31 Lessons: 9. Listen

So I took the leap a few weeks ago to do this whole 31 day thing, and I have loved the opportunity to share and connect each day. It has been a life-giving experience for me in so many ways.

But it’s also pretty exhausting.

Before this 31-day series began, you know how many posts existed on this wee wittle blog?

22. Over three and a half years. If I do the math (me doing math is scary), that’s like half a post per month.

So by the time I finish this series, I will have written 31 posts in that same period. That’s a six thousand percent increase. Wowzers!! (And thank you, Google, for helping me figure that out.)

I revived my writing because some days I have so much story in me that I could just burst, and now I have the gift of time as I’m at home raising our son to work on it. Thus, the 31-day challenge became my challenge and, as a former teacher and a lifelong learner, lessons the focus.

An interesting result of this series, though–as I half-wittedly alluded to yesterday (truth be told I was also half asleep!)–is that most days I am overwhelmed by what I don’t know. I’m not so sure whether I’ve been called to tell stories of lessons I’ve learned or whether God is teaching me and shaping me as I try to work on this soul thing of storytelling. A still voice is telling me, it’s both. Some days I don’t know all that I’m supposed to share, but I do feel compelled to keep writing. Some days I also feel compelled to shut up and listen.


Thankfully, I have a few days away and a chance to do just that: listen, rest, and be still. In the meantime,  I’ll share some of the things and voices that are speaking to my head and heart, and I invite you to listen along.


In light of the 22 posts that existed before this series? Listen to the words of Proverbs 22 about “thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge.” I promise you that I just discovered this today when counted my posts and went to Proverbs, thinking about lessons and wisdom and seeking the Lord for what to say.

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you? (Proverbs 22:17-21 ESV)

And thirty sayings of counsel and wisdom for my thirty-one day series? God, you are so cool. I’m here. I’m still. I’m listening.

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