31 Days of Fishbowl Grace: LISTEN {Day 27}

Today’s catch phrase is

Listen to people’s hearts.

It takes work to be a good listener, doesn’t it? I think being a good listener is somewhat related to personality {introvert vs. extrovert}. Yet in all of us it is an art that must be cultivated and then shared.

Being a good listener is a gift that you can give to others. It takes grace and patience to stand before someone and see past the words that are coming out of their mouth. See into their hearts. Feel something with them. Share the burden and understand beyond what the words are telling you. Maybe we should call it “listening between the lines?”

Something that I have noticed with myself is this: If I perceive someone to not be a good listener, I usually don’t even try to share anything with them. So, on the flip side, I need evaluate that quality about myself as a pastor’s wife. Do I come across to others as a good listener? Am I a safe place for someone to release a burden and know that it will be carefully considered and sympathized/empathized with? It’s really not an issue of whether or not you have the gift of mercy or not {I don’t really}. It’s a matter of giving each person the heart attention that they need.

Now, I’m sure that all of us have found ourselves ‘trapped’ by someone who needs to tell us their whole life story and doesn’t seem to ever run out of things to talk about, leaving you nodding your head repeatedly and wondering how you will excuse yourself and make it to your next appointment without offending them. Of course we need to have boundaries and be able to gracefully keep people from eating up large amounts of time.

But I’m referring more to just being willing to listen to the heart that is right in front of you. Maybe it’s your husband or child. Maybe it’s a fellow staff member. Maybe it’s one of the ones whom you minister to.

Whoever it is and wherever it is, this is a challenge to go beyond surface with people. See past the walls and the cover ups and the personalities. Ask God to give you wisdom and grace to cultivate this very important art in ministry:

Listen to people’s hearts.


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About Leah {Embracing Grace}

Leah Highfill accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a child of God at the age of 18. Originally from the USA, she and her husband moved to the mission field of Canada in 2005, where she served in full time ministry as a pastor's wife for 10 years. During their tenure there, they became dual citizens. Leah and her family recently returned to NC and are currently enjoying a much needed sabbatical for the year of 2015. She homeschools her children {Small Son is 9 and Tiny Daughter is 7} and teaches private piano lessons on the side. She can be found reading, writing/blogging, playing the piano and violin, or ice skating. A friend to ministry wives everywhere, Leah has a passion to inspire hope and to encourage women in their walk with God. Her first book, Expecting Grace, was published in 2013. Expecting Grace is the story of Leah's experience and survival of a life threatening pregnancy, and of many medical and financial miracles along the way. Her second book is currently in process. Join her grace-filled journey right here at Embracing Grace!

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