November. Something about entering and living into this month has felt relieving. Everything in nature is slowing down to a slumber-like quiet, drawing me into that same slow pace. Trees are being stripped of their glory, the cold barren ground sits still, silently stirring below. There is movement, but life is more hidden and simple, unrushed. It’s suddenly a world where the word hustle seems out of place to me (honestly I’ve never liked the word that much anyway). But slow… slow feels intentional, reflective, creative, relieving. It is space to let my heart breathe and my mind expand. To listen and choose my “yes” with thoughtful consideration from a tuned-in heart.
In slowing down, I hear. And when I hear my Spirit-led heart, I can choose better.
I can choose life.
And right now, for me, that is choosing simple things and being narrowly intentional with my yes. To help with choosing well, I desire to keep listening and to listen more intently. To listen to the Holy Spirit, to listen as my mind and heart are guided by Him, to listen to other’s more carefully, to hear the needs within and without. Better choosing starts with better listening and greater awareness. And choosing well will lead to more soul abundance.
But it’s hard to choose well when we are not listening to the Holy Spirit and the ways He has uniquely designed us and is leading us! Take it from someone who used to chronically get lost in the ways, personalities, and needs of others, who couldn’t always distinguish who she was and who God was from those closest to her. If I wasn’t caring, I was fearing and reacting. I was often lost in my own emotions, a stubborn girl who wouldn’t always bend her ear to the Holy Spirit and believe His voice over all the other voices. But “He gives grace to the humble.” And I’ve been humbled time and time again, brought low to receive grace. God’s immeasurable and precious grace has gripped my heart and continues to in ways that I can’t even describe, awakening me to Him, to His love, to my true self, to a heart surrendered with only a “yes” on my lips.
Heart-surrendered is a daily thing, it is a building thing, just like a relationship. We must bend our ear, listen to God’s Spirit, talk to Him as our closest friend, receive grace upon grace, walk in the truth, and pursue relationship and intimacy as if our very lives depended on it… because truth be told, they do! In surrender we say yes as He leads and His Word gives us the direction. We say yes even in the face of our contrary feelings and challenging circumstances, believing for grace.
So let’s choose quietness and listening as a necessary rhythm of life. Let’s slow down enough to hear what we really need to choose. Let’s make our “yes” truly count in building a life worth living while preparing for eternity.
How can you create space to hear God? Where are there pockets of time in your day to talk and listen… driving to the store, out on a walk, cleaning the bathroom? The praise-worthy truth is that the relationship available to you and me isn’t a compartmentalized one. He is always within ear shot. He said He will never leave us or forsake us. He is eagerly waiting for your thoughts, fears, devotion, and for your listening ear so your “yes” can better reflect the life, love, and goodness of our Savior more and more! Take some time to look at what you are really saying yes to, and give God space to change and direct your heart. Hand in hand with Him, learning to listen and choose well.
“Like a raging river, like a rushing storm, you break down my heart.
When the quiet comes, I can feel your love. You break down my heart.
I am listening, I am listening.
Every cell in me must respond to the rhythm of Your heart.
Every cell in me must respond to the hope within your arms.”
– United Pursuit, Every Cell