For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

Enriched by Eavesdropping

1 Comment

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.

–Proverbs 22:17-19

I know! Eavesdropping is rude! But lately, I just can’t seem to help myself! Don’t get me wrong. I don’t make a habit of eavesdropping, but in this situation, it’s hard to keep my ears closed and I’m not sure I want too.

See, every morning, my husband meets with our daughters for 15 minutes each, praying, reading, and discussing Scripture together. I know it’s been an encouraging and sweet time of fellowship for him, but I’m being enriched too!

It’s been such a joy listening in as I prepare breakfast to their prayers for one another, to my husband’s patient, careful instruction, to my girls’ eager (though sometimes sleepy!) participation through their questions, to their simple but often profound insights from the Word.

I listen and pray. I listen and learn. I listen and am often challenged with meaningful application to my own life. Each child has chosen a book of the Bible to study with their father–Hebrews and 1 John. But, it’s also been interesting to see connecting themes from their readings and to meditate on them throughout the morning.

I know at some point, this may be a time closed to Mom, but for now, I think I’ll continue to listen and pray and learn!

*Note: I don’t advocate intentionally listening in to private conversations!

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

One thought on “Enriched by Eavesdropping

  1. Great post! And we don’t mind your eavesdropping. In fact, we weren’t even sure we had a choice! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s