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Hearing - Monday Manna

I'm hosting Monday Manna this week :)

The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Linky gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

Here's this week's verse.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Mine are below.


I'm a chatterbox. Ask anyone I know. Whether it's with my friends or family, in person or over the computer or phone, it's rare that I don't have something to say. You could say it's my personality. I love to talk.

I'm told I'm not too bad of a listener either. I'm not so sure, though. I've been thinking about, almost analyzing, my conversations lately. It seems that I'm much more likely to be thinking about my next response to a conversation instead of paying attention to what others are saying to me. And my replies often have more to do with yours truly than what the other has to say.

Sometimes, my relationship with the Lord is similar. I'm too busy asking the Lord for things that I don't hear His voice. My heart is too wrapped up in myself to keep it open to listen. And He wants to talk to me. He wants me to come to Him.

I need to quiet myself so I can hear the Lord speaking to my heart. If I don't, I won't have the opportunity to come to Him with the right attitude.


Thanks for reading. Please link up in the gadget below with your own thoughts and read others' contributions. I'm sure you'll be blessed.

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. I think my biggest problem is letting my emotions get the best of me. I can't hear God's voice when my emotions are so overpowering that I let them grip me and rob me of what God wants to be in me. All too often I listen to lies in my head that say I'm no good. I know it's not true. I know I am a child of the King. I believe in Jesus and have for 34 years. I've read the bible many times over, immersed myself in bible studies, prayer, putting His promises into action, biblical research and journaling
    I know God/Jesus. He knows me. We are well acquainted. He is my Everything.
    I'm just trying to be honest. Emotions can be incredibly powerful. My prayer is too have such a strong focus on God that it overpowers emotional outbursts in my head.
    Sigh... I want to be the woman God wants me to be.

    God Bless You,

  2. As many times as I've read Psalm 27 (and it was a lot last fall) I never read it in the NLT so I missed the directness of this verse. Many thanks for sharing. And now, since a little one just got me up and (then went back to sleep) I think I'll have a little quiet time. ;-D

  3. I find it facinating to see how God speaks to each of us differently with the same Scripture.

  4. Me too, Vonnie! That's one reason I like Monday Manna so much.

  5. Thanks for this prompt and the encouragement, Jo. Excellent, heart tugging devo and a perfect Scripture to start the week.

    OK. I posted a link to my first Monday Manna contrib at FW. Here's hoping I did it right!!!

  6. Oh Joanne, we are so much alike! I too am a talker but had to learn to be a good listening when I was counseling. But as soon as my work was done, I talked and talked!!
    Can't wait to meet you someday:)

  7. Good to see you choose this one as a Monday Manna verse. As you know I love it so much that I did a WFW post on it. Hope you don't mind if I link to it.

  8. I just posted something similar on my Monday Manna intro...
    I'm thinking I'm gonna listen more and talk less. It'll take some discipline, but I can do it.

    Thank you for this. :)

  9. I am SO much a talker! Thanks for the reminder to be still and listen for His voice!


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