I love being listened to. Not just a half paying attention to you, "mhmm that's great" type of listening, but being so cared about that someone will truly stop and listen. Now, some of you might be thinking, but Ashley, you hardly talk. Wellllllll, yes sometimes *I* am the listening one, but then some of y'all know that once we get to know each other a little better... I am no longer quiet, haha. But what I'm talking about is when you really need a sweet listening ear and you gotta get some stuff off your chest. Maybe you went through a hard situation and you just need to talk about it and it is so wonderful to have a kind friend that is willing to hear you out. I love such friends. Lately the Lord has been showing me that He is ALWAYS that Friend! He is ready to listen to us, actually longing to hear from us, at anytime. Even if it be in the middle of the night... You can count on His listening ear. And the Lord, He cares so much about whatever we may be going through. Open up your heart to Him, no one knows it better than the One who created it. If you are going through a tough situation remember He is putting you through it for good, even if it doesn't seem that way right now. It can be so hard but He says that He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is with you always and He wants you to come to Him all of you who are heavy laden, cast your burdens (and fears, hopes, dreams) on Him, and He will give you rest.