Sometimes though... we clog our ears. Maybe intentionally, maybe not.
Our ears may become clogged by things or stuff. Stuff that we want. Stuff that we think we need. Stuff that may be primarily good, but if it comes in-between us and our relationship with the Lord, it's not good any longer.
So no matter how much we say, "Oh, we want to hear from God!" Until that heart is in the right place where you are willing to let go of stuff, it may be the 'cotton in your ears'.
Maybe we say, "Oh, I want God's will or I want to hear God" but you rarely open His word. Or you read a quick verse and call it good? The Bible says daily, we are to take up our cross. Daily, we are to put on the WHOLE armor of God. Not just the breastplate. Because when going to battle, the breastplate is good, but you have no shield! And a shield is good, but what about your sword?? And so on...
and your feet sandaled with readiness with truth like a belt around your waist,righteousness like armor on your chest, for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
I say all this on personal experience. I have been the one saying for a long time, I want to hear from God... and I did and DO, but I clogged my own ears.
Desires for my life.
Dreams of things.
I think as parents we have to look at our lives right now. If our children are with us at home... then THAT is our job. THAT is our mission. They are the greatest mission we can invest in. If I am neglecting their upbringing... what a fool I am.
Nothing in this world!
No matter how much money or luxury items or ME time or hobbies or jobs can compare to the brief amount of time God has given us with our kids and in that time we are to point their hearts to our Great GOD!
He gave them to us. Teach em! Train em! Help guard their hearts! Don't let them out to be devoured up by the wolves and say, "Well, I hope you learned your lesson!" There is a time to let go... don't do it prematurely.
If they are young, please take that time with them to Walk beside them. To show them. To work with them. To play with them. To speak words of encouragement and affirmation to them.
“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
I say all these things because they are things the Lord is dealing with me and speaking to unclogged ears finally. I am so grateful for the awakening He has given me and the time He is allowing me to go forward and cherish every single moment with my precious children!
No matter what their age, let's make it count!!!