Thursday, February 10, 2011

What do you leak?

Our sermon series this month has been over the book of James.

Oh how I love that book...need to wear my steel toed boots because I am
gonna get my "TOEs Stepped On"!! And girls...I need my toes smashed!

James 1:19
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous like that 
God desires. 

One thing I have always struggled with is losing my temper...
Aka...a little firecracker.

I think we pass on things to our children without intentionally meaning too.
I have always told myself I would not be like that with my kids...but regretfully...
I am. I can lose it pretty quick sometimes...then later...I feel so rotten about it.
Shame over comes my heart.

This is one area that I feel like God is telling me to work on.
Calm His don't always have to have the
last word...keep quiet.

Thankfully God gave me a husband with enough patience for the both of us!
Seriously...Matt is so calm.

My I keep a tight rein on like I should.
I gossip...I say hateful things...I boast...I'm prideful...I lose it.

James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue,
he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Sunday our Pastor Charlie said...
"Your heart leaks thru your mouth"

This week I've really been thinking...What is leaking out of my mouth?
A righteous life...or unrighteous's either one or the other.

I am praying that I allow God to leak out of my heart...because He is who
is in my heart. I so desire to change the way I speak to others & about others.

Especially to the ones who live in my house. They are precious to me & sometimes
I know I wound their spirits with my tongue.

Thankful for a church that speaks God's word & challenges me to grow in
my walk with Him. I am blessed every Sunday morning with their love!

Luke 6:43
For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. 

Praying my mouth is leaking God's love & compassion & truth!
Asking for you to pray for me & with me!
How about you? Is this a struggle for you?
Are you easily angered??


  1. Great Post Steph!
    Also I love this series and the book of James because it shoots the arrow of conviction straight to the heart, which is a great thing!

  2. Yes, Steph, this is and always has been a struggle for me, and I am always resolving to do better! I will pray for you! Will you pray for me? I read and enjoy the book of James very much, too!

  3. oh wow. thanks for this. Definitely something I am and need to always work on...

  4. Stephanie - i think this is a message that all of us can use at some time or another! It is one that certainly stomps our toes good... Mine anyway, ha!

  5. Love this girl & needed it!! We all struggle with this!!


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