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983rd -- Listen With Your Eyes


It is important that we value the relationships that mean the most to us.
There are many moments in life when we become too busy to pay attention to
our loved ones and show them how much we really care about their feelings
as well as their well-being. We may be distracted by any number of things
and because of this those closest to us may feel neglected, ignored or 
even abandoned. What we must realize is that just as we would like to be
attended to and shown love and respect, it is the same with those around 
us. They want to be shown that they are loved, appreciated and cared 
about and when we don't take time to ask about their day, take a general 
interest in what they're doing and simply be there to give and take in 
conversation, then they will feel let down in that area of our relationships.

One thing we must remember is that our relationships are the most important
thing in our lives. Without the love of our family and friends, how much
meaning would life have? Who would we go to in our time of need if we 
don't have our loved ones? They are most important and deserve our 
attention. They deserve our love and respect. No matter how busy we may
get, we can set those “important things” aside for a little while to take
an interest in those who mean the most to us. We can ask about their day,
see if anything is bothering them and show by our actions how greatly 
loved and appreciated they really are. It may not seem like a big deal to
us to ask how someone is doing, but to them, it can mean a lot.

Let this message encourage you to take time for those whom you love. Pay
extra attention to them, show that you are genuinely interested in what 
they're doing and simply be the catalyst to strengthen your relationships
and show those who mean the most to you that they are greatly appreciated,
loved and thought upon. When we do the simple things for our loved ones,
they will be encouraged, lifted up and reinvigorated to face whatever may
come their way. We strengthen one another with our love. We motivate one
another by cheering each other on and with our positive actions we let 
those closest to us know that we will be there for them no matter what 
comes their way and no matter how busy we may sometimes get.

I encourage you again to take time for your loved ones and nurture the 
relationships that mean the most to you. The seeds that you sow now will
grow and come back to bless you again one day.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see the great 
benefits of spending time with your loved ones. See that they are most 
important in life and your life will be that much more blessed.


An expert on whales was telling friends about some of the unusual findings
he had made. “For instance,” he said, “some whales can communicate at a 
distance of 300 miles.”

“What on earth would one whale say to another 300 miles away?” asked a 
sarcastic member of the group.

“I'm not absolutely sure,” answered the expert, “but it sounds something 
like this: 'Heeeeeeey! Can you hear me nowwww!?!'”

Hearing well is only part of effective communication. But another, and 
often more important part, is frequently overlooked. It does not concern 
the ears, however, but the eyes.

According to Leil Lowndes (Talking The Winner's Way, Contemporary Books) 
Boston researchers asked opposite-sex individuals to have a two-minute 
casual conversation. They tricked half their subjects into maintaining 
intense eye contact by directing them to count the number of times their 
partner blinked. They gave the other half of the subjects no special 
eye-contact directions for the chat.

When questioned afterward, the unsuspecting blinkers reported significantly
higher feelings of respect and fondness for their colleagues who, 
unbeknownst to them, had simply been counting their blinks. One might 
conclude that, for respect and fondness, count blinks! But the larger 
message is: good eye contact will dramatically improve your relationships.

Ears are not the only organs essential for great listening. Whether you're
talking to a spouse, a colleague, a neighbor, a child or a stranger, eye 
contact is essential. When eyes are focused away from distractions and 
onto the speaker, the message you communicate most clearly is, “I value you.”

Today, listen with your eyes -- and “see” what you've been missing!

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:10-16 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in 
spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; 
continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; 
given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the
same mind one toward another...”

Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Matthew 5:8-12 Jesus says
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall 
see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for 
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, 
for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in 
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Romans 12:14-17 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the
same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men
of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil
for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THE CHOICES WE MAKE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem139.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: A BETTER WAY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony22.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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