My dearest boys,
We use the word "listen" a lot, don't we? "John, listen to what I am saying." "Mom, listen to this joke." "Can we listen to that song again?!"
But we don't really listen, do we? We keep reading. We plan responses/arguments/jokes in our heads. We answer before the other person is even done talking. God put it on my heart that I really need to work on my listening in 2016. It's my One Word for the year.
I have a terrible habit of planning my response while others are talking. I have a terrible habit of half-listening when others are excitedly telling me about something that happened last year (or yesterday). I have a terrible habit of tuning out what I don't want to hear.
God tells us in the Bible a couple of times to listen to his son, Jesus. Listening is important; being heard is not. I once heard someone say, "God gave you two ears and one mouth so you should listen twice as much as you talk." Yikes!
So, I am listening. I am listening to what you say, what you don't say, and what your behavior is saying. I am listening to what God is trying to teach me through studying His word. I am listening to other moms and ladies who are way wiser than me so I can better mom you.
I am listening.
With Joy, my loves,