Today I had coffee with a friend who loves to listen. Holly is so good at getting me to open up and talk about things I don't normally talk about. Every time I ask her a question she turns it around and asks me something that peels another layer from my heart.
I used to feel bad that she gets me to do most of the talking when we're together, but then I realized she is most comfortable listening. It is a gift. I always leave our times together feeling loved, encouraged and listened to.
I want to take the gift Holly gives me as a friend and give it to the One who listens to me day and night. I want to become such a God-listener that when I have coffee with Him, after we're finished with our sweet time and I get up to do life, (even though He goes with me) I want His heart to be so deeply touched that His whispers, "Wow, she just listened. She asked all about me. We talked about what's on my heart, my mind, in my thoughts. She went on and on about how she appreciates me. She spent time simply thanking me for all that I do. Even when I asked about her dreams and burdens, she turned it around and asked about mine. Renee was more concerned about me than she was about herself. I feel so loved, encouraged and listened to after spending time with her."
Wouldn't it be amazing if those were God's thoughts after our time with Him?
Not only would we be giving to the One who gives so much to us, but imagine how our perspectives would be changed. Our outlook on life and ourselves would be completely transformed if we set our eyes on Him alone. Instead of focusing on what we may think is wrong with us, we'd be consumed by all that is right with Him.
Stay with me now, what if we took the magnifying glass we look through each day as we focus on our concerns and instead we placed it on God's character, God's love, God's power, God's provision, God's strength, God's glory. Imagine if He was bigger in our eyes than we are? Oh that it would be so!
I want to be a woman who listens to God - not the accuser, not my doubt, not my critical thoughts, not my fears. I want to stop thinking so much about me and start thinking more about HIM! I want to be a woman who hears His voice above all the others. It's up to me to stop talking and start listening.
During my coffee-talk with Jesus today, while He brews my faith with His love and truth, I am going to ask, seek, soak, drink and believe. I am going to thank Him, love Him, encourage Him and listen to HIM! Won't you join me?
If you found my blog through my P31 devotion today entitled, What's Wrong with Me? , thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear your thoughts about becoming a woman who listens to God instead of our own criticisms. I'll be giving away my CD - Speak to Me Lord, I'm Listening and I'll share more in the coming days about my journey of listening to Him. Now it's your turn, click "comments" below to share your heart and enter the drawing. Be sure to include your email address.