Listening is a special art form. Good listeners are hard to come by these days. The world is noisy and it seems everybody has something to say as more and more people live out loud on social media. I have found people who don't listen never get what they want. The best relationships I've had are the ones where I listened and learned. They are often the ones where I chose wisdom over foolishness.
Here are a few scriptures to help remind me of the choices I make. I also use them to stay in tune and sharpen my listening skills.
Proverbs 12:15 (NASB) The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Psalm 81:11-14 But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.
Proverbs 1:33 But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.
Be encouraged and listen up because God is speaking. What's your favorite scripture on listening?
I love flowers in the garden. I don’t have a physical garden in my home but I’ll admit sometimes I go to Home Depot just to walk through the garden section and see all the pretty colors blooming. I’ll see someone watering the plants and flowers to keep them alive and fresh. As I step in the garden I start to think, there’s hope for me if I just plant a seed. I may not have a green thumb but I have a garden of hope. You also can have a garden of hope. When we decide to plant seeds of hope, trust in God and water them regularly by reading God’s word we come alive. If we allow God to grow us up in faith, love, and truth we will see the beauty that surrounds us when we are in the garden.
It’s that time of year when we celebrate fathers. We give honor to our dads and show much appreciation for their love. I thank God for my earthly father who I call daddy. People often say we look just alike if they see us together. I hope the same is true of me and my Heavenly Father too. I want to look just like Him. I want to show signs of His character, walk like Him and talk like Him. I want others to say she’s a daddy’s girl and she has a good Father!
Chris Tomlin sings a song I love called Good Father. It always reminds me of how much God loves and cares for me. God is a good Father and I am proud to be one of His daughters. Do you have a good Father in knowing Christ personally today? Are you a daddy’s girl? Let’s celebrate our Heavenly Father today and everyday.
I found myself saying we’re going to do this my way as I sat down to work on a project with friends. My way was ok but it wasn’t the only way. When I stopped to listen to others and look at the project in a different way it became clear that my way wasn’t exactly the right way. I learned a good lesson that day. I learned that whenever I say it’s my way or the highway, that it is never God’s way. The Bible says love does not insist on its own way. Which way have you been going?
It’s Friday and I am quoting Max Lucado today who reminds me of a blessed hope in God.
“Worship is when you’re aware that what you’ve been given is far greater than what you can give.” from the book titled Hope, Pure and Simple
All weekend long I was asked if I was going out on a date. Not just any date but a “hot” date. I only changed one thing on the outside and that was my hairstyle. People noticed my hair and makeup, my walk, my clothes and my personality. Some even said I was glowing. I smiled and just said, there was no hot date to everyone who asked me. The outside appearance was different, but what really changed for me was mostly on the inside. Truth is I had been on a date, in fact it was several dates. We’d met before but it’d been a good while since we last spent quality time together. We re-connected and after spending time alone without any distractions, I realized I missed being in that old place, our place where I could just be myself. I spent time getting a little closer, I laughed and cried, I surrendered and I gave in to the request to keep in touch more. I was happy to be going out on my “hot dates”, it just felt good and right. I felt refreshed and knew that’s what being in God’s presence would do to me, it would fill me up, change my look and make me glow. He was and always is my perfect date.
2 Corinthians 5:16-20 ( MSG)Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for your presence in my life. Let others see the glow of God in me every moment I spend with you and every time I sit at your feet. Amen