Listening when Life Is Loud

It's barely 8:30 a.m. and I've already heard from a friend whose husband is stuck in the floods raging in Louisiana and from my daughter who had made the difficult choice to step away from something she loves because she knows it is the best decision. I saw the doctor yesterday and there are a few minor health questions we haven't yet found answers for. And that's just the past day .... life is hard, y'all. So many needs and hurts and sorrows. And I ache for all of them. Sometimes my world is ... [Read More]

Learning to Listen

In March I was saying, "If we can just get through April, then we will have some space to breathe."  But May brought with it the chaos of end-of-school and final exams and one more show choir production and cheerleading fittings and graduation and parties ... and then it was June.  Really?  June, already?  Wasn't it just yesterday I was finding a new longing to listen, to learn the practice of stillness?  And now, it's June.  2013 is nearing the halfway point. This past weekend Scott and I ... [Read More]

When What You Really Want Is Space
{a God-sized dreams post}

Holley asked us to answer this question: What do you want more of in your life? Space.  I want more margin and room to breathe. Yesterday I had a beautiful conversation with a fellow dreamer, Kris.  God has birthed a vision in our hearts, a shared desire to offer encouragement to women.  As we chatted about some of the specifics of how this hope inside us might come to fruition, we discussed the need all women have—but most ignore—for space.  How we need time and room to rest, to dwell ... [Read More]

A Time of Waiting

As I'm learning to listen this year, the Lord is teaching me something amazing. He slows me so He can show me. That slowing isn't punishment or discipline, it's a gift He offers.  Sadly though, I think it's a gift we reject far too often.  We'd rather be busy, accomplishing, working, straining, pushing.   Oh we say we wish we could slow down, could find quiet spaces to hear from Him, but most of us don't really want that.   We are afraid. Afraid of what He'll say. Afraid of what He'll ... [Read More]

What We Say

  Another great quote I've found about listening.  I've been thinking a lot about how what we say is influenced by what we hear. How do you find your speaking influenced by your listening? ... [Read More]