Five Minute Friday – Listen

It’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was FALL

This week, the word is LISTEN.


Listen to the silence as it falls softly on my ears.  The only sound is that of the wind and the birds.  If I am still enough, I am certain I will hear the earth settle.  I am certain I could hear the heartbeat of the trees.   I could possibly even hear my own hair growing.

Better yet, I can actually hear my own thoughts.  I can actually hear myself thinking in complete sentences – the complex ones that make an English professor smile, not the simple ones I normally speak in.

Even better still, I can hear God.

Not audibly in the narrator voice of the movies.  I kept trying to “hear” God that way when I was a child.

No, I can hear him in my heart.

Be still and know that I am God…

Be stil and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

To listen… to hear… to be still…

That is my heart’s yearning.

In my ever crazy world, it happens rarely.  It happens only with intent and purpose and forethought.


As I sit in the sun I drink in the silence.  I drink in the beauty of this place all alone.  I gobble up the silence, greedy for more.

I sit.

I am still.

I listen.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Susan, this is beautifully written and makes me feel peaceful just reading it. It’s in the same vein of what I wrote so I can certainly relate.
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  2. Sandra Stephens says:

    Intent, purpose and forethought so best describes my listening at the moment….but I yearn for it to be more than that. Thank you for sharing those listened to thought xx.

  3. This was so beautiful, Susan. I marvel at what you can do with just 5 minutes. So lovely.
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  4. Melinda Stanton says:

    Lovely. The desire of my heart!

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