Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm a good listener.....

.....or, am I?

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(not that I believe in fortune cookies!!!)

I often have people come to me for advice, or with a prayer request.  Sometimes all that people need is a listening ear.....a shoulder to cry on....to be prayed for.  I'm a good listener and I keep their confidence because I know how hurtful it can be when you share something in confidence and it be repeated....which is why I don't share much with others any more!!!

So....yes, I am a good listener.... 
....most of the time!!!

Isaiah 30:21
Your own ears will hear him
Right behind you a voice will say,
"This is the way you should go,"
whether to the right or to the left.

I heard a gentleman speak a few years ago and he shared with his audience that he ALWAYS knew when it was God speaking to him.  That statement is all I can remember of what the man said because I came away thinking what a terrible CHRISTian I must be....because I don't always know if it's God....or the devil....trying to convince me of something.  As I shared my concern with some close personal friends, they assured me that they, too, felt the same way as me....which, eased my troubled mind to know that I certainly wasn't the only one who didn't share the confidence that this man had.  

But....I am learning....that God gives us discernment about things.  It comes from studying His word....praying....and at times, seeking the counsel of trusted friends and allowing God to speak to us thru them.

So....am I a good listener?
Yes....when listening to others.
And, when it comes to listening to God....
....well, I'm getting better at it!!!

HOPE you have a great Monday,
Sweet Reader!!!

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

3 comments:

  1. Oh Deb, sometimes it is hard to discern if it is my own voice from the depths of my heart or if it is God's voice. This is why I so many times will wait before acting on a thought or speaking a thought ....to allow the Holy Ghost within to lead me into the action of the voice within....psalm 12:6"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times:

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  2. It is funny that that is all that stuck with you from hearing that man speak. Same thing for me.

    It's hard to me to tell if it is God's will or my wishes "leading" me.

    Sometimes the gnawing withing lets m know it is God's will.

    Have a blessed day!

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  3. Being a good listener is something I'm continually striving to be better at. I get to anxious to try and help solve the problem, when most of the time I just need to be quiet and listen...
    Thanks for you post!

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24