September 11

A word….a look…a gesture. That is how we all communicate.

The chips let me sleep in a bit this morning, but I just couldn’t go back to sleep. My brain just wouldn’t shut off. For years I have looked for that shut-off valve, but haven’t been able to find it. Anyone have the manual, I really need to know where that switch is.

Anyway, I rolled over pulled the Bible off my nightstand…and why is it called a night stand? Does it lay down in the daytime?…and flipped to Romans 12. I love Romans 12 because it has so much packed into one chapter. I read that, and just needed something more, so I began to flip through. I stopped in Matthew 15 and I got to verse 17 that says it isn’t what you put into your mouth that defiles you~~hallelujah!! pass the Hershey’s!~~it is what comes out of your mouth that defiles you. YIKES!! D0 I speak a blessing or a cursing?

We all think that we communicate well. We all have the occasional outburst, the occasional snark, the occasional head-spinning moment, but for the most part we think do well. The thing is, we aren’t on the receiving end of the communication.

What about your facial expressions? How does your face look when those that you love walk in the room? Is is a pleasant I’m-so-happy-your-here face or is it more of an anger, disapproving, tired look? These things will have an effect on our loved ones too.

I have begun to ask myself at the end of the day….would I have wanted to be my child today? would I have wanted to be my spouse today?

How about you?

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14 thoughts on “September 11”

  1. That is a great point. As a writer and a stay-at-home mom, there are times when I just can’t get do everything I would like to do every day. Sometimes, when I’m trying to write and my kids won’t let me have five minutes to myself, I catch myself making a not-so-nice face at them, and I immediately feel horrible about it. Thanks for your insight today. I’m going to work on it all day. It will be nice to have something uplifting to think about on this most depressing of days.

  2. Ouch, Tanya…you’re stepping on my toes!!! Seriously though, you bring up very good points. I find myself sighing when I hear the kids say “MOM!” Sometimes I don’t want to be “MOM” and just be ME, but I don’t need to portray that to them. I’ll work on my sighing and my irritated face-looks.

    THANKS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My husband and I were talking about our marriage the other day. I will make a long story short. We are both very happy, but he said that he thinks we are grouchier to each other at home than we would be if we were out in public. He is right. Would I talk to my kids or my husband the same way if we were in front of people?

  4. Wow. Did you ever hit this nail on the head! I’ve printed this out and put it on my bulletin board.
    BTW- Tell D. I’m really enjoying his blog.

  5. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    When you hit the nail you really sink it don’t you?

    Thank you for posting this even though you thought about posting something else. If no one else needed this, and obviously there are others from the comments above, I needed to hear this word from above – Thanks


  6. Being in the ministry, it seems that people can say what ever they want to the preacher or his wife and it’s ok because they put there tip in the plate on Sunday. We have had over the years many hurtful things said to us, both from church people and family.
    “O be careful little mouth what you say, for the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful what you say”

    Thanks for the reminder…

  7. Wow, you rally raise a good point. I can think of many days when I would not want to be my kids or my Hubby.
    Thanks for making me aware of it…:)

  8. “Mom’s taking a break!” I’m so, SO thankful my kids are older so I can take needed time to get my grouchies out. I’m thankful for the days when I’m able to own up to it right away; it difuses the situation like you wouldn’t believe.

    Thanks for the timely reminder!

  9. Thanks a lot Tanya!!!!!!!! You sure know how to get to someone,don’t you. God must have been in on your posting this. It seems to have spoken to a lot of us. Love you

  10. Just want you to know that I thought about this all day and worked very hard on treating my children like I would want to be treated if I was one of my children. Does that make sense??? I also read all of Romans 12. Wonderful words of life! I just love you, Tanya for pointing out something I need to work on.

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