These weekend features are to remind us of all of the INGs of life. The Waiting, the Enjoying, the Believing. The things that make your heart sit up and take notice, or simply take up room in your head all week. Here’s what’s taking up residence this week:
Ah, listening. That thing we try to be so good at, but sometimes just stink at. I’ve been pondering the art of listening a bunch this last year, and it’s still something I think about most days. Listening really is important in so many areas of life — here are a few:
There’s the type of listening we do in prayer, when we do our best to simply be still rather than only ask, praise, or spill our guts. To receive rather than always be the one talking. This is quite possibly the most challenging type of listening for me.
Then there’s the type of listening we do when in a conversation. You know that moment when someone’s talking and we need to focus on what they’re saying rather than formulating our reply or thinking about how we would redecorate the room? Yep, that. And then there’s the age-old problem of interrupting. Wait — can I change my answer? This one’s pretty tough too.
Also, there’s the listening we do when we take in some form of music. Music has its own way of moving us, doesn’t it? Imagine a movie without music. So lame. Imagine worshipping God without it. Weird. Rocking a baby without humming? Double weird.
As I write this post, I’m listening to an album I’ve been wearing out lately. I’ve discovered some of my very favorite musicians because a friend or favorite blogger recommended it. So I’m here to say you should either continue or begin listening to Rend Collective. Their latest offering, The Art of Celebration is already a most beloved collection of songs in my music library.
Anyone else out there love Rend Collective?
During the last week of July you could find me leaning out the side of a horse-drawn carriage taking pictures in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. The palm trees, colors, and history were almost more than I could handle. Three of my favorite things wrapped up into one city? Swoon.
Jeremy and I were across the country celebrating our 15th anniversary for a few days on our very first anniversary trip. It was a dream. So was the Southern hospitality, the food, the Atlantic, and the refreshing time away.
But we’ve been home for two weeks now, which means it’s time to lean into the stretch of life before us. And for me that means a new year of marriage, parenting, homeschooling, ministry, and writing. All things that make me gloriously happy in theory. It’s the fitting it all in part that gets tricky. Not because I’ve said yes to too many things, but because God has said yes to all of them and this girl struggles to make the best use of her time. Is this an issue for you too?
God’s given us all the hours we need in a day to complete the tasks He’s given us to do.
So how are we spending those hours?
This weekend, may we lean into the life and tasks before us, giving the God-given ones the best of our time.