Posted by: heisourstrongtower | August 2, 2012

Jesus Calling – August 3rd

Jesus Calling for Kids – August 3rd
Sticks and Stones

The saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” Just simply isn’t true. Words can cut deeper than a knife. And the wounds they leave behind may never heal.

The world praises people who say “clever” things – even if they embarrass and hurt others. But that is not the kind of person I want you to be. Your words are powerful tools. I want you to use them to build up those around you, not tear them down.

I know you get angry and frustrated at times, but don’t say the first thing that pops into your mind. Pray first! Before you pick up the phone, pray. Before you answer someone else’s angry words, pray. Before you say anything, pray! A simple, split-second prayer – Help me, Jesus” – is all it takes to put your words under My control.

Ephesians 4:29 (ICB) When you talk, do not say harmful things. But say what people need – words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will help those who listen to you. 

Proverbs 12:18 – The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Jesus Calling – August 3rd

WATCH YOUR WORDS DILIGENTLY. Words have such great power to bless or to wound. When you speak carelessly or negatively, you damage others as well as yourself. This ability to verbalize is an awesome privilege, granted only to those I created in my image. You need help in wielding this mighty power responsibly. 

Though the world applauds quick-witted retorts, My instructions about communication are quite different: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Ask My Spirit to help you whenever you speak. I have trained you to pray – “Help me, Holy Spirit” – before answering the phone, and you have seen the benefits of this discipline. Simply apply the same discipline to communicating with people around you. If they are talking, pray before responding. These are split-second prayers, but they put you in touch with My Presence. In this way, your speaking comes under the control of My Spirit. As positive speech patterns replace your negative ones, the increase in your Joy will amaze you.

My Reflections:

I am sure that I do not have to tell you what it meant to me to read the words in both of these devotions tonight. I promise you that, even though I have read through Jesus Calling before…it was 2 years ago and I did not remember this particular devotion. There is only one way that this could have even happened..that God would bring “The Power of a Woman’s Silence – One Woman’s Challenge” to me one day and the next bring me the words in these devotions. “Help me, Holy Spirit! I just want to follow your leading in my life.”

And did you all see that this goes along with the “patience” Bible study too. James 1:19 just so happens to be one of the verses we discussed today and Helena even shared this very verse as a picture on Many Strands. I know that I say this quite a bit, but when He shows up continually for us like this…I just gotta say it, can you say CONFIRMATION!!! For both me and for all of you!!!

“Help us, Holy Spirit! We just want to follow your leading in our life.”

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