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Are You Listening with Your Whole Body?

Posted May 05 2014 9:00am

“Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey” (Deuteronomy 5:27).

God gives us signs and hears our prayers we just don’t always stop to listen. Listening means “to pay attention to someone or someone in order to hear what is being said.”

When I worked as an elementary school counselor, I taught six rules to our kindergarten students. The first rule was “We listen to each other.”

We spent several lessons on this rule and talked about six parts of our body we use to listen. They include: eyes (to look at the person); ears (to hear); head (to think); mouth (to keep closed while listening); heart (to feel); and hands (to keep still).

Like the kindergarteners I so joyously taught, we as adults need to utilize all six parts of our bodies to listen to our Savior. Sometimes when we are challenged by life’s detours or disappointments we fail to stop and really listen to God’s message.

Perhaps the day-to-day grind of our chronic illness added to other stressors in our lives has worn us down. This is a perfect time to read the Word, pray, be still, and really hear what God is telling us.

Listening to God is as similar for us as it is for the children I taught. We need to be alert and willing to listen. God does answer us but not always in the timeframe we are seeking nor in the way we expect.

That is the remarkable thing–the Lord listens–in fact He is the perfect listener. We are the ones who need more practice listening to Him for the answers to our prayers, guidance in our lives and paths to choose.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for giving us an amazing body that is capable of listening. Help us to remember to be still at times in order to hear Your message to us. Amen.

About the author Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three children. She is a retired elementary school counselor who discovered her love of writing about 35 years ago. Laura is the disability/chronic illness advocate for her church and also enjoys running a HopeKeepers group. She is writing a book about her illness, dysautonomia: the deregulation of the autonomic nervous system. She had a pacemaker implanted in October 2013 as a result of dysautonomia slowing her heart rate.

Do you have a favorite place you go to really listen and talk with the Lord?

This is “Hello, Lord” with Sara Groves. If you have ever tried to hear God’s voice . . . and then didn’t hear anything. . . you will find comfort in this song. It’s written like a prayer to the Lord, asking Him to speak to you. I hope it blesses you, as we all have those moments when we are trying so hard to hear Him and we are not sure of His voice. -Lisa

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