Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bread for the Journey

Are you thankful for your tongue?
Like all most parts of my body. . . it has an valuable function. . well actually two really important functions.
As someone who loves to cook and bake I rely on the taste buds of my tongue to tell me how much seasoning and spices to add to my dishes. I feel quite confident in the function of my taste buds.
The other function of my tongue has me often less satisfied with the small degree of control I seem to have on this part of my body.
In the church we attend we have been doing a study in James.
It didn't surprise me to find that this would be a rather uncomfortable study for me. . .
since it challenges me to be consistent in who I say I am. ..
and sometimes the stark reality of how I behave.
James 1:26 says. .
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on this tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (vs26)
This week I was reminded again on how bridling my tongue is still one of the most challenging parts of my character development. Why do I still believe that my opinion is so important? Why do I still have such a hard time listening instead of thinking ahead of how I will reply?
Oh Lord Jesus. . ..
I want to have a life that is honouring to you!
I'm so thankful for forgiveness. . .and for new beginnings.
With joy and thankfulness. . .I praise you oh Lord. . .
All for now. . .with love,
Lovella

15 comments:

  1. I know the struggle. A silent tongue is a wise tongue. I wish I could live by that more often.

    Cal :>

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  2. oh sister, do I know what you mean.
    my tongue, has been the cause of so much grief at times....but it is what is in the heart that comes our through the mouth...Lord create in me a clean heart.

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  3. A good word, Lovella... One we can all take to heart.

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  4. This blessed me and really made me think about the things I say and do. Thanks!

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  5. Thank you for the reminder. I will camp on that one this week. Kathy

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  6. Yes, and many times my words have come back to me when I'm alone. I think to myself, "I can't believe I said that." With regret, I might add. I vow to consider my words before I speak, next time.
    I pray with you that: the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in His sight.
    Sometimes, I ponder what impressions I will leave behind in the lives of those I have been blessed to be a part of.
    Mama Bear

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  7. 'Think before you speak'..a constant reminder to myself. Good post Lovella!

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  8. Thank you for this reminder. I am so often quick to judge what other people say. I need to take a long hard look at what I say. Am I being kind? Am I being helpful? Am I honoring God?

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  9. my tongue becomes unbridled alot more that it should, but i am learning!

    http://randommusingsfrommypov.com

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  10. We have had some great teaching at church these past weeks on what it means to be "religious." James teaches so much about how I reflect God to those around me.
    Thank you, Lovella!

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  11. your words hit home...may i keep His Word on the tip of my tongue rather than my words...may we all continue to grow and may his grace cover us in all our humanness and may He give us clean hearts :)

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  12. Thanks, Lovella, for the reminder! I struggle with my tongue too.....and reading James always makes me aware of how much I need to rely on the Holy Spirit to bridle my tongue.

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  13. Thankyou for sharing this timely reminder Lovella, It is something I need to be practicing constantly.

    Blessings
    Gail

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  14. Lovella,
    Thank you for sharing this Scripture with us! I am so thankful to find this blog, there are many wise women here. I try to remember this on a daily basis, although it is hard to control our tongues.
    In Christ~
    Jess

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