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  • Writer's pictureTammy Arlene

Shhhh. Wait, what? Who am I shushing?

(Cute listening dog image to catch your attention, plus I love dogs! Did it work?)

I AM SHUSHING MYSELF! Yes, It had to be done.

I wrote a few posts back about how a change in mindset impacted my life. Read here. I am ready to adjust even more. My recent break-up from social media dependency has helped clear my mind. My spirit still felt heavy. I was missing something. I had to shush myself to recognize it.

I prayed and asked God to grow me - to show me why I was feeling this way. My morning reading has me in Romans, this familiar verse stood out:

Romans 12:2 (ESV) - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

I felt God urging me to shut my mouth, watch, and listen. Not to others, but myself. My heart knew, almost immediately, what needed to shift.

In the quiet, I noticed something. I’ve developed a habit of talking way more than listening. I used to be the opposite. I was an introvert, and, as a child, I was painfully shy. As I inched my way out of this protective shell, tiny, positive mindset shifts built my confidence. Over time, I’ve become more outgoing. This has been good for me socially – however, I realize that, because of insecurity, I talk more than I listen. I often catch myself interrupting others.

Yikes! I even did this to God while in prayer. We can talk about that next week!

I am focused now on less talking. Starting today, I can and will make a change. As a creative person and author of fiction, I enjoy people watching and listening to others. Why did I stop this? I know, as a child of God, I can gain confidence without using so many words. God is so good!

If you take a minute (hour/day) to slow down and listen, what is God showing you? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessing and love,


P.S. If you’d like to join me in a 12-week study, check out From Pain to Purpose

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