It’s time for Five Minute Friday again! Five minutes of writing on a one word prompt. No editing. Just whatever comes out of our hearts. It’s amazing to see how just one word can draw out things that we’re already processing inside. The girls are joining me again as they have really enjoyed it the last few weeks AND WE’RE SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU: We are hosting a link-up for Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition over at Desperate Homeschoolers! So please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us over there! Here goes:
So much comes to mind when I hear the word “listen.” But I think at the forefront is how easy it is to slip into the bad habit of hearing without listening. Especially with my kids. Sometimes, it seems like the noise is so constant and, of course, I’m hearing them, but so often, I’m afraid that I am not really listening. Listening to their hearts.
I want to be the kind of mom who really knows my kids’ hearts, but how can I be that mom if I don’t really listen to them when they talk to me. Usually, people reveal their hearts in the midst of the mundane, but it’s so easy for me to tune out during the mundane times, thinking that I’ll really listen when it’s an important time. But I do know better, when I really stop and think. When I stop and listen to that still small voice inside of me.
Listening. It seems like it’s becoming more and more of a lost art. In our house, our smart phones help us with so many things, but they do not help us to listen. We try to segment our days into the times when we’ll work, when we’ll do school, when we’ll read, when we’ll play games, but I forget that I need to be listening during all those times.
Listening, not only to my kids, but also to my husband, and also to my God. Listening. I love the story of Samuel. When God called him and he kept thinking it was Eli. And Eli’s instructions to him when he finally realized what was going on. To tell God, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” I read once somewhere that the Hebrew word for listen involves the idea of obedience, so an apt translation of that verse would be, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening and ready to obey.” I want that to be the cry of my heart throughout all the parts of my day, mundane or otherwise. Spiritual times and “regular” times alike. “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening and ready to obey.”