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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, September 8, 2009

"God must have been sleeping"

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

One of our grands is trying to stop sucking her thumb ... trying. The other day I said: “Did you ask God to help you?”

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

A smile crept from my lips. "Let's see what the Bible says about God sleeping," I said and looked up "sleep" in the index. I turned to Psalm 121:4 and read out loud: “He who watches over you will not slumber [sleep].”

“Honey, does God sleep?”

“No,” she said, pausing for about a half of a second. “I guess I wasn’t listening.” Somehow her words struck me as quite profound: I wasn't listening. I wonder how many times God speaks to me and I'm not listening.

Psalm 81:13a says, “If my people would but listen to me. (NIV)"

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. Really listen.

Have a great week,

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Anonymous said...

I say “Be still and know that I am God" – Psalm 46:10 many times during the day, especially when I am concerned or worried. I also keep a quote on my refrigerator from U. S. District Court Judge Elsijane T. Roy: "... And hopefully I will listen more and talk less. No one learns anything by talking ...” These reminders help me through my day. Blessings, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, thanks for the great reminders to have a quiet heart by trusting God and to take time to listen.

Sharon Ball said...

Wow...from the mouth's of babes. Isn't it amazing how a child's innocence can be the catalyst for us adults to examine ourselves? What a great message--inspired by a sweet child of God.

Karen Jordan said...

Kids say the most glorious things!