Plain Listening

4:15 a.m. – I woke up and got dressed. I made 2 cups of coffee in my stainless steel, double walled travel mug. (It was a gift from a distributor at the lumberyard.)

I took it to the office and updated my journal. I finished my time log for yesterday and made a list of today’s tasks.

My prayer time has been “less than joyful.” It’s fallen into a bit of a routine. I decided to listen to one of the songs we are learning before praying.

Near the end of the video, someone sings harmony on the chorus. Someone who sounds just like “that man.”

“That man” who promised to combine my blogs. “That man” who left town after we spent $300.00. (Sorry, does not give refunds. But, you can hire them to set everything up for more money. I didn’t.)

God spoke clearly to my heart. “You have to forgive ‘that man’.”

Ouch. I didn’t want to forgive him. I wanted to condemn him. I was wrong. I forgave him.

1 Samuel 15:23, “Then Samuel said, ‘Do you think all God wants are sacrifices – empty rituals for show? He wants you to listen to Him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production.’ ” The Message


How do you quiet your mind to hear God?

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