Listen, learn, lean

Listening is an interesting exercise – it requires us to be attentive, engaged & present with the person to whom we listen. It’s also an interesting thought to consider that we learn the best when we listen & not just talk.
In all of this, my most important focus is to listen to God, learn from God & lean into God. For me, I find that I lean & trust in God best when I’m learning from & listening to God. It’s also the converse for me that when I’m not listening to or learning from God, I find it more difficult to lean & trust in God. So lets be great learners, listeners & “leaners” ūüôā

some happy thoughts

¬†As I was helping a friend yesterday, she really encouraged me with a few things that could also be helpful to you, particularly if you’re in a rough season.¬† One of the 1st things she said to me¬†asked me¬†about was¬†the beautiful day that we were having – this immediately adjusted my focus because I had been stressed out about a few things.¬† Because she asked me this question, I had to shift my focus away from my frustrations & answer her question to me.¬† This was a great interruption that helped me to immediately get some better focus.¬† Additionally, even though we were in a potentially dangerous situation, she was super calm, reassuring & stable.¬† Frankly, I don’t think she knew that I was upset or rattled.¬† Nevertheless, she¬† was very soothing & seemed to diffuse some of my anxities.¬† Finally, as I walked away from her she was graceful & encouraged me to have a great evening.

I don’t think that this lady has any idea that God used her to help settle my nerves, but its interesting how just some small exchanges with various people can make big differences in our outlooks & behaviors.¬† Here are a few concluding happy thoughts:

  • look around for some good things – God always has something good to find when we look for it
  • it seems to me that when you encourage & say nice things to others that you will invariably be blessed as well
  • look up – David in Psalms always encouraged himself with the directive to put his trust in God, Who is indeed trustworthy :)n