+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—LISTEN. 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!
When the end of May hit, I had this crazy notion that life would slow down. That our family would have time to hang out, talk, play games. Relax.
Well . . . not so much.
We raced through a lot in a couple months. I felt like I was constantly on the go.
I got to August and realized I had not spent the time with our boys that I had wanted to. I had been busy . . .
. . . planning for our road trip
. . . planning my parents’ anniversary party
. . . planning as my husband prepared to leave town for a few weeks
. . . planning for the start of school (August 18th).
I hadn’t taken time to slow down and listen to them.
And, as August marched on, I hadn’t even had much time to listen to my Father. To be still before Him and hear His words for me.
He has ways of speaking anyway.
There was a niggling in my spirit. Some things I sensed He wanted to address with me.
But when was there time??
When I went to the American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference (ACFW) in August, He spoke.
And I listened.
God shared some truths that I needed to hear.
As I came home from the conference and hit life full force again, I spent time journaling with the Lord, every chance I could.
I find that when I journal, I can listen to His words to me. I can begin to process them. Apply them.
I can begin to hear His voice more clearly.
So, that niggling is gradually becoming definite messages from my Father to me.
I’m so glad He always listens to me. He hears my heart’s cries and answers them. In His way. In His time.
When I listen to Him when I’m still before Him, I hear much more clearly.
But even when I’m not, He’s still hearing my heart, my thoughts.
He’s still working in my life. Reminding me just how much He loves me.
It’s always worthwhile to be still enough to hear His voice. His words. To experience His love poured out in His perfect way.
And as for my boys? I’m becoming intentional (again) to be available to just listen to them.
Just like my Father does for me.
What about you? When you’re racing in life, what do you do to listen to our Father? When has the Lord spoken to you in the midst of your busy-ness?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday—Listen