Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Foot In Mouth Disease & Other Sundry Ailments

Fly off the handle.
No filter.
Diarrhea of the mouth.
Open mouth insert foot.

Temper. Temper. Temper.

Lord have mercy, y'all... I can just cut loose sometimes!

No thought.  No plan.  Just purge.
Release, if you will. Just let me get it all out so I can feel better.

But at what cost?

... The respect of someone I love?

... A cherished friendship?

... My child's precious heart?

Truth is, I typically end up feeling worse than I did to begin with.  Because I've hurt somebody... usually someone very special and dear to me.

Being the queen of "Googling Things",  I decided to do some research.  I wanted to find verses of scripture that speak specifically to taming the tongue.

Here are a few that cut me deep, Shrek... separating marrow from bone, to be sure!
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. - Proverbs 21:23 
    • My, my, my!  Do I ever get myself into trouble??  Why is this so hard?  What is so difficult about THINKING before speaking?? And putting myself in someone else's shoes before I REACT without rhyme or reason? 
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. - Proverbs 12:18
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.- Ephesians 4:29  
    • Oh that I would only speak words of grace, and peace, and healing.  That I would be a balm to those around me... an inspiration and encouragement... instead of a devastating dervish of whirling words that wound. 
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! - Psalm 141:3 
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. - Proverbs 17:28
    • If I could just learn to put my lips on lockdown!  That when I begin to think about setting my words free into space, I would think about the effects they may have.  We all have our emotions, but part of being wise and mature and complete is learning to bridle those feelings.. to put up the flesh and give the Spirit the reigns! 
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. - James 1:19-20
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. - Psalm 51:6
    • When I lash out, without thought of consequence, I am being selfish.  In my anger, I am only thinking of ways to make myself feel justified.  But justification is not for me to provide.  In fact, it has already been provided for me, in spite of  all my flaws, scars, and warts, by the Perfect Lamb of God... the Savior of the world. See, it's not just a problem with my tongue.  It's a problem with my heart.   
We've been to our fair share of doctor's offices lately.  Each time, we've been provided with prescriptions for our illnesses.  Antibiotics for pneumonia, sinus, and ear infections... Albuterol in the form of breathing treatments to loosen chest congestion and inflammation.  Nose sprays and ear drops to soothe and comfort as we wait on all these others to take effect.  Not to mention good old reliable humidifiers and vapor rubs.

During this last trip with Sam, when he was diagnosed with pneumonia, the doctor made the comment that she really didn't want to put him on two antibiotics at the same time.  You see, the one that she would prescribe to clear his chest congestion, would have little to no effect on his ear infection. And vice versa.  She knew that he had already completed one two week course of a certain drug to no avail.  She said, "There's really only one other option that I can think of that will be of benefit to both infections.  I'm going to give you a stronger one... but don't worry, it's safe.  I would give it to my own kids."  So we took the slip, dropped it off at the pharmacy, and almost one week later, he is all but completely healed! (Praise the Lord!! After battling with a stuffy nose since Christmas, he can FINALLY BREATHE!!)

When I began this post, I had all intentions of taking each and every one of these verses and printing them out on index cards... placing them in prominent places in my home and environment throughout the day, as a reminder, a sort of prescription for the healing of my heart and renewing of my mind. Multiple prescriptions, that is.

But then I came across this one...
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. - Psalm 19:14
Wow.  That's pretty powerful.  In fact, this one verse, could just be the key... the compilation of everything I would need to treat this malady.

If I could just memorize this one... this wee little verse... If I could just take it and hide it away in my heart... Maybe, just maybe...  I could be cured once and for all!

(What's that? I think I just heard an "Amen" and a "Bless Jesus" from the back bedroom!!) ;-)

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