Aug 16, 2013

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Psalm 42, 43

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls!

Aren't you glad it's Friday? Me too!

Guess what? We are finished with Job! We read Psalms today, which is equivalent to jumping in cool water after baking in the sun all day {with Job}.

 No offense, Job, we were just ready to move on--and well, ya know, find a happier place.

So, speaking of needing some refreshment, I could sure use a little in the mornings with my little darlings. I mean, I have every intention of being sweet, kind, and doting in the mornings. It just doesn't always happen that way.

For example--just yesterday, one of my little darlings had a melt down. I won't tell you which one, but "she" was in rare melt-down form.

Oh yes.

I could feel my blood pressure rising. I began to quote every scripture on "taming my tongue" that I could scrounge up in my tangled-up bed-head. You know, like..."let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasant in Your sight", kind of stuff.

My flesh gave in. {I hate when this happens!}

I raised my voice {this may be an understatement}, and I definitely did not have pleasantness coming out of this mouth of mine. {this may be an understatement too}

My friend and I had just been comparing notes on our "unpleasant mornings" put it mildly. So, I was even aware that I was not the only momma on the planet having morning issues.

I then dropped the kids off at school, and felt that ping. You know the one.

The ping of..."I could have done better. I know better than to let my mouth overflow with such unpleasantness."

I hate that ping. Really, I do.

I wanted to turn back around, and start my day over again. This time, with my tongue tamed. Or even better, just cut my tongue right out.

Here's the thing...I had my quiet time with the Lord that morning. I prayed that morning. I had a good cup of coffee before the kids even woke up. So, what was my problem??

I think I know.

My problem was me, myself and I.

I had this idea of how I wanted my morning to go. However, I didn't realize that my sweet darlings under this roof had not gotten up an hour early for time with Jesus, they had not had an hour to pray, and they certainly did not have a cup of liquid consciousness. Oh no.

They were just being.

Being tired.

Being rushed.

Being kids.

Oh, and add being yelled at. {oops}

Okay, let me explain. I am not excusing the behavior of my little "melt-downer". However, I am the one that should set the example when she decides to win an award for "drama queen."

Am I teaching her anything when I explode right back?

Not really.

So, how does this post tie into our reading or tie into our memory verse?

It doesn't.

I just thought I needed to share what the Lord has been teaching me this week.

Maybe if I talk about it enough, it will stick with me. I will remember this post, and I will want to change the ending. A tamed tongue, a softer response.

So, your Fun Friday Challenge?

Do better than me. :)

Pause before responding.

Teach by example. Not just to your kids, but to all you come into contact with today.

I'm taking the challenge too. 'Cause, obviously I really need to. ;)

"Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."
Proverbs 16:24

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
 and those who love it will eat its fruits."
Proverbs 18:21

giving my tongue a rest,



  1. Anonymous8/16/2013

    You just described my entire week! Thank you for this and thank you for the challenge today. I'm going to work on this tongue of mine! It needs help!!!!!!:)

  2. Anonymous8/16/2013

    Thanks for making me feel NORMAL, and being raw and real with all of us. It's nice to know that we all can struggle in this area, and be honest about it. I need this challenge today! Happy Friday to you.

  3. Anonymous8/16/2013

    Wow, thank you.

  4. Goodness gracious. You just described my afternoon yesterday to a tee. Wow, how I needed this. Thank you Jill and thank you Lord!!

  5. Anonymous8/16/2013

    Thank you for this post. I had just sat down to read this morning and my 17 yr son said something I said something.Then I started reading and stopped and told him to have a good day and I love him.Thank you for giving me a check. Kelly

  6. So good, Jilly! Thanks for the window into your day. Love you so!

  7. Anonymous8/16/2013

    I should have read this at the beginning of the day!!!!!!!!! At least I have the weekend to work on it;) Sally

  8. Anonymous8/16/2013

    I just love you, Jill! I had the exact same moment yesterday with our oldest. My expectations of how things should be versus how things just are sometimes...I was pathetic. I immediately felt that ping and started praying for God to slap his hand over my mouth more often. ;-) Thank you for being so honest and making this mom feel less horrible!


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