“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!” (Psalm 81:13 KJV) The more I am around children, the more I use the word “listen.” When I teach: Please listen. Listen carefully. Listen to the instructions. Look at me and listen. I have learned that nothing strains my patience and dances on my last nerve like being ignored. When my students don’t listen, the classroom gets chaotic, I get frustrated, we lose order, and we aren’t productive. Yet, I have to understand that these are children. Distractions are constant, and from their perspective, it’s…

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.”  (Luke 6:27 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) In essence, Jesus was saying, “Listen up!” While reading this passage today, I was reminded of a time I was trying to help our son, Stephen, understand why he must forgive someone who had wronged him.  His response was, “But, Mom, how can I forgive him for what he’s done to me?”  He was struggling to listen and act on my counsel. God wants us to be generous in forgiving those that…

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 Holy Bible King James Version)

I ran my fingers along the left and right arrows next to “Open Here” on the translucent cover of a ream of printer paper. I twisted and poked. Nothing budged. In my frustration, I dropped the package. When I picked it up, my hands were on the opposite end. Another set of similar arrows and instructions: Open Here. When I touched the sealed place, the package opened immediately. There was no need to search for a sharp instrument to cut the cover when I found the right place—the door—to success.

If you can’t find Jesus, maybe you’re looking at the wrong end of things. Maybe you’re overanalyzing. When you hear His voice, open the door. He will take charge after that.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for knocking on my door. Welcome. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore