Do You Have A Listening Heart

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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭

Do you have a listening heart?

As a Certified Licensed Counselor, I learned fast to listen with my heart and not just my ears.

When you listen with just your ears, you hear what is being said and then your mind starts thinking of things you may have gone though, and you stop listening, because you cannot wait until the person pauses long enough so you can start talking and soon you are telling your life’s story, and not listening to the one that you are counseling.

First, the person talking needs to be heard. They need words of wisdom and spiritual advice.

They do not need to be beaten down and told that they are awful for having problems or sickness. And yes, they may NOT even need Bible Verses to slap them in the face. (Yes, the time for God’s word will come, in God’s timing.

And if they, for example, they tell you that they lost an eyelash, they do not need to hear that your boo boo is bigger, that you lost two eyelashes.

I have visited the sick in the hospitals and persons in Nursing Homes, and I will tell you now, they do not want to hear that you had the same thing or bigger happen to you. They want you to share hope, and faith with them.

If you are visiting in the hospital make your visits short. The patient does not feel like talking. And if they want to talk, you sit there and listen, because they are needing to share their concerns, not listen to yours.

They need a listening heart, compassion, love and sometimes tough love, but they do not need to hear that your problems are bigger then theirs.

They do not need to hear about your problems at all. Yes, sometimes you need to just listen with not only your ears, but, your heart.

I promise you that one day you will get to share your testimony and how you made it, when the time is right.

But, again, sometimes it is best to just listen. You will find out more, my just being a listener.

See, I do not know it all, and I never will. But, I have known people whom have an answer for everything.

If you asked my advice and God has given me wisdom and knowledge to share, I will share my thoughts with you.

If I do not have an answer, I will tell you, I do not know, but, give me a couple of days and I will see if I can find the answer to your question.

But, I will try my hardest to listen to a person or persons when because they have entrusted their thoughts, heart and soul with me.

I will listen not only with my ears, but, my heart, because,

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭

God Bless Each of You,
Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat

Devotion Written By: Pat Aman
October 1, 2015

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