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Adding Intentionality | Episode 2

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April 9, 2018
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Alicia Britt Chole: The Sacred Slow

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Adding Intentionality | Episode 2

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  • absolutely committed to being there for you,
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  • especially when you needed it most?
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  • We were actually never meant to walk through this life
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  • with anything less.
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  • Hi, I'm Alicia Britt Chole.
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  • We live in a hurried age
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  • where faster has become a synonym for better
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  • and experience has become a substitute for relationship.
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  • The problem is that faster experiences don't create
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  • better relationships with people or with God.
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  • For over 30 years I've been providing intentional mentoring
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  • to learners and leaders around the globe and we're all facing
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  • a similar challenge.
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  • We need to rediscover the sacredness of slow.
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  • I invite you to unhurry your day, to unclutter your heart,
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  • and to remember the satisfying simplicity of relationship with
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  • a God who never wanted to use, let alone exhaust, you.
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  • He has always wanted to love you.
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  • Welcome to my home.
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  • (Alicia) Do you remember your very first job?
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  • Maybe it was working in a restaurant,
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  • mowing lawns, babysitting,
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  • or delivering the paper when it used to be paper.
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  • Mine was occasionally helping my mom do inventory
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  • in an automotive store in Texas which is more than
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  • a little amusing because counting isn't exactly
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  • my primary gifting cluster.
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  • And most of my life when people have asked me what kind of car
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  • I drive, I've told them the color: "My car is blue."
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  • Thankfully, our first jobs are not always indicators
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  • of our future professions.
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  • But they do teach us a lot.
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  • One of the things I learned through my first few jobs was
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  • that the most important task to my boss was the one
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  • they always mentioned first.
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  • At the very top of every list was the one thing I needed
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  • to always do or to do before I did anything else.
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  • The same is true in the job description of a Jesus follower.
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  • In Mark 3:13 through 15, we read that
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  • "Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him
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  • "those he wanted, and they came to him.
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  • He appointed 12, designating them apostles,"
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  • and here comes the job description,
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  • "that they might," number one, "be with him
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  • and that he might send them out to," number two, "preach,"
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  • and number three, "have authority to drive out demons."
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  • The first and always job description of a Christ follower
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  • is being with Jesus.
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  • Almost 2.000 years later, God's longing is unchanged.
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  • What does he want first and always from his disciples?
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  • He wants us to be with him.
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  • Nearness with God is possible.
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  • It's his longing and it's ours.
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  • Nearness with God is attainable.
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  • It's just not accidental.
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  • One of the antonyms of accidental is intentional
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  • and that's our theme in this episode of
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  • "The Sacred Slow," "Spiritual intentionality."
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  • One of the first gifts God gave to me after he interrupted
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  • my atheistic existence was mentors.
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  • My first mentor's name was Sister Cash.
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  • She and her husband used to have prayer meetin' for the youth
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  • on Thursday nights.
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  • We'd sing and they'd teach and we'd pray for the nations.
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  • And as everyone else was leaving, I'd linger and I'd say,
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  • "Sister Cash, I have a question."
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  • So they'd take me back into the kitchen,
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  • find a few more cookies, pour me another glass of milk
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  • and I'd pour out my heart.
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  • With each and every question, they would take me to the Word.
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  • I'm pretty sure they prayed me through university
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  • on their knees.
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  • My second mentor's name was Donna.
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  • She was a brilliant Bible teacher.
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  • For four years Donna met with me almost weekly to invest her love
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  • for God's Word in me.
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  • She taught me how to study: word studies, character studies,
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  • book studies, thematic studies, and exhaustive studies.
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  • My first mentors' intentionality gave my new faith roots
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  • and wings so it's no surprise that over 30 years later,
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  • my husband and I are both at our core people-growers.
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  • Over the decades, some have called us mentors,
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  • spiritual directors, or healthy soul coaches.
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  • Whatever the label, our focus is guiding learners and leaders
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  • into intentional and sustainable intimacy with God.
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  • And after all these years, I'm more convinced than ever
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  • that God wants to mentor you personally.
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  • If a child were to come to you and say, "I'm thirsty,"
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  • what would you do?
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  • I can guess what you wouldn't do.
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  • You wouldn't say, "Well, kid, it rains around here so just keep
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  • "your chin up, keep your eyes on the sky, do your best
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  • "to position yourself under promising clouds and hopefully
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  • you'll catch enough to survive."
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  • That would be a ridiculous response.
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  • It would be unkind and even negligent.
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  • When our kids were little, they'd look up at my husband
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  • with their enormous eyes and say, "Daddy, I'm thirsty."
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  • And in response, Barry would pour a pure thirst-quenching
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  • substance into a clean transferrable form
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  • and hand deliver it to them with love in his eyes.
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  • That's the response of a good dad.
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  • That's the response of a kind soul.
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  • But sometimes we're not sure that's the response
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  • of God toward us.
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  • When we from our very depths cry, "God, I'm thirsty,"
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  • often our self-counsel, our self-talk, is, "Well, chin up.
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  • "It rains around here from time to time.
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  • "I just need to keep my eyes on the heavens and keep going.
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  • "Try to position myself under promising clouds
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  • and hope for the best."
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  • And so, on we go, deadline to deadline, meeting to meeting,
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  • project to project, event to event, faithful and serving
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  • in the hope that we'll get what we need on the run.
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  • In the hope that we'll somehow grow on the go.
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  • God wants to mentor you intentionally as opposed to
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  • randomly, through occasional raindrops that fall in favorable
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  • seasons that you can somehow skillfully catch on the run
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  • while you're serving.
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  • Jeremiah 29:11 is surely among the most beloved of verses,
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  • "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord."
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  • We find the quote comforting and we should.
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  • But God in this sentence says something quite startling.
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  • God said that he has a plan,
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  • a mahkshava in Hebrew,
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  • a thought, an intent, an invention for you.
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  • And that plan is to prosper you.
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  • Prosper is translated from the Hebrew, shalom,
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  • which is defined as peace and completeness.
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  • Whatever your circumstance,
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  • whatever it is you're facing right now,
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  • God has a personalized plan for your peace.
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  • God intends your custom completion.
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  • There's nothing chaotic about God's care for you.
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  • He is intentional toward you.
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  • And the hope of this entire "Sacred Slow" series is to grow
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  • the muscles of our intentionality toward God.
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  • (male announcer) We want to go, grow, and know faster than ever before,
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  • but faith and relationships take time.
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  • That's why, in appreciation for your gift of $40 or more,
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  • we want to send you your own copy of "The Sacred Slow,"
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  • allowing you to walk alongside Alicia
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  • on this journey of intentional growth.
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  • And to help your journey even further,
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  • we will also send you her enlightening book,
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  • "Forty Days of Decrease."
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  • Together, these books will help you deepen
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  • and strengthen your relationship with your creator.
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  • Call or go online today.
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  • (Alicia) One of the ways we grow our intentionality toward God
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  • is by developing the discipline of listening.
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  • Cover to cover, Genesis to Revelation,
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  • God calls his people to listen.
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  • And it's entirely okay if you just had a reaction
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  • to that sentence.
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  • Maybe you felt anticipation and thought,
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  • "Oh, I love listening for God's voice."
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  • Or perhaps you felt irritation and thought, "God, help me
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  • "but it drives me nuts when people say, 'God said this,'
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  • "and 'God said that.'
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  • "How do they know what God said?
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  • How do they know they didn't just make it up in their minds?"
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  • Or maybe you felt a bit of shame and thought, "Everybody else
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  • "seems to be able to hear God but me.
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  • What's wrong with me?"
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  • For the next few moments I'd like you to consider
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  • the possibility with me that especially when it comes
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  • to spiritual growth, hearing and listening
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  • aren't necessarily the same thing.
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  • The first definition of "to hear" is to have
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  • the capacity of perceiving sound.
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  • The first definition of "to listen"
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  • is to pay attention to sound.
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  • Physically, we can hear without really listening
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  • and the same is true spiritually.
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  • Hearing doesn't mean that we're listening.
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  • What then does it mean to truly listen?
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  • Here on one level I'm hearing many different sounds:
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  • the rustling of leaves, some walnuts dropping
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  • from the trees, a cow in the distance,
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  • and our chickens on the hill.
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  • On another level, though, I'm listening for something
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  • that a microphone can't capture: the influence of God.
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  • How encouraging it is for common souls like mine that listening
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  • for the voice of God is not an elitist skill reserved for those
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  • with perfect pitch or acclaimed lives or even the ability
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  • to physically hear.
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  • Ever since God breathed into us the breath of life
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  • in Genesis 2:7, our divinely touched dust has been honored
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  • with a standing invitation to listen for our creator.
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  • Personally, I have never heard God's voice
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  • with my dust-formed ears.
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  • But I still listen.
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  • I'm not listening to hear; I'm listening to love.
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  • The writings of Jeremiah reveal the stunning power of listening.
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  • In Jeremiah 25:3 through 4,
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  • Jeremiah said, "For 23 years--from
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  • "the 13th year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah
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  • "until this very day--the word of the Lord has come to me
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  • "and I have spoken to you again and again,
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  • "but you have not listened.
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  • "And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets
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  • to you again and again, you have not listened or paid attention."
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  • And then a few verses later in Jeremiah 25:7 through 9
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  • God said, "'But you did not listen to me,'
  • 00:11:43.050 --> 00:11:46.270
  • "declares the Lord, 'and you have aroused my anger
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:50.290
  • "'with what your hands have made,
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  • "'you have brought harm to yourself.'
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  • "Therefore the Lord Almighty says this:
  • 00:11:56.170 --> 00:11:59.210
  • "'Because you have not listened to my words,
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  • "'I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant
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  • "'Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,' declares the Lord,
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  • and I will bring them against this land.'"
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  • This is the flow of events revealed in Jeremiah 25.
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  • Not listening led to idolatry, and idolatry led to exile.
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  • Evidently, listening strengthens a soul to not bow down to idols.
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  • Listening safeguards a heart against spiritual adultery.
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  • But the choice to not listen is really a choice
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  • to postpone obedience.
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  • Not listening is perhaps the first symptom of lovelessness.
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  • Listening, on the other hand, is a posture of attentiveness.
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  • When we listen, we acknowledge and honor the presence
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  • of someone besides ourselves.
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  • Listening is a form of connecting.
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  • It nurtures a teachable spirit.
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  • Not listening is not.
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  • Not listening is a posture of arrogance.
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  • It ignores the contribution of others.
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  • Not listening is a form of separation.
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  • It breeds a rebellious spirit.
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  • In Jeremiah 25:7 God said that not listening was how his people
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  • brought harm to themselves.
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  • A lot has changed since that time
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  • but two things have not.
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  • We still struggle to listen and not listening is still dangerous
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  • for our souls and our communities.
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  • Maybe we give up on listening too quickly because we think
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  • that if we don't hear anything it's not working
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  • or we just don't know how to make it work.
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  • But in spiritual growth, the goal of listening
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  • isn't hearing; it's paying attention.
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  • My husband and I steward a prayer retreat home
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  • on a few lakeside acres.
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  • Every month we give each other a day to go there and pray.
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  • My favorite prayer bench overlooks a series of beautiful
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  • rock shelves and during spring rains they form
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  • little cascades of waterfalls.
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  • I've noticed over the years that when I'm there even though I'm
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  • surrounded by beauty, it often still takes me a few hours
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  • to really see and appreciate what's all around me.
  • 00:14:22.280 --> 00:14:27.100
  • Why?
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  • Because the thoughts in my head are sometimes so loud,
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  • it hinders my ability to pay attention, to listen,
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  • to truly see, to truly be.
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  • Listening means that we quiet the noise in our thoughts
  • 00:14:41.090 --> 00:14:45.000
  • and purpose to pay attention and the glorious mystery is
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  • that listening for God holds power whether or not
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  • anything is heard.
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  • The Sacred Slow is an ongoing invitation to truly listen and
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  • truly listening is a challenge faced by every generation
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  • of God followers.
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  • Even surrounded by paradise on earth,
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  • humankind chose not to listen.
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  • In Genesis 2:16 through 17,
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  • God said, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
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  • "but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge
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  • "of good and evil, for when you eat from it
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  • you will certainly die."
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  • No parables, no hidden meanings, not even a riddle.
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  • God's voice was as clear as a bell.
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  • Then Satan spoke the infamous, "Did God really say," and with
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  • one well-placed interrogative, the deceiver
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  • called into question Eve's ability to listen.
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  • His tactics today remain the same but they're especially
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  • effective when we, like Eve, stand close enough to
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  • forbidden fruit for Satan to use it as a speaking prop.
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  • Adam and Eve had heard God's audible voice.
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  • They heard but they didn't listen.
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  • So what does it mean to listen to God?
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  • Listening is a posture of spiritual attentiveness.
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  • It's a spiritual discipline that says, "God, I believe you
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  • "are near, and I will honor you with my attentiveness
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  • whether or not I ever hear you speak."
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  • Today, may we offer to God what he has already given to us
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  • abundantly: intentionality, as we gladly fulfill the first
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  • job description of a Jesus follower: being with him.
  • 00:16:42.280 --> 00:16:48.180
  • 00:16:50.020 --> 00:16:57.020
  • (Alicia) God is intentional toward us.
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  • There's absolutely nothing haphazard or careless about how
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  • he engages with us, how he interacts with us,
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  • how he cares for us.
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  • And the entire purpose of this movement is to grow the muscles
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  • of our intentionality toward God.
  • 00:17:22.080 --> 00:17:24.290
  • So I want you to think about the teaching that we've given today.
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  • What stood out to you the most?
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  • I think you gave the illustration in nature that it
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  • takes a moment to begin to hear what's around us,
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  • to quiet the other voices to where we hear
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  • the birds chirping, the leaves rustling.
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:41.030
  • And as we move into our quiet time with God, it takes that
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:43.220
  • same intentionality to move from hearing to listening where
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  • we block out the other voices and we hear what God is saying.
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  • Yes, thank you so much, Aaron.
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  • Sara, how about you?
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  • I think the idea that God is not haphazard in his plans
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  • for me or in how he pours into my life.
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  • Sometimes it can seem like the world is chaotic around me
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  • but to know that God has an intentional plan toward me
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  • is really, really great.
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  • (Alicia) Yes, thank you. Sevo?
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  • I think it can be the same as Sara.
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  • He knows what's going on and he knows what I need in the season
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  • and he's very intentional toward me in that moment.
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  • Hm-mm, yes, what a relief.
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  • There's nothing chaotic.
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  • I think about a gardener, I think about my husband
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  • when he's gardening.
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  • He doesn't just go outside and just throw seed in the air.
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  • He is so incredibly intentional about where he places everything
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  • and how he attends to everything, and the same
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  • is so true with our God.
  • 00:18:34.030 --> 00:18:36.060
  • In each of the chapters in the book, the teaching is
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  • followed by two optional responses, as you know.
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  • There's a thought-focus and then there's also an exercise.
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  • And the exercise focus in this particular movement
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  • is one of intentionality.
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:51.050
  • It's called "A Personal Inventory,"
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  • and there's four different chapters that guide us
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  • through listening but in a different kind of way.
  • 00:18:55.180 --> 00:18:58.170
  • Now, most of the time, when we think about growing, when we
  • 00:18:58.180 --> 00:19:01.270
  • have a New Year's resolution, when we have a self-improvement
  • 00:19:01.280 --> 00:19:05.000
  • list, we begin it earth up, with what we can see and what
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:09.010
  • we're disappointed in, what we don't like.
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  • And so we build something from the ground up.
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  • The personal inventory differs a bit because, instead of
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:17.000
  • beginning ground up, earth up, we listen heaven down.
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  • We ask God what his thoughts are.
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  • We ask him to lean our thoughts in his direction.
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  • And, Aaron, you said that so well.
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  • There is a difference between hearing and listening.
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  • You have to settle in to listen.
  • 00:19:31.270 --> 00:19:34.050
  • So let's talk about that just in our relationships and see what
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  • we can learn about listening to God.
  • 00:19:37.230 --> 00:19:40.000
  • How do you know when someone's not listening to you?
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  • Keona?
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:46.190
  • Well, from the physical side, you can kind of tell by where
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:48.290
  • they're looking and where their body is turned,
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:51.220
  • their facial expressions and how they react to what you
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:56.010
  • are saying or what you are doing.
  • 00:19:56.020 --> 00:19:58.100
  • And how does it feel when you know someone's there physically
  • 00:19:58.110 --> 00:20:03.100
  • but they, emotionally, are on a different planet?
  • 00:20:03.110 --> 00:20:05.170
  • What does that feel like, anyone?
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:08.220
  • I think it limits what I wanna share.
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  • If I don't know if you're engaged, it almost cuts off my
  • 00:20:10.250 --> 00:20:13.220
  • voice from you and I don't know how much more I should share in
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:16.290
  • that moment because it doesn't seem like you're perceiving
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:19.090
  • what I'm saying or you're interested in what I'm saying.
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:21.210
  • Wow, okay, I loved--I love that.
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  • It hinders what you want to share.
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  • That's tremendous.
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  • Anybody else?
  • 00:20:28.140 --> 00:20:29.240
  • I feel less valued.
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  • I feel like whatever their mind is on is more important
  • 00:20:31.130 --> 00:20:34.180
  • at that moment than what I'm saying is or that I am.
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:38.170
  • It feels personal.
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  • And whether or not I even understand,
  • 00:20:40.260 --> 00:20:42.120
  • I think about, like, a child, whether
  • 00:20:42.130 --> 00:20:44.180
  • the child even understands everything the parent is saying,
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:47.080
  • that posture of attentiveness, well, just melts us, doesn't it?
  • 00:20:47.090 --> 00:20:51.030
  • It absolutely.
  • 00:20:51.040 --> 00:20:52.280
  • And so by nature, I think probably one of the greatest
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:55.280
  • challenges of listening is we tend to only value
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:58.190
  • it if we hear something.
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:00.250
  • And we don't think about how listening is a discipline,
  • 00:21:00.260 --> 00:21:04.100
  • whether or not there's anything quantifiable that we
  • 00:21:04.110 --> 00:21:07.190
  • can write down afterwards that we heard.
  • 00:21:07.200 --> 00:21:11.170
  • We have a special challenge in our day because our day
  • 00:21:11.180 --> 00:21:14.200
  • is filled with so much noise, naturally.
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:18.130
  • How do you feel about silence?
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  • Just pure silence.
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  • How does that make you feel, Keona?
  • 00:21:23.010 --> 00:21:24.100
  • I feel very restless when there is a lot of silence.
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  • I feel like something is not right and that there
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  • should be some noise going on.
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  • Yes, and I think that Keona's generation faces this in a way
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:36.060
  • that mine didn't even, because of all the different--
  • 00:21:36.070 --> 00:21:39.230
  • all the different ways that noise is a part of life
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:42.240
  • and studying and just being and even friendship.
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:45.140
  • Okay, anyone else?
  • 00:21:45.150 --> 00:21:46.270
  • How do you feel about silence, just naturally?
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  • (Severin) Silence exposes so much in my head
  • 00:21:50.180 --> 00:21:53.220
  • and the more silent I am, the louder my thoughts are.
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:57.090
  • And I have to deal with all that's going on.
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  • And so silence is not necessarily something I enjoy
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:05.120
  • and takes a while to grow in--to get silent but I hate the phase
  • 00:22:05.130 --> 00:22:10.280
  • of all my thoughts and everything that's going on.
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:14.090
  • I suddenly am having to deal with them, so it's not easy.
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  • No, it's not.
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  • Yeah, silence is a revealer, which is perhaps
  • 00:22:19.190 --> 00:22:22.290
  • why we even add to the noise in our life.
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:26.050
  • Now, let's go to that illustration that I gave that
  • 00:22:26.060 --> 00:22:29.170
  • was demonstrating God's intentionality toward us.
  • 00:22:29.180 --> 00:22:32.200
  • I talked about the child asking for a drink of water and how
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:37.070
  • no daddy would ever say, "Well, you know, kid,
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:40.290
  • "good luck on that one.
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:42.280
  • "It rains a lot around here.
  • 00:22:42.290 --> 00:22:44.090
  • "Keep your eyes on the heavens.
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  • Hopefully, you'll get enough to survive."
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  • That a good daddy goes and they get a pure substance,
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:51.050
  • they pour it in a transferrable form and they hand deliver it
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  • with love in their eyes.
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:55.080
  • So I would like us to process what are we thirsty for.
  • 00:22:55.090 --> 00:23:00.250
  • What are you spiritual thirsty for in this season of your life?
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:06.270
  • What's your hunger and your thirst?
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  • The world feels really chaotic right now and I just
  • 00:23:10.010 --> 00:23:14.270
  • want to carry God's peace with me through everything, that no
  • 00:23:14.280 --> 00:23:17.150
  • matter what comes, no matter what the news headlines say,
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:20.220
  • I have a peace in my heart that God is in control of everything
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  • and I can walk in that.
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  • (Alicia) Yes, yes and amen.
  • 00:23:26.250 --> 00:23:28.250
  • Yes, anyone else?
  • 00:23:28.260 --> 00:23:30.240
  • I think realizing God's presence is with me everywhere
  • 00:23:30.250 --> 00:23:34.140
  • and acknowledging that, not just at the beginning of my day
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:38.060
  • but at different moments, pausing and realizing,
  • 00:23:38.070 --> 00:23:41.130
  • "God, you're present here with me.
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:43.060
  • "You wanna speak into these moments in my life.
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  • I wanna listen to what you're saying."
  • 00:23:45.110 --> 00:23:48.180
  • A related thought.
  • 00:23:48.190 --> 00:23:50.080
  • What do you think God is longing for in relationship with you
  • 00:23:50.090 --> 00:23:54.270
  • in this season of your life?
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:57.120
  • What are his longings for you?
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  • (Sara) I think trust.
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  • The idea of listening.
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  • I think of my children and when I speak into their lives,
  • 00:24:05.230 --> 00:24:09.100
  • what I want them to do is trust my voice,
  • 00:24:09.110 --> 00:24:11.160
  • that I have their best at heart.
  • 00:24:11.170 --> 00:24:13.130
  • And I think God wants me to trust him, that when he's
  • 00:24:13.140 --> 00:24:16.210
  • speaking and he's leading, I can trust that he has my best
  • 00:24:16.220 --> 00:24:20.160
  • at heart and I can go where he leads me to go with faith, yeah.
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  • He's a good Daddy who has his eyes upon us, who's attentive
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  • toward us in every season and in every moment.
  • 00:24:30.150 --> 00:24:33.090
  • And our goal is to grow the muscles of our
  • 00:24:33.100 --> 00:24:36.150
  • intentionality toward him.
  • 00:24:36.160 --> 00:24:38.290
  • Let's pray.
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  • God, thank you for being near,
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  • for attending to every thought
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  • and every hope and every pain and every dream.
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  • You're a good, good Father.
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  • Grow us in intentionality.
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  • Help us to be more attentive to your presence, to the certainty
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  • of your love, for the glory of Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • (Alicia) This book is the fruit of over 30 years of providing
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  • "The Sacred Slow" contains 12 weeks
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  • of faith-strengthening soul work designed to guide you
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  • into an uncluttered and fiercely honest love for Jesus.
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  • A satisfying and sustainable relationship with God
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  • is attainable, it's just not accidental.
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  • I invite you even beyond the 30 minutes
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  • we've just spent together to take another step
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  • in adding intentionality to your faith walk.
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  • (Alicia) This is what the sacred slow is all about,
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  • cultivating a living, growing, fiercely honest love for God.
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  • Intimacy with God isn't reserved
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  • for certain personalities and positions.
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  • This way is open to all.
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  • So this week, may your roots grow deeply into God's Word,
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  • and may your faith be encouraged as you remember in every moment
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  • that God is already and always with you.
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  • May you live well in the sacred slow.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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  • (announcer) We all long for a deeper relationship with God
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