“It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” –Matthew 12:36b-37 MSG
Ouch! This reminder is worded strongly so that people who think what they say doesn’t really matter, realize, “it matters!” Our words have the power to give life and lift up others; they also have the power to destroy. Carefully considering what we are saying can keep us out of hot water.
Always Be Careful
Have you ever been so involved in a conversation that you went from sharing what was in your heart right into gossiping about what was on your mind? One minute you and a friend are talking about the joys and trials you are both going through and the next minute you are tearing down Susie Somebody with mean words and judgmental accusations. A conversation that started as a way to fan the flames of your friendship morphed into a raging wildfire of mean words. How does that happen? (more…)
As our sixth grade teacher explained our social studies project, my best friend, Dawn, and I agreed to be partners. Anticipating some fun time together, we agreed that she would build the physical part of the project, and I would write the report on our chosen state, Hawaii. With those important decisions made, we promptly forgot about it. After all, we had two weeks. (more…)
Are you there, God? I feel so alone.
You’d think I was used to being the new kid. By the time I entered third grade, I had attended three different schools and lived in four different states. The last move was the second in eighteen months. I struggled to make friends because all my eight-year-old mind wondered was, What if we move again? I hated good-byes almost as much as I hated new hellos. (more…)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Anyone who has driven a car on a hot summer day on a long stretch of highway has seen the image of what appears to be water bouncing along the road ahead. The asphalt shimmers and waves. However, as you continue driving you realize it is a trick your eyes have played on you. In reality, the shimmery vision is just hot road that is causing a refraction of light, making it appear as if there is liquid.
I can see it, but is it really real?
When I was first learning to drive, this mirage really concerned me. (more…)
I am about to share a secret that I have never confessed publicly before. My husband is the only person who has heard this story.
When I was a young girl in elementary school, I would go out of my way to get attention. If one of the kids in my class got attention for something, I would store it in my mind for future reference.
For example, one day in third grade a girl came to class with new eyeglasses. Everyone in our class was impressed. I saw all the attention she got for having eyeglasses.
A few days later I was leaning over my desk staring at the board. I really don’t know what I was doing. I am pretty sure, though, that I was daydreaming but my teacher saw me and asked, “Anastacia, are you having trouble seeing the board?”
I was almost ten years old at the time I saw my opportunity.