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Ear always inclined

Ear always inclined

There is a long list of things I would love to do in life. There is a short list of things I want my life to be about, and all of them boil down to this: I want to live my life as one whose ear is always inclined to the King, who hears and sees through His eyes. 

Hear, O daughter, and see; and incline your ear; And forget your people and your father’s house. Thus the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, Worship Him.
— Psalm 45:10-11 (RV)

When looking at this passage recently and discussing what it may look like to have an inclined ear, I couldn't help but see it through my experience in mothering. It's amazing how instinctively our ears are inclined to our baby's cries. I wrote the following as I reflected on the beauty of the season in my life. 


She is filled with joy, though lacking in rest

She finally has a moment all her own

Quiet, empty arms, full cup of much needed coffee

But she listens

She ALWAYS listens

Tuned in to every sound of her precious new life

Her ear is inclined to him

He is a piece of herself

Though, she loves him in ways she never knew to love herself

Her very DNA lies in him, outside of her body

To not respond is not within her

She sips her coffee

He cries

She goes to him with joy, if exhausted joy

He settles into her

They are one - though two

As peace fills them both, she lies him down

And returns to her now cool coffee

Ear always inclined

Arms always open

Heart ever full

The process always repeating

"I hear you. I'm with you. I love you. You're mine." 

And she prays,  


May I incline my ear to you

Even more than this, as you do to your children

You always hear our cries

You never turn us away

May we hear you and respond to you  

In accordance with your ways

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