Five Minute Friday – Whisper

by | Sep 4, 2014 | Five Minute Friday

It’s Friday! Okay, technically it’s Thursday as I write this week’s Five Minute Friday post. I love Five Minute Fridays… writing for five minutes on a one-word prompt. For a person like me who tends to over-analyze most things, free-writing is beautifully freeing. Maybe that’s why I love it so much. With no concern for perfection, I just get to write. A whole bunch of us share what we come up with at Kate Motaung’s place. Why not join us? Or share your five minutes in my comments section below. I’d love to read yours! Ready??

This week’s word:

–WHISPER–

GO.

“I’ve missed that!” my son exclaimed after he heard his mom yell.

Yes, it didn’t take me long to get in “football mode” and cheer at the play that I just witnessed on t.v.

It’s opening night for NFL football. Me cheering is a common sound during football season. Years ago you’d never find me watching football, and I’ve still not seen a high school football game to date. Ever.

But something happened when my son and I would watch football together on Sundays just a handful of years ago. We began to bond in a way I never expected. It’s been something we try to do each week together during football season. Him and I.

And let me tell you, I’m much louder than anyone else is in this house when it comes to watching football. There’s no whisper here. I can drown almost anyone out.

But then I get to wondering, how many times do I drown out God’s still small voice by me being too loud in life? How many times have I not heard His whisper?

How many times have I listened to the world and not the whisper?

So as we enjoy football here each week, I’ll be my normal, cheering-loud self. But when it comes to living daily, I’ll be paying more attention to not being so loud and listening for God’s whisper.

Whisper 1 Kings 19:12

May we never miss the whisper.

STOP.

Thanks for stopping by today. I pray you hear God’s whisper clearer than ever today, tomorrow, in the weeks to come.

Blessings!

Julie

 

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22 Comments

  1. Katie Reid (@ImprintsKatie)

    Love this Jule- loved how you switched the tone and shut me up- in a good way! I was thinking of using that verse too- so glad you did.:) This, “But then I get to wondering, how many times do I drown out God’s still small voice by me being too loud in life? How many times have I not heard His whisper?” Thank you for this gift of your honesty and shedding light on this. A life loud = a deaf soul? May the loud from our lives only be the Love and Truth of His that overtakes us and overcomes us so we can broadcast Him to this world, overwhelming them with Jesus in a most gracious and hope-filled way.:)

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    • Julie

      Wow, Katie! I love that… A loud life = a deaf soul! Great perspective and so true! And may we be loud in His love and truth! So glad you shared that here, friend. I love that verse. It’s what I need to keep in front of me more often than not! Thank you for coming by, Katie. Always a pleasure to have you here! Happy Friday!

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  2. Paula

    It is nice that you and your son spend that time together. And we need to quiet our hearts to hear the whisper, don’t we?

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    • Julie

      Yes, Paula, I cherish those times. He’s a senior in high school this year, so I’m cherishing each game. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing here. Have a beautiful Friday!

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  3. Anita Ojeda

    It’s so easy to get lost in the cheers and the noise of life, isn’t it? Here’s to listening for the whisper AND for bonding with our children (even if it means getting loud 😉 ).

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    • Julie

      Yes, it sure is easy to get lost in the noise, Anita! Listening for the whisper takes effort some days, and that’s something we can guide our children to do. Yet, you’re right. Sometimes bonding with them gets loud! Hope you’re having a whisper-filled Friday! Thank you for stopping in!

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  4. Esther

    Love this, Julie – I love being loud sometimes (hear me with my five sisters!) but it’s so, so important to be quiet too.
    I guess that’s why they call personal devotions your “quiet time” – it’s that moment when you shut out everything else, be still, be quiet, and listen for that voice that sometimes gets blocked out by this loud, loud world.
    Thanks for sharing a beautiful post!
    x

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    • Julie

      Esther, I imagine how great it is when you and your five sisters get together (and loud)! I don’t have any sisters, so I can’t even comprehend what that’s like. What a joy! Sometimes I have to force myself to be quiet, and yes, that’s when I hear His voice. Thank you for coming by today and for sharing here. Have a blessed Friday!

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  5. Brandi

    I am chuckling a little bit- how fun to watch you cheer LOUD for football! What a great Sunday afternoon it must be!
    Ah but in all seriousness- that verse in 1 Kings… oh my. Oh. My. I needed that and it’s one that is just now jumping off the page. Thank you! I am sending a cheer and a hug your way today!

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    • Julie

      Oh, Brandi. It’s comical. Most times I just get caught up in game and I don’t even realize how I’m sounding or what I’m saying. It’s the strangest thing! I’m not like that at a live game or with any other sport on t.v. My son laughs at me, and when he said last night, “I’ve missed that,” it felt great to know he’s missed our times watching football together (and my cheering). And yes, I love that scripture! Thank you for the cheer and the hug! Sending some back to you today, friend!

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  6. Kathryn Shirey

    So hard to hear the whisper in our busy, loud lives – to hear Him over all the noise of the world! Great reminder to be quiet and listen!

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    • Julie

      Kathryn, it IS hard to hear the whisper in our busy, loud lives. You said it. I wonder sometimes if God really meant for us to ever be as busy as we are. I don’t believe so. May we keep Him first and the noise of the world behind us! Have a beautiful day, friend! I appreciate you!

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  7. Mary Geisen

    Amen to not missing the whisper! I understand the loud roars associated with sports-for me it’s college basketball – and for me I am the loudest in my house too. I am respectful of the fact that it is only in my stillness that I am going to catch the whispers swirling around me. Happy Friday and I loved chatting with you last night at #fmfparty

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    • Julie

      Hi Mary! I loved chatting with you last night too! So fun! I’ll head over to read your post soon! I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets into sports and who can be loud watching them! (I was beginning to wonder!) The stillness is priceless these days. I need to rest in it more often than I do. Happy Friday to you, friend!

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  8. Amy P Boyd

    So many times I have been loud and missed out on hearing the whispers to my heart. Some times it just happened that way but if I am honest sometimes were because I didn’t want to hear His whispers. I was enjoying the world’s noise and didn’t want to give it up or even bring it under His control so I just turned the volume knob up. Thanks for the reminder that I need to make time to be still and listen to that soft whisper

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    • Julie

      I’ve done the same, Amy. What a mess I found myself in with the volume blaring! Thank you for that analogy today. Love it. I appreciate you stopping in today! May you have a blessed day!

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  9. Betsy

    You and me both! I want to hear his whisper too. It’s so hard to be “quiet” sometimes though!

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    • Julie

      Amen, Betsy! Praying you and your family are doing well!

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  10. Carol

    This is wonderful. To be blessed to hear beyond the noise of the world and hear the whisper. Beautiful!

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    • Julie

      Thank you, Carol. That is a blessing indeed! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Barbie

    What a beautiful post. Taking time to slow down and listen for the whisper as well. Have a blessed weekend.

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    • Julie

      Thank you, Barbie. Have a blessed weekend too! Thanks so much for visiting!

      Reply

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