I can hear you now

Agreeable conversation is indeed a pleasure, is it not? We all like it when we just find pleasant things to talk about. The words might actually be described as 'sweet', 'kind', or 'gratifying'. The moments spent in this type of conversation actually uplift us and make us feel 'refreshed'. Yet, the right word at the right time - there is nothing like that! Spoken words carry so much meaning - but when they are divinely directed into your life, they are amazing!

Congenial conversation—what a pleasure! The right word at the right time—beautiful! (Proverbs 15:23 MSG)

A friend speaking the 'right' words at the 'right' time is priceless. Have you ever had a stranger speak those words into your life - without even knowing they were doing it? I have and it shocked me to hear just the right words from someone I didn't even know. Then I remember God even uses donkeys to talk to men at times! So, who am I to suggest only a friend can share those words that help us make sense of life, set us on track again, or uplift us when we are low?

Congenial conversation - what is the framework for such a moment? I think it might just be a 'setting right' of our hearts to receive what is being shared. There are times when conversation is 'pleasant enough', but our hearts aren't really in the conversation. We are distracted and aloof from it, despite all the impressions we give that we are engaged. I have sat in long sessions, all the while totally disengaged from what was being shared. I went along with the conversation and added my two-cents now and again, but my heart really wasn't in it.

Heart and soul has to be engaged for the conversation to actually speak to us. Maybe it is harder to align ourselves to hear than we first imagined. Many of us suffer from 'casual conversation' burnout and yearn for a deeper conversation that actually fills us up again. When we do, the best thing we can do is ready our hearts and silence our souls. We need to put ourselves in the right framework for those words to be heard. Just sayin!

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