SO, this year...I prayed about it...and chose LISTEN. I wasn't going to tell anyone. Cuz, well...I am a bit of a chatterbox...and I didn't want any comments (funny or otherwise slightly hurtful) about that particular word. BUT...I did genuinely desire to understand this word better in it's connection to my relationship with Christ.
So...I started doing a Word word study...Listen, Listening, Hears, etc. It was great...and I was relieved to see that God was dealing with me gently...He was helping me understand that LISTEN...had a lot to do with prayer. With hearing His voice...with being aware of the Spirit's guidance. Of course, that does mean that I have to SHUT UP and...er, LISTEN.
Proverbs 15:31 "The ear that LISTENS to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise."
God will just do ANYTHING to shut me up. Hehehehe. I googled healing tongues and (aside from many pentecostal sites) I read that until things heal up it is best to not move it...ie...not talk. SO, I was only allowed to go to Bible Study if I promised not to talk. Every time I talked it bled some more. So, I promised...and it was SO HARD...but I did LISTEN a lot more...and I learned a lot.
"LISTEN to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future."