The Listen Close, Listen Well series continues today with a touching story about prayer from my lovely friend. Christy is a wise woman with a hospitable heart. Let’s give her a warm welcome as she encourages us with this testimony about God’s answers.
Christy is a girly girl who chases tennis balls for recreation and at the end of the day does her best thinking in the tub. She’s also a wife, mother, mother-in-law, mentor, and Life Purpose Coach. Her passion is to encourage women to move forward and press on, seeking God in the midst of life’s struggles.
Got Milk? God’s Got Answers
By Christy Mobley
The first time you hear God whisper to your heart you might be uncertain it’s really Him. You might think you’re having a crazy thought or think you’re just plain crazy.
At least that’s the way it was with me.
I was praying with my youngest son when a random thought interrupted my prayer process.
Aaron was five at the time. He was potty trained at the age of two but still wetting the bed at night. He was embarrassed and it broke this mama’s heart.
Aaron and lil’ David (my older son) knew they could take every concern to Jesus—we talked about it every day, so when I asked Aaron if he wanted to pray about his problem to see what God could do, my little man was all in.
I was always looking for ways to show my children God was present in their lives but this time God had plans to show me He was present in mine.
But I didn’t expect what happened next.
At bedtime we prayed about the situation. As I made my petition on Aaron’s behalf, what seemed to be a random thought, not my own, popped into my head.
“It’s the milk.”
What? I thought. Where did that come from?
For the next couple of days, every time I prayed for Aaron, my prayer was interrupted with,
“It’s the milk.”
This youngest child of mine loved his milk. He’d drink a gallon a day if I let him. Okay, he’s not lactose intolerant, so I’m wondering, why this weird thought?
I continued to pray about it while my mind dug deep for answers.
Within a couple of days I had a possible explanation.
While in the gym I picked up a parenting magazine to read on the treadmill and wouldn’t you know, there was an article written by a pediatrician about bed wetting and milk. It talked about how some children develop slower neurologically and the enzymes in milk can cause them to sleep too deeply to wake and get to the bathroom.
Still not 100% convinced, I asked God again.
“Is this from you?”
The next night we are at a friend’s house for community group. The children were all sitting at the kitchen counter for a snack. I started pouring milk in everyone’s cup when one of the moms stopped me.
“No milk for my little girl. Just apple juice please.”
When I asked her why, she replied.
“If Kate has milk after lunch she wets the bed.”
It was then I was convinced my random thought wasn’t random at all.
God had answered my prayer for Aaron on the spot. But I didn’t recognize His voice.
Was this the first time He spoke to me or the first time I listened?
I stopped giving Aaron milk after lunch and guess what?
He stopped the bed wetting.
Any time the God of the universe mingles in our ordinary circumstances He always leaves us with the extraordinary results. It’s nothing short of miraculous.
And all He wants from us?
Listen close, and listen well.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” -Isaiah 30:21, NIV
Trusting His Voice,
Read the other Listen Close, Listen Well posts:
Not Ours to Give Away by Tiffany Parry
Lean In My Daughters by Kerrington Sweeney
Listening When It’s Loud by Teri Lynne Underwood
Fear and Doorknobs by Kim Osterholzer
What God Wants by Crystal Hall
Preparing a Place by Abby Banfield
The Luxury of Listening by Ashley Hales
His Grace Isn’t Just for Today by Abby McDonald
The God Dare by Kate Battistelli
Out of Your Comfort Zone by Tracey Casciano