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I remember an experience early in my life when God began teaching me to learn to listen for His voice and to turn to Him for help. I was outside playing on a sunny day. We had a maid, Beulah, who watched over us during the weekdays. Mother of course had 5 children in 6 years and 9 days, so we were door steps and difficult to watch at best.


As I was playing I heard a voice call, “Bruce, Bruce.” Well, I took off running into the house to Beulah as she was ironing and said “Here I am, what do you want?” She replied, “I didn’t call you, go back out and play.” My insistence was, “Yes you did, I heard you call my name.” “I didn’t call you, go back out and play,” Beulah said. This story is reminiscent of First Samuel 3:1-10.