Faith Filled Friday
I love my dad. I wish that all of you could meet him. We could both tell the same story separately and it would come across as funny enough, but when we tell a story together it somehow gets to the next level.
At times, it feels like we are scripted even though we (obviously) are not. We get each other.
For as long as I can remember, he has made this noise to get my attention. It's a little "psstpsst" noise that most people wouldn't think twice about it.
Because my dad has done this since I was a baby, I don't even think about it. When I hear that noise I immediately look in the direction it came from. I can't help it. It's muscle memory.
My dad came to church on Christmas. And I do production for a pretty big and VERY loud church. Electrical guitars--the whole nine yards. He's not a regular at church, but he came to support me on one of the biggest days of the year (Go, old man!)
In the middle of a huge chorus, I have a production headset on. Game time. Focused. The congregation is singing along. And sure enough, my dad says, "Psst. Psst."
All my focus shatters. And immediately I find myself looking directly at him. He smiled and gave me a thumbs up and I went right back to working. A proud papa moment.
How is it that I could hear him in one of the loudest environments? There's a million other noises happening and I hear the faint, "psstpsst."
It's because I've become so familiar with that "psstpsst" in private.
PsstPsst... Jacq do the laundry.
PsstPsst... hand me that remote.
PsstPsst... great job today.
PsstPsst.. Love you, Jacq.
I had heard that thousands of times. Even in the midst of noise, I was so familiar with his voice that I could pick up on it in chaos. It was still muscle memory.
Isn't that just like our relationship with Our Father in Heaven? The more that we become familiar with His voice in private the more easily we will be able to pick up on it in the chaos. I didn't think to look for my dad when I heard him, I just did. I was trained to.
I hope this story encourages you. Pushes you to become that familiar with our Father's voice. I hope that you ask yourself the same question that I had to ask myself--is my muscle memory to look to Jesus? To deeply respond to His voice.
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the Lord somehow.
Here's how it works.
1. Link up as many blog posts as you want below by clicking the link below and following the prompts. (Perhaps think of old posts you want more exposure to as well as new ones.)
2. Let your readers know by including a link at the bottom of your post (or somewhere on your side bar) or paste my button code (found below and on the side bar).
3. Take a minute to visit and comment on another sweet lady or two's post. You're encouragement might be just what she needs to keep pressing on in being a voice in the darkness.
Jacque is the Missional Women Intern and a college student in Denver, CO who balances her time between trying to go to class and learning about His saving grace and perfect love as much as she can. She is a twenty something, DIY attempting, Jesus loving, Denver living, small town rooted, Colorado sports fan. She loves black coffee, long conversations and watching people do what God created them for. You can find her Christian Twenty Somethings blog at Desperately Dependent.
2/3/2017 11:30:36 pm
Hey, Liz! Thanks for linking up! I hope my ramblings blessed you in some way! :)
2/3/2017 11:33:42 pm
Hey Dawn! I'm sorry that it brought you to tears. I'm sure that your girls are so blessed by their father. I'm sorry about your dad, but I know what it's like to have a strained relationship with a parent. It's hurtful and helpful all wrapped up into one thing. Just know that God IS love... He can't help but to love you (and your girls). He just shows it differently to different people. God bless! And thanks for linking up!
2/3/2017 11:35:01 pm
Hey, Gretchen! That makes me so happy. I hope my kids someday have a little sounds that makes them think of me. Something about it just snaps me back to childhood. :) God bless. And thanks for linking up!
2/3/2017 06:22:24 am
Jacque, what a great example of what it means to learn to be sensitive to the voice of God! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing and for hosting. Blessings!
2/3/2017 11:36:27 pm
I need all the reminders I can give myself to continually listen and pursue Him first! :) God bless! And see you next Friday!
This made me tear up. I have mixed emotions about it. I have joy that God gave you this gift in your life, I have joy that I have the privilege of having this relationship with my Heavenly Father, I have sadness that my relationship with my earthly father was not very close for the majority of my life, and for some reason, I find a bit of humor in that interruption in the midst of chaos.
2/3/2017 11:42:04 pm
Hey, Ruth.Thank you for linking up with us. I love how God can use two sides of the same coin to point us to Him. A hard part of my walk with Christ has been reminding myself that there is more security in my Father in Heaven than in the one sitting next to me. Very different struggles, but still very much apart of God's plan--for both of us.
2/3/2017 10:08:29 am
What a sweet, sweet story. Thank you for sharing and for the link up party.
2/3/2017 11:42:39 pm
Of course, Patti! We're so thankful you stopped by Faith Filled Friday! See you next week.
2/3/2017 01:41:53 pm
Jacque, I loved this story not only for the analogy it brings but because my mom does that same soft pstpst & I can hear it from another room and know she needs me. And so yes, today I join you in praying that we all would be able to hear the still small voice of our Father when He speaks to us. Blessings!
2/3/2017 11:43:51 pm
So funny... isn't it? The way we can communicate without saying a word with the ones we love. Thanks for joining me in prayer and thanks for linking up with us!
2/3/2017 02:11:51 pm
What a perfect example of being tuned into the Father! Love this story. "The more that we become familiar with His voice in private the more easily we will be able to pick up on it in the chaos." True!
2/3/2017 11:44:55 pm
Lisa! Thank you for linking up with us. All the reminder to seek Him in our peace! :)
My husband makes that same sound. It's interesting how the same sound means, "Hey come here" or "Hey I'm proud of you". I love how you tied your relationship with your dad to the relationship we should crave with our heavenly father. Intimacy has a sound. I think it's psst.
2/3/2017 11:46:02 pm
I love the way you said that! It is so funny our ability to understand exactly what they mean in the moment. So special. I took a moment and prayed for you and your husband! Blessings! :)
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