If you are visiting today from the my P31 Devotion called “Words,” welcome!
I’m giving away my book “Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl” to 2 randomly chosen commenting friends. To participate in today’s give away, click on the word comments below and follow the prompts.
If ever there was a day I needed to preach to myself, today is that day.
Now that school is back in session we always seem to be running on a tight schedule. And when demands are high, and time is low I can be tempted to just squeeze Jesus into my schedule rather than really focusing on what He wants to teach me that day. Then I wonder why my fuse is short and my words more edgy. Can anyone relate?
Well, my “Words” devotion today talked about making the commitment to ask ourselves 3 questions before speaking:
“Are my words kind?”
“Are my words true?”
“Are my words necessary?”
I’m convinced the reason it’s so crucial I spend a little time with Jesus each day is so that He can prepare me for what He sees I’ll be facing that day. Inevitably I’ll read a Bible verse that sticks in my brain and softens my heart. And a soft heart is able to hear when Jesus whispers, “Pause.”
He reminds me to think before reacting when I face that situation for which He already prepared me. When I stop to pause, ask those 3 crucial questions, and let Jesus untangle my natural flesh response, everyone is better off. Boy, does that save me from having to go back and mop up emotional messes later.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is even on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (Psalm 139: 1-4).
The Lord perceives the thoughts we’ll think and the words we’ll speak in response and He wants to prepare us, interrupt us, and maybe even rearrange us. He loves us enough to desire to protect us from ourselves.
So, who wants to commit to spending a little more intentional time with Jesus? And pausing before speaking? Leave a comment below making a commitment about your words. I’ll announce the winner of today’s drawing for “Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl” and the other drawings from this week on Monday’s blog.
Have a kind words weekend. Again, preaching to myself today. Smiles.