Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lessons from A to Z ~ Putting Words In My Mouth

Putting Words In My Mouth ~ April 2012
In March, I had the privilege of speaking to 90 women at our Resonate Women’s Retreat.  I was the large group speaker, slotted to speak before the smaller break-out seminars.  And let me tell you, these were going to be some amazing seminars led by incredible speakers and women of God.  I knew, because I had booked the speakers myself, met with them & got the privilege of reading their notes.  I was sharpened and challenged in my walk, and was so excited for what our women were in for!

But how could I adequately prepare these ladies for the pearls of wisdom they were about to receive?  All I could think to say was, “Pay attention cause you are gonna get The Word spoken into your life and you don’t want to miss it!”

It reminded me of something I hear every week with our 3-year old foster son.  So this was the illustration I gave the women, and now I pass it on to you….

Our 3-year old has weekly speech therapy, in our effort to help him catch up verbally.  Each week, his speech therapist comes to our house with all sorts of toys, flashcards & games to play with him.  To him, it seems like any other day playing on the floor.  But she is teaching him; and when she wants him to pay attention she says enthusiastically, ”Are you ready?  OK, look! Now listen!”  Then she speaks the word clearly and carefully and he repeats it as best he can.  This happens over and over, in the hope someday he can repeat it with ease and others will understand what he says.

So I ask you friends:  Are you ready?  OK, look.  Now listen!  God has a word to tell you, to teach you, so that you can hear it, understand it and repeat it to others.  Listen to and learn God’s Word, keep it fresh in your heart and in your mouth, so that you too can speak His Word clearly and carefully to others and they will also understand.

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach…  No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”

~ Deuteronomy 30:11, 14

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