Today I had the privilege of watching my wonderful husband and my first born lead worship at our church’s satellite campus. What a joy and blessing to watch my gorgeous daughter use her gifts to honor God and bless others in worship. I am so unbelievably proud of her! I believe one of the most important things you can do as a mother is teach your kids how to hear God’s voice and follow His leading (Deuteronomy 6: 5-9). This is something I am still learning how to do for myself, but more than anything, I want my girls to live out the call placed on them by our Heavenly Father. I want to be a good example to them of doing this. I hope they see me doing the things God is nudging me to do. I want them to see me in His Word and be a living example of a godly wife and mother. We have conversations about what we feel God doing in our lives and what we feel He is asking us to do. One night my oldest daughter was telling me how she felt God nudging her to text one of her teachers simply to say thank you for helping her class so much with an ACT prep class. Another time, my youngest daughter told me at school she felt God leading her to “be nice” to a kid who is picked on and has very few friends. These are the things I am so proud of my two wonderful daughters for! They do not know of the blessings that lay in store for them if they will continue to live life in this manner.
I am so blessed with a godly woman as my mother, and that I grew up with a foundation of faith. The first time I truly heard God speak into my life was the night in between my first and second days of Freshman Orientation at the University of Kentucky. I was overwhelmed to say the least. I sat up all night rocking in my bed, crying out to God because I didn’t know how to process these feelings. I just felt unsettled and unsure about what to do. Plans had already been set. I had my dorm assignment, my class schedule, and everything was in motion. But still, I couldn’t shake this feeling. Finally, I heard God speak to my soul, “Don’t go”. I immediately felt peace and was assured this was the right decision for me. I woke up my mom and told her that I had been praying and what my decision was. She never questioned me, never doubted that what I heard was from God. She encouraged me to follow His lead, and has ever since. Looking back, I know my life would have turned out so differently had I not listened to God that night. He knew the plans HE had for me, and they were far better than I could have imagined. And as I watched my husband and daughter on stage this morning I knew that those plans involved bringing my husband and me together. I did go on and pursue my education in God’s timing, and It has been incredible to watch God work and weave His plan into my life.
My youngest daughter asked me once, “how do I know if I’m hearing from God or if it’s just my own thoughts?”. I can’t say with 100% certainty either way, but here’s what helps me and how I helped guide her:
- I usually get the same message multiple times from multiple sources.
- Confirmation: I have asked God so many times to confirm what I think He may be saying and He has always been faithful in this!
- Seek wise counsel.
- Does it match God’s character and His word?
I’m not an expert on motherhood. There are many more qualified women to speak on that topic. But I am thankful God has chosen to entrust two beautiful young women in my care. I want to wish my mom and all the mothers reading a very happy Mother’s Day!
Thank you for taking the time to read my post! Leave a comment and share how you know you are hearing God’s voice, or how you guide your children in this area! I would love to learn from you! God bless!