So much to do, so many piles to conquer, and I’m left, as usual, trying to keep in perspective what matters most.
It’s been a hard day, as many Tuesdays are around our house. I actually heard myself say today, “If that Bible movie is lost, I’m going to be really mad.”
Really? I no sooner had the words out of my mouth before I was convicted.
I’m certain of a few truths in this life, including:
- Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouths speaks. (Luke 6:45)
- As is the gardener such is the garden, as is the wife such is the family.
- Moms set the tone in the home.
As a mother, are the words coming forth from my mouth reflective of a heart that’s peaceful and content in Him? Or do I hear my frustration, impatience, and lack of gentleness as I methodically attempt to raise these boys into men of God?
Have I lost inspiration to make my home a haven, the happiest place on earth for these nine young men that I love with my whole heart? Do they, as my garden, reflect my tender care? Are they well-pruned, watered, and nurtured, or have I become pessimistic, and sometimes lazy with my speech (and thus my own heart-keeping)?
Do I remember the significance of my role as Mother in this family? Have I forgotten that my tone – my speech, my actions, my words, my habits, my heart message – is being infused into every single one of my family members?
They’re sponges, these little ones, and we only get one chance to shape them for a lifetime. Sure, they’ll grow up and hopefully continue to mature in the Lord, but WE are ultimately responsible for leading them to that path.
So, again….Is my speech steering them toward Him? Or am I a hypocrite to my children when I say to them in a hostile tone that I will be angry if they’ve lost the Bible movie?
Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. And it isn’t just our words that they’re hearing. Our face and tone convey a much deeper message than the words we say.
Want to pray a bold prayer with me? I pray that not only is my speech positive, and a blessing to others, but that my facial expressions and my voice tone are congruent with my heart’s message. Ultimately, if you pray this with me, you’re asking God to do heart work on you, just as He needs to do on me.