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In the spirit of unity, I’m
taking up the challenge by Arkansas Women Bloggers to choose a word to guide me
through 2015 and blog about it. This practice isn’t new to me, but I’ve never
done it in such a formal manner.
My word for this year was
inspired by one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 50:4.
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and
of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him
who is weary. He wakens me morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as a
disciple [as one who is taught].
I especially like the thought
that God will not only speak to me, but He’ll also give me an encouraging word
for someone else. The last part of the verse is comforting because it implies He’ll
give me the capacity to understand His guidance.
I don’t know about you, but there’ve
been plenty of times when I’ve asked, “God is that you? Or is this just my
idea? In truth, I’ve done a little of both, and I can tell you I much prefer
My word for 2015 is KINDERGARTEN.
I know that sounds strange, but I
chose it because it reminds me of a little phrase we were taught early in our
STOP, LOOK and LISTEN (before you
cross the street.)
In other words, Pay Attention.
- I want to STOP before I jump to conclusions,
give counsel or make a decision.
- I want to LOOK at all the
circumstances surrounding an issue.
- I want to LISTEN so I really hear
what you are saying.
If you know me very well, you
understand that LISTEN is daunting for me because of an inherited hearing
problem that began to bother me when I turned 60. Thank God for hearing aids,
but even with hearing aids, there are certain vocal ranges that I find
difficult to understand. Add rapid speech patterns and a loud environment and I
am hopeless. I catch some words but miss others, making true communication
The Latimer Curse
More and more I understand why my
grandfather became so solitary later in life. He couldn’t hear in church, so he
quit going. He couldn’t hear the conversation around the table so he sat
quietly. Instead of whining or complaining, he read a lot. As I talked to him one-on-one
and he told me what he’d been “studying on,” I came to realize he was a wise
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- So I may ask you to STOP and sit
with me in a quiet place so we can converse one-on-one.
I’ve also come to depend more upon
clues I see to help me fully comprehend what’s going on. When I can’t ask people
to repeat their words, which I know is tiresome, I study their body language
and facial expressions to help me understand.
- So you may see me LOOKING closely
My daily prayer will be for the
Lord God to open my ears to hear His voice above all others, to guide me in
what I write and say to everyone who comes across my path.
- So I hope to always give you a
message that lifts your spirit when you are weary.
Above all, I want each of us to
walk in God’s plans for us in 2015.
For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.
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