Sacred Listening is a gift that is continually developed as we grow in our relationship to God. Everyone grows at different rates. What I am doing is giving you one set of skills that can help your growth.
Today consider this affirmation:
Fresh energized listening fills my soul and is helping me grow.
Also consider this passage from Scripture:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27
What do you believe about yourself? What is at the core of your personality? What statements would you make to describe you?
+ I am very determined. + I finish what I start. + No matter what the challenge, I focus and get through it. + I am a seeker of truth. + People respect me and my energy. + I am a giver. + I feel guided by my faith. + I love learning. + I am a nature person, I’m revived in nature. + I am a motivator.
Consider some of these as personal core principals. Which ones would you add? It’s easy to focus on the things that are seeming deficiencies because you want to change them. Try focusing on what you bring to life. Listen to your spirit describing the good that is in you – the God given gifts. You have them – don’t discount them. Take some time to journal the experiences of yesterday and the celebrations of the day.
The less time you have to commune with God the more overwhelmed you will tend to feel. So one of the core principals for all of us should be REST. You need the Spirit of refreshment every day. “Rest” is temporary. It is a break from the work or labor that you are doing. Having one day of rest will not take care of that need in your life. We need to have it regularly. As Christians, we need to take a break from our work. This break keeps your life and health in order.
In Greek, “rest” or anapauo, in an active voice, signifying, “to give intermission from labor, to give rest, to refresh,” Jesus told His followers they needed a break from their labors in Mark 6:30-32
“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.”
Rest is key to Sacred Listening. So take tomorrow or the next day to rest from your labor – as much as you can. You may not get an entire day to rest but take as much time as you can. Read the Word, read a book, take a walk, get out in nature, lay in a hammock, go for a swim, or all of the above.