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Things happen for a reason. I truly believe that. But sometimes the reason is hidden. The reason is buried so deep that it takes days, weeks, months or maybe years for the reason to unfold.
Kind of like a flower opening up.
|01/12/2014 7:47 a.m.|
Last week, I wrote a post titled a daily epiphany. I reference last week’s post because I experienced an epiphany several times last week. I have shared before that I have trouble with my tongue. I get irritated or mad about something and my tongue starts running the show. Before I know what has happened, I have said something or many somethings that I truly regret.
I don’t care how many times I say I am sorry, I cannot take back the biting, cutting words that have injured the other person.
Usually, the people I have injured are those closest to me. Those I love the most. Those that live in my house.
|01/12/2014 10:47 a.m.|
Let me explain…I have the YouVersion Bible app on my iPad. Within the app are different reading plans. As I was perusing the devotional plans last week I ran across a devotional call Unglued. Yes, THAT Unglued. It was based on Lysa TerKeurst’s book Unglued. She had written a 5 day devotional plan and shared it with this app.
My tongue was running the show early last week. And those 5 days of the devotional have changed my life. Seriously.
I did something I NEVER do…I went straight to Barnes and Noble and bought the book. I usually buy my books from Amazon because it is less expensive and I don’t have to drive across town. But this time, well, I couldn’t wait.
This book was written and published in 2012. Where I have been for the last two years?
|01/12/2014 1:18 p.m.|
Slowly, like the petals of a flower, the words began to sink in and change my heart.
Change my reactions.
Slowly, my heart began to open and I could see the error of my ways.
More than seeing the error…I was hope that I don’t have to live this way. I can change.
|01/13/2014 7:40 a.m.
almost 24 hours later
This Christmas Cactus bloom began opening up yesterday morning. The more sunlight it received, the more the petals opened up.
The 5 day Unglued devotional was/is life changing for me. The book is doing the same. The more I read, the more my heart opens up to receive more-just like the petal of the Christmas Cactus.
If you have not read the book, I recommend it.
Right now, all I can do is tell you it has made a tremendous difference in the way I reply and react. The heart work is so intense that I cannot go into detail. But let me tell you, it is worth the investment of your time and money to check out this book.
I've done several of Lysa's studies but not Unglued. I think I may have to carve out time for that one! Thank you for sharing (and I think your photos are just lovely!)
The book has been really good for me…hope you find it useful to you. I know you will!
Yes, it's a great one, Mary! I did a small group women's study with it this summer and everyone really felt encouraged in the area of our tongues and angry attitudes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here today!
A small group women's study…I will have to think about that. I am leading a small group now and we are studying Kathi Lipp's book Praying God's Word for Your Husband. Unglued would be a great book study.
I have not yet had a chance to read Unglued, but I want to. Perhaps I should sooner rather than later. I tend to react, overreact to everything. Thank you for sharing!
Yes, Barbie…maybe you should read it sooner rather than later. It is worth the time.
I have the you version app so I'm going to look for that Devotional plan. I have tried some of their plans before but not so keen that I would have recommended any (although I did go through an advent one with my advent blog posts in Dec) but his sounds better. Thanks for the recommendation.
There are several that I have checked out, but this was the best so far.
I haven't read that one, but its on my list. Love the way God gives us what we need to live wholehearted, at just the moment he knows we need it. And I love Christmas cactus, there are two in my house right now. *wink*
What we need when we need it…yes! He is so good that way. Thank you for stopping by, Shelly.
I didn't read Unglued until last fall, and I loved it! Gosh Mary, this truth set me free: Emotions are indicators, they don't have to be dictators. THANK YOU, Lysa!
And thank you, Mary. For being transparent and honest. I think we all struggle with our tongues. (It explains why the Bible has so much to say about it!)
Hugs to you as you start 2014!
I used the line "my emotions are indicators, not dictators" on myself last night. Great reminder! So glad to see your face, Susan…thank you.
Ok, you and I are being told the same message by God! LOVE IT! This is beautiful!
We have been on the same page a few times lately. Love you friend.
Oh My …I was not able to read the link ups until tonight and now I know why..I needed to hear these words TONIGHT:
"The more sunlight it received, the more the petals opened up."
Oh, Lord, may you shine your light so that my children, my husband, my faith blooms more and more every day.
Friend, if your writing inspires me to pray…you are blessing with your words, indeed!
Thank you for linking up!