Living Outside the Stacks

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The Power of the Tongue {In the Church}

Speak wisdom {Living Outside the Stacks}

On Sunday morning we had a guest speaker at our church named Evangelist Rodney Warren. He often speaks at our church in our pastor’s absence and I enjoy listening to him because I always learn something. Which is a good thing because, well, that’s part of the reason why we go to church, right? For the past year or so, the Lord has been dealing with me on two fronts: my temper and my mouth.

I have a pretty bad temper. Not an I’ll cuss you out or cut you kinda temper but an I will verbally cut you down to size and do my best to inflict as much emotional harm as possible kinda temper, which can be just as bad as cutting someone. The hubs likes to say that words are like mud against a white wall, you can wash it away but the stain remainsAnd over the years I’ve done my fair share of staining.

Anyway, as Evangelist Warren was speaking the two verses that kept bouncing around in my head were:

Ephesians 4:26

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

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Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Wow! How many times have I laid in my bed thinking of all the hurtful things I could have/should have said in response to whatever has gotten me going? How many times have I wrestled against the angry text? How many times have I thought people should be grateful we now have cell phones and I can’t call them and slam the phone down? I was the queen of the phone slam, y’all. In my anger, I was sinning because I was going to bed and waking up angry. Actually, I was going to bed, laying there, falling asleep and waking up angry. And, goodness knows, I was thinking all sorts of awful stuff. For the record, if you’re thinking it, you might as well say it….

The Bible doesn’t say don’t get angry; Jesus got angry (remember he threw the money changers out of the temple in Matthew 21:12~13) but Jesus did not sin. As Christians, we are called to be Christ like in all aspects of our life, on a daily basis. I know that I haven’t lived up to the standard that he has set for me but I’m publicly acknowledging my sin and asking for God’s grace and forgiveness. And to all of those who’ve been hurt by my words, I ask that you forgive me as well. From this day forth, I speak life, love and blessings on you and your loved ones.

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Internet Cafe Devotions ~ Word Filled Wednesdays

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Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Soon after the kids started taking health and sex ed courses, we made a list of words that were banned from the house; at the top of that list was the word “moist”. shudder Over the years, the word has made it’s way into conversation, most notably at Thanksgiving dinner when my parents, sister, and her family were all gathered around the table. It was the most awkwardly funny experience ever. Anyway, I led with that so you can understand why I am truly skeeved by the thought of moisturizing jeans. ewww  Wrangler has solved a problem I didn’t even know we had: we need a spa like experience in our pants.  There’s just so much wrong with this product and, you know what, it’s another reason for people to hate Americans. Yes, I went there.

2. When did Oprah gain the power to absolve people of their sins? It irritates the living daylights out of me that celebrities think if they go before Oprah and confess all they’ll be forgiven. It also irks me that Oprah believes she has this power. But that’s a whole nother issue.

3. Come closer. A little bit closer, I have a secret to tell you… People are idiots! A Belgian woman drove 900 miles out of her way because her GPS told her to. head desk Her initial destination was a mere 90 miles away from her home. Goodness knows I’ve heard my fair share of “Recalculating” but if my GPS tells me to turn right and I see a lake or a brick wall, I don’t turn right because some clipped accent tells me to. Common sense, people! If it doesn’t feel right, pull over and ask questions. Buy a map.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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Chain Link {This or That Thursday}

Chain {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Minimalism”. I’ve had a lot of fun with this particular theme because it’s challenging to focus on a single object and still try to tell a story. My inclination when trying to capture an image is to get as much into the picture as possible, this challenge has forced me to pay attention to color, detail and cropping. I’ve also tried not to do much editing, other than a bit of sharpening and, of course, cropping. You can see the rest of my images from the 365 Project: 2013 Edition by clicking here.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday.

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