The art of listening

Listening closely to how God is operating in our lives and the world around us has the potential to renew our minds, increase our joy, and help us to maintain an attitude of gratitude.

All this takes place as we record what we see, sense and hear through eyes, heart and spirit.

But in a world of chaos and noise we can struggle to hear Him.

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world” ~ C.S Lewis

As I attempt to put into operation my #oneword365 of ‘listen’, I know it will be a test and a challenge.

What helps you to listen to God’s voice? 

Please share in the comments below.

‘The art of listening’

Lord,

Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of words

where voices everywhere are clamouring to be heard

above all that’s really necessary as a life-belt for my soul.

And all it craves is to avoid sinking into despair and doubt

while being tossed about on waves of opinion and uncertainty.

For I’m slowly discovering that the art of listening

is a spiritual discipline akin to any other, requiring

great patience and humility, both of which

I sorely lack in my heart’s vocabulary.

So I find I am being thrown hard

on penitential knees in an effort

to find ways to serve and please You.

May I seek Your Presence, find wisdom and discern

as I listen, lean and learn to pay attention and to heed

the essence of all You are saying 

in a myriad of ways to me here ~ today.

And may I follow willingly, instead of going

mindlessly about my own way

©JoyLenton2014

 

12 thoughts on “The art of listening

  1. Thanks for your poetic and inspiring words again Joy:) I know I struggle to ‘sit still long enough’ to really listen to what God’s saying. I need to purpose to listen to Him all along the way. Thanks for sharing your heart … beautiful!

    • It can be such a challenge, can’t it? We live in a world full of rush and noise. It takes motivation and a “need to purpose to listen to Him all along the way”. Though when we do, our deliberate turning to God is all that is required for Him to meet with us. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lorna! 🙂 x

    • Yes, it is necessary to quiet our own voices (inner and outer) to make listening to God more achievable and productive. I agree that discipline is key and “tuning out everything so I can be still” helps tremendously too. Thanks, Anne; I appreciate you taking time to comment. Blessings 🙂

  2. Listening is an art Joy! Thanking God for His patience and grace, while this flesh continues to strive to learn and perfect this art! Thank you for these words, they are like song to my soul today! God bless you richly my friend.

    • Oh yes, Kathy! We have much to be thankful for as we “strive to learn and perfect this art”. God blesses our attempts to do so and He gives us great encouragement to continue to listen and learn. Thank you for your lovely response, my friend.

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