Mama, Listen Softer

And I believe we listen better as we learn to listen softer.

The voice of God isn’t one we need to strain harder to hear. Rather than turning up the volume, we need to turn it down as we learn to lean in and embrace stillness, silence and solitude.

Listening softer is letting go of agendas and expectations. It’s learning how to wait on God and check in often as we go throughout the day. It’s a gentle awareness that God is speaking and moving in our present circumstances. It’s a re-focusing of our senses to listen better, not harder.

As You Listen, What Is God Inviting You To?

Listening softer is an invitation to hear – and to ask – better questions. We’re constantly invited to listen for God’s still, small voice. The Holy Spirit is beckoning us closer – back into intimacy with Love’s Family (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and authentic community with one another.

It is in these places of intimacy and action that we find our stories being caught up in God’s story.

Sometimes we need a little help tuning our spiritual receptivity, our awareness, to the loving presence of God and making sense of the story. We would benefit from someone willing to come alongside us as a spiritual friend; someone who won’t get in the way of what God is trying to say. This is Spiritual Direction.

“Listen Softer” is my own personal manifesto – a recurring melody for my soul. If you need or want someone to listen with you, I’ll gladly come alongside. In fact, I would consider it an honor!

Can you hear your soul’s melody?


This article originally appeared on and is reposted here by permission.

Adam Ormord
Adam Ormord
Adam is a spiritual director, life coach, speaker and pastor with three decades of experience in church and parachurch ministry. He holds a Master's degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University. In addition to providing soul care through LifePoint Resources, Adam is the Executive Director of Grafted Life Ministries.

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