Learning To Listen Well

Spiritual progress is best made by action – actions of mission, creativity, hope-restoring, life-building and continual conversational prayer.

However, even the best actions must be motivated and founded on the art of listening – listening well to God, our own hearts and the voices of others.

In my journey, I have experienced seasons of great action that felt significant, but in the end may not have been.

Conversely, I have experienced moments of great action that felt as though they were founded on a whisper or shout from God. It is to the fruits of those actions I turn when I wonder if I am in the middle of God’s will.

Learn the art of listening well to God, and responding. By constant practice, we can begin to become the kind of obedient (from the Latin “to hear”) followers of Jesus we are designed to be.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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