Hearing the Children

I spent this afternoon with one of my grandchildren, and the marvelous experience once again reminded me of how important it is for us to listen carefully to these precious young gifts from heaven! They become confused by our "adult world" so easily, and often hear things differently than we mean to say them.

When I say, "The presence of God is here" to a grandchild, in their young ears they might hear " the presents of God," and be thinking of beautifully wrapped gifts - instead of God's actual presence. Simple, yet big, misunderstandings between loved ones happen the same way.

If you climb into bed tonight confused about a relationship, problems with a loved one or one of your children, remember a very important key to communications: Make sure they really understand what you are thinking and saying. Many times confusion comes because we assume far too much.

In your prayers, remember to ask God to help you be a better listener to the children in your life, and to better understand any relationship where there might be misunderstanding. "Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it" (Proverbs 16:22, NIV).

Words often seem clear to us, but sometimes they do not express what we really are thinking. It is good to remember this in talking to our little ones, and to the big folks, too!

God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, as Your child, help me speak with simplicity and wisdom to all the children in my life. I ask that You also give me a greater understanding for all of those with whom I communicate. Lord, I thank You for Your precious Holy Spirit, and Your daily wisdom. In Jesus' Name, Amen.