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What the &@$%!!

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Sometimes even I can’t believe the words that come from my mouth. I’ve been known to say, “Wow, I offended myself with that one.” I’ve always been a much better writer than a speaker, as far as speaking of Christ. Most would say it’s because with writing you have time to think. But that’s not the case for me. If I’m writing, I’m usually NOT thinking..it’s just my feelings overflowing onto paper. Granted, there is the wonderful “DELETE” button available! 😉

Anyway, one of my biggest mouth issues is swearing. I swear like a trucker at times, not around my kids of course, actually I only swear around those I know also swear as not to be offensive to those who dont. I can’t say that I feel bad when I do, or feel that I’ve done wrong. I don’t. I’ve long felt that its a great way of expressing one’s feelings. I know, many of you are like uhhh, Sarah, you’re whacked out of your mind. Swearing shows ignorance. But, I’m not trying to justify my swearing, I’m just sharing with you my feelings on it. Now, there are times I hear people swearing and it offends me. There are movies I will turn off due to swearing. I think just like anything, context and tone of voice greatly affect the words spoken.

Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth. (Psalm 34:13 MSG)

Looking at that scripture, I have to wonder…what exactly is profanity? I don’t think it’s just swearing. So I just did a Dictionary.com search. It says that profanity is a vulgar or irreverent action or speech. Ok, so then swearing isn’t the only profanity that could be demonstrated by a person..far from it.

That being said, how one interprets another’s words or actions is also important.

And if someone walking by hears me swearing, and also just happens to see the cross on my neck, and also just happens to feel that swearing in itself is vulgar..then I can’t say, in good conscience, that my words were harmless. So, although I may not see MY swearing as vulgar, it becomes vulgar because of their interpretation, and as a result, reflects poorly on my Savior. I would never want that. I want to be a shining example of Him.

Soooo…I’ve decided that I will stop swearing. Not out of guilt or shame, but because I would never want to misrepresent my Jesus. I want to do and say things that bring Him glory and honor. So, here I go..embarking on a new journey of growth. 🙂

What habit(s) do you have that you need to let go of?

Blessings,

Sarah

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I’m a Coffee Bean by Choice

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Obstacles. Problems. Barriers. Hard choices. Life is full of them.

I want to encourage you today to turn the problems facing you into opportunities for victory. It’s a simple lesson in perspective. A choice. Yes: I will pursue victory. Or, No: I will let this problem overtake me.

It is my hope that when you’re presented with these choices, you will choose to say, “Yes! I will pursue victory! I will make the best of this situation!”

Enjoy today’s devotional story (below), I found it very inspiring!

Blessings,

Sarah

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
– Romans 8:37 NIV

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The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean
By: Anonymous

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” the mother asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

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