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It’s seems the moment my daughter turned three years old, she decided to stop listening to me. When I’d say, “Come here please,” she would run the other direction. Or if I said, “Let’s put the toys away,” she’d get a bunch more out.

While this behavior is mostly frustrating, there are times when it can prove to be dangerous. Especially if we are near a road with cars going by. This is one of the reasons I don’t give up at her lack of listening. It’s too important to ignore. Even on those days, when I’m tired and feeling like I have pulled all of my momma tricks from the bag, I don’t give up on trying to teach her to listen.

There are those sweet moments, in between the chaos, when she will actually listen to me and do what I ask her to do. Those moments help me remember that she is capable.

He Doesn't Give Up

Do you think God ever throws up His hands in moments of pure exhaustion, when we decide not to listen to Him? I think so. There are times we are in danger or close to harm because we run in the other direction. He doesn’t give up on us. He keeps trying to help steer us in the right direction and He sees those moments when we do listen and we are capable.

I know this stage of not listening won’t last forever. My son went through the same phase at my daughter’s age. But we got through it with a lot of patience, persistence and love. I’m glad we can have God as a parental example, who even though He gives us countless reminders, nudges, and instructions, never gives up on us. Even when it seems like the last thing we are about to do, is listen.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

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