Listen ~ Five Minute Friday

     My son and I both learned lessons about listening this week. We both yelled. I wish now that I had not. I want to listen more and speak less. I think there is a Bible verse that says just that. But instead of remembering that with the word "LISTEN" pounding my memory, all I come up with is "Listen my child and you will hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere." Though I like that story, it isn't the one I want to share right now. But I think that is still a reflection of my point. When we are focused on our own perspective, it is hard to see what others see, to hear what they hear. Listening, truly listening, helps us focus on what is really important. Because when all is said and done, I'd much rather my son remember the cuddle times, the times I spent playing with him, the times we learned together, than the times mommie yelled. I can't take it back. I wish, then, that he wasn't listening to my anger. I'm working on listening.


  1. Wow, we're on the same track, to be sure. This is so true about trying to remember that perfect verse and it escapes us at our time of need. Your reflection is so honest and I am glad I got to read your words today!

  2. Dear Jennifer
    Oh, I think we have all said way to many words we wished we have never said in the first place!
    Much love

  3. To truly listen can often be a challenge. I have to add that when I started reading your verse from Paul Revere's ride, it brought back memories. My fourth grade teacher used to recite this entire poem to our class. I was always transfixed as I felt like I was right there. Thanks for the memory.

    Blessings and love,

  4. Jennifer~What a great post about listening. I liked your point about being too focused on what we want to say that we can't hear what the other person is saying. I need to remember that.


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