Finding Victory In A Word War

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26

It was a quiet Sunday morning, just before I would head into the doors of the sanctuary that the most unholy thing happened. The wounding of a human soul. Mine.

The friendly conversation turned ugly fast as her anger spewed like hot lava all over me. I kept my composure as best as I could and told her we would have to talk later.

I sat shaking, fighting tears in the third pew on the right. And, after, when the apology came, I accepted. But the damage was done.

Have you ever been there? 
Which side of the word war were you on?

Were you the attacked or the attacker?

In his book, Just A Minute, Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International, reminds us that it only takes a minute for our words to change a lifefor better or for worse.

“Spoken or written, words have an incredible power to sear themselves into the human spirit.”

I know I have said a lot of things in my life that I wish I could take back. But, the truth is, I can’t. All I can do is pray for grace and ask God to help me give that same grace to others.

Because we are all walking wounded, aren’t we? We all have tongues, sharp as swords, and no one comes through this life unscathed.

But just because we are prone to bad behavior doesn’t mean we have to be a slave to it. 

In John 13:34, Jesus gave this command to His disciples: “Love one another. As I have love you, so you must love one another.” And, in Matthew 5:44, Jesus teaches another radical concept:  “Love your enemies.”

Mr. Stafford quotes poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to emphasize that message of looking beyond the surface to the person Jesus sees.

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

God help me to remember that the hateful actions of others does not give me permission to hate back. As hard as it might be to believe, hidden behind the armor of every angry warrior is a little child crying out for love and acceptance.

This song is my prayer. May it be for all of us.  

Let my words be Life
Let my words be Truth
I don’t want to say a Word
Unless it points the world
Back to You

 

Hawk Nelson – Words (Feat. Bart Millard of MercyMe) Official Lyric Video from hawk-nelson on GodTube.

More Valentines Love

Valentine’s Day may be over, but I’m still feeling the love.
So, I thought I’d share some free stuff with you.Because what says love better than FREE!

God Gave Me You by Dave Barnes
Download this song for free through Feb. 17th!

Life to the Max by Max Lucado
This digital sampler includes excerpts from six Lucado books!
(Max on Life, Outlive Your Life, Fearless, It’s Not About Me, Cure for the Commmon Life, and Live Loved)

Heart Cookie
A free resource from Focus on the Family
Reviews from a Christian perspective for movies, tv, music, games, etc.
And, just for fun…
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Have a wonderful weekend – and spread the love!

How to Find True Love and Avoid a Train Wreck

I love love.

And, based on the enormous volume of music and movies and books produced on the subject, not to mention the amount of Valentine’s Day candy and cards sold every year, we all do.

But we want the real deal. Not the fake stuff.
Because the fake stuff only leads to pain.

Just ask Manti Teo.

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We want the kind of love I talk about in Love Letters, which, I guess not surprisingly, turns to be one of the all-time most popular posts I’ve written to date.
And how can you know if you’ve found the real deal?

In my case, it took me a while to realize that my husband was “The One”. So I know that it can be difficult to discern matters of the heart. But, I also believe that as we pray and ask God for guidance,  He gives us all the signs and signals we need to keep us headed on the right track.

Here are my thoughts on how to avoid a relationship train wreck.

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What are your thoughts on finding true love?

Have you found it or are you still searching?

Please share in the comments.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Favorite Love Songs

In anticipation of Valentines Day,  I decided to have a little fun and share some of my favorite love songs. I’m linking this post over at Katherine’s for her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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I’ve always loved this classic song and don’t believe I’ve ever heard a version I didn’t like. This cover of Just the Way You Look Tonight by Michael Buble doesn’t disappoint. Beautiful!

Loving You Is Easy is a fun, upbeat little song by CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artist, Chris August. See if you can keep yourself from smiling or tapping your toes. I dare you!

And it would just be wrong to forget the lovely ballad, My Valentine, by Jim Brickman/Martina McBride. Enjoy!

Now it’s your turn.
What’s one of your favorite love songs?
Please share in the comments!