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The Joy of Listening

The older I get the less stuff I want or need. I guess stuff just doesn’t matter to me like it used to. The older I get the more I value people – friends, family, kids, husband, everyone.  Everyone I meet has a story. 

Do you like stories? I love hearing stories of what people have lived through and overcome. I’m naturally curious and ask questions to almost anyone. 

Our church went Christmas Caroling tonight at a local nursing home. We had a blast. I met a music teacher from a close by town. She told me about how she taught for years. Her eyes lit up while she talked. We shared a moment in time that was precious. 

Then I sat by another lady and she shared how her friend was turning 100 in April. She said she had to go meet everyone before we started. She pointed our another friend who was still as young as ever at 86. I said, “I hope, I’m that active when I’m 86!” Another precious moment with a beautiful woman created by listening. People love to talk. 

Tonight I learned the value of just shutting up and listening. We bring value to others just through listening. The joy of listening brings magical moments! Hallelujah!

 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. – James 1:19-20 AMP

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God Sings Over You

“The Lord your God in your midst,

The Mighty One, will save;

He will rejoice over you with gladness,

He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV)

 

Earlier this week God lead me to this verse. Can I tell you that every day this week I have woken up with a snippet of a praise song in my head. Right when I woke up. I had to sit for a minute at the edge of the bed to let it sink in. It is true. God does sing over us – I heard it! Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!

Ask God to show you this. And He will. He is faithful to His Word. Hold onto it. Cherish it. HIs love quiets us, brings us peace. He is singing love songs over you right now!

 

Here are some of the snippets I have heard God sing to me this week:

 

This is Amazing Grace” ~ THIS IS AMAZING GRACE by Phil Wickham

 

“There will be days I lose the battle,

Grace says it doesn’t matter,

‘Cause the Cross already won the war.” ~GREATER by Mercy Me

 

“Grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful” ~ GRATEFUL by Hezekiah Walker

 

“Start a fire in my soul,

fan the flame and make it grow.” ~ START A FIRE by Unspoken

 

 

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Let us Hear what God is Saying

I am listening today. I want to hear what God is saying. Got my frustration and rant out yesterday. Thank you so much for your comments and prayers. You really do hold me up sometimes. I finally figured out how to add a Blogroll last night to my widgets so I can share your stories here too. Still adding names…love you all, Diana

John 14:26
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But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Deuteronomy 32:1-3
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Give ear, O heavens, and I [Moses] will speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
My message shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the light rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name [and presence] of the Lord. Concede and ascribe greatness to our God.

Mark 4:24
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And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

Hebrews 4:7
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Again He sets a definite day, [a new] Today, [and gives another opportunity of securing that rest] saying through David after so long a time in the words already quoted, Today, if you would hear His voice and when you hear it, do not harden your hearts.

Revelation 3:20
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Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.

Source: Christianity.com

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