“And the sheep hear His voice and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out His own sheep, He goes before them and they follow Him, for they know His voice.” -John 10:3-4
Wow, a lot has happened since our last newsletter! Haven is now 6 months old and is growing daily. She is sitting up on her own, eating solids, and rolling on her belly and back. Everyday is a new adventure. Just the other day, Haven discovered that our dog Pepper is really funny looking and starting laughing hysterically every time she saw her. Needless to say, we’re having a lot of fun around here. God is teaching us a lot too. I recently got a hold of a book called “Translating God” by Shawn Bolz on hearing the voice of God which has really inspired us to listen to God’s voice more intentionally. We’re coming to realize that God wants to speak to us about every sphere of our lives so that He can bring life into them.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give us life and life abundantly. It’s interesting that He spoke this in the context of hearing His voice. Most of John 10 is Him talking about being a Shepherd and His people being sheep who Hear his voice and follow Him. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Having an abundant life is directly related to how clearly we hear the Shepherds voice. So many pitfalls and mistakes can be avoided if we’re intentional to listen to God everyday. For example, a couple years ago I painted our wood deck with a product called “deck restore”. It was a huge mistake. A few months later our deck was peeling everywhere and now two years later, I’m having to go through the process of completely stripping our deck down back to the wood. But would if I had slowed down and asked God about the product? Maybe I would have avoided the product and used something different. This may not sound very spiritual but I really believe God wants to speak to us about every area of our lives, even that kind of stuff.
God loves to speak to His people. He’s not intimidated by our questions. He wants to answer. But here is the key – we have to hear God on God’s terms. In the past, when trying to hear God, I would ask a question and then pause for a couple minutes in silence waiting to hear from Him. That works and I will continue to do it. But sometimes God speaks to us down the road in a way we’re not anticipating. The answer could come through a billboard, through a conversation with a friend, through a dream, or through some other form. The key is to be patient and to keep listening . Sometimes the answers come years later. The main way God speaks to us is through His word, which is why it’s so important to read regularly. But He also speaks through other things around us if we’re listening for Him.
Family News –
- Loretta is nannying for a nearby family two days a week in addition to being an amazing momma. The kids she’s watching are really well behaved and the family is only two minutes away. Praise God!
- Seth – I finally finished my second semester of the physical therapy program. Whew, it was a tough semester! Now that finals are over and I’ve had a break for a couple weeks, I almost feel like a different person.
- It’s been so refreshing having extra time together as a family. We’re excited to hear God this Summer and gain insight into what His plans are for us in the future. Thanks for staying connected to us!