Just listen

I am one of those people who like to share a story after someone else has just shared one with me. Do you know what I mean? After a story has been told, it will remind me of a similar situation that happened to me and prompt me to share it with whomever I am speaking with. Yesterday was a different story however, as I had sat down with a woman I’ve known for a bit, we got to talking and she was telling me her God stories. So many of her stories were just like mine and I couldn’t wait to share them with her but never did because they were back to back. After a bit, it felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me to just listen, so I did. It felt a little weird for me not to share but it felt really good hearing similar stories but from a woman’s perspective. All stories, even if they are similar can sound totally different coming from someone else. The stories may have a bit of a twist, like maybe that person felt a bit of happiness in a sad situation, or how the Holy Spirit led them through that event. The Holy Spirit has been prompting me to do more in the listening department lately which is essential in my walk with God. A great friend of mine has been talking over me lately to the point to where I cannot get a word in edgewise. My cell phone will not pick up my voice on speaker phone if someone else is speaking so I need to wait until they are finished. This has been training me to be patient and to open my ears. The cool part is that I’m able to catch things that would have normally been cut off by me wanting to share. It can be awfully hard to hear God’s still small voice when we are talking so much. Heavenly Father, we would like to hear what you have to say today. Help us to take the cotton out of our ears and place it in our mouths. In Jesus precious name AMEN!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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