Listen – #FMF

Five Minute Friday @ Kate Motaung’s

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Word to write on for five minutes is listen.

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I listen with both ears most of the time.  I listen with both ears and my heart most of the time.  I listen with only one ear attuned to the speaker some of the time while the other ear is shut off or tuned into a distraction.  And then there are times when I have no ears on, no heart open, and I hear zero.

I am one of those people who needs direct contact and/or no distractions in order to hear what is being said.  I want to listen and hear it all.  I want to be able to grasp the whole thing, gaining understanding, even wisdom.  I cannot have other people talking at the same time or I lose it all.  I need quiet.  I need only one person speaking at a time.

God has asked me to listen and obey.  I want God to speak to me when He calls for He is telling me something I need to know from Him.  He may be speaking to me when I have asked for direction.  The world around me must be quiet.  More importantly, I must be still on the inside.

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19 thoughts on “Listen – #FMF

  1. Linda,
    I get more and more like that as I get older! I can’t listen to multiple people at one time and it seems all 3 of my kids want to talk to me at the same time! lol!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  2. Linda, I can’t have any distraction when I’m trying to listen to people. All it takes is one little sound or movement and I am gone. I really have to focus on what I’m listening to or I’ll miss something. Be still on the inside – what a great reminder. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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  3. You would probably go crazy in my house with 4 kids yakking all day and mostly at once. Sometimes I do (go crazy that is). I often tell them the saying, “God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason.” 😉 Being attentive to God takes intentionality, as you are wanting to do.

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  4. Love this Linda! Reminds me of the old chorus, “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord”… It’s the open part He wants, submitted, surrendered, and listening for how He speaks to us through His word. Many blessings to you ❤️

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  5. Oh this: “And then there are times when I have no ears on, no heart open, and I hear zero.” I am all too familiar with this selective hearing that I sometimes fall into. I want to be still on the inside so that my heart will be open to truly listen! Thank you for the encouragement you offer here! It’s good to be your neighbor over at #TeaAndWordTuesday! –Blessings!

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  6. There’s a difference between hearing something and really listening. I pray that my spiritual *ears* will always be tuned in to God’s frequency, and that I will not only hear His voice, but listen to and obey what He says!

    GOD BLESS!

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  7. As difficult as it is somedays to be still and listen, especially when my pain is screaming at me, I find, that in stillness is where I find grace. Thank you for reminding me of this.

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  8. Linda, I prefer quiet to be able to listen better, so I sympathise with you here! You also mention the most important thing – attaining inner stillness and calm as we tune our minds and hearts to God’s frequency. He is always speaking, one way or another, yet we often fail to listen well to our lives, to creation, to His Word, and heed what they are saying to us. Our loss, sad to say. Becoming better listeners will help to open us up to hearing more from God and responding to other people with His gracious love. May it be so, Lord.

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    1. “He is always speaking, one way or another, yet we often fail to listen well to our lives, to creation, to His Word, and heed what they are saying to us.” This is so very true, Joy... …always speaking, one way or another.
      Imagine just how much we are missing each and every day. How sad, yet when we do listen and hear, what a blessing we receive. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Like you, I value quietness or limited external distractions when attempting to focus. Your post reminded me that stillness on the inside is also important, perhaps even more than external quiet, for internal turmoil can be a greater obstacle to hearing God’s still, small voice than external noise. I am thankful for His ability to calm my inner storms much as He did the one that had the disciples fearing for their lives, as told in Mark 4. Blessings. Visiting from Five Minute Friday.

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    1. Yes, I, too, am so grateful that God can calm me down from the inside-out! I often cannot do that as I keep turning things over and over again. Yet the Holy Spirit will have me call upon the Name of God, of if I do not, He will anyway for He knows what I need, it is then that the inner hurricane slows to a calm. I can hear then.
      Thank you for your encouraging words.

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