Hearing from God – Jan 9, 2020

I know many people wonder how to hear God speak.
That’s a loaded question.
He may speak to us through a pastor, a friend, a song, definitely by reading the Bible, and occasionally audibly.

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Let me tell you how he spoke to me this morning.

I’ll start by telling you that I have given up much “career time” to focus on raising my children. Here in the last year or so, I have been working more since all of my children are now teens. The eldest is in college and the middle will be in college this fall. With only one left in high school, I have begun practicing more.

I completed chiropractic training at Parker University in Dallas this past year. AND I’m loving it. 😍

This week, I have worked at a few different clinics doing chiropractic, and I have made quite a few farm calls.

This morning my husband woke up and said, “I dreamed that you left me.”
I asked why. He replied, “For a job.” My first response was to laugh.

But a bit later as I was at the barn cleaning horse stalls (my favorite quiet time), God impressed this on me:

Every day women and men both leave their families for their jobs. If not physically, at least emotionally.

Wow.

That was a sobering thought.

And only too true.

In our society, the focus is on self.
Self-improvement
Self-worth
Self-satisfaction
Self- reflection

When did we lose the focus on helping others? When did we lose this?

“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
‭‭John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬

When I decided to get married and then have children, I knew that I would have to sacrifice my career goal in the present to focus on my family responsibilities.
I also knew that my children would grow up and leave someday, then my career could be the spotlight.
Well, someday has arrived.
But I still can’t allow the satisfaction I get from work to take my focus away from my family.

Again “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Jesus laid down his life in sacrifice for us. We must remember that self-sacrifice is what Jesus asks of us.
Sacrifice not to our detriment, but to His glory.

We can be replaced in any job.
We can never be replaced as mom or dad or any other family member.
Make the days count.

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