Oct 19, 2012

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Matthew 15

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls! I've missed y'all so much!

I hope you have all been diving into Matthew and floating around a while in the cool, calm waters found there.

Seriously, I cannot get enough. Do you find yourself reading the passages over and over again? Yes, me too. Almost like licking my plate after a delicious meal. :)

I hope you have had the chance to catch up this week, or maybe even get ahead in our reading. One friend told me that she went back and read previous posts that she had not been able to read and how blessed she was. Our God is never stale is He? His Word is always fresh and on time!

Let's get straight to our Fun Friday Challenge:

This verse from our reading today hit me like a ton of bricks:

 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matt. 15:16-20

Here's how it breaks down in my blonde head: I can read the Bible day in and day out, go to church every time the doors open, give my time to the poor and the needy, look really Christian-y on the outside...

However,  what is coming out of my mouth? Oh, yikes.

Let me repeat this: What is coming out of our mouths?

"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45

Today, on this beautiful Fall Friday, let's be extra aware of what comes out of that pretty little mouth of ours.  God makes it very clear that our words are a reflection of our heart.

If you are like me, you may have to super glue your lips together some days. Seriously.

As if this weren't enough, as I was reading the daily Psalm--which is 19--for today being the 19th, I came across this verse:

"May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
Psalm 19:14

Hello! I think the Lord really wants us to get this. (or maybe it's just me!) :)

Let's focus on pleasing our Father today by the words that come out of our mouths. Let's encourage, lift up, exhort, and praise others today around us. Regardless of the mood we are in or the emotions we are feeling. Let's speak goodness today.

Are you with me?

taming my tongue,



  1. Thank you so much for posting this this morning! Its like the Lord thumped me on the forehead and said "this one is for you!" ;) Thankful for you, Jill!

  2. Welcome back! You were missed. :)

  3. Anonymous10/19/2012

    So good!!! :) Sarah

  4. You are right, dear Jill, about Matthew being filled to the brim! I've been soaking with all the kingdom is like unto in the previous chapters before today...seeing how many times and how many ways the LORD explained to His disciples...how very patient always...yet firm to say "Don't you know? or don't you see?" Makes me feel better to know gentle can also sound firm because teachers have a tone...lol. Born to teach! :) Don't you love that in Matthew 14 when Jesus drew away after John the Baptist's death...He was moved with compassion by the multitudes...and wouldn't send them home as the disciples wanted...but fed them...and not because there was plenty of food but because He knew that He had to but ask His Father to multiply the food...and there would be enough. Then, after teaching about how we should watch what we say...He again was moved with compassion for the multitude...and the disciples again not sure about enough food...but Jesus patiently repeated the miracle!! Jesus forever Faithful to pray and believe the Father would do what He says...modeling for us to do the same! I also note that the last verses says that the many who needed healing and deliverance knew that if they but touched the garment of Jesus, the would be healed...and they were!! Familiar? Yes, indeed, the words of the woman with the issue of blood!! I never saw that verse so clearly as this time. The miracle of the woman receiving the crumbs, too...for her daughter's healing...notice it was what they said...in all those miracles!!! To receive...we must say!!! Glooorrrryyyy!!!! Obviously if we're busy saying what God says...and not those corrupt things...we receive what we say!!! It is not like instant grits...because we must say and keep on saying whether we ever see or not!!! How Faithful our God, though, that He does indeed let us see the gain on our investment of saying His Word!!! Love this, Jill!!! Wooo Hooo!!!!!! :) <3

    1. I must add...that as we say corrupt things...we also receive...but not blessings...for sure...


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