Whisper: The Power of a Whisper

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By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—Whisper. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!

So much could be said about this word! Below is my five minute free-write on the word, “Whisper,” and some thoughts that came to mind. I could have taken it many directions. I hope you’ll share some thoughts about whispers in the comments below!

Whisper:

I raised my voice at my son—again—trying to get him on task with some activity or other. Got on him to try and get him to focus. I repeat myself in a normal tone of voice.

Again.

A wise woman encouraged me to whisper when I want to get a point across to my kids.

Whisper the words. Quiet enough where they have to stop and listen.

You know what? It worked. They focused in and listened. And did the thing I was asking of them. Without me repeating myself.

If only I remembered this more often.

It makes me wonder if God ever whispers to me. Sometimes I hear Him whisper my name in the night. When I’m about to drift off to sleep, or in a dream.

Sometimes I think He’s whispering encouragement to me when I’m having a dark day.

He spoke in a still small voice to people in the Bible. A quiet wind to Moses when he asked to see God.

There’s power in a whisper that cannot be gained by noisy voices or a noisy world.

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When my ears are attuned, I hear the most amazing truths that come in a whisper.

Sometimes my husband whispers to me that he loves me. Or I whisper those three most magical words in his ear at the end of a long day.

A whisper offers power because it causes the listener to stop what they’re doing and just . . . listen. To focus attention on the speaker.

A whisper is powerful in its quietness.

Words spoken in a whisper are remembered in ways words yelled are missed.

There is power in a whisper. Do I use that power or do I forget it?

Do I listen when God—or my husband, or my kids—whisper something to me?  I need to learn to be still more so I can hear the whispers meant for my ears.

What about you? Have you ever heard God whisper something to your heart? When do you whisper?

Kate Motaung: Five Minute Friday—Whisper

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23 thoughts on “Whisper: The Power of a Whisper

  1. I love your Five Minute Friday writings. Whispers. I even love the sound of the word. A soft word, And like you wrote–it gets more attention than a usually well-deserved “what in the world do you think you are doing?” Hey, it even works in a classroom full of teenagers. It only took me about …oh…30 million years to realize that raising my voice to get their attention was much less effective than just standing there, speaking normally or just waiting. Waiting until they noticed me…of course sometimes they noticed me because I had set my Beowulf action figure on my podium and was quietly discussing the current breaking news on the use of “paradox in literature.” Of course they may have quieted down because of they feared their teacher was a nut.

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    • Cindylou, thanks for your kind words. 🙂 As bad as this sounds, I’m glad I’m not the only one to take awhile to figure things out. 🙂 I love your ways of getting your students’ attention. Especially the one of the Beowulf action figure. My personal opinion is it’s a good thing to keep your students guessing. 🙂

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  2. The power of a whisper, if only I would stop and listen. “A whisper is powerful in its quietness.” Stopping over from the Five Minute Friday today.

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    • Barbie, first of all, my apologies for not responding sooner. I actually did, while I was riding in a car. Apparently a number of my responses didn’t survive the mountain passes. 🙂

      I need to stop and listen more too. I truly appreciate you stopping by!

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  3. I often … usually … forget the power of a whisper. When I’m still, when I can set aside thoughts of what needs to be done, I hear the Lord whispering to me. He generally doesn’t speak loudly, although sometimes He allows my daily life to come to a screeching halt. Probably when I’m not listening closely enough!

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    • Please forgive the delay in response, Melissa. I was out of town this weekend, and I thought my responses sent via my phone went through. . . . Sigh.

      Sometimes it’s the “being still so I can listen” part I find most difficult. But when I am, I’m thankful for having taken the time to listen. God does know how to get our attention, yes? 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

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  4. It’s true — I learned it many years ago in Storytelling 101 — if you want the audience to really hear what you’re about to say, whisper it.
    Of course, as I get older I usually say “Huh?” I just told God the other day that He had to speak louder! 🙂

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  5. So true, whispers are powerful. Reading all the FMF posts, I have to remind myself of that. I’ve always felt like whispers were for people who were too scared to speak up. But it’s not always about volume and being the noisiest. I entertain the Holy Spirit in my quiet moments more often than not.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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    • Liz, please forgive me for not responding sooner. I’m usually much better than this. Sigh.

      You bring up an interesting thought about whispers. We can interpret them so differently, can’t we? Even thinking about the motives behind them (like the one you mentioned about people being timid being whisperers).

      I would imagine the Holy Spirit finds me pretty entertaining sometimes too. I’m trying to remember to listen more than I talk, especially with Him. 🙂

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  6. Oh, yes.I used to whisper to my students when I wanted their attention. I was always amazed at how powerful it is. What a great reminder and beautifully written. Loved it!

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    • Andrew, I left a comment Friday night, but apparently, it didn’t come through. That’s what I get for doing it away from home. 🙂

      You know yourself so well, and you’ve found what helps you weather the circumstances you live in. I think God looks beyond attitude and into our hearts. He understands you. And cherishes you.

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