughter. Take her ‘before the throne of grace with confidence’. He is able. I pray that He will draw her to Himself and that her heart will willing respond to Him.

  513. Love this devotion. My kids are grown but I remember these conversations when they were small. I would love to read this book. And also I have some friends who are young mothers that would love to read this book. So I would pass it around. Thank you

  514. Christin says:

    Such a humbling message. I’m so thankful for a loving God to give me grace every day when I do not listen or am not obedient. I pray I can remember to give that same grace to my children as their mom

  515. Thank you for the reminder to be still and listen. I sure forget that at times. Mariann

  516. Truly struggling with being still and waiting on God’s timing right now – did I hear Him right….is there more coming?

  517. God wants us to hear Him, be a follower, and help others to listen when He speaks. Sometimes we just need to sit still.

  518. Leanne Lankford says:

    Praise God for this message today. As always His timing is perfect. Many blessings to all who read.

  519. STEPHANIE GLASS says:

    This is such great devotion.
    I think as a mom I too also get caught up in the rush of our motherly duties… need to instruct/correct/mentor/ mother/house that when I finally take a second and reflect God is always teach/ correct/ and mentor us too. For me.. I am searching for the GOD in my quite moments.
    Sometimes… in my not so Quite Moments I need to be reminded too to look for him and FIND our GOD PURPOSE for today (each day).
    I mean… we are not here on this earth for US but for him.

  520. Sabrina Stallings says:

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that I need to listen better to my heavenly father. I know how frustrated I get with my kids. I can’t imagine how disappointing I am to God.

  521. Sarah Otten says:

    This message is one I definitely needed to hear. I feel like I am always asking5 my son of he is listening to me or if he heard me, yet I now see I don’t slow down long enough to really listen or be able to hear my heavenly Father. Thank you for helping me see I also need to “turn on my ears”.

  522. Kim Chaney says:

    Rachael has a gift of sharing God’s Word with us in our practical, every day lives. I love to hear her speak the Truth in a way that is from her heart with life experiences along with God’s Promises. Thank you for sharing!

  523. Julie Jenness says:

    So, my daughter Rachel, who so will be turning twelve, went to her first small group Bible Study. She came home afterwards, and read the first chapter out loud. The chapter centered around the verse, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” As she read, I could feel God speaking to me, telling me to rejoice, and be glad. Due to lack of sleep, I had been rather grumpy lately, focusing more on the negatives of my family and not the positives. Letting my daughter join this Bible study (at a fro yo shop) was an ear opening experience! Always listen to that inner voice!

  524. I often tell my toddler to stop whining. How often does God want me to stop whining and worrying and just let Him handle things in His time? He knows what he’s doing. I pray I can be a good example of God’s love to her. That she’ll take truths about the Lord with her as she grows up.

  525. Help me Lord, hear and respond quickly

  526. Thank you for this devotion. It was what I needed to hear. Time to be still and listen.

  527. Chantelle Munro says:

    I would love to read this book. Life has been so full lately and I have recently made changes to ensure that I take more time to read. This devotional had perfect timing.

  528. Loved this message, so humbling. Thank you for sharing your wise words, your devotions mean so much to me.

  529. Thank you. I really needed to hear this today!

  530. Thanks! This is a great message that I really needed in my life! Tuning in to hear Him better!

  531. I need to cast all my burdens on Him and wait as He deals with me and my burdens. Burdens are lifted at Calvary. Thanks for your devotion.

  532. Fabulous read today! I need to listen to what I am asking the children to do as God is asking me, his child, to do the same.

  533. I have a 6 and 17 yr and I am constantly saying the exact words you wrote in your article, I am praying my children will one day hear me I would love to get some tips or advice on how you did it.

  534. I definitely needed this read today. My four year old little girl is so strong willed and ready to be grown that I am constantly repeating “Enjoy being where you are now instead of worrying about the future.” I never thought about it before that maybe that’s what God has been telling me this whole time. Enjoy the season and time I am in now. Thank you for the story.

  535. I’d like to have a copy. Thank you.

  536. Thank you for the message. I hope to win a copy of your book.

  537. Kristina says:

    I would love to read this book!! Definitely what I needed to hear!! God is talking to me everyday! I’m just too busy with life and fail to listen.

  538. I enjoy your posts very much

  539. No quicker way to get my attention than through my kids…God continues to do this to me and mine or 19 & 17! Words I say or phrases are followed by a slight nudge or soft tap. Thank you for sharing your experience with such honesty!!

  540. Michelle Schultz-Karia says:

    This hits me hard. I repeat myself over and over to my kids. The more I repeat, the louder it gets. I would love, just one time, for me to make my request (put your clothes away, pick up your toys off the floor, etc…) and for them to follow through without me repeating myself. I imagine this is exactly what the Lord wants from us. I want to listen to what He is telling me. I’m just not sure its loud and clear (with my kids it is definitely loud and clear). Lord, please help me to pay more attention to what you are telling me. Help me to hear clearly. Help me to also apply the same patience you have with me to my children. I want to be the best I can be.

  541. Rex Gray says:

    It is what I needed to hear today.

  542. WHOA! What a realization this morning. God has really been speaking to me here lately and this hit at just the right now. I’m always asking God to speak to me…but I’m not sure I was really listening. Definitely printing this prayer out and keeping it with me. Keep ’em coming!

  543. I find the older i get the less i need to talk, and that i learn more by listening, and sometimes
    I get answers to my own questions. God is good. πŸ™‚

  544. Vicki Hodges says:

    Your words for today truly hit home with me today. I am in a place of needing to hear God’s voice and struggling with how to get into this place in the midst of daily chores with 2 year old. I would love to win a copy of your book which I think will help me very much.

  545. Yesterday I asked my younger sister to help me with something. She was very afraid, even though it was a small request. I had asked her to hold the cow’s tail while I milked so that I wouldn’t get slapped in the face. Earlier this year she had accompanied me and another one of my sisters when we walked our horses, and she chose to walk next to me, but just in front instead of beside me as I asked. One of the horses spooked, and jumped forwards, stepping on her leg. It bruised and swelled instantly, and a scrape made the small amount of blood look horrible. We started back home, but decided to turn to a neighbor’s house for ice. My mom came and picked her up, and brought her home. I felt awful. The horse didn’t mean to; she was just scared and did what horses do. I had asked my younger sister to stay by my side so that if it did happen, she would be okay, and so as I thought about it I realized that it was just one of those accidents that happen sometimes and there isn’t much that I can do except do better next time. My sister was fine, and after a while her leg healed. Yet the fright scarred her mind, and now she is timid around large animals. I knew that she would be afraid to help, but I felt that she needed to do it as a step to help her get over her fear. When she refused to the point of tears, I hugged her tight and told her that I wouldn’t let her get stepped on again; I would let myself get stepped on instead.
    The thing that hit me with this writing is that reflecting on yesterday’s experience caused me to think about something else that has been on my mind a lot: a missions trip to Kenya. In many ways God has just in the last few moments shown me how my behavior mirrors my sister’s. I ran ahead in excitement instead of staying by his side; an accident happened, and though no physical damage occurred my heart is stilled scarred with fear of going on another missions trip, even though I love them (this was my second) and I really feel called to continue such work. I

    • Thanks for sharing your story Rebecca. I especially liked the part where you hugged your sister when she was afraid. Oh that we could all sense our Fathers presence when we are scared. He knows and cares.

  546. Thank you for your message.

  547. Awesome!! I have read this book twice now and many chapters over and over again. Every time I am convicted about my words and about how I need to be a better listener, especially to God’s voice in my life!! Thank you, Rachael!!

    • Thank you Wendy-what a great encouragement! I’d love to hear more about your experience with the book.We are trying to get moms together in book clubs around it for fellowship and encouragement. If you’re interested, pls private message me through Facebook! May God be glorified!

  548. My family is in such a situation that we desperately need the Lord to open some doors that has been shut. I am trying to listen to the voice of the Lord but He seems silent in this situation. Thank you for the encouragement. Would love to win a copy of this book

  549. Carolina says:

    I’m just pleased this is being addressed. I’ve learned that we make our lives so much more complicated than they need to be. I’m learning how to be still, but it’s difficult. Total surrender.

  550. Boy this really hit home as a mother of 5 and 4 of the 5 are at teenage years this is something that I need to remember. Thank you so much for sharing this. It was much needed.

  551. I would love to read this book and winning it would be even better πŸ™‚

  552. Yolanda Roberts says:

    I would Love to hear a word from God!

  553. Joy M Hayslip says:

    I think I just had a “HELLO…..” moment reading this morning. I don’t listen a lot of the time, so this hit hard. I need to learn to be still, listen, & have more faith.

  554. Thank you — Good reminder to think about the words I say and what I want them to remember! Thanks!

  555. Cyndy Underside says:

    This was a good reminder for this grandma!

  556. Allison M says:

    Thank you for your powerful words. I get overwhelmed alot trying to be patient and taking my children with love and grace.

  557. Kristina Lynn says:

    This book definitely seems like a must-read!

  558. Jana Duresky says:

    I feel like I am in limbo right now – not sure where God wants me to do next now that our youngest is leaving for college and my husband will be retiring in a couple years – would love some encouragement and to listen more to what He is showing me he wants me to do! Would love a copy of your book to gain some insight!

  559. Convicting! Thank you for this perspective and reminder!

  560. This was such a gently convicting devotion. Thank you for the encouragement and wise insight to go about my day with my 3 little ones and really listen to what I am saying to them and take it to heart for myself as though my Heavenly Father is saying it to me. Also, I really needed to hear this because I need to be careful with my tone of voice to my children as I am reflecting Him to them.

  561. This is soo me. I need this book!

  562. This is something I really can identify with.

  563. Eva Quigley says:

    I love the idea behind this book..

  564. I say to my children, “If I tell you a butterfly can pull a plow, you better hitch it up”…..I need to trust my Father God’s word is true and his promises are just that-PROMISES!!!

  565. Barbara Gregory says:

    I have not been listening like I should

  566. Lisa Christensen says:

    Such an awesome devotion today! I really needed this reminder, when dealing with my children. Would love to be blessed with a copy of this book!

  567. I’m chuckling to myself as I read your devotion this morning – why? Because I knew exactly where you were going with it! As a mom of 4 boys ranging in age from 21-11 years old, I’ve done and do my share of “harping” or “yelling” as they call it. And then I hear The Spirit gentle say, “Gina… are you listening to yourself? I have asked you to do ________ and you have not, in fact you got so busy with things of this world that don’t even matter in the kingdom of heaven, yet you ignore me.” This book sounds amazing and timely for where I am at in my journey. Thank you for listening and sharing with all of us.

    • Gina we’re in this together! And I am so glad. All of us women need to band together instead of allowing the enemy to divide us. We need each other-blessings on you and your sons.

  568. So convicted by this…as I just had that exact moment with my kids today. Would love a copy to help me learn grace with my kids and obedience to my Lord.

  569. As a mother of 2 boys, I could really use the instruction in this book.

  570. I love this site. I save all the articles and reread them often. I would love to win a copy of this book so I can read it and then pass it on to my daughter-in-law (who by the way is ready to give birth to my 3rd grandchild-all 3 and under) who could really use this book….

  571. Beautiful- just what I needed today. Thanks! β™‘

  572. Brooke Solis says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this book! This really resonates with me because I know there are things I am not doing that God has asked me to do….and yet I just said to my son this morning, “How many times have I asked you to put on your socks?!?!!? And how many times should I have to ask?” Hmmm….I hear you God, loud and clear! I think I really need to read this book!

  573. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity!

  574. Ruby Miller says:

    so simple and obvious, yet so very profound. thank you for letting our Lord speak through you do my heart.I repent, oh Lord,please have mercy on me and leave me in the way of righteousness.

  575. Great reminder to listen to ourselves while talking to our kids. Also provides a reminder of the grace God gives us as parents that we may not always show to our kids.

  576. Such a wonderful reminder that we need to take time to listen to God, to our own words and to what our children say. This devotional spoke to my heart and soul.

  577. This is such a reminder when I constantly doubt myself and self worth. God has to tell me over and inver to stop and listen. I would love a copy of this book to share with my 13 year daughter in a world full of people constantly telling her over and over but how to listen what she truly knows is true.

  578. Thanks for the encouraging words. Would love to read ur book.

  579. What powerful words those are; I needed them today?

  580. Great points made in this devotion! My prayer is always to hear and LISTEN but the simplistic things are so challenging!!

  581. I needed this today. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  582. Emily S. says:

    Wow. This really hit home!

  583. Lakeshia Tart says:

    Wow! Today’s devotion was a great read. It was just what the Dr. Ordered. I am choosing to listen to the Father this day.

  584. Lakeshia Tart says:

    I needed that. It blessed my soul. I will choose to hear the Father

  585. Hilary E says:

    Totally needed this!

  586. Jeni Chase says:

    Thanks for speaking into the hearts of women and mamas….and reminding us that we are first HIS daughters…..and have a mission at home with our children. LOVE YOU SISTER! – Jeni Chase

  587. Mallory Langham says:

    Man this article was so encouraging- definitely what I needed a reminder of. Instead of listening to the fear I feel I need to listen to my Fathers voice… Which is exactly what I tell those who share their struggles with me.

  588. MICHELLE BLAKE says:

    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS AND LESSONS.

  589. Thank you for this message. It definitely hits home with me. I am encouraged by this.

  590. I would love to win a copy of this book for my daughter in law and son who are new parents…Although I believe it’s a message we all need.

  591. jann cox says:

    i am so blessed to receive these e-mails and look forward to them daily <3

  592. I often forget to listen, just like my kids. Going through lots of uncertainty right now with our foster sons I would love to win a copy of this book!

  593. This really hit home for me. Thank you for sharing this.

  594. Jennifer says:

    I usually don’t enter to win things, but the title spoke to me. Maybe God is trying to tell me something and I’m not hearing Him. Please enter me into the drawing.

  595. Amy Miller says:

    Hi,
    First WOW!!! This really hit home for me and was exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks so much for all the encouragement and Truth!! I look forward to your emails and they always seem to be exactly what I need. So again thank you and thank you Lord for filling all the authors with the gift of inspiration!! Also, thank you for always being so honest. Its encouraging to see your hearts opened for both positive situations and sometimes times of conviction. Awaiting the next email!!! And boy do I need to “Be Still”!!! A work in progress!!!

  596. Lakisha C. says:

    Awesome devotion and full of revelation!

  597. This was my day today, exactly. Thank you.

  598. Very clear message that we need to be listening to God’s voice and then OBEY! I am guilty of being a passive person who is easily distracted by the world, TV and the internet. The Lord made me realize how much I need to be still…listen and pray for His direction each day. Thanks for this vivid illustration of how we are sometime unruly children who need discipline.

  599. Really excited for this book! There are so many times that I have to remind myself that my kids are acting exactly how I am acting towards God.

  600. Johnny Hurley says:

    I believe God is trying to get me to listen too!

  601. Tammy Williams says:

    I can so relate!

  602. This is something that the Lord has been bringing to my attention frequently with my 5 kids. I’m currently praying to hear His voice clearly as I battle through marital separation and possible divorce with my husband of 17 years due to his love loss and infidelity. ?

  603. I needed to hear this today. Its like GOD was speaking directly to me. Thanks for the insight. Prayers, Love & HUGS

  604. Christine says:

    Wow!! I need to apply this to my life. Thanks for the challenge from God’s word.

  605. Brianna says:

    Thank you for this! Oh how I needed to he reminded of this! Thank you Rachel!

  606. This spoke straight to my heart…just what I needed today! Thank you for sharing this message!!
    God Bless

  607. Carmen Bates says:

    I had a customer come in and tell me today he was not here to place an order–but to share a message from God that he wanted him to share with me!

    He also gave me James 1:22, and Jeremiah 29.13. This devotional was just what i needed today to reinforce the message i heard today! Yes Lord, I’m listening to your voice–and I’m doing something!

  608. I can remember saying the exact same thing to my kids and now i here my two daughters doing the same thing.
    I wish I had heard GODS voice back then. I guess being a single mother for 20 yrs there was just too much noise around me.
    But now as i hear my girls i do hear Gods voice and when i talk with my grandchildren i hear a softness i did not have with my own children.
    I thank God everyday for my children and my grandchildren.
    I dont know where we would be without our Father to take care of us even when we are not listening.
    Blessings to all of you??

  609. Angela Clark says:

    I need this!

  610. Angela Clark says:

    I NEED THIS!!!!!

  611. Reda Jones says:

    Thanks so much and PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME GOD IS SO GOOD and HE knows exactly what we need and when I LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL MY HEART SOUL MIND AND STRENGTH and I appreciate you for standing for HIM

  612. Paula A. says:

    As I was demanding my husband come out to help with the lawnmower that stopped working just as my teen boys were mowing. Of course, I stomp in where my husband is working in the house and asked him to help. My kids are now hearing me get more & more demanding because they didn’t do it last night like I asked along with dishes, and putting laundry away. I sat to look at emails saw this. I felt God nudging me to take time right now to read it! So, I did and it’s so great to know God is in every detail of my life even in these demand on my family create from stress and anger instead of love and patience!

  613. I recently finished reading this book, and it has had a tremendously positive impact in my life. Lately, I’ve heard myself saying, “Come on, hustle!” to my son. And in that, I have heard God telling me it’s time to get moving faster. I’ve slowed down & shut down so much over the past few (many) years. He’s been working on me, and I have begun to sense that it’s time to get moving & hustle. Thanks, Rachael, for a fantastic devotional thought and introduction to the “How Many Times” lifestyle.

  614. Kate L. says:

    God led me to this post today and I listened. Now I need to delve deeper into what I’ve been saying because sometimes I hear myself and think, “Just stop talking.” So instead of asking my kids, “Do you have your listening ears?” I think I will ask myself.

  615. Oh boy … this devotional touched my heart today. As I raise a nine year old girl, who is quickly proving to be her own person, I just “heard” my own words here. This as I try to instruct her and she pushes back. Well, I must confess that recently I’ve been questioning my approach as a Mom and have decided to find wisdom and the joy of being a Christian Mom. I’d love to have one of these books given away ?

  616. Shannon says:

    This is exactly what I needed to HEAR today… thank you.

  617. Jennifer B says:

    This is so on time and so profound…for me but also for my 15 year old son who keeps saying to me that he wants to hear from God. I have been trying to minister to him that God speaks in a variety of ways to His children and to pray for spiritual eyes, heart, and ears so that he doesn’t miss God’s call/message/nudge. Thank you so much for this word as I also am leaning on God to provide direction and don’t want to miss out on anything He has for me or wants to do through me. Amen sister, great blog post today!!!