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God Speaks Plainly

During offering time at our Sunday morning service last week, I looked over at my ten year old son and asked Him what God was speaking to Him. He shrugged his shoulders, but the look on His face told a different story.

He’s almost painfully shy so I tried to alleviate his fears that I wouldn’t ask him to say it to the church, but he still wouldn’t tell me. Finally, I told him that he needed to write it down because if we’re faithful with what God shows us, He’ll give us more. He nodded and scurried off to children’s church.

It was the next day and after a couple reminders that he finally let me and mom see. In fact, he put it on our bed and left the room. Here’s what it said…

God has showed me that He can change hearts.

That may not seem earth-shattering, but it is if it’s your heart He’s changing. It just reminds me that God speaks plainly to us in ways that we understand. I don’t know what’s going on in your life today, but I do know that God is a gracious Father who speaks. He may speak comfort, direction, peace, correction, or any number of things; but He is speaking. It’s not hard to hear when we open our hearts like children.

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. –Luke 10:21

I feel that same joy today. He cares for me and my family. He reveals His goodness, grace, and truth if we are willing to hear.

How’s God changing your heart today? Do you feel the same joy that He isn’t looking for the biggest, brightest, and best?


I have included this post in Bonnie Gray’s Faith Barista jam where we were encouraged to talk about joy.

58 Comments

  1. God is actually continuing something he started moving within me last night -- just really breaking down this unconscious fear I’ve had that, somehow, I’ve made him mad and he’s disappointed in me. I don’t really know when or how it started, but it’s something He spoke to me about last night…and reassured me that it’s not the case.

    All in all -- a great day =D
    Jason Vana recently posted..Do Not FearMy Profile

    • Man, I wrestle through those times as well. I’m a lot better at identifying it than I used to be though. He loves us so much… Thanks Jason.

  2. Wow. That’s powerful. I’m often blown away at the depth of my children’s understanding of God. Please tell your son thanks for sharing this. (That is, of course, if he knows you’re sharing this.)
    katdish recently posted..What would he say to us todayMy Profile

    • I did ask his permission first. :) It’s so amazing to be able to attempt encouraging my kids to pursue God and then be encouraged right back by what they share. Come to think of it, I guess that’s family/community. Thank you, Kat.

  3. Whoa, that is awesome. An encounter with the Kingdom of God in the face of a ten year old. I crave to see the Kingdom of God in my children’s hearts everyday. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    Ryan Tate recently posted..Dreams- Reality- and the A LifeMy Profile

    • He’s a great little guy, that’s for sure. All my kids’ love and faith blesses me so much. Thank you, Ryan!

  4. I’m so glad for your son. You are obviously a great dad! Keep up the good work, Jason! (Yes, I realize it was God who showed him, not you, but you and your wife are the one’s who help him in his relationship with God)
    Helen recently posted..Pleasantly Disturbed Thursday- Bun Bun Speaks! Well- Writes ActuallyMy Profile

    • We have such special kids (I realize every parent says that) so we feel such a deep responsibility to encourage them in the big and small things. Thanks Helen--appreciate your encouragement today too. :)

  5. Dude, that is amazing. He is so good to us for sure.

    • Totally. He’ll remind us in every way possible if we have ears to hear. Thanks Michael.

  6. All that runs through my mind right Jason is “out of the mouth of babes.” I truly wish i was that sensitive to the Spirit.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..Control or lack of itMy Profile

    • So true, Bill. I just want to live that sensitive to Him and not experience it in bursts. Thank you.

  7. Proverbs 22:6 (New International Version, ©2010)

    6 Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

    It sounds like as parents you guys are doing a good job… What a blessing!
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Pink Panther TheologyMy Profile

    • Yeah and the good thing is they train me up too! I appreciate that, Dusty. Thanks so much.

  8. God speaks in a multitude of ways. Praying that I will seek to hear above all. Thanks for sharing.

    • Absolutely--thank you for your thoughts.

  9. That is awesome. Love seeing God move in the hearts of our children.
    Dustin recently posted..Taking Comfort In Your SmallnessMy Profile

    • Me too. Thanks Dustin!

  10. love this… God is encouraging me to see that He is moving on prayers I’ve been praying for the last year (Squee!)

    • What an awesome feeling that is! Thank you Jenny. May those blessings continue…

  11. There is nothing like the simplicity of a child to put the foolish to shame. They don’t skirt around issues or make excuses. They just tell it like it is. And they hear it right, too because of their uncomplicated minds.
    I love this post because it encourages me to lean in and listen. You said…”It’s not hard to hear when we open our hearts like children.”
    Being childish sounds pretty good to me right about now :-)
    And you are right, the fact that God changes hearts is a pretty big deal especially when it’s my heart that He is changing.

    • I want to lean in too. Thanks Melinda. :)

  12. Your son’s note is the coolest of words! I’m so glad God does change my heart. I’m so thankful I’m a work in progress. Wow, progress. That it is!
    Jeri Taira recently posted..Simple Joys RefreshMy Profile

    • Amen! Thank you, Jeri.

  13. “god has shode me that he can change heartes.”

    I love that! It definitely is a powerful truth that I am thankful for!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..I have everything I need for joy!My Profile

    • I know! And that He’ll do it over and over again is pretty incredible. Thanks Kevin.

  14. I think a heart-change is earth-shattering, probably even more-so for a kiddo.
    Jake recently posted..Huge Church Lostish SoulsMy Profile

    • Totally. Thank you, Jake.

  15. That is a message we need to be shown everyday…I know I do. It’s so cool when our kids start to step into all God has for them…bless your son for being obedient!

    • I’ll receive it that blessing and pass it along to him. Thanks Jay. :) I’m definitely a proud papa!

  16. Oh man I LOVE this! In our church, we encourage our kids to prophesy, pray and speak out what they hear God telling them. There is no junior Holy Spirit! :)
    Tony Alicea recently posted..Put Your Money Where Your Heart IsMy Profile

    • We’ve had kids share before, but my son gets way too nervous (which is why I had him write it down). I’m totally with you though, Tony!

  17. I’m glad you shared that, because that’s not just the word for him, it’s a word for us all. Blessings on you and your house.
    kristinherdy recently posted..Wet the AltarMy Profile

    • Amen. I agree, Kristen. Thanks so much.

  18. That kind of stuff is earth-shattering. I love it when God teaches me lessons through my children. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.
    Stan recently posted..The Face of God!My Profile

    • I love it too. Happens a lot when I’m paying attention! Thank you, Stan.

  19. Jason, I couldn’t help but be thankful for your son that he has a dad who speaks and loves plainly… no wonder he can hear God speak so directly. Fatherhood is a hard, heart work. So touching.

    I want to hear God that way too and your post encourage me that He’s doing just that. Lemme carry this question into my quiet time tomorrow. Thank you, Jason!
    Bonnie Gray | FaithBarista recently posted..Joy Takes More Than One Coat Of PaintMy Profile

    • I appreciate that, Bonnie. :) Blessings…

  20. Thank goodness for a child’s directness. I think their innocence gives them more of a clear and direct line to Christ than we ever get to have! What a great lesson to learn at 10. Some of us still don’t totally get that :) Thank you for sharing! God keeps bringing the right blogs into my path this week with the same message!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God
    Mel recently posted..Happy Friday!My Profile

    • That’s awesome, Mel. We have to come to Him like little children! Thanks so much.

  21. BTW, the Twitter follow me button under your RSS subscribe button, takes to an error, sorry page doesn’t exist page instead of your Twitter page :)
    Mel recently posted..Happy Friday!My Profile

    • Thank you for telling me. I got it fixed. Blessings!

  22. Jason, what a sweet post. I just love that note — and boy, does your son speak (write) the truth. God has changed my heart in so many ways, I can’t even number them. And it’s a continuing process — thank goodness.

    Your son was brave to write his innermost thoughts — we know how hard that is! Please tell him how grateful we are that he shared his God-words with us!

    • I will tell him! Thanks Michelle. :)

  23. I’m crying. Really, just sitting here, looking at his note.

    It would be powerful no matter what, but then you told us he is painfully shy…and he had to write it down…and he couldn’t show it to you right away…and then left it on your bed and darted away.

    Yeah…I’m still crying.

    God has, just now, through your son, reminded me that God can change heartes.

    • Ann, thanks so much. :) I know it will encourage him that so many have responded to what God showed him.

  24. reading what he wrote about choked me up. wow…. you gotta be a proud daddy

    • Most definitely. :) Thanks Jay.

  25. It seems like little kids seem to grasp faith and God better than us adults who tend to complicate EVERYTHING. So cool. I love that your son is open enough to share stuff like this with you. Sometimes we forget that children can grasp things that God teaches them. We think they are too young. This just proves otherwise. Great post Jason.

    • Thank you, Michelle! I appreciate it. :)