Idle Hands

Have you ever had an “AH HA” moment when it comes to God’s will for your life? Those are always the best. If I’m honest I’d tell you that I don’t get those very often, mainly because I’m a poor listener. I’m not making an excuse for myself, but being a mom is HARD and when you have littles to take care of on little to no sleep and worry about making 3 meals a day (plus snacks or my kids will eat me), all while making sure no one falls off the couch or pulls their siblings hair (both nearly daily occurrences in my house), it’s hard to find the time to sit still and listen for God’s word. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe my life most days. But still I wonder, “Are my hands idle hands for YOU, Lord?

Sure I’m caring for my family and I’m always moving and doing something but am I doing what He wants me to do? I find myself praying for all the big things in my life, what about the little things?

-Should I teach Eva this today?
-Help me smile more.
-Help me be a more fun, playful mom.
-Lead me to be a little more compassionate when one of my kids completely overreacts and screams their head off, help me sooth them in a way they feel cared for and that I’m not just brushing it off. I want them to know I care.
-Help me not to be so distracted with the kids when Pierre calls and is telling me about his day.

Some of those thins might seems silly to pray for, I know, they seems like common sense. Some days I lack all common sense and let the day rule me instead of the other way around. But won’t praying for the little things bring us closer to God and our kids, spouse, whoever you’re praying for? The people we’re praying for will see God’s light in us, and His works through us.

Something amazing happens when we lean into God a little bit more. When we stop to listen we finally hear His voice. Do you want to know what He’s been telling me?

Proverbs 10:4
“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Ecclesiastes 10:18
“Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.
I’ve been lazy. My hands and my attitude have been lazy. Yes, I’m busy. I take care of 4 kids under the age of 4 daily. But  my hands have not been doing the work God wants me to do. I heard this message loud and clear and my first reaction was immense thankfulness for His grace and voice but my second was confusion.
Okay, God, I hear you. But WHAT do you want me to do with my hands?
That’s what I’m still trying to figure out. If I can encourage you in any way today it would be to tell you that He’s there, trying to tell you something. How wonderful that the All Mighty Creator cares enough about a housewife like me to directly speak into my life. If you stop and listen to His voice He’ll make clear to you what He wants. Do it with joy.
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