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God Speaks Plainly

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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.

Comments

  1. Tony Alicea

    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

    Posted on January 20, 2011
    • JasonS

      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!

      January 20, 2011
  2. kristinherdy

    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

    Posted on January 20, 2011
    • JasonS

      Amen. I agree, Kristen. Thanks so much.

      January 20, 2011
  3. Stan

    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

    Posted on January 21, 2011
    • JasonS

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

      January 21, 2011
  4. Bonnie Gray | FaithBarista

    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

    Posted on January 21, 2011
    • JasonS

      I appreciate that, Bonnie. 🙂 Blessings…

      January 21, 2011
  5. Mel

    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
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    Posted on January 21, 2011
    • JasonS

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

      January 21, 2011
  6. Mel

    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

    Posted on January 21, 2011
    • JasonS

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

      January 21, 2011
  7. Michelle DeRusha

    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!

    Posted on January 22, 2011
    • JasonS

      I will tell him! Thanks Michelle. 🙂

      January 23, 2011
  8. Ann Kroeker

    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.

    Posted on January 22, 2011
    • JasonS

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

      January 22, 2011
  9. Jay sauser

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

    Posted on January 25, 2011
    • JasonS

      Most definitely. 🙂 Thanks Jay.

      January 25, 2011
  10. Michelle

    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.

    Posted on January 28, 2011
    • JasonS

      Thank you, Michelle! I appreciate it. 🙂

      January 29, 2011
  11. Ed

    God changes my heart simply by what my little nieces tend to say almost everyday, it brings joy when I am feeling down

    Posted on February 1, 2011
    • JasonS

      That’s awesome. Thanks so much, Ed.

      February 1, 2011
  12. Sean Sabourin

    Jason,

    So God! I love what you said to your son, “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.” Good on you! What an encouraging post as a young father myself because that is my prayer for my kids that they would actually hear from God! Not just know about Him because of mom and dad, but actually know Him and learn to hear His voice and act and move when He leads them to. Bless you!

    Posted on February 15, 2011
    • JasonS

      Thanks Sean! I really appreciate it.

      February 15, 2011
    • JasonS

      It’s definitely a good one. 🙂 Thanks Sandra!

      March 15, 2011
  13. Noah Lomax

    It never ceases to amazing that God changes our hearts. He not only communicated His love by sending His Son to die for us, but He continues to love us through changing us. What unfathomable love!

    Posted on March 31, 2011
    • JasonS

      Amen! Thank you Noah.

      March 31, 2011

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