"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


more on listening

i have been doing a little searching on my word for the year.

definitions are:
to give attention with the ear (and i say heart)
attend closely for the purpose of hearing
to pay attention
to heed
to obey
to wait attentively for a sound
to listen for sounds of their return

informal definition - to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound: "The new recording doesn't listen as well as the old one."

related forms:

to listen is to try to hear, to hear is simply to perceive with the ear... (i believe it is more)

at least for me it's more...there is a reason for the listening.

there are tons of synonyms:

more later

grace and peace

oh, i got an ipad...doing a little playing on it


Island Buzzy said...

Happy and blessed new year Mary..I really like this post...very thought provoking, what a great new years resolution...to listen! Blessings, Connie

Anonymous said...

Mary, I find it "amazing" you and I have the same word.
It has been confirmed to me 3 times now.. and yours is the first painting I see today too.♥
Blessing.. blessings!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great word for the year...I will enjoy gleaning from you this year. Which is how I started this morning, gleaning from your reading of The Allure of Hope by reading it myself...I kept wanting to say...thank you Mary...because it is hitting me right where I am.

Nancy said...

Powerful word, my friend......between your word of Listening and my word of Communication we have about covered the gamet ....I can't wait to see how these words unfold for both of us during this coming year.....

Love ya,

Bevie said...

You know we say we hear, but many times we aren't really hearing what's being said...So listening is something we really need to learn more about...I have yet to pick my word. Blessings my sweet sister. Bevie

Sarah (Nikki) said...

congrats on the ipad. I have one and love it. You can download the coolest apps and do so much. Listening....a great word for me to think about. Thanks Mary...it's gonna be a great year.

Bren said...

I'm sure you had a great Christmas, and here's to a fab new year.
love the journal pages, it's great to see your art again after your break. Here's to a creative new year!

caryjo said...

My husband is a significant "listener".. I tend to float too quickly and have a mind that is running. I am so blessed to be with a "Listener".

Kim Mailhot said...

Hmmm...listening is a deep, inside word somehow, Mary. Big work for the seeking heart.
May what you hear be full of grace and joy, and above all Love.

Happy New Year !