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 to sing and listen to good music. I can get lost pretty quick in a sweet melody that keeps me humming all day long. I can go from the shower to the car, from the car to the desk. I can sing of God's love and not even rest. From the desk to the gym, don't let it be an old hymn. I keep those in my heart for days I don't even want to start. Music is truly an amazing thing God created. Thank God we can sing our way through everyday. God gave us music, and He allows us to express creativity as we sing. No matter what your day looks like add a song to it. Encourage yourself in the car, in the shower, at your desk or as you walk down the street. Sing your way through today. Make it a concert, let your heart sing, your hands clap and your feet pat. God hears you and your voice stands out to Him.
Thought: Today, I choose to worship on purpose and give it my all.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.
I Chronicles 16:23
Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.
Have you ever felt angry or upset with God? Have you ever felt like God didn’t understand what you were going through? You pick up the phone and call a friend, then you proceed to tell them all about it. You forget to even check your knee mail because you’re so upset and overwhelmed. You don’t realize you have tons of messages waiting. Everybody can tell something’s wrong. Your joy has been cooked rare and your peace is medium rare. You really want a well done life. Life can be rough, turns can take twist and things can get a little crazy but God fully understands our feelings, frustrations and He knows exactly what we are going through. As we are quick to talk to others about our feelings or frustrations, it’s important to remind ourselves to talk to God about everything. God speaks your language and understands your emotions so why not talk to Him? God hears. God listens. Only God can say well done good and faithful servant. Trust Him today and do not doubt, then you’ll be able to say it is well with my soul.
Psalm 17:6 I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
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.
I love to watch the show The Voice. I especially like the segments where the coaches help the singers and encourage them to use everything in them to perform their song on stage. We sing a song at church that says I will bless the Lord ,oh my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name. When I think about all that is within me, that means everything inside of this forty-something soul. My joy has to bless His name, my sorrow has to bless His name, my heart and my mind have to bless His name. I may not be on stage performing but I am going to sing out loud because God has done so many great things. How loud are you singing the song God placed in your heart? Let all that is within you give God praise today.
I have two words for you today and they are build up! So many people are being torn down these days. The Bible says we are to esteem others better than ourselves. As I grow in my walk with Christ, I’m learning how to live on pitch. I learned Christians don’t chop up, they build up. We must not be influenced by television, radio, music and the language spoken throughout the day. There are so many images that are negative and it’s easy to be influenced by ungodly people and the world’s view but I encourage you to find someone to build up today. I want to be more like Christ today. Here are just a few small ways I will do just that:
- Be kind
- Share a smile
- Say thank you
- Give someone a compliment
- Tell someone good job
- Let people know I’m praying for them
In my last post early this month, I wrote about God always answering prayer. Well, I am a living on pitch witness today, that God still answers prayer. I have been praying about a family matter, rather several matters, most of which have caused me to wait for answers but God answered one of my prayers recently. I am so grateful I had to wait for it. I’m so glad God doesn’t do spoiler alerts. His answers to my prayers are always worth the wait. I’m giving thanks with a grateful heart. Be encouraged and just keep praying!
Psalm 40:1 ESV I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.