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Ears to Hear and Heart to Listen

My hearing is failing with old age and my listening skills could use some help as well! The Lenten Devotional, “Listening with all your heart, soul, and mind”, is exactly  what I need to prepare my heart for Easter. 

My children frequently  complain about my inability to hear them. I jokingly reply with the saying, “when you have something to say that  I want to hear, I will hear it”. Then of course I ask if they want to contribute for new hearing aids. That definitely ends the discussion!

The Lenten Devotional highlighted the truth of this saying. Do I only listen to God when it’s something I want to hear? My three year old grandson loves to cover his ears with his hands when he doesn’t want to hear my requests that might disrupt his agenda. Do I do the same?Do I give my full attention to God’s Word? 

Psalm 119:105 is “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

This reminds me of the beautiful song written by Michael W. Smith and sung by Amy Grant. The second verse is:

I will not forget, Your love for me and yet, My heart forever is wandering. Jesus be my guide, And hold me to your side, I will love you to the end.

Romans 10:17 is “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”

My prayer is for God to open my ears to hear His Word,  and listen with all my heart!

Linda Culberson