Be Wise With Your Words

Prov 12-18Ouch.

That stings, huh?

I was totally convicted reading through this chapter recently. This has always been my downfall. I use too many words. When a person does that, when I do that chances are good that some of those words will end up stinging.

God has given me the spiritual gift of wisdom. It’s hard for some people to read those words without thinking, “Man, she thinks highly of herself.”

No. No, I do not. I just know how God has wired me and how he has gifted me. You see, it is a gift. It was given. I have received it and used it to help others.

But apparently, I don’t always operate wisely because of those cutting words I use from time to time. 

Dadgummit.

Today is a new day. I am much more aware of my words and how they can cut others…even if I say, “I was just kidding.” 

I challenge you to join me in watching your words. It may be a challenge but I am confident that we will find success when we lean completely on His strength.

His Prized Possession

James 1-18That’s you.

You are absolutely the apple of His eye. He could have chosen any of His creations to call His “prized possession” but He did not. 

He chose you.

And He chose me.

Even in our disobedience and rebellion, He chose us. Even knowing what we’ve done in the past, what we are doing right now and what we will do in the future, He chose us. Even knowing that we might reject Him and follow the world, He chose us.

That’s how great His love for us is. 

But do we live our lives with the realization that we are God’s most prized possession? That the greatest gift, Jesus Christ, was given for us? That if God had a refrigerator up in Heaven, our pictures would be on it. 

That’s how great His love for us is.

Father, may we live like the prized possession we are to you. May we follow you wholeheartedly and unswervingly all the days of our lives. 

Word and Verse for 2015

Jer 33-3Prayer. 

I didn’t want this to be my word for 2015 but it is. I was pretty sure God was leading me to this but I held my hand up and said, “God, let me pray about that.”

Oh goodness, yes I did.

You see, I have gotten too busy to really be a person of prayer. I’m in the Word every day, often times more than once. I love the Word. I pray the Word. I memorize the Word. But, the part of my life that seems to have gone by the wayside is my prayer for others.

In all honesty, when someone would ask me to pray for them, too many times I would forget. I’d go days without praying for my husband and sons as well. I would hope the best for them, “think about them”, offer counsel and advice to them, but my prayers FOR them were borderline non-existent. 

As many Southern mommas would say, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

While I am bothered at that ungodly statistic, I’m choosing grace over wallowing in shame. Shame does nothing for the future but action does. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking action.

I want to be someone who intercedes for other people. I want to go to my Heavenly Father on behalf of others. I want to believe BIG in the lives of the people I love the most.

My biggest prayer this year is for myself: That choosing this word for 2015 would make me a praying person for the rest of my life. So, I guess you could say it’s my word every year until the day I breathe my last.

I’d love to know if you have a word and/or verse for the year and how God led you to it.

Whatever You Do

Col. 3My eyes welled up with tears when I read Mike’s email. This friend of ours from church took the time to share a “win” with us about our teenage son, Noah.

(And mercy, don’t we parents of teenagers need to hear these things? I see that hand.)

He recounted his recent experience at Chick-Fil-A, the most blessed of chicken sandwich establishments. As he was waiting in line to place his order, a very old woman was placing hers in the line next to him but a few people up from him. By the time he made it to where he was able to place his order, the little, old lady was still there at the register placing hers. Mike wrote “the young man waiting on her was so compassionate and patient with her that I was amazed. As a pediatrician, I see kids this age all day long, and this is certainly not the usual. As she stepped away, I noticed his name tag said Noah.”

Y’all, that was my Noah. I know, right?

We shared Mike’s email with Noah. I told him that his choice to serve her graciously could have made her entire day because she could have gotten someone who was annoyed and impatient. It was a great teaching moment with him to illustrate the verses below:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

I told Noah how proud I was of him for doing something so small to make such a huge difference and that not for one moment was I patting myself on the back for his character development. I told him that I was just overjoyed that the Holy Spirit is working in him, leading him, guiding him to do the small things, which are often the hard things, to make a difference.

I’m not entirely sure where you are in your life. Maybe you are at home with small children and you wonder if changing a dirty diaper for the third time since lunch even matters. Or perhaps you are working in a job that doesn’t affect people in a huge way but you show up anyway. It’s likely that you are just going about your life each day, doing the tasks and errands that just need to get done.

Friend, He sees. I am confident that our Heavenly Father would rather see us joyfully doing our daily duties, however insignificant they may seem, than have us dread some activity that appears to be much more important.

The word whatever in the verse above really does mean whatever. So, press on and know that the often unimportant can actually be the most far-reaching and influential.

 

Have A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

I’m going to take a little writing break from now until the new year. I’ll blog again on January 5th so stop back by then!

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