Today is my first official Friday off. I don't really have any great plans for the day until this evening when I go to child sit for 2 adorable little girls. I do plan on doing some reading. One of my favorite authors is Charles Martin and his new book Where the River Ends just came out. I'm very excited about going to get it! He's one of my favorite authors and if you haven't read any of his books, you should (i know most of you reading this already have, but just in case you've stumbled onto this blog I had to say it) Maybe when I'm done reading it, I'll write a review on it.
Starting this blog has been a journey of knowing what to write and what not to write. It still doesn't feel entirely comfortable to me. I want to be true to myself and be able to share the events in my life and the feelings I have about them. But in some cases that's hard to do when the situations involve other people. This morning, as I was contemplating what I may have to say today that would be "safe" to say in this place, God very gently reminded me of something. He said if you don't feel right about blogging it, then you probably shouldn't be saying it all. I think lately I have let my words and feelings run away without much consideration for those around me (all part of that selfish bubble). I don't want to live my life in that way. And to those of you who may have been affected by my words and attidtude recently, I apologize.
When I was young, I listened to Kids Praise albums (yes albums, and some cassette tapes). One of them was Charity Churchmouse and on it she learned the lesson of how dangerous our words can be. One of my favorite songs on it (based on Psalm 19:14) says "May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable to You." This is my prayer for this week; that I, that we, would learn to use our words in the right ways.
I was just about to publish this blog and I looked up at the title. I thought, what does this title have to do with talking about words. Maybe in the river of life, encouraging and truthful words will carry us through to the end with less of a rocky ride.
May your ride through today be smooth and refreshing for you and those around you.