Listening to Hear God’s Voice

I have been blessed by this very inspiring devotional today: How Do I Know I Am Called? A Prayer for You.

As Christians, it is our life’s aim to seek the will of our heavenly Father. However, knowing exactly what God wants us to do is not as easy as it sounds. In my younger years, I always wondered why God made it so easy for people to speak to Him, but so hard for them to hear His voice. However, as the years passed by, my relationship with Him deepened then, I began to see just how profound and clearly He speaks to me.

The Lord is constantly speaking to us–giving us directions and answering our questions. Often, we think that He is not hearing us as He is not answering any of our supplications. It is not the Lord who is not speaking, but we who are not hearing. If you want to hear God’s voice, you may need to practice the H.E.A.R.T. exercise (taken from the devotional passage mentioned above).

H – Humble our hearts.
E – Examine our life experiences and current circumstances.
A – Apply our gifts and talents.
R – Read, study and pray the Word of God.
T – Trust in God’s timing and His answer.

Listening: The Greatest Skill a Parent Can Develop

One thing children need from their parents is somebody to listen. Being a good listener is a trait that many people value in their friends and family members, and that is no different in the parent-child relationship. However because of the strong bond parents have with their children, they often feel as though they need to fix all of their child’s problems for them. In reality, the thing that child needs most is somebody to listen objectively to their issues.

JBM Thinks, a parenting blog, recently had a post titled “3 Top Tips to Help Parents Fight the Urge to “Fix” Everything” that I thought was really insightful. The advice that is given by Denny Hagel in this piece will help parents to focus more on listening. Your child doesn’t need you to magically fix all of their problems for them, but they do need you to listen to them when they have something to say.