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Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Minute Friday - Change

Routine can be a mamma's best friend. Our children need it. They crave it. And so do we.

But sometimes, in our habitual routines, we get stuck in the little things. Taking the same route to work. Going to the same places for lunch. Listening to the same radio station. Talking to the same coworker.

The routine things can trap you and, before you realize it, the habits aren't so healthy anymore.

There came a point in my life where I realized this was true for my relationships. I am loyal - to a fault. Growing up with abandonment makes sticking by people a big deal for me. And I've kept people in my life that honestly weren't good for me. I had to change my perception of what loving someone really meant.

I had to change what I was doing and what I was hearing. Because what you hear changes everything. Being good at anything starts with listening. You can better love someone when you listen to what their actions are telling you they really need.

God made you to love and serve others in your own special way. There is a part of who God is that the world only gets to see through you. You can only live out that service when you drown out the noise around you and listen to your heart.

Just like tuning into a different radio station can change the mood of a morning. Turn on the positive. Love the person in your life who always complains or has drama from a distance and surround yourself with encouraging, uplifting people. Find that place where your heart is so fulfilled and the "music" is so right for the moment that you just can't help but sing at the top of your lungs!

Change what you hear and you'll change everything.

It's the best 5 minutes you'll spend today! 
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  1. Getting stuck in the little things is so easy to do. Nice to meet you...visiting from 5 Minute Fridays.

  2. Lovely post, Jessica. I was struck when you wrote, "The routine things can trap you and, before you realize it, the habits aren't so healthy anymore"

    Thank you!

  3. I need to listen more- thanks for the sweet reminder!