Still working on catching up, especially because on Tuesday, when I started this post…I ended up going to the doctor’s office and found out (after 10 days) that I have an upper respiratory infection. THAT is what has been making me so miserable. Got an anti-biotic going and some other meds, SO… hopefully I’ll finally start feeling better and have more energy soon!
Now onto Tuesday’s belated devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Speaking kindly to other people is a tremendous attribute and one that certainly enhances a godly woman. We all need kindness, and I believe we will reap what we sow. Proverbs 18:20-21 says that we will have to be satisfied with the consequences of our words and that the power of life and death are in the tongue.
Not only do we have the capability of speaking life or death to other people, we have the same ability in our own lives. We can speak words that build confidence in ourselves and others or we can speak words that destroy confidence.
Be especially careful about self-talk.This is the conversation that you have with yourself inside yourself. Be sure what you are saying is something you want to live with.
Pray: Lord, make my heart to be kind and compassionate, so that it overflows in kind words to others. May my words have the power of life in them, to build up others and encourage them. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“Lord, I praise You that Christ is not a weak person outside me, but a tremendous power inside me….through Him I am competent to cope with life, to do Your will, to love with Your love, to be more than a conqueror.
How I rejoice that I can grow, develop my gifts, enlarge my capacities…I need not be forever shackled by my past, but that with confidence and joy, I can look forward to actually becoming all that You have in mind for me to be.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“Don’t spend your day looking for something easy to do instead of tackling the hard things that need to be done. Do the hard things first, the ones you dislike the most, and get them out of the way.
For example, Don’t look at your distasteful jobs and think, ‘I will do those later.’ The hard tasks will nag at you all day long and drain your energy for doing the things you want to do. The spirit of passivity will rob you of productive energy, but you have the power of God in you to overcome procrastination.
Pray and ask God to help you finish the tasks you have been dreading. Work on what is important first, and soon they will no longer be ruling or ruining your day.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- Speaking kindly to others seems like an easy task–except to those who are mean or rude or hurtful–then it become quite the challenging task! Yet this seems like the whole “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” directive. I also found the reminder to watch how we talk to OURSELVES to be very thought-provoking; I think it’s true that many times we can be our own worst enemies and say awful things to ourselves about ourselves!
-2- My favorite line from this one is about how we don’t have to remain “shackled by our past” — that can be difficult when others can’t let go of the past, but we have to press on anyway and focus on the present and prepare for the future.
-3- This is one I keep reminding myself about frequently; I have this page in this devotional book underlined, highlighted, and bookmarked! It’s so true! Those distasteful or “have to” tasks do in fact nag at me and I feel the tug of the “have to” vs. “want to” battle; very often, I end up with a very unproductive day, because I only half-heartedly work on those “have to” things while my mind is on the “want to” things (like sewing!) Grrrrr… that procrastination thing again, just like in the Monday post! 🙁
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you find it easy to speak kindly to everyone, regardless of how they treat you?
Do you ever have troubles with those “shackles” of the past? Does anyone in your life try to keep reminding you of past offenses?
What do you think of the concept of doing those distasteful or “have to” tasks FIRST, so you can anticipate and look forward to doing the “want to” tasks?