Thursday, July 20, 2006

If you can't say something nice...

So, if you are looking at the time stamp on this, there is nothing wrong with your computer. It really is 4:30 a.m. (at least when I started this) on Thursday morning! Colton has gotten up 3 times-water, a bug (dreaming, I think) and inevitably from the water, to pee. Well, he has gotten into this nasty little habit of doing this, at this time and on the third time, I usually give in and let him crawl up into bed! Not tonight...breaking the habit...um, the only problem is that now I am wide awake! Grrrrrrr!

Anyway, there has been a verse in my head. A while back I was trying to memorize this for when I had a stinky little attitude (just read "One of those days", and "Attitude Adjustment"), and it just kind of slipped away. So I guess God is trying to tell me something by bringing this into my heart again lately. So the verse is Proverbs 18:21, What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. NCV At the time (a month or so ago), I really had a crummy attitude and was allowing situations to determine my mood (and what I said reflected). Another version(NIV) is The tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love it will eat its fruit. When I read my Bible that night this little nugget of wisdom was waiting for me. Anyway, what I say and my attitude reflect in the people around me. I have the choice to encourage or discourage, have patience or impatience, to speak "life" or speak "death" in the people around me. And when I choose to speak life, encourage and have patience, I will reap in the benefits around me. Others will encourage me, have patience with me and my whole environment will be adjusted. Bad things will still happen, it's just my choice how I will react.

Jess K and I are meeting at the gym every afternoon and this is the perfect example. I don't "enjoy" working out and in the midst of my huffing, puffing and sweating, I am not an 80's aerobics instructor that has a plastic smile and the energy to fuel a small village. I want to whine and be grumpy and be sitting in a cozy chair eating whatever I want. Unfortunately I reap the benefits of that, but that is a whole other blog! Just her being there encourages me to be there, have fun and laugh, and get some much needed girl time! She is so awesome!

I didn't plan on writing a book this morning(ugh!), but I just wanted to share what has been on my heart for the past couple days. (And if I am not taking a nap later, I will try to participate in Sassy Shoe Thursday!)

4 comments:

Susie said...

Thank you for this good reminder, C. I think we all go through seasons of needing encouragement in that area.

The Melones said...

My heart goes out to you...I am going to try to do the same with Caed starting very soon-Maybe now that I know you are doing it, it will motivate me to do it also! And, how very proud I am of you going to the gym with Jess! Another thing that you might motivate me to do!

Amy said...

I enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing that verse--and the different translations! And thanks for the ENCOURAGING words you left on my blog! :)

amber joy said...

Good verse! I'd love to join you and Jess for the gym, sounds like fun. And, if you're worried about finding the cute plastic smile, don't. Just grunt while your working out...nobody even gets close then!!! Really, it's what I did, and it worked. Just explain to Jess what's going on!