Okay, so I'm totally excited about this book "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. I got it less than a week ago. But...here's how I got it: My life coach Kristen sent me an excerpt from the book. I had never heard of it, but as soon as I read one paragraph I wanted to read more. The book is written as if Jesus were speaking directly to the reader.
Then, the next day, an MG friend of mine put a picture on facebook of a book she had received from a friend when she was in the hospital. Yup: "Jesus Calling." I was like, "Okay Lord, I get it!" So I went online to find it as cheaply as I could. I had zero extra dollars to spend, and Doug and I are trying really hard not to use credit cards.
So I found it on amazon, and it was $8.76. I was SO tempted to just put it on a card. I mean, come on, 9 bucks? Big deal. But I was really struggling, so I just prayed, "Lord, if you want me to have this book, let there be a way."
I put it in my cart, hit the checkout button, and found that I had $9.73 in points to use that I had no idea I had. So I paid nothing, and the shipping was free. Wooo-Hooo!!!!
So yesterday, I read this: (from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, March 3)
"Many of my children run around in circles, trying to obey the various voices directing their lives."
That SO caught my attention. I thought of several instances where I tried to follow someone else's voice to find my way. For example: homeschooling. I have a friend who I consider to be the homeschooling queen. She homeschooled all her kids, taught pre-school at co-ops for 20 years, is so patient and loving with little ones, I mean, if you're going to follow someone's example (voice), wouldn't it be hers?
The only thing is, I'm NOT her. We don't have anything close to the same teaching style (is what I found out...) I tried doing everything the way she told me SHE did it (because I asked!) I was going CRAZY because school with Jacob was SUCH a struggle for me! I went to college to TEACH. I have a Bachelors degree in education. And yet I was losing my mind over teaching my 4 year old.
Because I wasn't doing it the way God knew I needed me to to reach MY child. Once I figured that out, it's been so much easier.
There are many more examples I could use, but the point is quite simple. Everyone has their point of view. Everyone has their opinion. Everyone knows the "right" way to do things. But you know what? There is only ONE way to do it: the way God wants you to.
The only voice you need to heed is His. Don't worry about the rest of the "voices" you may be hearing...(unless they're real, then you might want to call someone.... :) ). Shut them out. Focus on the One telling you what's best for YOU.
It will make all the difference in the world. Trust me.