Tuesday, June 10, 2008

YES to God with my tongue


Before I get to Yes to God Tuesday, I just have to share this with you first.

Today is such a good day. 14 years ago I literally pushed this into the world...

And I've been pushing him ever since.

Pushing him to make good choices and hang with uplifting friends.
Pushing him to work hard in the classroom and on the basketball court.
Pushing him away from me when he smells like a wet dog.
Pushing him to be all that he can be.
Pushing him to draw near to Jesus because He will draw near to him.

Aaron Preston I love you boy with all my heart. You are an awesome child of God that I am blessed to have on loan while on earth.
You make me proud to be the one you call Mom.
Although some days you make me want to place you in foster care and pray you get placed with your Grandparents so I can still lay eyes on you.
You're funny, loving, ornery, smart, handsome and sweet when you want to be. Oh and let's not forget cool and muscular! I think I've had to watch more muscles flexed by you than a judge has to watch at a body building competition.

It's so odd that you all of a sudden are so much taller than I am when just yesterday you had yourself wrapped around my leg while I cooked dinner. You have been quite the adventure....much different than my girls. I mean c'mon, the girls haven't rolled down a mountain in Montana and had to go to the ER while on vacation or sliced their head open while playing in the backyard and had to have staples to hold brains their in.
You are by far more exciting than those two girlie-girls we have. Don't tell them though since you're outnumbered especially now that your niece is here. Let them continue to think they're running the show, but between you and me we know who the STAR of the show least for today.

I love you babe, you are a joy to my heart. I hope that over this next year that your relationship with Jesus will be taken to a place that you had no idea was even possible. Seek Him baby...He is so worth it! Learn to say YES to God no matter if you agree with Him or not. He will bless your obedient heart.

Okay, now for our Tuesday post...

Don't forget to get this book written by our friend and sister in Christ, Lysa TerKeurst.
Invite your friends to discuss and grow in God starting July 1st as I will be hosting Yes to God Tuesday's right here. We'll be reading Lysa's book "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith?"

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...

Dear Jesus,
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

Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

~Many Blessings~


tiggerdaisy said...

Thank you, Lelia. You have touched on the very subject I blogged about this morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Your poem is great! You go girlie!

I would write more, but I've got to get back to work! :)

Prayers and Blessings!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Your posts are so full of honesty and reality, it is tangible. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Linda said...

Lelia, I was out walking in my neighborhood, praying, thinking. For some reason I thought of you, and I said a quick little prayer. I do not know why. Then I came in, sat down at the computer with a cool drink, and your message to me popped up. I almost fell off my chair! I can't wait to see you!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I love your humor especially the statement of wanting to place your son in foster care and get placed with his grandparents so you can still lay eyes on him. Hill-lare-E-us!!!! (hillarious, I say)

You are so good with rhyming words. Every attempt of writing a rhyming poem has ended up in jibberish that didn't make sense but indeed rhymed. Ha!

As I read your poem, I had an intense desire to be the exact oppposite. I felt a sense of holiness and desiring that SO bad. I think I do pretty well and not gossiping but I know my tongue gets the better of me at times and more than that my THOUGHTS. Being upset or angry at someone in my thoughts...I just don't like the impure feeling.

Oh, and don't cha just LOVE my man James! I just wrote on someone's blog today (maybe Rebecca's) about reading the whole book of James. She had asked for suggested verses. I said James (3--I believe) is on the tongue. However, I think James is an excellent all around book that gives lots of wise advise to living the Christian life. Proverbs would be the next best (or equally but different best) to giving wisdom on living for Christ.

I thoroughly enjoy coming to your blog. Each time I do, it feels like I've just stopped by your house for a quick visit or a quick chat on the phone. I wish I was going to She Speaks and able to meet you and so many others.

Blessings my friend,

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Did you have to address the tongue?!?! It has so much power to kill and destroy. Painful truths here Lelia.

Now, about your Emma is 14 and she would go absolutely nuts if I showed her his I better not...not yet!!


Sheri said...

Hi. Check out Marcy Priest's song, Never Ending at - you can listen to it there. It is all about the POWER in our tongue!

I tried to copy the words, but it just won't let me. :( It's so good.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Lelia.. What a beautiful grandaughter and handsome son, You're realness in this post brings back memories of the young Mom in me many years ago, I see how much I have changed and have grown since that time, and it was all due to the Lord and my willingness to allow the Lord to transform the old tongue which said things that could really hurt others, to the new tongue which now uplifts and encourages. I enjoyed my visit and wanted to say hello.. Blessings Lorie

Anonymous said...

Your "Tongue" poem was a good read. Mother Guilt hits me daily re my tongue! How, I often wonder, can we hurt when we love... But time & time again I fail my God, and my children... Do you mind if I print out your poem just for myself? Naomi

Yolanda said...

I learned a long time ago:

Our words can either be brick to build or bulldozers to destory. It's our choice, so which will you choose?

Love ya!


Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

I have posted your Bible study in my side bar!! I am learning how to do this blog thing! Too cool!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Anonymous said...

Lelia--you have a HANDSOME son!!
He sounds like a lot of fun & keeps your life "hopping". Boys do that without even trying don't they??? You are blessed!

And that poem is awesome!! So often the church is the worst as far as gossip--we just call it "prayer" or "concern" for another person. Great job!