Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wisdom Wednesday - My Word for 2015






It is popular among bloggers to choose a word for the year.  I've never done it before, but this year, I asked G-d if He had one word He'd like me to focus on.  I was surprised when He gave me the word  
"LISTEN "
He told me to listen in these areas:

His Voice
The Scriptures
My Husband
My Own Spirit 
My Body
Others

I'm gong to writing about these different areas in the weeks ahead, giving the Scriptures and the insights I receive as I listen.  

Listening is important in Judaism.  Part of our weekly liturgy is this passage from Deueronomy, known as the Sh'ma - (King James Version):

Hear, O Israel: The L-rd our G-d is One.


And thou shalt love the L-rd thy G-d with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, 
shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, 
and when thou risest up.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house,
 and on thy gates.

Did you pick up on the first word of this passage?  HEAR...which is another way of saying LISTEN.

Many people are aware of this passage, but pass over what comes in the verses before:

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the L-rd your G-d commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
That thou mightest fear the L-rd thy G-d, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; 
and that thy days may be prolonged.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the L-rd G-d of thy fathers hath promised thee, 
in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

He wants us to hear and obey His commandments, statutes and judgments. He wants us to teach these things to our children.  He wants us to do this because His ways are the ways of love and blessing and long life. In Hebrew, we say "L'Chiam" which means, "To Life"  --  His Ways are the way to live.

Here are the links to the posts mentioned. I will post links as I write them:

Listening to His Holy Word
Listening to His Voice

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6 comments:

  1. A great word choice, Gail! Oh! That as I listen I may truly HEAR His voice speak to my heart! You'll have to check out my word(s), too. It was ONE word, originally, then an adjective. Sort of like when I'm directing actors on a stage, I also tell them HOW I want them to act out a particular thing. Hmmmm . . . yep . . . I'm hearin' you, Lord . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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    1. I loved reading your post, and enjoyed the graphics. I pray your joy will increase and that your new venture will be very successful.
      Thanks for stopping by today.
      Blessings,
      GG

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  2. Listen, that is a word I could have certainly chosen.
    This is my first year to pick `one word` I chose faith.
    I want to grow deep in my faith this year.

    I am visiting from Friendship Friday.

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    1. Faith is a good one, and I pray you grow in that virtue in the coming year. Thanks for stopping by.
      Blessings,
      GG

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  3. Wonderful word. May you hear Him each day as you quiet yourself & Listen. This year I chose "Believe" >>> "Do not be afraid, just believe ...." (Luke 8:50). Have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Blessings to you, and I'm so glad you stopped by today.
      GG

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