Friday, June 14, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Listen

Abby and me at her Mother's Day Muffins (which was also my birthday, as to why she has made me wear a birthday hat)

We're in the pool together playing the color game and so she's essentially trying to read my mind so to avoid getting dumped backwards in the water.

She finally tires and I have her facing me and we are traveling about in the water and I lean in close and simply say,

Tell me your hopes and your dreams.

And she says, "Mama, you always ask me that."

And I think of a thousand responses, but I say only one:

Hopes and dreams change.  I need to keep up with your heart.

And she smiles and she knows I'll listen as she talks about having fun at VBS next week and doing well in fourth grade.

They are expected answers from a fourth grader.  But the day will come when it might be an answer I don't expect and I might be left holding this burden, desiring to make something happen for her that is in her heart but may not be in God's plan for her.  And I'll have to not follow that desire, but still listen.

And so often, the heart cries of those around me stir my very soul.  They make me want to serve up delectable piles of delicious dreams and delicate hopes that fully satisfy.  A fresh platter every new day.

But I remember...this is not my job.

I have been created and placed so to listen.

And pray.

And listen some more.

My job is not to solve problems but to reflect a Savior who can.

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


  1. Oh, this is great! How often I forget that our kids need us just to listen to their hopes and dreams... because they change every day! Loved this so...

    Visiting from FMF!

  2. Dear Jen
    I read the other day that Jesus didn't come to change our fallen world into a paradise although we often think He should. No, He has already done all that was necessary to redeem us and to make everything new! In the meantime we can add a bit of salt by just listening when others share their hearts like your daughter.
    Much love

  3. Jen: Really loved this! An important reminder, especially for a do-er like me. "My job is not to solve problems but to reflect a Savior who can." Thank you!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

  4. My children are much older, Jen, but I still want to listen to their dreams -- and to reflect the Savior who can solve their problems. I'm honored that my daughter who has four children of her own will still share it with me...and is doing her own reflecting.

  5. this is just GREAT, Jen. my little one is too young to tell me her hopes and dreams, but soon she will have a thousand, and i want to hear them all. <3

  6. Once again, you've encouraged me. Love this.

  7. That last Amen. Beautiful, Jen!

  8. I love this...I want to ask this to my children as they grow older! Soooo sweet.

  9. First of all, the photo is darling you look gorgeous. Second, you are so right--my prayer, too, Jesus give me ears to listen better,to YOU first.

  10. I love your photo. Sweet daughter and mama. And most of all I love what you write: "to reflect a Savior ..."

    Lets try that.


  11. Jen~this was a beautiful reflection of your gentle and kind heart. Such a wonderful and wise Mom to want to listen into your daughter's heart and desires. So important to know where they are headed. While we can't change their course completely, we can stir them in the right direction. The direction of their Savior. Simply beautiful, Jen.

  12. Hi Jen! This is my first visit to your blog.

    I loved the line about your not being here to solve problems, but to reflect a Savior who can. That is a wonderful line. And it surely makes you a peaceful person too.

    I will 'join' your blog and hope to get to know you better!

    Peace in Christ,

  13. I see I'm not alone in loving this truth:
    "My job is not to solve problems but to reflect a Savior who can."

    You are beautiful with your listening ears on and with your birthday crown! :-)


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