Listening

Somewhere this week, I read “Documentary filmmaker Valarie Kaur on listening: ‘Deep listening is an act of surrender. We risk being changed by what we hear.'”

I try to note where I found a quote, but this week is a time of much reading to prepare my mind for writing a nonfiction book. I jotted this quote in a notebook called “Picturesque Speech,” which Charlie Shedd recommended writers keep, in his book If I Can Write, You Can Write.

His book is copyrighted in 1984 by Charlie W. Shedd, published by Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, OH.

I looked through my current books, and decided I saw the quote by Valarie Kaur on Facebook. Not that I knew anything about her or her stance in life. I know a little now from getting on Facebook.

I’m trying to listen more closely to my husband, because sometimes he tells me I don’t listen to him. Or, I’ll exclaim over a revolutionary idea that will be an answer to a dilemma and he’ll tell me he told me that–many times before. “Really?”

I guess I wasn’t ready to hear it at that time. In the book of Proverbs, it speaks often about listening. (Proverbs 1:33, CEV) says, “But if you listen to me, you will be safe and secure without fear of disaster.” That is Wisdom speaking.

Proverbs is a book in the Old Testament written mostly by King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, but not perfectly wise. Too many women led him astray. Following false gods because of the ladies he married, or because of his concubines caused him a severe depression as he aged. Thus, we get the book of Ecclesiastes. By the end of Ecclesiastes, he tells people to remember God.

Solomon didn’t listen to his father, David. He also made wrong choices, but the Bible tells us David was a man after God’s heart. David listened to the prophet Nathan, when he confronted King David about a couple of terrible sins. David repented and faced some harsh consequences. Maybe he didn’t talk to Solomon much. His parenting skills suffered. The Bible doesn’t hide human foibles.

If someone you know offers you some great advice, I hope you will hear them. I’m not sure why I didn’t hear my husband those times. Maybe I wasn’t ready to make a change. Not listening can cause consequences. Good or bad, depending on the wisdom of the one doing the talking.

Proverbs talks about avoiding hours drinking alcohol and missing out on life. Proverbs tells the sons of Solomon to be faithful to their wife, even unto their elder years. I like that one! How to invest money. How to plant crops. How to manage time. So many categories. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” is early in the book of Proverbs. Maybe you and I will read from this book and “hear” something we will want to act upon, for our good. I read Scripture aloud sometimes as I pray for understanding. Maybe you do, too.

I pray this finds you well! God bless!

Favorite Activities

Two of my favorite activities are writing and reading the Bible, not necessarily in that order. Yet, in striving for order at home, holidays, lots of company over, a new housemate and those demands, a ministry about to embark, and regular activities, the writing and Bible time have flown to the wayside.

No writing, no blogging accomplished. Little Bible reading, less peace. Eating in excess, plus adding junk foods in, less energy and less of a feeling of well-being.

Tonight, I’ve determined to set a new nighttime routine so I get better rest. So, this will be a small blog, but Praise God, at least it’s being done. I miss reading others’ blogs when I don’t blog. I wonder how they’re doing, what they’re learning. I miss researching for my blog. I like to learn.

I enjoy the holidays and I really enjoy it when they’re over!

Ecclesiastes tells us in A Time for Everything that:

Ecc 3:1  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Ecc 3:2  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

Ecc 3:3  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Ecc 3:4  a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Ecc 3:5  a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecc 3:6  a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Ecc 3:7  a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Ecc 3:8  a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Those verses were from the NKJV of the Bible. I remember a song based on those verses from the 1960’s sung by The Byrds and written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950’s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4

May God bless you!

Writing is a Joy

Writing for a few hours today took lots of concentration. I’m writing a chapter for a non-fiction book writing class. Although I’m under a deadline, I notice that thinking until my brain hurts and typing until my wrists ache doesn’t deter me from enjoying the process. Writing is fun, even when it’s hard to come up with ideas. Even when everything feels like it’s been said before. In Ecclesiastes, the wisest man in the world said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

Writing books say, “You are unique. No one can say what you have to say because each person’s life is experienced in their own way.”

In other words, I am “new under the sun.”

Jesus said to repent and come follow Him. He came to give us life and that abundantly. He said the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. When I write, I feel the joy God intended me to have on this planet. When I read my Bible, pray, worship God, the devil tends to stay away. Yay!

I appreciate being able to write on WordPress.com and that Facebook allows it to be forwarded their way. I sent an editorial to our local free paper with my opinion that Jesus is returning soon. I gave my reasons. One of which is the tremendous number of prophecies that have been fulfilled. They chose not to publish it.

I’ve heard that the UN wants control of the internet. Post while you can. Read about Jesus while you can. Love God and others while you can. Thanks for reading, if you stuck with the post this far. Write with freedom, amen.