I wrote this for a magazine contest...I did not get selected, however, I feel it is more than good enough to be shared. This poem ...
Monday, February 27, 2017
To be a woman of God and not the world...
I've been thinking a lot about God's blessings to us and how, at least for me, I have taken many for granted lately. As I delve into scripture more and more I am reminded of how divided and unholy my thoughts and ways are at times towards my fellow man...and woman. It reminds me of James 3:10 - "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing". (Chapter link for perspective on this verse)
Just as the Bible says, this should not be so...yet it happens. Every day. Every week. We get angry, we get offended, we get upset...and in anger and haste, words pour forth in a torrent. And we apologize. But are we forgiven? And do we truly forgive others when we are so attacked? I dare say we often do not...or we take our time about it.
I am far from perfect, yet I pray most earnestly that God will work on me in these areas to bring blessing and words of positive praise and good report to others. To lift up and build up, not mock and tear down.
It is often easy to find fault in what someone has done to us in the heat of the moment, yet if we stop, can we truly say we have always been good to them? Have we always been kind? Loving? Generous? If not, how can we resolve to do better?
I yearn to be a Proverbs 31 woman...a woman who finds good in everything, is pleasing in temperament and wholesome in her speech. Who is industrious without complaint, smart and strong, yet without being haughty or rude.
If you are struggling like me, will you be brave and comment "Me too!"? It is always nice to know you are not alone.