I don’t know about you, but I think one of the most amazing relationships on earth is the connection between a mother and her child. I have heard a mother say that her child is “the only one who has heard my heart beat from the inside”. Talk about a close connection. Even though a mother and her child do not stay physically connected all of their lives, I believe there is an emotional and even spiritual connection that lasts long after a child leaves home. This connection is something that I have always felt with my mom, but now, with a six month old daughter, I have begun to learn what it feels like to be on the “mom” side of things. This connection between mother and child starts the moment you realize you are pregnant. It only grows and grows each day as you steward and begin to love the life inside of you. Little do you realize, that while you are preparing to welcome the new life into the world, he or she is inside of you learning the feel of your movements, the vibration of your heartbeat, the closeness of your warmth, and the sound of your voice…
Voice is an important part of relationship. I am not saying you must be able to verbally speak to have relationships with one another, but I am saying that hearing the voice of another is central to sharing ideas, dreams, and everyday situations with another person. There is such power held in our voices. How do I know this? Well, the voice is used as an instrument to share the heart of our soul with another. Think about this. Our voice gives us the power to speak forth an invisible thought and essentially bring it to life. Wow. That’s amazing. That’s powerful.
Do we understand this? Do we realize the power held in our voices?
It’s been interesting to watch our daughter “find her voice.” The journey started off with the “scream-cry” upon delivery. With one of her first breaths of air she cried out with the most wonderful sound a parent can hear. The sound that lets them know their baby is alive and well. In the weeks to come, we learned that the sounds she made with her voice meant slightly different things. “I’m hungry!” “I’m tired!” “I need my diaper changed!” A few more weeks down the line we started hearing sweet coo’s, and even laughter! These last several weeks, however, have been filled with new sounds. She has begun to make new sounds like mmm’s, nanana’s, yayaya’s, ooaahh’s, and so forth. During this time I have been putting her hand on my face and saying, “momma”. Her pretty bright blue eyes would just look into mine and seem to understand what I was teaching her, but I couldn’t really tell for sure. Well, then it happened this last week. I had her sitting in her little chair playing with toys in the living room while I was working in the kitchen. Apparently, she couldn’t reach one of her favorite toys so she started to get upset. She really wanted her baby keys, but could not reach them. She had tried her hardest to reach over her bright green chair to grab the toy, but her little fingers kept coming up just a hair too short to grab them. Once she realized she could not get them on her own, she started to make some babbling sounds. “Nnnnnanannnnnn, mmmmmmm, nnnnnnananahhh, mmmmm,….” The volume of her voice got louder and louder and louder until “IT” happened. “MMMMMMOMMA!!” I heard the word instantly and knew it wasn’t a mistake. It was not a joke or a chance happening. SHE WANTED ME. SHE WANTED ME TO HELP HER. Somewhere deep inside of her, the relationship between her and I that had started when she was inside of me, connected with her need for help and her voice cried out, “MOMMA!!!” In that same moment, something pulled at me and I had to respond. Not a kind of “had to” like, “Oh, this is drudgery.” But a kind of “had to” like I want and need to respond because I love this person. I immediately dropped what I was doing in the kitchen, came into the living room and quickly scooped up my baby doll into my arms and held her close. I praised her for calling out for me. “Good job! You said, Momma!” I whispered into her ear that I loved her, gave the top of her soft little head a kiss, and held her in my arms for a little while longer just because…..
I may have a bit of a vested interest in this topic of voice because some of my college career I spent majoring in Vocal Performance. I took classes on how the body creates our voice, how to harness the power in our breath to make the most of the voice we have, and how we can use our voice to communicate through song. For the past several years I have also taught voice lessons to several students in our town. I have spent the majority of my life singing and speaking the Words written in the Bible. Think how amazing it is to hear a person’s voice singing and speaking what Yehovah’s Voice spoke. Now that’s where “it’s” at. Honestly though, through all of my learning, singing, and speaking, I didn’t really think a whole lot about the fact that using our voice to speak was a “powerful thing”. So, where does the “power” come from?
Him in us.
I am working on memorizing Psalm 91 this week. This morning I sat down to add the next few verses to my memory. Here is what verses 14-15 say; “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” After reading this, my mind immediately went to last week when my daughter called out for me. Just like I answered my daughter’s cry for help when she called out for me “by name”, Yehovah answers our cries for help when we call out for Him in His Name. There’s something that pulls at Him from deep inside that He “has to respond” to one of His children who is calling out for Him. His ears are attentive towards a “cry” that comes from a true place of longing. Just like I heard my daughter’s cry for help and picked her up and held her up next to me, so Yehovah says that He will “set us on high” when we come to know, love and call upon Him. He is a Good Father right? If we have been born of Him, we have His true seed in us. This would mean that just as when I heard my daughter cry out for Me, and something deep inside of me pulled me towards her to help her, the same thing is true when we cry out to Yehovah to help us. When He hears us cry out for Him, something deep inside of Him pulls Him toward us, His child. He DESIRES to answer us, deliver us and set us safely on high. That, my friends, should be enough to put our souls at rest in this crazy world.
It’s interesting that what I’m witnessing in my daughters life is a mirror image of what Yehovah is desiring to teach me. Even as my daughter is learning to use her voice to cry out for me and call me to action, so am I learning that when I call on THE TRUE ELOHIM, YEHOVAH, the Creator and Sustainer of life, He acts on my behalf. I don’t deserve this. I don’t merit His love and response from my own righteousness. When I am walking in the Father’s Word, His righteousness, and my voice connects by faith to who He is, He rushes to deliver me. He works according to His Word, not man’s. He is the Word.
Ok, re-read the above paragraph and wherever I wrote “Word”, replace it with “Yeshua”. I want you to know that The Word is the same as Yeshua. Yeshua is the Word made flesh from the beginning. Anyone who says that Yeshua died to “do away with” the Law and Prophets, is lying. How could THE WORD do away with Himself? He couldn’t and He didn’t. THE WORD made flesh said He did not come to do away with, but fully teach the Word spoken from the beginning. What the Word spoke against was man’s doctrines and traditions that had been piled on top of Yehovah’s ways. If the Word is in us, then we will do the same. THE WORD=THE WORD. You following me? I hope so because it is SO IMPORTANT that we come to understand this so we can walk in obedience of the WORD in these last days. This is for our protection. This is also very important because in order to call out for the true Elohim, we must have the TRUE WORD in us. What would happen if we deny the truth of the WORD, say it’s been done away with, and then try to call out to the Word made flesh to save us? NOTHING! The Word says,
“He who turns His ear from listening to the law (torah), even his prayer is an abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)
So, if you are denying His Word and your prayers are being answered, know that they are not being answered by Yehovah…..
Matthew 7:21-23 says,
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Just like Revelation says, the perseverance of the saints will include testimony of Yeshua AND obedience to Elohim’s commands. THE TRUE WORD of YEHOVAH has EVERYTHING TO DO with us calling out to Him and Him answering. Back to what I said earlier, “He works according to His Word.” When we know that His Word says He will answer us when we call to Him, we can believe His Word! We can even expect that He is responding to it because HIS WORD calls Him to action. When we cry out to Him through His Word by faith, His Seed in us, pulls Him to act. It’s similar to when I react to my daughters cry. She is a part of me. In the same way, when we chose to truly love Him, die to ourselves and submit to His ways, by faith, He places His life in us. We then become His child. It’s the beauty of true family.
Speaking of family….
Did you ever think about the possibility that Yehovah created the relationship between a mother and child to teach us something about Himself? We always hear about the Creator as being a Good Father, but what about motherly attributes? The term El-Shaddai is a name describing Yehovah, and the meaning of it involves just such traits. One place “El-Shaddai” is referred to in the Scriptures is Genesis 49:22&25 when Israel is prophesying over his son Joseph. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring;…From the Elohim of your father who helps you, and by El-Shaddai who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb….” When you look up the Hebrew word “Shadday” (Shaddai), you find that it means “powerful” and “to swell up”. If you look up the root word of “Shaddai” in the Hebrew language, you find the word “shad” or “shod” which means female breasts. Interesting….So, basically what I gather from more of my searching is that Yehovah is describing Himself like an all powerful nourishing breast. That may sound a bit strange or uncomfortable, but let’s look at the significance of this a bit more. When a mother gives birth to her child, the baby is immediately placed on the mother’s chest so the baby can find her first food and comfort from the mother. Through nursing, mothers are perfectly designed to offer plenty of sustenance for the needy newborn. Breastfeeding requires a certain amount of skin to skin contact and this closeness can help release oxytocin levels in the mother to help aid in feelings of well being and calmness. This amazing design from the Creator helps continue the close knit relationship between mother and child and it brings security and fulfillment to both baby and mother. Nursing was designed to be calming, enjoyable, and to build trust between the mother and baby. As the child grows even past a year old, nursing offers wonderful, nutrient rich milk to satisfy, calm and even protect the baby. Nursing is not just about giving and getting food, but it is also about the understanding and feeling of closeness and security. Sometimes babies cry out to their mother to nurse simply because they want to be close and feel at ease. If the baby is in a stressful situation or afraid, nursing can almost immediately help to calm and relax the child. It’s quite a beautiful picture really….
When Yehovah refers to Himself as, “‘El-Shaddai,’ the One who blesses you”, He is referring to Himself as the all powerful One who has eternal bounty to sustain, nourish, comfort and protect. He is the One we can trust to bring us comfort and peace in our time of need. He is the One who looks lovingly at us when we run to Him for our sustenance. The One who DESIRES for us to call out for Him. The One who responds to our cries with a “mother’s heart” for her child. “Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest…..” These words are the Father’s Words. Can you hear His heart of longing and desire for His children to come to Him?
So..what does all this have to do with our voice?
Everyone needs to eat. Everyone has a need to feel secure. Everyone has freewill. So, everyone gets to choose what they will eat and what they will run to for security. I’m not talking physical needs. Spiritually, we all have been given the freedom of choice. We get to choose who and what we receive for our sustenance. Each time we need spiritually fed, we can choose where we will find our food. Will we call out to Yehovah our Loving Creator? Or, will we call out to flesh? When we are hurt, discouraged, scared or confused, will we try to feed ourselves from what man has to offer? Or, will we cry out “Abba! El-Shaddai!”, I need what only You can give. Will we in our “adult wisdom” feed ourselves from the pride of flesh? Or, will we humble ourselves like a child and call out for true nourishment that only He can give? “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” If we choose to humble ourselves like a child and call out to Yehovah for our nourishment, then He will respond. When a voice calls out with a heart submitted to Him, HE HEARS. He hears because we are a part of Him. Him in us. Us in Him. How will He know we are hungry if we don’t tell Him? Because love is a choice, we must tell Him we chose His life. We must tell Him we choose Him. And when we do, He rushes to our side to comfort, protect and nourish us with His bountiful supply of life.
Let’s go back to the story of my daughter. Because my daughter has been born of me, she is a part of me and I am a part of her. In the same way, when we receive Yeshua (THE FATHER’S WORD) by faith, we are born of Him. He is then a part of us, and we are a part of Him. Remember, our voices give us the power to speak forth an invisible thought and essentially bring it to life. So, when we use our voices to physically CALL OUT to Yehovah with His invisible WORD in us, HE RESPONDS. My daughter learned to use her voice to call out to me, “Momma”, to help her. In the same way, Yehovah is teaching me how to call out for Him for my help and nourishment. He’s teaching me to call out to Him in everyday situations. The little things. In the things that I would usually just try to push through in my own strength, He is reminding me to instead call on Him. To LEAN on His strength. To TRUST. To stay at His feet. To stay in His arms. To let Him supply ALL of my needs. HE DESIRES to comfort me and “nurse” me with His ample supply of life. Like a mother who longs to help, hold, protect and nourish her child, so the Father longs to nourish us. May we learn to call out YEHOVAH! ABBA! El-SHADDAI! We need You! We simply want to be with You. To be close to You, Always. May we be found in the presence of the WORD, like Mary in a Martha’s world…
I have noticed that the most calm, content and peaceful my daughter has been is when she is being nursed. I look down at her sweet, beautiful eyes that are slowly closing as she peacefully falls to sleep and my heart wells up with joy and love at my dear “lovey”, my baby doll, my daughter, who is laying in my arms. She knows she is safe with me. Nothing can harm her. I will protect her. There’s nothing to fear….Peace.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.”
“And my Elohim will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Yeshua the Messiah.”
“The eyes of Yehovah are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.”
Psalm 145: 18-19
“Yehovah is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.”