Hello Sweet Friends!
I am so excited today to be joining up with Rachel over at Oh Simple Thoughts and a bunch of other ladies for a "Coffee Date" to share what the Lord has been laying on our hearts.What a joy to come together with other like minded women of Faith to share encouragement for our lives and businesses!
One of my favorite things is a coffee date with friends. I love those moments when you can sit for hours and get lost in deep conversation with one another about real heart issues... When Rachel asked me to participate, I knew exactly what I would share, because the Lord has dealt so heavily with me about it recently. More and more over the course of the last few weeks He's checked me in my spirit over the words coming out of my mouth. I never considered myself to be a viscous gossip or a person who ran around trying to make problems, but as time went on I realized that there is not much of a difference in that or what I had been doing. All my life I've done it, repeating a rumor someone shared or talking with someone behind their back about life decisions they were making as if my idle words were going to change anything. It doesn't. All it does is hurt people if it gets back to them (Which it does so much more often than we know or think) and the Lord very clearly shows us how he feels about gossip and an idle tongue.
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
"Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble."
"Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler."
"But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,"
2 Timothy 2:16
"To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."
It is so much harder than we think to change the way we've been all our lives but I am determined to come out of that rut and to speak the positive. I cannot tell you how many times this verse and ran through my head. Every time I open my mouth to say some thing now, "Let the words of my mouth...". Oh how good our Lord is to help us through something when He brings it to our attention! He doesn't point out our flaws and leave us to fix them on our own. He's right there with us and has the tools to help.
Thankful for this opportunity today to be real and share my heart with you all..
Don't forget to visit the other posts and see what the Lord is sharing with everyone else! I hope your Wednesday is beautiful!