I can still feel the scars. The ones I try so hard to hide, glossing over them with quick wit (usually) or loud guffaws. I never quite forget them though. How do you? The medicinal sweet words that are taken back, the promises that fall short, the blazing angry fire? How do you undo the sins of your tongue that is just as slippery and poisonous as that snake in Eden, the same slimy lies that wind your heart the wrong way and twist your precious will?
It is so difficult, both to erase the past and to speak in love and humility. It is a battle fought everyday but let me tell you, if you are growing tired, PLEASE hold on, it is so worth it. We may never be able to have complete all-time control over our tongues on this side of Heaven (don’t panic!) but Jesus came down here and he knows mighty well the struggles we have to face and the pressures and tribulations of this earthly life. So don’t try to go at it alone, ask Him for help.
Before you say the thing you are dreading, before you say the things you shouldn’t and when you want courage to say the right thing, STOP and say a quick little prayer first. Ask Him to direct your words.
Then boldly say what he places on your tongue. I will be cheering you on in prayer and I hope that you will do the same for me.
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THINKING || about being faithful with the little things. It’s so important to just.get.started. I am trying so hard to be diligent and intentional with the everyday things like exercising, being healthy and learning while being loving and positive.
LISTENING || to the clickety clack of my keyboard and Phillip Phillips again (I cannot get gone, gone, gone out of my head, it is SO romantic!)
DOING || I am beginning a course on game theory at Coursera.com! I have been waiting for this for weeks and I cannot wait to start! Also just signed up for the blessed is she devotionals and I am looking forward to more meaningful (and extended) prayer time thanks to these beautiful devotionals.
THANKFUL FOR || About the wonderful gift of life and just being able to breathe and dance and sing and read and all these little but incredibly important everyday blessings that we can enjoy! I am SO grateful to be alive and happy!
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I see the clouds fade, they were so dark and compelling. Now I see just plain clear sky. It’s the same old sky that transitions from coal black to sunflower orange to baby blue to lipstick pink to midnight blue and then back to black. The old sky is somehow birthed new and evokes new thoughts, expressions and wonder from the depth of my aching soul. There is transition everywhere you look, leaves turning over, puppies shedding hair, babies learning to walk, the elderly forgetting their keys. As the earth tumbles each day around its ring, we change. We are made new. We are presented with this as a gift. And by the loving grace of God, we are also bestowed the transormative power of the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).
New is different, new is scary, new is sometimes clean and sometimes confusing.
God himself made everything new, abolishing old laws, practises and traditions. I don’t know if you are struggling with embracing change or are unwilling to let go of the past that binds you or actions and habits that hold you back.
That was the ‘old’ you, step now into the new. Live in the ‘now’, for that is the ‘new’ that God has given you. Abandon all fear, everything here is new and fresh and god-given. Remember that whatever is ‘new’ to you is something He already ‘knows’.