I, Hereby Resolve to: Listen

In 2018, I, hereby do resolve to:


That is my word for 2018.

What does that mean? I heard the Lord whisper, Listen, to me on a walk right before Christmas.  It was a few days before we were to get together with our dear friends and share our Words for 2018.  I hadn’t thought much about what word I was going to choose.  And then BAM-


flooded my brain and I thought, YES!  That is it.

These past few months have been a season of waiting and listening.  I finished up my work at the church and was looking ahead to what was next.  My word for last year was Rest and Receive,  and I think I learned a ton about what it looks like to rest.  Really rest.

Am I good at it?  Well, let me just say I am getting better.  The Sabbath Society has helped.  Shelly Miller sends an email each Friday to encourage me to rest and practice sabbath rest.  I highly recommend this little blessing that pops in every Friday.

So Rest and Receive is about to segue into Listen.

Listen is a good word.  A hearty word.

In October I had an ear surgery to repair the hearing in my right ear.  Apparently the teeny-tiny little bones in my inner ear calcify and stop vibrating- boo- because that means you can’t really hear. This was the second time I had this surgery on the right ear- the first apparatus slipped and stopped working years ago.  I had the left ear repaired in 2015- Success!- and decided to do a revision surgery on the right ear in October.

It is amazing what doctors can do.  They fold the ear drum back- don’t cut the nerves or puncture the drum, take out the bad bone and put in a little titanium doo-hickey.  It is all kind of like the game Operation….bzzzzz.

So now I have bionic hearing in both ears.  Thank you, Lord.  While I was resting and receiving on the couch, I did a lot of thinking.  I realized that I had been learning about Resting, but was not doing so well on the Receiving.  Recuperating allows for a lot of receiving.

I realized that I am very much a to-do gal.  A gal who’ll get ‘er done!

I also discovered that a lot of my self worth comes from this same activity of getting it done.  Hmmm, let’s insert the word Receive now, and that’s what the Lord began to teach me as I received my self-worth.  My identity from who God said I was. And I listened and listened.

Which brings me back to my word, Listen.  I am asking the Lord to help me listen to Him,

to the word,

to the Holy Spirit.

Listen-really listen.

Like sit still in my chair and just listen.  Usually I am jabbering away all my ideas. Fears. Requests. Questions.

This year I want to just L I S T E N.

Also I want to listen better when I am with Craig or a friend or a family member.  I don’t want to  try and think of what I am going to say next, but instead, I want to listen to what people are saying and let it soak in.

My boss man at church where I worked last year told me that the biggest gift I could give when I met with a gal was: my presence.

My listening.

He was, oh so right.

I can see that played out all last year, and I want to get better at listening.

So with my new bionic hearing, I am going to listen to God.  Listen when I get together with others.  Listen to you, sweet reader.

I’d love to hear from you if there is something you would like me to write about in 2018.  I am going to try and be more diligent in my writing this year- #2018goals

Probably been on my goal list the last five years….argh.

I bought an old school paper calendar and plan to keep my writing goals/agenda in it.

The things I hope to write about in 2018 are:

Things I am learning.

Things I am cooking.

Practicing Hospitality and Celebrating

Embracing your seasons of life

Can’t wait to begin this adventure with you.  I love Sursees, and I think you will love some of the ones I am going to share with you this year.  And maybe we will both get a little better at Listening…. xoxox


  1. Maureen Benke says:

    I hear ya loud and clear, SURSEE Gal!
    God gave us two ears & one mouth – that says a lot,.
    I’d love to read your thoughts on the book you have been reading by Dallas Willard, Divine Conspiracy when you have finished it.
    Happy SURSEE-ing in 2018!

    • Hey gal! Thanks for the encouragement. I will make a post or two about Divine Conspiracy- so good and has helped me grow.
      Glad you will be along for the ride in 2018!

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