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Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger James 1:19 (NLT) You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”

Psalm 10:17

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If you are a social media user, you know about black out Tuesday. It occurred on June 2, 2020.


Millions of Americans refused to post on social media that day. And chose instead to spend the day listening


Listening matters! Why? Because nobody believes you love them until you first listen to them.


We all know the consequences of driving too fast or too slowly. Both can be dangerous. I have never been accused of driving too slowly. (I don’t drive fast. I drive quickly.) But I often find myself listening too slow.


James 1:19 gives us great direction about the speed of listening. It tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. My problem is

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“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.

(Philippians 4:8 NIV)

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Have you ever been to a rodeo and watched a lassoing contest? The little calf bursts from the stall, and then the cowboy and his steed follow in close pursuit. With his lasso in hand, the cowboy swings the rope in the air and attempts to catch the little heifer before she escapes out the corral door at the opposite side of the arena. That is a vivid picture of what we need do with the words that attempt to escape the gate (the mouth). We need to lasso them with the word of truth and rein them in. Throw them down in the dirt and tie them up if necessary.


The Bible teaches us to take every thought

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“Always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily, because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants.”

James 1:19-20

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Every person you know is looking for someone who cares enough to listen. You have heard the saying that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. The truth is that every relationship begins with listening. 


Listening is hard work and something we are not prone to do. I hate to admit it, but I tend to use listening time as time to prepare the brilliant things I am going to say when that person stops talking. Not exactly the loving heart of Jesus, is it?


During these very uncertain times of economic disaster, a global pandemic, and racial tension we can diffuse situations by simply listening.


The woman who has lost her job needs

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We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

(Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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I walk through the door of a room that smells of earth and dirt. The table is rectangular, surrounded by a rainbow of small chairs. My daughter and I are decades ahead of our fellow participants in this clay class. The others are pig-tailed and freckled, dark-headed and clad in neon tennis shoes. “Did you know it would be like this?” she asks. “Nope,” I reply. We grin.


I signed up for this class as part of my resolution to be a tourist in my hometown years ago, long before Covid-19 and social distancing. I wanted to do things I never had before. I’d pictured fellow adults around me, a serious and substantial exercise. Instead, it’s like art class

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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

(Psalm 133:1)

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I’ve got lots of opinions, not gonna lie. You do too, right? I’ll go even one step further by assuming that your opinions and my opinions are not perfectly in sync. Agreed?


Differences of opinion among people are more numerous than grains of sand in the ocean. Disputable matters in the church are no exception. Freedoms and convictions are not the same in every heart. Unfortunately, these areas of contention can cause conflict in our hearts, relationships, and communities of faith if we let them.


My family and I got thrown into a situation once that caused some harm and confusion. The perception and convictions of another was pressed upon us, and the consequences were anything but peaceful. Much of

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Today’s Truth

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

(Acts 17:26-27 NIV)

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When we were new parents, my husband James and I lovingly referred to our baby as “the lump.” Ethan was like a sack of potatoes, not moving an inch unless we helped him. Yet that lump brought us so much joy! But like any baby, he did a lot of crying.


I remember when he was about six weeks old, and he was crying and crying upstairs in his crib. I had all my parenting books cracked open. Was he hungry? Wet? Needing to be held? Too hot, too cold? Sleep deprived, I headed towards his room. He was raising the roof with his loud crying. I walked over to his crib and stood over my screaming lump.


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Today’s Truth

I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear] my voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs).

(Psalm 116:1, AMP)

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“He left me on read.” “She left me on open.” These are a few phrases young people use to describe when they’ve reached out to someone on social media, via direct message or text and the person never responded.


They aren’t positive statements. They’re expressions of frustration about a snubbing-situation of sorts that leaves many a young heart swirling with insecurities, feelings of rejection, and questions. Why? They wonder. Why would she not answer me? Why would he ignore my message?


I’ve seen this scenario seriously stir the pot of teen emotions up close and personally over the years. And, in some ways, I’ve felt tinges of this myself.


We all want to be heard.


We want to be understood, cared about,

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“Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”

(Matthew 18:21–22 NLT)

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One day I received an e-mail from a woman who was still bitter over a statement her husband made to her cousin ten years ago. She and her husband were preparing to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and she was dreading it because of his careless words a decade before. She wrote, “Please pray that God mends this title [sic] piece of my heart that has fallen to the ground.”


The word title was a typo—she meant to type little. To me, it was telling. Friend, we can allow someone’s little shortcomings to become the title of our story, or we can forgive and write a new storyline. Not only does forgiveness change the title of your story, it

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“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate”

(Matthew 19:4–6, NIV)

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Grandma passed away on my twenty-fifth birthday. Of all the women in my life, she best modeled for me steadfast devotion to one’s husband. Grandpa wasn’t perfect, and neither was she, but she remained a devoted wife through wartime, followed by a lifelong marriage. Grandma did, however, have one passion that lured her away from her family. She loved to read. When she needed a break from Grandpa’s big personality (or her rambunctious grandkids), she’d disappear into the bathroom with a library book.


Over the years, Grandma checked out so many books from her local library that she came up with a system to prevent herself from accidentally checking out the same books multiple times. On page thirty-six of

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All the angels are spirits who serve God and are sent to help those who will receive salvation.

(Hebrews 1:14, NIV)

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Diane was visiting in the home of some friends. Time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk home alone. But she wasn’t afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane whispered a prayer asking God to keep her safe from harm and danger.


When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley, she noticed a man standing at the end, as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and

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