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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Is God Listening?

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Not too long ago, one of our grands was unsuccessfully trying to stop sucking her thumb. “Did you ask God to help you?” I said.

“Yes,” she replied, “But He must have been sleeping.”

A smile crept from my lips as I recognized a perfect opportunity to help a little girl apply life to God’s Word.

"Let's see what God says about sleeping," I said and looked up "sleep" in the index of my Bible. I turned to Psalm 121:3 and read out loud: “He who watches over you will not slumber [sleep].”

“Honey, does God sleep?” I asked.

“No,” she said and paused for about a half of a second. “I guess I wasn’t listening.”

I wasn’t listening. Somehow her words struck me as quite profound. I wondered about the times when I thought God wasn't speaking to me.

Psalm 81:13a (NIV) says, “If my people would but listen to me. The Message, a Bible paraphrase, words this same verse a little differently: "Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now?"

Today, I'm gong to make an effort to be still ... and listen ... and hear what God has to say.

Have a great weekend
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Karen Jordan said...

Oh, the truth we hear from our children--if only we would listen to Him (and them) more. Thanks for the "Word."

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, Karen.

Sharon Ball said...

From the mouths of babes...What a beautiful reminder to listen to God. Like you, I tend to think He isn't speaking when I don't receive the help that I'm searching for. Now I'm reminded to be still and listen.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Sharon. Your comment made me think that when we are still and listening, we're "waiting to hear from God." I had never thought about that before. Thanks!