Think before you speak or type…

My Mama always said “Once those words are spoken you can never take them back!” This is so true. It is hard to forgive someone that has verbally hurt you. Those feelings just simmer and mull around until it consumes you and steals your joy; at least that is how it can be for me at times. Those people you live with see you at your worst. Currently, mine are seeing me at my worst 24/7 thanks to COVID19! 😑 I have had to apologize more times in the past three weeks than I have in a year. Oh the struggle to be nice when you are mentally on edge.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to die right now. I want to see my son get married, meet my grandchildren, grow old together with Tal. This tension causes me to be on edge and fly off the handle in a split second. I don’t mean to but I still do it. I feel like this is the same for every American Citizen right now. We are living in fear and I am guilty!

As I scroll through Facebook I also see so many things about people in authority; things good and bad. Our opinions on people and their job performance or how nasty someone is. Now is the time to build people up not tear them down or assist in spreading rumors or lies. I am not one to make political posts. I don’t always agree with the behavior of people in authority but, I cannot imagine the stress each and every person at our nation and state capitals are enduring right now. Someone in authority is having to make decisions about the lives of their family, friends and people they don’t even know. Lives are literally in their hands. Circumstances that have never been seen in my lifetime are thrown at these people right and left. Are they hard decisions? Absolutely! Do they make the right choices? Maybe! maybe not! These people need our prayers and our support. They are making decisions about our lives and we are not there to witness the circumstances and exactly what happens. I don’t trust anything I see on the television anymore. I have to investigate it and pray about it. Satan is hard at work to bend our ways of thinking toward his. Now is the time for Christians to stand outside of the mix.

Two Bible verses come to mind regarding this subject:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬. Set yourself apart! Stand up for Jesus!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬. At this time in our lives this is exactly what we need: to be prayerful, thankful and in our Bibles.

God’s word tells us the ending to the story. Whether you believe in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Savior or not, the ending is the same. I encourage you today to tune into a church service, tune into more than one. Fill your heart and mind with the truly good stuff! God’s mercy and grace is sufficient!

Stay safe! Much love ~ Melynda

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