The other day I had a huge victory in the area of controlling my tongue. I thought I might share it with you. Hopefully it will encourage you in your own walk with the Lord.
Here's the story...
I had made an appointment to go to the chiropracter on Friday. I made the it on Steve's day off so the could watch the kiddos. He decided he wanted to go jogging beforehand and told me that he would meet me at my appointment five minutes before it was to start and then he would take the kids to the park while I was getting cracked. No problem, that kills two birds with one stone.
I arrived at my appointment and I waited and waited for Steve to show up. I went in and and told the lady my circumstances all the while my tempature is rising. I was getting mad thinking how inconsiderate he was being for being late. I was stuck, though, I had all the children with me and I needed to lie on a table and get worked on. I looked around the office and saw a few toy-like items. Whew! I thought to myself, "I can do this. It is what it is." I got the older kids situated watching the younger ones and took the baby in with me. The Doc was totally cool and fell in love with Lily. Thank the Lord nobody else was in the waiting area because I could hear my four-year old and six-year old fighting from my room. As I was listening, I was starting to stress even more. So my doc, who is totally New Age, looked at me and said, "Don't stress, every thought is a prayer." Hmmm, God used her to totally convict me. I told myself, he must have a good excuse, I know his intentions aren't evil. I also knew that when we figured out whatever miscommunication this was, that he would feel terrible!
He called me on my cell at the end of my appointment and profusely apologized. He finally figured out that I was going the chiro instead of my massage therapist. He was waiting at the wrong building, so he had to walk to the fire station to call me after jogging 7 miles because he didn't have his phone with him. Poor guy!
Here is my victory. Six months ago I would have been LIVID! I would have let him have both barrels, without even waiting to hear his side of the story. This time, I could feel the Spirit actually holding my tongue. It was amazing. Keeping my husband's motives in mind was huge. The only thing I said was, "I hope you can give grace to me if I ever mess up in this type of a situation." I don't think there was anything wrong with saying that, because we have always lacked grace towards each other. We are both working on it.
Praise the Lord! Only He could so completely change me. I couldn't have done that without some serious Bible study and prayer. I feel that God is completely changing the soil in my heart. The peace that is invading my heart is so worth it.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at email@example.com
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball