Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My word for 2012...LISTEN: Hilarity Alert!

So, I thought I'd show you my new pixie hair cut...well, that's not really true....but it is cute isn't it?
Anyhew...I have been thinking about God's great sense of humor.  You see, I picked a word to focus on last year.  OBEDIENCE.  I looked for it when I read my daily Bible reading or examined my life.  It was a hard word...but a good word.

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, LISTEN.

Proverbs 15:31  "The ear that LISTENS to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise."
SO,  these two pictures are to show you my cute cut...and my very damaged tongue.  Yup, I tripped over a bunch of shoes in the foyer and SERIOUSLY bit my tongue.  It was flapping on the side...Loverbrains almost made me go get stitches.  It hurt SO BADLY!  But, I figured it was a rather like breaking ribs...nothing much they can do.  I texted my Dad for some first aid suggestions....and he said I probably wouldn't bleed to death.  Very comforting.  Unfortunately, he was busy so didn't stop me from putting camphor on it.  I thought it would numb just stung...a lot. that's some good stuff.  But...I digress...

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 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. 
Today, it's finally feeling a bit better....but I'm scared I might bite it, I'm still not talking much.  Hmmm...very interesting beginning for the word LISTEN.  The future may hold acute laryngitis! HA!

Proverbs 19:20
"LISTEN to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future."


Joyce said...

It's a good word. We're talkers over here too so I understand : )

nannykim said...

So I am wondering if you can eat! I know it is easy to bite the tongue again when chewing. Ahhhh, God does have a sense of humor.....but this sounds painful!! God is amazing --how intimate He can be--it is mind boggling.

Pastor D said...

Next time you ask me a question like, "should I put alcohol based substances on my open wound," you should wait for me to get the message and respond! OW! That had to hurt.

Dad D

Brenda said...

Sorry about hurting your tongue, but love that it fits with your new word! Too funny! Your new haircut looks so cute on you. I wish I could get away with that look!

Barbara H. said...

Ouch! One of my little sisters fell of a swing backwards and bit her tongue severely when she was a kid. I was away in college at the time -- I think maybe she did get stitches. Makes me shudder to think of it. Then when you have anything going on in your mouth, even if you've nipped the inside of your cheek or something, it seems like everything bumps it.