Friday, April 21st 2006
Living Beyond Yourself. Sorta. AGAIN.

Guess what? I’m behind on my study. Instead, I’ll share with you what God’s been saying to me, which may or not look anything like what the rest of the ladies are writing, but whatever.

First off, I love it that not all of you share my faith and you come here anyway. LOVE THAT. I like it that you’re different denominations, religions, or none and we all hang out anyway. I’ve said it before, but I wanted to reiterate it tonight.

God talks to me. He talks to you too, by the way. Are you listening? By the end of the next paragraph – regardless of your beliefs -  you will 100% be convinced that if you aren’t hearing God, you need to be, like NOW. Hearing God can be totally RELEVANT and BENEFICIAL. Totally, y’all.

Wednesday night Caden-2yr woke up sick. Like, he was ‘IN the sick.’  Ew. I got him calmed down, Mike cleaned him up, and we took him to bed with us. An hour and a half later I was half asleep and I looked over to check on Caden-2yr. He looked at me, and THE VOICE OF THE LORD said, "Moooooooove!" (I hear it in my head, but i know and adore that voice.) Caden-2yr looked fine, but I instantly did as He said, and sat up real fast. Caden-2yr immediately vomited all over where I’d been.

I LOVE GOD, don’t you?! He’s to the point, helpful, concerned. Love that.

Lightning

Jump ahead to Thursday night, or night number 2 of Sleepless in My Bed with Caden-2yr. Thunder and lightning kept Caden-2yr close, as he is terrified of storms. I tried to quiet him and get him to sleep. He desperately needed rest as he recovered from a stomach virus. It took an hour and a half before he fell asleep – an hour and a half of him playing and fidgeting in between thunderclaps, and then clinging to me desperately when they sounded, or when lightning lit up the room.

During the storm,

1) he scooted away and did his own thing when the storm didn’t seem as bad

2) he clung to me when it sounded or looked scary

3) he focused on how it impacted him (of course. he’s 2.)

During that hour and a half, God pointed out that I do the same things. Ouch!

The first two seemed obvious. Yeah, I get it about staying closer to God when life seems rougher, and not when it doesn’t. I do that, I admit it. But the last one? Huh, God?

That one deals with the Big Picture. Caden-2yr couldn’t see that last night’s storm was a HUGE blessing, and badly needed by everyone in our area. He could only see it as a personal inconvenience, something to fear, a problem to endure.

And that’s where I’m guilty as well.  My family is going thorough a Storm of our own, one unlike any other we’ve faced before. And I have completely seen it as an inconvenience, something to fear, and a problem to endure. Have I seen the Big Picture, that in some way this ‘storm’ could possibly bless countless people? Nope. Like Caden-2yr, I cannot even conceive of the Big Picture.

Last night I had the privilege of comforting my child, as he feared the sounds and flashes outside. I also had the privilege of being a child comforted by the One who reassured me that this too, will pass. That He does have a plan. That there is a Big Picture. That He is my refuge and my strength.

Oh, thank God for that! Because I SO need that. You?

Sherry
Tara
Heather HolyMama! Eph2810
Christy Jenn Karin

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blogs. New postings on the study will be published weekly, between Friday
8pm – Saturday 8am. Please feel free to visit each of us and comment.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this discussion as we seek to live
beyond ourselves. May God bless you richly from the hearing of His word.
~hm

23 Comments on “Living Beyond Yourself. Sorta. AGAIN.”

1
Heather*
April 21st, 2006
10:21 pm

I so had to laugh at “the voice of the Lord said, ‘moooove!’” That line is SO classic. Mostly because I hear it myself from time to time. Ha ha.

I am constantly amazed at the things God teaches me with my children. Before I had them I thought being a parent was about my teaching them, not the other way around. Go figure.

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chelle
April 22nd, 2006
12:00 am

hmm yeah I hear Him sort of…I am kind of mad at Him right now…trying to see the big picture…the plan…ugh

I like how you took the situation that was presented to you and turned it into a life lesson…That rocks!

3
boomama
April 22nd, 2006
12:09 am

That’s an awesome analogy – and so true. Great, great insight in that there post.

And of course I looove that the God who created the universe is also the God who kept Kelsey out of the vomit. He’s GOOD, isn’t He? He is!

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sally apokedak
April 22nd, 2006
1:45 am

wonderful post, Kelsey. Really, really good stuff.

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Eph2810
April 22nd, 2006
1:53 am

Ha – what a awesome analogy you painted. When I am comfy with my life I ‘just’ read my devotions in the morning. But oh boy, if the storm is raging, I hold on for dear life and dig deep into Scripture. Why I get so comfy and think I don’t need the digging – I don’t know. Thank you so much for pointing out my short-coming.

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Owlhaven
April 22nd, 2006
1:54 am

praying for your family

Mary

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emma sometimes
April 22nd, 2006
2:39 am

What a great lesson to learn. Through the good and bad, we need to stay close to Him.

So good!!

I have to ask if He sounds like Charlton Heston? Okay, maybe not.

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Diane
April 22nd, 2006
3:23 am

Ah, Kelsey, you’re fighting your way back up out of that deep mirey pit, that “situation” Satan was using to keep you worried, troubled, defeated, heartsick and overwhelmed about, aren’t you? It is so good to hear you sounding more like the strong Christian I have come to know that you are. Just keep listening, trusting, obeying and loving, and give Satan a kick in the teeth!! LOL :)

And thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. :) I have so many emotions rattling around in me, but the greatest 2 are love and pride in my daughter. :)

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Rachell
April 22nd, 2006
7:26 am

Thank you for sharing your week. It is wo comforting to know He is our refuge and strength. It makes us able to face another day.

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Sheri
April 22nd, 2006
8:55 am

I love hearing His voice so clearly. It’s always such a good reminder that he DOES care about the little things. Great analogy too!

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momrn2
April 22nd, 2006
10:31 am

He spoke to me about the exact same thing.. only yesterday! I am so caught up and focused on myself in my storm… I am not looking for the impact it is having on others. It was a *zinger* for me also! Thanks for reinforcing this for me!! (Maybe this post was God speaking to me again!! :-) )

12
Heather I.
April 22nd, 2006
11:53 am

I love how God speaks to us through our children. I hope your little one gets to feeling better. This was an amazing post — Beth Moore is really helping us to open up through our blogs!

13
Chaotic Mom
April 22nd, 2006
1:40 pm

I was thinking about my son, too, when going through this week’s lesson. Thanks for sharing! What neat thoughts… ;)

14
At A Hen's Pace
April 22nd, 2006
3:27 pm

Praise God for the Big Picture! So nice to know He’s got one.

Praying for your family–

Jeanne

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Dabbling Mum
April 22nd, 2006
6:18 pm

First, I hope whatever it is in your life gets fixed soon.

Second, I loved the analogy! You did a great job of getting your point across, relating it to the incident, and causing me to visualize!

I learned something too, in your post. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Janice
April 22nd, 2006
6:42 pm

GREAT insight with your analgy of your son. Loved it. Very helpful!!

I will keep praying for you and your family.

17
Addie
April 22nd, 2006
10:17 pm

OK, I think it’s great and all when God shows you something through Cayden-2yr and you tell us about it. But is it really necessary for him to use Cayden-2yr to smack me upside the head? :D

Seriously, I do the same thing. I’m always drawing an imaginary circle around my head and saying, “Those girls think the world revolves around them!” (Do you think God does that with me?)

I’m so GLAD you shared this even if you didn’t think it tied in. I think it does. When we focus on our circumstances, and ONLY how they affect us, the joy…it go bye-bye!

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Janna
April 22nd, 2006
10:20 pm

Hey, sista…I’m just glad that you MOOOOOVED!! Yuck! Thanks for sharing what God is teaching you, regardless of a direct tie in to the lesson.

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Heth
April 22nd, 2006
10:28 pm

Wondeful thoughts Kelsey. Praying for you guys.

20
BayouMaMa2
April 23rd, 2006
7:53 am

Great post! I’m also behind on the Beth Moore study I’m doing. I hate playing “catch-up” because I feel like I miss some nuggets of truth as I rush to complete my homework.

In reference to your life lesson (which by the way was awesome!), a while back…it was like I just couldn’t hear the Lord’s voice on anything. I was so frustrated! Well, I knew He was still speaking, and I figured, for whatever reason, I couldn’t hear Him. So, I “fasted” sound. Crazy idea, I know. I didn’t listen to anything…not the radio, not my CD’s, not even TV. (Of course, when BayouPaPa watched TV in the evenings, I watched with him…but I never turned it on just for me.) Slowly, as I tuned out the noisy distractions in my life, I once again began to hear my Shepherd speaking. A few times, I haven’t listened to His voice…and realized that I should have.

It’s a good thing you listened! LOL! Sorry I posted so much…in real life I really do talk this much! (blush)

21
Maria
April 23rd, 2006
4:25 pm

awesome analogy and one I can fit in my own life. I haven’t been looking at our issues in the context of the Big Picture either.

22
Nancy
April 23rd, 2006
6:11 pm

LOVED your bed stories. So great! If only I would pay more attention. Sometimes I “hear;” sometimes I ignore.

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Chris Albrecht
August 14th, 2010
8:00 pm

I have been following your blog for a few years now and I love it! I love your stories and the way you tell them. Today I am thankful that the Lord used you to help me put life into perspective. I will spare you all the ugly details but I was feeling very overwhelmed. I spent some time in tears on my knees praying and I admit to doing a bit of whining also.
He led me to this blog entry and this time the tears were tears of joy. I know that I have been totally missing the bigger picture and God’s plan for me. I am reminded that his plan unfolds in his time, not mine. (Yes, I am very impatient) I love when you ask God for something very specific and what you get is so not what you asked for but it is exactly what you needed! Thank you!

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