Being Quiet in Order to Hear

“The quieter you become
the more you can hear.”

Ram Dass

Do you sense a transition or shift? For me, it’s subtle but definitely there, getting ready for a new season. I seem to need more quietness these days in order to process and discern and walk into what’s next. I admit there is a little tension inside with a part of me that says the quiet time is a waste of time, and another part that says it is crucial in order to move ahead in wisdom and grace.

“Let us labor for an inward stillness–
An inward stillness and an inward healing.
That perfect silence where the lips and heart
Are still, and we no longer entertain
Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions,
But God alone speaks to us and we wait
In singleness of heart that we may know
His will, and in the silence of our spirits,
That we may do His will and do that only”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Listening is the beginning of prayer.”

Mother Teresa

In fact:

“Listening is the language of love for everyone.”

Author Unknown

 

I believe this is true. I’ve been noticing those who are good listeners are also those who ask questions and then wait for the answer, without the goal of waiting to respond.

Listening prayer is giving that courtesy to God who is always there to listen.

Lord, I want to listen to You – 
to hear Your heart.
I quiet my thoughts and get alone with You
so I can hear You speak.

Questions for Listening Prayer

  • Lord, what do You want to say to me today?
  • What do You have to say to me about ____________?
  • Instead of forging ahead with my agenda, what are You giving me grace for?
  • What do You want me to work with You on?

Scripture

You’re my place of quiet retreat
and your wrap-around presence becomes my shield
as I wrap myself in your word.”

Psalm 119:114 TPT

 

“Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel says,
‘Come back to me. By returning and resting
in me you will be saved.
In quietness and trust
you will be made strong.'”

Isaiah 30:15 NOG

 

“My heart,O God,
is quiet and confident.
Now I can sing with passion
Your wonderful praises.”

Psalm 57:7 TPT

Lord God, I release my questions to you in quiet. I sense your love for me in the stillness.

Here are relevant words of an old hymn written by Cleland Boyd McAfee (1866-1944)

1) There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God,
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

(chorus)

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us, who wait before Thee,
Near to the heart of God.

2) There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God,
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

3) There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God,
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

For Creative Listening Prayer Activities
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Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019

CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:

Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Stencils Used in This Post

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Sunburst Mini 4″ M214

StencilGirl® L578
Spirit Wind Large
by Valerie Sjodin

A-Z Word of the Year Posts

A-Z Word of the Year Challenge Journal Pages

This post shows my finished journal pages of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge & links including A-Z of my Mystery and applying it to a word of the year.

Reaching the Zenith with Zeal – A-Z Word Challenge

Moving toward a zenith, the highest point in life, with passion and zeal sounds fulfilling and to me. I would like to live with such purposeful intention.

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

July – Celebrating a New Season – Stencil Club – Calendar

Mid-Century Modern Stencil Club & paintings, July calendar and Washi tape adventure as we celebrate America’s freedom and enter a new season.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

Washi Tape Adventure #3 in My Calendar Journal

The Washi Tape Adventure continue. This time you can see how Washi Tape is used to its fullest in decorating a Calendar page, and not take a lot of time.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

F – Flow with the Fun of Your Word of the Year

What do you do to help you reach your goals that seem unpleasant? For me, March is a time when my yearly goals wane a bit. Now I’m being intentional about pushing past that and having fun in the process.

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