Five Minute Friday: LISTEN

It is Five Minute Friday once again at lisajobaker.com. Five minutes of free-unedited-writing on a word Lisa Jo provides as a prompt. This week’s is Listen. Will you join me? Visit LisaJoBaker.com to read what others are writing for Five Minute Fridays.

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“Listen”, I say.

Not to my words, but to my heart. My heart speaks when my lips move. Okay, so maybe I don’t always get the word combinations right, but please hear me. Hear me with your heart, with your mind, with your soul. I am speaking to you. I quake from the inside out, trying to get the words just right so that you will hear. So that you will understand me.

Me, as I am. Just as He made me. Scars and all.

The silence between us is deadly. Listen. Please try. I want you to hear me. I want you to see me. I want you to understand me.

Be merciful. Be grace-filled. Be generous. Don’t keep record of my wrongs.

Please, just listen.

I ache to be understood. I ache to be heard.

But, first I must listen. I must listen with my heart, soul, mind, and spirit.

You ache for me to understand you, to listen to you, to keep no record of wrong, to hear you from within.

I understand that longing, that yearning, that frustration when words just don’t seem to get through. I understand.

Lord, help me to me more loving, more grace-filled, more generous with mercy and love.

Love is patient. Love is kind. It is not boastful. It is not rude. It doesn’t insist on its own way. It keeps no record of wrong. Love believes all things, endures all things, hopes all things. Love never fails.

Forgive me for failing you. Forgive me for not believeing in you, or believing you…period. Forgive me for keeping record of your wrongs. Forgive me….

STOP

purposed for relationship,

jana

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8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: LISTEN

    • Hi, sweetie. Thank you. I was surprised as I was writing how my focus shifted from self to God. I wasn’t expecting that. I learned a great lesson, too. Love the writing process! Blessings, jana

  1. I struggle to be a good listener with my husband because I’m usually criticizing him for not listening well enough to what I’m saying. I could completely relate to your post. Thank you for visiting from FMF. I love this community, even as I’m still learning and growing in my faith. The verse you quoted is one of my favorites – I have it framed in our bathroom so I read it every day as I brush my teeth. :)

    • Love that verse! So many lessons to learn from it. Thank you for visiting janas3dresses. Watching both my father and brother live and struggle with bipolar has been one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do. I applaud you for your willingness to tell your story. So many people need to hear it, and we must continue to fight to break the stigma of mental illness. I have struggled with Anxiety and Depression throughout my life. The stigma is even higher in the Christian community. Jenn, do not give up, keep speaking out. Know that Jesus suffered in every way we suffer…he carries no stigma at all. Jesus was tempted in every way we have been tempted. I learned so much more about Jesus through my study of the book of John. A great book to sit and study for a while. You are a brave woman. jana

  2. There is a desire in all of us to be heard. Usually I’m focused on the other person’s lack of listening rather than my own. So thankful God graciously gives us second chances…and third, fourteenth. šŸ˜‰ Learning to love, as He loves. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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