1. Being a good listener….to God or anyone else…takes work and practice. I fail pretty often with people. I’m trying to do better. I’m also trying to make sure my ears are trained to the frequency of God’s heart and voice. Lovely post. Cute Picture.

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Me too Leah. It takes such an effort to walk with a heart bent to God and others and not self. The daily cross.

      Thank you friend.

  2. Jenn Dueholm

    I saw a good comment about listening:

    “The problem with communication is that we don’t listen to understand or really hear. We listen to respond.”

    That’s usually my problem. I generally take notice of what someone is saying, but I don’t listen well enough to really understand. I listen just enough to come up with a good rebuttal or response. Unfortunately, I do this with God, too. I’ll hear His voice, but I’m so busy talking and responding I don’t quiet down enough to truly HEAR Him.

    We have two ears and only one mouth. Why do we give so much attention to our mouth? Let’s use our ears (and ears of our heart!) to hear God more each day. May God forgive us for being too busy to take notice of His voice!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Humility. That is the word that resounds in my mind when I think of really listening. To kill our own agenda and honor and esteem the other…

      It seems we’ve come to a place where it is more challenging to manage our time, and set our priorities to engage the heart.
      One mouth and two ears. Isn’t it amazing how God gives us profound messages in the simplicity the designing of our bodies!?

      Lord, give me ears to hear and a heart that discerns wisely.

  3. Kathy, a girlfriend and I were having a similar conversation on Monday. She is seeking the Lord’s direction in an area and as I prayed for her, I prayed that when the Lord spoke that she would discern His voice and then have courage to listen and obey. Often it’s not a matter of knowing what God desires or even listening to what His Word is saying, but it’s a matter of obedience. Listening is evidenced by our response. Oh, if we truly listened to Him, our “word wars” and “prideful name calling” would cease. I think of Galatians 5:6b, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.”

    Thanks for including the adorable pic of your grandson. Your illustration reminded me of this story: http://ponderinginhispresence.blogspot.ca/2009/12/listen-with-your-face.html

    Humbly His,

    • Kathy Schwanke

      I love that Joy! “Listen with your face” What a sweet picture. That is where life happens and hearts are convinced of what is real: face to face. More and more, I am seeing the need to turn my face away from the screen, to face into THE WORD and the eyes of people.

      Love you so,

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