Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days of Listening

31 Days of Listening - The Stanley Clan
Here's the problem with starting this 31 Days series on listening right now, right here. I'm currently watching season 2 of Homeland, editing wedding pictures, and trying to write this post (so I can link-it-up - obviously I must hurry!)

See, there's a slight problem with writing about listening, and actually genuinely attempting to listen, when you're engrossed in and surrounded by oh-so-much-noise. Which, I cant help but think, might be about 95% of my problem these days. Too much noise and not enough listening.

Listening, in fact, seems to be this thread that wont stop running through the fabric of my life. A theme, a call to action even, that finds itself surfacing in my personal life, my spiritual journey, my marriage, my friendships, our ministry. And sometimes, when God brings something to the foreground again and again and again, I notice. So I'm taking this month, the next 31-days, to explore more deeply and thoroughly this idea of listening. What does it mean? How can I listen more carefully? How can I hear God? Why and how should I listen to my friends, my children, my husband, our neighbors? To take the time to hear other voices, alternate viewpoints, different points-of-view.

So I'd love for you to join me and take the next 31 days and make space to listen. I'm hoping we might all be surprised by what we hear.

The Stanley Clan - 31 Days of Listening
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7 comments:

  1. I love this! I'm currently reading Priscilla Shirer's Discerning the Voice of God. One of the first thing she talks about is how maybe we don't hear from God because we don't spend time listening. I've just been sitting on that for a couple of weeks. I don't do a very good job of keeping my "listening ears" on!

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  2. Oh I love this!!! Can't wait to "listen" to your beautiful words!

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  3. How did you know this was on my heart lately?! Looking forward to learning and growing with you, girl!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your topic. Listening is one of my favorite things. I will be following along. Your header is wonderful--one of my favorite Bible verses for sure. Lisa at www.lisazahn.com

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  5. Becca - I love that you stopped by and found our 31 Days series. Your blog has been a favorite of mine since the FaithBlogs days :) Hope your series goes well - sounds like a good topic!
    meg @ pureandsimpleblog.com

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  6. I have been trying to be more intentional and patient with Ezra and with this comes listening. It's hard. It's a lot of work. He (and I) deserve it.

    P.S. Did I mention it's a lot of work? : )

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  7. Love this! Great, great topic. Can't wait to follow along.

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