Come and listen

I’m 10 days away and I have to keep myself from downloading the countdown app. Again.

Senior year is set to begin and I couldn’t stop it if I tried. And yeah, I’m tired of all the questions and the “Wait, are you still in school?” because yes, thank you, we just start late at Samford.

In fact, I’ve considered carrying around a poster.

Yes, I still go to school.

No, it is not in California, thank you.

Yes, I’m about to be a senior.

No, I don’t know what I’m going to do after college.

Yes, everyone says there’s still time. I know. {That doesn’t help.}

No, I do not have a boyfriend, thank you for asking.

On and on I could answer with yes and no but you really aren’t learning a thing about me and we’re just talking in circles.

I do it too.

The whole surface level “how are you” without pausing to wait for the response. The real response.

I’ve been convicted of it so many times and it’s something I’m continually working on, forcing myself to slow and wait, to pause and listen. Because you can hear one hundred words and only listen to five.

Those other 95 have value, too. And I miss them too often. But there’s a flip-side to it, the listening well – and it’s called telling.

More accurately, sharing.

Opening ourselves up to be vulnerable and honest, to get down to the heart of what’s going on, to bare our souls when they feel paper thin and to trust the one listening is doing just that – listening.

There’s that old saying that ‘sharing is caring’ but there’s more truth to that than we think. Oh, be careful whom you share with when it comes to your heart, sure. But also be careful not to keep it guarded, locked behind walls of past hurts.

You’ve got a story to tell.


He isn’t done writing it, no. But you don’t have to wait until it’s all wrapped up and pretty before you begin to share.

Tell it like it is. I want to hear more than your five words.


WELL, it’s my first Five Minute Friday in this new space! Woohoo! Welcome! Each week we gather. Fast and in five minutes, with sisters and lots of delicious. Every Friday the prompt goes up and #fmfparty slows down. We write. We breathe out our hearts, sharing the hurts and the joys and splitting hearts and words wide open.


SpeakBookWhile we’re on the topic, I’d love to share with you a book I recently finished – Speak, by Nish Weiseth. The first time I heard this book was to hit the shelves I clapped by hands because y’all, it’s all about telling your story. Amen?

By beautifully weaving together her own personal stories, both light-hearted and heavy, as well as the stories of many friends, Nish has written a book that will leave you with one thought when you close that final page: I have a story to tell.

She encourages us by going first in her own story and opening up the pages of her life.

By the time you finish, you’ll simply want to tell your story as well.

As you listen well and tell your own story, make sure to grab a copy of Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World. It will encourage you, challenge you, and remind you that there’s power in every story.


Affiliate links used. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.