WORDS Part 2

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You are not alone on this journey. Your heavenly Father knows you. Even when no one else hears you, He hears you. . .seek him earnestly, and you will find Him. I promise you, you are not alone.  – Dieter F. Uchtdorf –

 I struggle with anxiety. With therapy and trial and error I have discovered that my anxiety is often heightened by a lack of sleep.  I try my best to avoid multiple days in a row of little sleep or find ways to get rest during the day to offset the anxious thoughts.  Unfortunately I didn’t always know this about myself.

There was a time when my husband was very sick with a virus. I was sleeping on the couch so he could be more comfortable. Lets be honest – it was also in hopes that I wouldn’t come down with the same crud!  Unfortunately though I wasn’t sleeping. By the weekend I felt as if I was functioning on only a few hours each night.  My anxiety kicked in causing me to be angry, irritable, and irrational.  On Sunday morning my husband knew that I needed to take a deep breath and calm down. I wasn’t listening to anything he was trying to say to me.  My irrational anger had already boiled over the pot. I had no time to stop what came out of my mouth:

“WHAT THE F*!@ IS WRONG WITH YOU?”

 People, I don’t swear anymore. But on this particular Sunday morning, I said one of the most horrible words in the English language. And to my husband. My very sick husband who was just trying to get me to listen and calm down. Instead of taking a deep breath, staying calm, and shifting gears to tend to my sick husband – I got angry and swore.

Those words haunted me for days. Let’s be honest. They STILL haunt me. How could I treat the man that I’ve loved since we were 18 years old with such disrespect? How could I choose not to listen to his calming words and instead vomit that filth? I felt horrible and felt like I was the only selfish one that was stupid enough to make a mistake like that.

A few months ago I was listening to the For the Love podcast with Jen Hatmaker about these American midwives (Tara Livesay and KJ Johnson) that have moved to Haiti to help women give birth to their babies. Near the end of the podcast Tara said the following:

“I’m a hot head and I lose my temper easily and so when things are frustrating and six people are asking me something, I can sometimes act like a jerk.”

This is a woman that is doing the beautiful work of God. Helping so many women and children. And even she loses her temper and sometimes acts like a jerk!

I literally took a deep breath for the first time since those words flew out of my mouth. I realized for sure that I was not alone. That I had made a huge mistake, but so do other people. I don’t know Tara’s story, but I know mine. I know that I am a loved child of God who is with me now and always. Even when I make mistakes. He is with me just as He was with those wandering in the wilderness thousands of years before me. Even when they complained and lost their faith, He still loved them.

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. – Deuteronomy 2:7 NIV

 Words are powerful. Have you had words come out of your mouth you wish you could take back? You are not alone my friends. Each of us makes mistakes, but God will never leave our sides throughout this journey. He will bless all parts of your life because His love is so grand!

I will leave today’s devotion with a quote from Bob Goff and his Dream Big Podcast with Ed Eason:

“You’re not a screw up just cause you screwed up”

Today ask God to take away the burden of the words you can’t take back. Thank him for wiping the slate clean.   Smile because today is a new day!

Be sure to post in the comments how you felt after asking God for this beautiful gift!

STUDY – DEUTERONOMY 2:1-20 – NIV
 1Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea, as the Lord had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir.
2Then the Lord said to me, 3”You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. 4Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful. 5Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own. 6You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.’”
7The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
8So we went on past our relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from the Arabah road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber, and traveled along the desert road of Moab.
9Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.”
10(The Emites used to live there – a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. 11Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites. 12Horites used to live in Seir, but the descendants of Esau drove them out. They destroyed the Horites from before them and settled in their place, just as Israel did in the land the Lord gave them as their possession.”
13And the Lord said, “Now get up and cross the Zered Valley.” So we crossed the valley.
14Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them. 15The Lord’s hand was against them until he had completely eliminated them from the camp.
16Now when the last of these fighting men among the people had died, 17the Lord said to me, 18”Today you are to pass by the region of Moab at Ar. 19When you come to the Ammonites, do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.”
20(That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites. 21They were a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. The Lord destroyed them from before the ammonites, who drove them out and settled in their place. 22The Lord had done the same for the descendants of Esau, who lived in Seir, when he destroyed the Horites from before them. They drove them out and have lived in their place to this day. 23And as for the Avvites who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the Caphtorites coming out from Caphtor destroyed them and settled in their place.)

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