Lord, please help me hold my tongue today
So I don’t say what I ought not say
God help me keep from rolling my neck
When I have mind to disrespect
Who even looks at me wrong
Since they don’t know what’s going on
In my life
It’s not all strife
And I know better than to say
All is lost when things don’t go my way
For you said bless instead of curse
And I knew a time when stuff was worse
But not now
I have breath left yet to sing
Even without a diamond ring
Even without a pot to pee
I can still bend my knee
And bow my head
To you God
It’s not too hard
Yet I fail to follow your request
I’d do my best but come up short by using some excuses
What would I do if it were you who decided to throw up deuces?
Stop my scheming and resisting
I’d embrace my destiny
…So here I am now
Lord send me.
The new year is in full swing and before it gets too far, I think I’d better get some goals down on the internet. I don’t know if having an audience (even of one) can shame me enough into sticking to the list, but I’ll try anything.
1. Come out of the closet. Did I get your attention? I’m a christian and proud of it.
2. Glorify God through my work. More faith based novels, poetry and children’s picture books are on the way!
3. Study the craft. I have a ton of books about writing on kindle and one I checked out from the library.
4. Trust God. Sometimes fear of failure keeps me grounded. It’s time to step out on all fronts.
5. Play with the kids more. We had fun over Christmas break so we are starting family game night and more baking together. Yum!
6. Even more couple time. We have just discovered that we can meet for lunch while the kids are in school. Yeah!
7. Pray about everything and worry about nothing. Think I stole that from Yolanda Adams’ Morning Show, but it’s so appropriate. Everytime I go to God he answers.
8. Eat less junk and more vegetables. I need to get my 5 to stay alive.
9. Walk more. It’s my thing. Just makes me feel good!
10. Read. Nothing like a good book. The Bible is definitely included in that list! Some blow your mind passages in there. Thanks God.
God’s love for us is so strong. Yesterday during the invitation, five-year-old Lauren decided she wanted to be baptized. She tried to go up to the alter on a previous Sunday and I stopped her. This time she was adamant. Lainey, who just turned seven, decided to join too –way back in March 2010 during the kids’ praise service she attends while I’m in the sanctuary. Well her paperwork got lost so I used that time to see if she really meant it. Despite her and her two siblings waging all out war here at home, Lainey’s been taking communion regularly and maintains that she wants to live for God. So looks like both girls will be baptized on the third Sunday. What about the boy you say? Let us all just bow our heads right now and pray. We tried to get the preacher to lay hands on Orion, while we were there, but he wouldn’t stay still long enough.
I can’t say I would have wanted to commit my life at such a young age, but it definitely moves me closer to God, now, knowing that he can affect little children in this way. So I have no reason to hold out on him. I believe it’s good for them to know as much as possible about God. Sure will need him in this life. Though, a part of me wonders if this is just about their right to take communion…the kids think that wafer and grape juice are a feast for kings, if not the “born again.”
After talking to the youth pastor about this life-changing process Lauren said, “The pastor says when I come out of the water I’ll be like new. Does that mean I’m going to turn into a baby again?” This is almost the exact question asked of Jesus in the bible (John 3:1-7). I found it incredible. Yet these same children never hear us when we say pick up your toys, or go get ready for bed. Hmm… I think I will tell them that baptized children always pick up their toys or they go to the devil. Speaking of the devil, he probably played a major role in pushing them to God’s side. They watched that episode of Tom and Jerry where Tom goes down to the “red dog” for torturing Jerry all his life (my most favorite episode of all time!). Likewise, they’ve seen the shadow man in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, get gobbled up by hideous creatures seeking payment for his bad deeds. After that they didn’t want to go to hell. God does great work through use of cartoons. I ain’t mad at him.