Do You Hear This Enough?

by Michelle Acker on January 16, 2013

in Learning the Art of Living,Thought Provoking

I’m crazy excited to share with you the BIG things happening for our MamasWrite 2013 Blog Conference! This year we’ve got a NEW location, new NAME, NEW website, and we’re hosting 2-day Conference for you!  Here’s a hint at one of the Big announcements coming Monday:  It’s not just about mamas anymore! Here’s another hint: At MamasWrite, we love Texas bloggers, and we’re also making room for bloggers from other states too! Follow us on Facebook, & Twitter @MamasWrite or #MamasWrite.  We hope you’ll come experience our Texas style hospitality for yourself. I’d personally love to meet each and every one of you and give you a great big hug!  Our MamasWrite mission is “To Know God and Make Him Known!” and in just 4 days we get to share with you how we get to do that. I can’t wait!

Do You Hear This Enough?

Lately, I’ve been taking a few minutes to sit with a nice, steaming bowl of soup, and read a book on my lunch breaks.  Trying to be more intentional than just sitting at my desk and eating as I work.  It seems counter-intuitive, but taking breaks actually makes you more productive. Did you know that?  While you might lose the minutes, you actually accomplish more when you’re finished, because your body is refueled, re-energized, and your mind has had a few minutes to rest.  It’s amazing what a difference it makes in my day!

While waiting for my soup to cool yesterday, I read something perfectly thought-provoking to share with you today.

“It’s interesting to note that Luther argued that Scripture was meant to be heard with the ears more than read with the eyes.   Our hearts are most transformed and challenged, he thought, when we hear the Word of God.  Science has proven the validity of Luther’s insight.  When we hear Scripture read, our minds are more active than when we are just reading with our eyes.”

~Gary Thomas, Sacred Pathways-Discover your soul’s path to God

 

This past summer I spoke to a local moms group here.  In preparing for my talk, I was working to memorize part of 1 Peter, and I kept saying it out loud over an over in rehearsing my speech.  I have to agree with Luther.  Hearing the Word brings it to life in a whole new way.  And SAYING it?  Reading it out loud?  For me there’s even another layer there… feeling the words rumble to life and flow out of my vocal chords.  Hearing them in my own ears.  It’s really amazing.

So… What do you think?   Do you HEAR the Word enough?

Something to think about…

 

 



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley Ditto January 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

This post blessed me! Your blog is truly amazing.

LuAnne January 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Oh my – since I’m the first link, I suppose you’re the post immediately before mine!

I absolutely agree that hearing the Word touches a part of us that simply reading it with the eyes does not. Speaking those words really does bring them to “life”.

~Peace,

LuAnne

Angie @ In Bloom January 16, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I so have to agree with this! During my prayer time I sometimes feel like I just cannot get the Scripture I’m reading so I have to read it out loud and immediately it feels like it touches deep inside me. It is amazing how big a difference reading out loud can make.

Cathy January 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I agree reading Scripture out load makes a huge difference. I often find myself reading out loud when it doesn’t seem to be sinking in. Love the quote too.

jean wise January 17, 2013 at 6:05 AM

good post. Had to smile since I am reading Thomas’ book too!

Sharon January 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Thanks for sharing that quote! I can truly relate to this. I usually do not open the Bible during the church service because I feel that I get more out of the reading when I just listen to it read out loud. I will have to practice that more at home as I am doing my daily reading.

Amy January 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

Sylvia January 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The more ways we soak in the Word of God, the better!

Laurie Collett January 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Good point! Seeing, hearing, writing, and reading aloud the Word can all help to hide it in our hearts. Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters January 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Great thought about hearing scripture. The best reminder for me today, though, was your reminder to take breaks. I love herbal tea but get too busy and forget to take a break. I stepped away from the computer and made myself a cup of herbal tea. Thanks so much, Michelle! 🙂

Ronda @ Following Our Leader January 18, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Thanks for hosting the Link-up! Thanks also for your encouragement in the Word! God bless and have a wonderful week!

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