by Marilyn Ehle
â€œMay the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemerâ€?.Â Psalm 19:14
My husband thanked me this morning for something I had said in an earlier conversation. Iâ€™ve no doubt of his sincerity.Â Iâ€™m confident that he loves and respects me.Â His words of thanks brought a glow to my heartâ€¦untilâ€”with hardly a breath between the words of thanks and the next phraseâ€”he added, â€œbutâ€¦â€?Â What followed were not words of spite or disdain, but simply what he considered to be a flaw in my attitude.Â The glow evaporated as quickly as a wisp of smoke and although I didnâ€™t verbally respond (I am slowly learning to bridle my tongue!), those â€œbut wordsâ€? roiled within until I could later totally relinquish them to God and thus regain a sense of peace.
How often do I speak â€œbut wordsâ€? to my Heavenly Father?Â Â I express gratitude for His great gifts but quickly add, â€œbut couldnâ€™t you do a little more?â€? Or I say thanks that He has promised to never leave or forsake me, then add, â€œBut I want to feel your presence.â€?Â God will be pleased when both my words and my inner attitude express contentment with his will.
Help me, Lord, to be honest and simple before you so that my words and my attitude express trust in who you are and how you lead.
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