Mother Theresa once said, “God is the friend of silence, He is always waiting for us in silence to speak to us and to listen to us. In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love, with our silence we allow God to love us.” This morning, as I was reading in Deuteronomy 27, Moses said to the people, “O Israel, be quiet and listen.” (Deut 27:9) Those words jumped off the page at me! It felt as if God was saying, “Becky, be quiet and listen!” I confess, I was born to talk and often I say too much! What God has been teaching me lately, is that I must be quiet. Stop talking. Put my hand over my mouth and learn to listen. God is the friend of silence. He invites us to listen not only to Him but also to listen to others.
How are your listening skills? Do the people around you feel heard? If you’re not sure how well you listen, ask those closest to you, “Do you feel heard by me?” or, “How might I improve my listening skills?” Then brace yourself for the answer. Commit to God today that you will intentionally listen to HIs voice and to the stories of others. Remind yourself through out the day.
Leave a comment and tell me what you’ve learned about listening. Later this week, I’ll choose from the comments and give away a free book and maybe a Starbucks card!~ I’d love to hear from you….I’m listening!