Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you lost out on something you could have gained by simply listening?
Have you been “listening” to someone, yet working on your ‘to do’ list in your head?
When my son Charlie was young and he wanted to tell me something important, he would start with, “Mom, I want to tell you something, but I don’t want you to say ‘Uh-huh,’ ok!”
Charlie wanted to be heard: for me to stop and really listen to him.
I can relate – I love it when someone really listens to me instead of only waiting for me to take a breath so they can insert their own opinion.
It certainly is hurtful to share a thought or concern and only get a “Uh-huh.” in response.
Being able to not only listen to but to hear someone is a gift that takes lots of intentional practice.
My friend Amy Carroll learned that when she shares an unsolicited opinion, it can actually block God’s revelation. This week, Amy is going to give us four lessons on how to listen so that we can use our voice with a tender heart.
- 𝘼𝙎𝙆 𝙌𝙐𝙀𝙎𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎 𝙒𝙄𝙏𝙃𝙊𝙐𝙏 𝙋𝙍𝙀𝘾𝙊𝙉𝘾𝙀𝙋𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉𝙎
- 𝘾𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙏𝙀 𝙎𝙋𝘼𝘾𝙀 𝙁𝙊𝙍 𝙎𝙊𝙈𝙀𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙉𝙀𝙒
- 𝙁𝙊𝘾𝙐𝙎 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙏𝙃𝙊𝙐𝙂𝙃𝙏𝙎
- 𝘽𝙀 𝙂𝙍𝘼𝙏𝙀𝙁𝙐𝙇
Each one of these four lessons gave me such great insight into my own listening habits. Sometimes I don’t ask questions because I believe I know what they will say.
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I would love to hear which of the 4 lessons that Amy shared resonsated with you the most?
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Amy Carroll is a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries. She’s the author of Breaking Up with Perfect and Exhale as well as the director and coach of Next Step Coaching Services. As a woman who loves a great story and a challenging idea, co-hosting the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast has become one of her favorite things.
Amy and her husband live in lovely Holly Springs, NC where you can find her on any given day texting her two adult sons, typing away at her computer, or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking dinner. Join Amy at amycarroll.org where she’s developing tender hearts and strong voices, or find out more about her speaker coaching services at Next Step Coaching Services