the ears that hear your voice


I’m sure all kids think like this, but I’ve always wondered what my parents really think about me. I know I can be opinionated and disagreeable. I spend a lot of time talking to them about my siblings. We talk about how hilarious Erin and Scott are. We talk about how Will is absolutely one of the best men any of us have known.

I know they think I’m a political mess. They think I do too much. They think I married a good man and have crazy kids. All of that is true.

But I haven’t known about what they think about me other than that. I have to infer their thoughts from all the advice they give, and some of those inferences can leave me discouraged.

The last time I was home, my daddy hugged me, and he said, “Amber, you’re tough,” and he squeezed me in his big arms and he meant it – Tough – with everything that tough infers.

Over and over since then, I’ve risen to those words. I hear it repeated: you’re tough.

He blessed me, let what he believed about me go into my ears and transform my heart.

I’m learning that whether we’re speaking them to ourselves, reading them aloud, or receiving them from truth-filled strangers, we must hear our blessings, the truth, to combat lies. I must speak into my children’s ears who they are. That is what it means to bless.

I’m taking a little break here to read this book and to think about some things. I’m learning, too, that if so many words go out over the whole wide world and all its air, I need to make sure I’m taking the time to consider those words carefully, to consider what is true, and to act on truth.

We’re learning about living gospel, and we’re asking ourselves some hard questions. I’ve been ignoring some things for a while.

How are you doing with God? To what are you listening? Are you blessing the ears that hear your voice?

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12 Comments

Janey
Reply April 28, 2010

You will be missed.

Seth
Reply April 28, 2010

You are tough, but not like a bad piece of dry meat or tire rubber. You're tough in a very good-to-hug kind of way, in a way that helps me to dream a little.

You are a good wife.

Christi
Reply April 28, 2010

It is always good to read your words...I am reuniting myself with God as my family goes thru some trials. I am rejecting the devil daily and going to God as with a repentent heart.

Melissa
Reply April 28, 2010

I've been thinking all day about Matthew 12:21...till he brings justice to victory. Can you imagine it? Justice to VICTORY. It makes breathing hard with anticipation. Can't wait to hear your new dreams. I'm dreaming justice dreams too...

V. Higgins
Reply April 29, 2010

"I've been ignoring some things for a while"

I am there dear sister. Take time to marinate, to soak and let the truth deep, deep into your heart. I will be here, attempting to do the same in the midst of the craziness of life.

Elizabeth (@claritychaos)
Reply April 29, 2010

"let what he believed about me go into my ears and transform my heart"

You always get me thinking. There's a bit to unpack here, and this is one I need to come back to a few times and think about it, because I can sense my resistance to answering your question. And if I know anything, it's that when I feel resistance, it means I really need to open.

Shannnon @nwaMotherlode
Reply April 29, 2010

I do that, too. Hear words or phrases over and over in my head. They can be defeating or transforming.

Prayers over to you and thanks so much for always making me dig deep in this room. I love your question, "Are you blessing the ears that hear your voice?" I'm working on it.

Kelly Langner Sauer
Reply April 30, 2010

it is hard for me to quiet-receive these words. i want to respond, to say something similar and spiritual, like "yes, i am thinking these things too, and i need to work on them and think on them," but you have echoed Spirit-whispers and i am left low and silent, open because He has used your voice to tell me i wasn't listening, i wasn't ears to hear His voice. what do i really think of Him? have i told Him? for there is the beginning of the blessing-drop, the place for Spirit-work instead of self-work.

giveaway or not, i am looking forward to your return. i can't help but love you.

Caroline@carolinecollie
Reply May 1, 2010

I am reading the Hole in our Gospel right now, and I wonder if it might be quite similar to the book you mentioned. I think the church as a whole has been 'ignoring some things for a while.' I look forward to hearing you speak up again, tough and tender as you are!

Gwen
Reply May 2, 2010

I love reading this blog. So eloquent.

Esther
Reply May 3, 2010

I still remember simple words my dad spoke at just the moment they were needed (even if I didn't realize it til later)...more that that it was his eyes...he could communicate so much with his eyes.

Just now you helped me hear his words again....much needed, thanks.

Amber2
Reply May 4, 2010

I just love you - and it's not just because we share a name. Thanks for the reminder to listen to God's voice more than any other.

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