Thursday, December 11

thankfully hearing

Don't you love it when God's word confirms something He's working in your life? It is that very thing that I am thankful for this day!

My devotional book verse yesterday morning was from Proverbs 29:20 - "Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him."

And here was part of the commentary on that verse: "There is much to be said for the person who learns to listen instead of talk. When we listen, we learn. When we talk, we block learning. A fool loves to hear the sound of his own voice, but the wise person rejoices in what can be heard. We need to learn to listen so that we can honestly help the people who come to us for our aid. If we talk, we will close people out and they will never come back. We deal foolishly, and we present an example that we cannot be proud of. God wants us to deal with people in love, and most people need to feel that they are being heard." ~ From Daily Wisdom from the Bible

My yesterday afternoon was spent in further training at the pregnancy resource center. We received a tour of the facility, went through the paperwork involved, and again covered materials and the various scenarios of women who will walk through the door facing a difficult crisis situation and the need for a pregnancy test. They have come there in a time of great need and with a desire to be anonymous. They need someone to listen and love them right where they are at in their life. Listen. That was the learning key. Don't think ahead. Don't plan out what you may say. Listen. Even through the moments of silence. Listen. Then talk. And often the fewer words the better because they aren't hearing well at that moment.

And that lesson can be applied in all of life!

Trust me, this is has been a life long lesson for me, Miss Impulsive Speaker who often stuck her foot in her mouth and held the trophy often for Miss Foolishness. God has been polishing polishing polishing me on this characteristic and yesterday He reinforced all those lessons for which I am very thankful. Hopefully I'm a good student, eh?

What are you thankful for on this wintery December day? Feel free to share on your blog or go read right HERE what others are thanking God for on this day!

Tammy ~@~


Denise said...

Be blessed dear one, enjoyed your thankful post.

ChiGirl said...

I'm thankful for YOU! And your wisdom and experience and over all "kindred spirit/tribe of Joseph/bosom buddy"-ness. :-)

Laurie Ann said...

Absolutely wonderful word for today! I so needed to listen to it. Happy Thankful Thursday!

Mrs. E. said...

This is such a great reminder. I can totally see you being a help to those women who walk thru the door at the center. You exude kindness and love and do so quietly and with few words. You are on a path of learning and adventure while doing such an awesome service.

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