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Are You Listening?

August 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

All around us friends, relatives, and passersby are calling out for us to listen to them. They may not be calling in an audible voice, but if we watch and listen, we can tell that they are asking to be heard. I was pondering this question, Are you listening?” in my mind today as I drove down the road. I was thinking of the many times that I let my mind wander when friends or family may be trying to tell me something important. That made me sad to realize that I sometimes don’t pay attention where attention is needed.

There are many peoplewho need desperately to have someone really listen to them. Job 13:6Hear diligently my speech and my declaration with your ears.”Many times the words that come from our lips are not really the words that our hearts feel.  We may be sad or lonely but yet we say we are doing great because we don’t want to expose our real feelings to the world. Or at other times we may be nervous and our words come out anything but the way we had intended them. Can we look beyond the actual words that come out of the mouth and see into the hearts of our fellowman?

Job 13:6Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.”I am so thankful that our Lord knows the yearnings of my heart and doesn’t depend on the words that come out of my mouth to know what I need.Romans 8:27 “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Most importantly, we should listen to what God tells us as He speaks to us through His Word. Jeremiah 10:1Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you…. “I want to be more aware of what those around me are really saying so that I can relate to them better and in doing so maybe help them through tough times or maybe rejoice with them in gladness. What I don’t want to be is indifferent to what my friends are saying: whether it is with their voice, their eyes, or their actions. I want to be listening.

Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” May God be with each of you in a special way today!

Marilyn is a wife,  homemaker, mother of three and grandmother of two.  She home schooled her children from  kindergarten through twelfth grade beginning in the early 1980’s when  homeschooling was not very much an “accepted” way of education by the world’s  standards. And now all of her children  are very sucessful, well-adjusted adults. Marilyn and her  husband are active members in church where she teaches the ladies Sunday school  class and plays the keyboard for worship services. Her husband drives the church  van for the bus/children’s ministry there.  Marilyn also volunteers once a week at a local crisis pregnancy center. She has a blog called “Walking in  Truth” where she shares her writings.


Many of her articles have  been published in a Christian  statewide newspaper called “The Church News”, in the “Communicator”…a  publication of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church,  in the online magazine “JournEzine”, and  in Guideposts magazine.  Marilyn  wants to someday be able to publish a book.  Her reason for writing is to hopefully  share something that would inspire her readers to look to God for their every  hope, need and desire.

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