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Become Aware of the Promptings

Have you ever felt prompting deep in your soul?

I seem to be perpetually busy. It's not that I sign up for too many things. But I like to do things well, so I put much effort into what I do. I've also discovered something else about myself.

For me to focus, I need solitude. Otherwise, I'm so easily distracted.

But there are times when the distraction is where God wants me to be.

The other day, I was in my classroom trying to get organized for the next day's lesson. A teacher friend stopped by to chat. Inside I have to admit I was a little bit annoyed since I was intent on what I was preparing. However, as she began to share from her heart, I felt that prompting inside.

"Put aside what you're doing and listen, Debbie."

Yesterday, I was in the teacher's lounge making copies for the following week. One of the teacher aides brought one of my students to me. He is just over two years old and was crying and calling for me. I took him in my arms to comfort him. After a short time, I proceeded to take him to the playground where the other students were.  I was anxious to finish up so I could go home. But inside I felt that prompting again.

"Just sit with him for a time, Debbie."

I get to work early since one of my duties includes a holding room for students whose parents drop them off. Many parents work, and so at 7am, I set up chairs and quiet activities to keep the students occupied. A video plays in the background to keep others entertained for the half hour before I release them. I love this time since I get to see many of my students from previous years. It was almost time to dismiss when a third-grade girl I've known since she was a baby came to talk to me. I gave her a hug and was about to dismiss her, but once again I felt that prompting.

"Listen to her and take some time, Debbie."

She proceeded to share and began crying softly.

How often do we miss out on those seemingly ordinary but so important moments because we don't listen to the prompting?

As a Christian, I believe that prompting is the Holy Spirit who lives inside of me.  I stay close to God through prayer and reading the Bible. I ask for His guidance throughout my day.

And when I listen to those promptings, I have to smile. After all, God knows what's really important.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. A truly beautiful post, something we should all be more aware of, I will repost this.

  2. Thank you Rebecca! Yes, it's a reminder to listen to those promptings.

  3. I so relate to this, Debbie. I love a distraction-free zone when I have things to do. But that's not always what God wants so I need to give way to his Spirit, not my own. Often my project is the distraction, not the other way around. Thanks for this reminder!

    1. Lisa, I too need the reminders. I think we have several things in common. We both love to read and distraction-free zones. But yes, the distraction just might be where God wants us to be at times. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I love this post. I love that you take such an interest in all of your students and former students as well. They are more than blessed by having you in their lives. Plus, I needed the reminder to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thanks for visiting my blogging friend. Yes, I love my students. My writing is a reminder to myself too.


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