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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010
On Wednesday’s Chris Fabry Live, or CFL to the insiders, I spoke with Dr. Bev Hislop about living out the verses in Philippians 2 that talk about putting others' interests before your own.

She had something to say I felt really hit home and I’ve never really thought about it in this way. Her book is titled “Shepherding Women in Pain.” What is one component of reaching out to hurting women? Listening.

Hearing is a function of the human body. Listening is a function of the heart. You can hear a person but not really listen. You can spit back points in a sermon or a lecture without really knowing what you’re saying. Listening means you take yourself out of the equation, or decide not to “grasp” a really good point you could make.

How many times have I been talking with someone and have jumped on something they said because I had a really good idea, or I saw a movie like that, or I had a dog who died. There are times when I can share those things, but most of the time, if I will listen, I’ll put those things on the back burner, forget about figuring out what I’m going to say, and just listen.

Maybe, in these 40 days of prayer, God wants you to know he’s listening to you. He cares. He’s there in your pain. Maybe God wants to speak to you through these verses we’ve been studying.

Read Philippians 2:1-11 again. Slow down and read. Listen.

I put together an acrostic from the word, listen. This might be of some help, comfort, or encouragement today.

Love well
I must decrease
Speak encouragement
Talk about Jesus
Expect God to show up
Never give up


praise Him!! said...

Chris, you are so right about the power of listening. When I was ill for so long and really nobody understood my pain and suffering, I had my husband who listened and comforted me and really didn't try to "fix it", he just listened and always prayed for me. These are things about him I will never forget.
It really takes love of Christ to become that kind of listener.