What We Need To Hear…

Lots of things I want to hear: ‘you look great’, ‘good job’, ‘I’ll take care of it’ – and the list could go on.

I’m learning (very slowly) to check my words before they tumble out. But I’m also learning to listen and see if they are truth. My friends, my hubby, my sweet children, and my perfect grandchildren don’t need words that don’t have the weight of truth – and the security of truth – and the freedom of truth.

God loves us enough to tell us what we need to hear – no fluff. And found in every verse – every carefully chosen word – there’s perfect love. Only a perfect love can speak to our hearts and make them confident, make them secure, make them soar free. “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear.” (1John 4:18 GNT)

This isn’t an easy thing. I would much rather open my Bible and read along only to find the Holy Spirit telling my heart ‘good job, Paris’ – instead of ‘hmm, maybe think about things this way next time’. But that ever so quiet prompting not only changes us, it makes us useful to others.

I tell my grandson on our forays outside: ‘listen to the wind’, ‘do you hear that bird’, ‘the thunder goes boom’. He listens, sometimes cradling his ear. Then I whisper ‘Jesus put those sounds there’. He did – to get our attention – to make us stop – for just a moment. “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish–ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28 HCSB)

We’re heading towards Easter – a celebration that no one should miss. This is grander by far than anything we celebrate, and yet, we sometimes lose it in the baskets and candy. About two thousand years ago the words we need to hear were spoken: “Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30 NIV)

And then, “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” (Matthew 28:6 NIV) Maybe if we keep these words ever constant in our thoughts we won’t long for the words of this world and will rest in the Words eternal.

12 Comments on “What We Need To Hear…

  1. Love this! I shared it on my Hey mom page…this encouraged me today….thanks!

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  2. Encouraging. Love this line, “Only a perfect love can speak to our hearts and make them confident, make them secure, make them soar free.” So important to remember when I talk.

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  3. So glad for His perfect love, and your choice of pictures is great, the bubbles caught my eye, I used them a lot in my Magnificent March. Bubbles are like His anointing, and they do magnify. I enjoyed this, thank, Paris.

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    • I love when God has his son’s and daughter’s on the same page when we express His thoughts 🙂 Glad you liked the bubbles. Blessings as you bask in that Perfect Love…

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  4. Beautiful post, Paris. It’s difficult to check our words BEFORE they spill from our lips. Love what you tell your grandson about the wind. And may we not lose the meaning of Easter in baskets and candy. May we never get over the rescue…our redemption story because of His-story.

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