One of my greatest yearnings is to be listened to. Perhaps if I speak louder, slower, or use more words, people will listen. Is this a universal need? We often refer to this as 'being heard'. "I hear you", we say. The sister to being listened to: being understood. Do you understand me? Do you understand what I'm saying? Let me say it another way, do you understand now? Do you agree? Do you hear me? Do you care about me? Hmm, maybe the real question is do you care about me? Do you care about me enough to listen to my words?
|Mama, are you listening?|
Yesterday morning as I was listening to the 'preach' in church I heard a new phrase. "Seized by a great affection". I'd never heard the expression before and so I googled it. The best I could uncover is that it's from a phrase, "Seized by the power of a great affection" and was used long ago to describe the experience of being born again…..as in "I was seized by the power of a great affection". That phrase spoke to me. I listened as God gave me my own message. I have been seized by HIS power of great affection. I could listen to that again and again. He heard the yearning of my heart. He listened to my need and in that word reminded me of His power of great affection.Glory!
What is your heart saying?
|Perry's Pond - one of my favorite places to listen AND be heard.|