...with your heart.
After realizing the depth of the meaning of what Mary did in Luke 2:19, I have continued to train myself to "listen with my heart" to everyone around me especially to my children.
I know because sometimes I'm totally clueless as to what was said (and what to say back) when the person talking to me pauses waiting expectantly for a response - and that is not good at all. It never is.
After Jesus was born, alot of things were happening and being said around Mary and about Jesus. Luke 2:19 tells us that: "Mary treasured all these things in her heart and always thought about them. (God's Word Translation)
It was amazing the destiny-defining things I heard. All I did at the time was clearly state the boundaries which is "you will remain and marry a Christian" and then added we will pray about it and do God's will. One thing God has continued to remind me is that it is never to early to start praying about who our children will marry. Think about it, their future spouses may already be born and so we can prayerfully "influence" how they are raised.
Within days of this experience, my other child blurted out some more destiny-defining matters. After an internal shudder, I indicated my interest in hearing more about that topic from time to time with the bottom line that we'd pray so we're aligned with God's will.
- Find your delight in the Lord. Then he will give you everything your heart really wants. (New International Reader's Version)
- Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. (Amplified)
***Acts 13:22 - God spoke favorably about David. He said, ‘I have found that David, son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ (Common English Bible)