Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. (Proverbs 18:13, NLT).
It seems that listening should be easy, but it is not. Listening means we must be quiet. This is often the difficult part. We can even control the silence between words by choosing when to talk. For some of us, silence can cause our anxiety to increase, so we talk -- even when we have nothing to say. Good listeners are relatively rare.
It is a tremendous experience to have someone really listen to us, … to have someone's complete and undivided attention. When this happens, it communicates at a very deep level, that we have value and that we are worthy. Over time, being listened to can convince us that we are worth someone's attention and that we are worth being loved. At times, being listened to can break into our isolation and loneliness.
To be good listeners we must be secure in who we are. Worrying about how we are being received by another individual, or thinking
about what we will say next while someone else is talking, sends the message that what we have to say is more important than what anyone else has to say.
When was the last time you really listened to someone? What about the last time you felt that someone really listened to you? What was the experience like?
A wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction. (Proverbs 1:5, GWT)
Listening is difficult work, but it is worth the investment. It is something we can improve on with intentionality and with God's help, for He listens when no one else does. And let us never miss a blessed opportunity to listen when God speaks to us! Listen … listen … listen.
Whatever it is...take it to the Lord in Prayer
Soror June Murphy
Sorors, please continue to lift the following sorors and their families up in fervent prayer:
- Soror Del Watson recently had heart surgery, please keep her in prayer for recovery and healing;
- Soror Tamera Diggs-Tate for the recent loss of her Sister
- Soror Carrie Swisher for the recent loss of her Sister;
Soror Gwen Bingham for challenges from a previous eye surgery and plan for healing forward;
- Soror Carla Emery-Culberson and family for the loss of her Sister, Dr. Cynthia Jewell Chapel;
- Soror Cathy Ellison and family for the loss of her Nephew;
- Soror Lorlie Ellis and family for the loss of her Father (Earnest Ellis);
- Soror Sandra (Sam) Willis and family for the loss of her Father-In-Law (KC Willis, Jr.); Pray for the family for the loss of her Soror Dorothy J. Strong, a former member of AAC;
- Soror Thedencia Horne and family for the loss of her Sister (Shaunice Andrea-Lynn Peebles);
- Sorors La'Kisha Crenshaw and Antonia Crenshaw for their Father and Grandfather, respectively, who is recovering from an accident;
- Soror Nancy Knight Brown and family for the loss of her Father (William Knight);
- Soror Anita Roberts for healing and completely recovery after her surgery;
- Soror Jonna LaGrone-Haynes and family for her Father (John LaGrone) who has kidney disease;
- Soror Kerri Lang for health and healing; and Soror Sandra "FeFe" McCrary-Marshall for health and healing.