Back in the day people used to tell me that I was really shy and quiet. As I went through college and living on my own I sort of redefined myself- I started having introducing myself as Liz instead of “Elizabeth” and I made an effort to be more outgoing. After all these years I have really embraced speaking out and speaking up when needed- not at all who I was as I teenager or young kid.
Through the years God has refined that outspoken facet of my personality and has challenged me to be a person quick to listen and slow to speak…in the recent past quick reactions to others have gotten me into trouble or caused me to judge others. My life has changed from working full time as a pastor/administrator to being a full time mom. The people i interact most with on a daily basis are under the age of one and our interactions or conversations usually consists of babytalk and silly songs.
Even though I’m not interacting with employees/co-workers on a daily basis, I have to still choose how I will respond to my kids or husband when they’re trying my patience and my expectations are not being met. The familiarity of family can cause us to turn off the filter of “speaking the truth in love” and out comes the most unpalpable attitudes or words.
Here’s my verse to chew on this week “May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing to you O God.” That verse is so true and I want to be a woman who always keeps that at the forefront of my mind, actions and family!