Today is such a good day. 14 years ago I literally pushed this into the world...
And I've been pushing him ever since.
Okay, now for our Tuesday post...
Remember: Have chapter 1 & the study read and done by Tuesday, July 1st so you can join in on the discussion. I'm so excited to see where God is going to take us. He's just so incredible.
I've been posting a poem each week and today's is one I wrote about our tongue. As small and ugly as this thing is that is in our mouth it can be described as anything between mean, sharp, tender, gentle, godly or deceiving. I love what the book of James says about it and Proverbs has much advice splashed throughout it about being careful how we allow our tongue to behave.
I don't know about you, but with my tongue...
I have built my husband up and torn him down all in the same breath. Within moments I have ripped my kids apart verbally and answered the phone sounding like a sweet kindergarten teacher leaving my wounded confused. I have talked to a friend and talked of a friend. I have lied with it, sang praises to Jesus with it, gossiped with it and when I was young stuck it out at someone I didn't like. I have taken communion with it at church on Sunday morning just hours after letting too much alcohol slide down it on Saturday night. I have said too much with it and have been left with regret while other times I chose to be obedient to God and bit the thing then thanked Him with it for helping me have self-control. God must get so tired of us. I just wonder if He ever paces the floors of heaven asking Jesus to remind Him WHY He created us.
Well, one day after receiving a "prayer request" from a friend I wrote this little number and boy did God work on me. Still is. I'm going to be honest, sometimes it's just fun talking about other people. Sometimes starting a sentence with "did you hear about" can make you feel like you have your act together. Ugly, but so true and I have a feeling I'm not alone.
My hearts' desire is for my tongue to worship Jesus at all times and I'm not just talking about singing. I want to worship Him with how I talk of others, how I talk to others and how I lift others up instead of choosing to tear them down. Our words are so powerful. Let's choose to be wise ladies...
I humbly come before you today
I feel so helpless so I need to pray
I need to talk to you about my friend
I’m so frustrated and at my wits end
Now you know I’d never talk behind her back
I just want to help get her on the right track
Instead of dealing with her problem on my own
I called everyone I have programmed in my phone
I’ve told a lot of people but it will be okay
I only told them so they too will pray
So see, my intentions you cannot doubt
I just want to help my dear friend out
Someone has to tell her that she is wrong
What she’s doing has gone on far too long
See my friend is a gossip and will spread a lie
Nobody understands it or even knows why
But she needs to know how the devil will win
If she doesn’t get control of this area of sin
Lord, I just thought You should know up above
But remember I only told you out of love
© 2005 Lelia Chealey
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.