Listening for the Baby
Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in Faith Updates
As a new parent I often get asked what my favorite moments are with my son. Of course it is impossible to decide between the moments where a baby giggle escapes his belly, watching him learn and discover new things (his toes and blowing bubbles are the most recent), feeling him fall asleep in my arms, and so much more. However, as a new parent, there is a moment that also rises above others that not all are willing to admit their love of – the moment when naptime begins.
The beginning of naptime is a bit of a rush because I begin to mentally prioritize all of the things that still need to get done on that specific day and try to figure out how much I can get done in the suspected length of that particular day’s naptime. Making this mental list, however, is always a bit of a gamble because I may expect an hour or two and only get ten minutes.
No matter what tasks ensue, whether inside or outside, in the basement or in the kitchen, mindless or thought consuming, the baby monitor is always no more than a few feet away with the volume on high (I am not going to talk about the day when the volume was accidentally muted…). Whatever I consume my time with while Soren is napping, there is always a listening ear turned to hear when he wakes up; I have to be constantly ready to hear him.
You may see where this is going, but in case you haven’t heard the message yet let me quote the apostle Paul in Hebrews 13, “Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking” (13:25 NLT). In this passage, Paul is writing to the Jewish Christians on listening to God. He reminds them of those who had come long before them who had gone to a physical place, saw a mountain engulfed in flames, heard trumpets from heaven, and heard the voice of God. Since they, and we alike, aren’t witnessing these kinds of things in order to hear from God, we need to keep an always-listening ear to what God has to say to us.
I have had multiple conversations before with individuals who say that they spend a lot of time in prayer and reading scripture, but don’t ever hear from God. My first response is always, “Do you ever stop talking and listen?” We are really good at talking to God, but we often struggle to shut up and listen to what he has to tell us. We fully consume our thoughts throughout the day that we cannot hear what God may be telling us in a specific moment. We get so busy with out tasks that we cannot hear the baby who woke up from his nap and is crying through the baby monitor.
Through my experiences I have come across two practical applications of how to better listen for God’s voice. First, in personal prayer, spend as much time listening for God as you do talking to God. Not that this necessarily has to be timed with a stopwatch, but it is a practical way for “scheduled” listening. Second, allow mindless tasks to be spent in prayer and listening. This could be done while doing dishes, vacuuming, driving (of course keep your eyes on the road), walking, on the golf course, and in so much more. Doing this helps train our minds to listen for God’s voice while going about our daily lives.
Think about all of the people throughout scripture who heard God’s voice and changed history. Perhaps God is calling you to something great. Are you listening?
See you Sunday,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
October is Pastor Appreciation month!
Beginning Sunday, October 2 through Sunday, October 30, there will be a special card box located in the lobby should you desire to express your appreciation to Pastor Brad and Pastor Char by writing each of them a personal note. You are encouraged to share a story about how your life has been touched by the ministry they provide, a special moment you’ve shared with them or bless them by sharing your favorite scripture to be prayed for and over them. A small supply of note cards will be available each week by the box.
Whether you’re new to Faith Covenant or have been here awhile, you’re invited to join us for membership classes at 11:45am on Sundays, October 23 & 30. You’ll get a chance to meet and talk with Faith’s pastors, learn about the Covenant denomination and Faith Covenant in more detail, and dialogue with us about what it looks like to be an active part of a local church. Childcare and lunch are provided. Class begins this Sunday; email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Friday, October 21 to RSVP.
We are having a Harvest Party October 28, 5-8pm, for children of all ages. There will be carnival games, treats, a bounce house, and a few concession options for dinner. There will be minimal costs for food, but the event itself is FREE! Invite your neighbors! We are asking the congregation to donate bags of candy and to volunteer. Candy may be brought to the bin in the church lobby, or to the front office. Contact Nick at email@example.com for more information or sign up to help at the Youth Station in the lobby!
$20 Holiday Challenge
Faith is offering two ways to minister to our local and worldwide community this holiday. We would like to challenge each family to contribute $20 toward these two ministries.
Thanksgiving Bags for Union Gospel Mission
We have an awesome opportunity to come alongside Union Gospel Mission to help serve the homeless with a bag full of groceries for Thanksgiving. Get the UGM grocery list HERE (or at Faith), shop for the ingredients and return the bag by November 6. Let’s help spread the hope of Jesus Christ by feeding some hungry people.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Every shoebox is a powerful tool that transforms the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus! Please join us as we pray, pack, and ship these gifts. Stop by the table in the lobby to get more information and supplies. Filled shoe-boxes need to be returned by Sunday, November 13.
CBE Reading Campaign
Monday, Oct 24 is the beginning of week 5. We’re halfway through our New Testament reading campaign! This week, we’ll read the gospel of Matthew. If you find yourself “hitting a wall” this week, don’t worry. It’s only natural. We’ve covered a lot of ground, but we still have some distance to go. If this happens to you, try changing your routine. Read during a different time of day, listen to the audio for a chance of pace, or take your reading outside (if it’s nice out!). Whatever you do, keep at it. You’re only four weeks away from having read the entire New Testament!
Very Peculiar People Sermon Series Prayer
Holy God, make us a peculiar people—
a people desperate for Your Spirit,
a family who mourns how Jesus mourns,
a family humbled by Your grace.
Give us a hunger and thirst for justice,
a mercy born from Your mercy.
Create in us pure hearts, O God,
hearts crucified for peace.
Whether in joy or in persecution,
empower us now to live
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.