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Mission EDIFY unites leaders to advocate for the common good of adults suffering from the effects of abuse. Advocacy is a steady effort to listen, reflect, and meet the needs of survivors and their families with a willingness to evolve.

Our Mission is to
E
nlighten ministry leaders to the unspoken needs of victims of abuse.
Defend human dignity.
Innovate an empathetic program on forgiveness & equip messengers.
Foster sustainable transformation.
Yield to mercy--with justice.
 

Giving Day is December 1st

Your charitable donations and monthly partnerships expand our mission in 2021.

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Mailing Address
The Hope Center

2001 W. Plano Parkway
Suite 3422
Plano, TX 75075

*Checks should be made payable to
WNPA with Mission EDIFY in the
memo line. 

Questions? Contact Wendy

Mission EDIFY operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Women's Non-profit Alliance, a 501(c)3 parent organization.

Friday, March 13, 2020 7:54 AM

Do You Listen With Your Eyes? Part 1of 2

Friday, March 13, 2020 7:54 AM
Friday, March 13, 2020 7:54 AM

Hi everyone! I apologize for my absence. I had a freak accident in my garden and damaged one of my eyes. I'm on the mend--finally (!) and back to blogging. 

Peace and good!


Do You Listen with Your Eyes?

I once sat at my kitchen table with the best listener I've ever known . . . in my life. If listening was an Olympic sport the woman would be a gold medalist.

She asked about my life, my circumstances, my heart. When I answered, she listened. She actually listened, which is to say, she didn't check her iPhone throughout our time together or turn the conversation back to herself. She asked a lot of questions. And based on how I replied, she asked more questions.

Who knew something so simple as listening could bring balm to a wounded heart. Balm; in the truest sense of the word. She didn't try to talk me out of hurting--I hurt, for real reasons. She didn't remind me about the goodness of God. She didn't have to. Her unique ability and willingness to listen--revealed the goodness of God. I can't remember ever feeling so validated; relieved, really, to feel so "heard." 

When she left. I thanked God for her. I asked for opportunities to learn from her. Later that day, an excerpt from Mitch Albom's book, Have a Little Faith, came to mind. It was extracted from one of the Reb's sermons in 1958. And it's priceless:

A little girl came home from school with a drawing she'd made in class. She danced into the kitchen, where her mother was preparing dinner.

"Mom, guess what?" she squeaked, waving the drawing. Her mother never looked up."

"What?" she said, tending to the pots.

"Guess what?" the child repeated, waving the drawing.

"What?" the mother said, tending to the plates.

"Mom, you're not listening."

"Sweetie, yes I am."

"Mom," the child said. "You're not listening with your eyes."

Today, is about listening to others. Next week we'll explore the importance of listening to ourselves. Healing requires both. 

I truly believe when people feel seen and heard by God, it's easier for them to see and hear God. 

What is God whispering to your heart at the moment?

Listen.

 

You are not alone,

Wendy

 

 

  

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