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Giddy-Up Ears-Monthly WOW (Words of Wisdom) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Joy to you, and thanks for coming by today for what I hope will be the conclusion to our monthly WOW from James, brother of Jesus. Grab your coffee and come on in.

So to recap, the first part of our Words of Wisdom teach us to giddy-up our ears and pull the reins in on our tongues and that will help us to be much slower at wrath/anger. Then James goes on to explain why, and I kind of alluded to this in our last Coffee Hour.

“For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Oh, but that’s a mouthful. 🙂 There’s that “speak into His life and not out” I’m hearing! 🙂

I think it would be easier to pull the reins in on our tongue so the anger doesn’t come spewing out if we learned to recognize why we tend to let go of the reins. Let’s be honest; most of the time when the reins go flailing out of our hands and our anger/wrath erupts, there’s the big “I, I, I” all wrapped up in pride, and what’s in the middle of pride? Uh-huh, “I.” Plain and simple, pride is a sin – oh, what’s in the middle of sin? Yep, it’s that darn “I” again!

So let’s go back to the teaching experience at hand, which is my step-son and grandson living with us. Truthfully, I’ve had to do some serious soul-searching and allow Him to do some major heart-cleaning. I can only imagine how I must have looked to Abba at the beginning of this season: Just like a toddler going through her terrible-two phase on steroids, and needing her diaper changed constantly! I can’t laugh about it yet, but something tells me He’s smiling with me as He holds my hand and rids me of the “I, I, I” mentality I had going into this.

I was reading in my Bible study that God often teaches the toughest lessons to the teacher before they are taught through the teacher! Well, I am most definitely being served a few lessons and He’s using a two-year-old, and his father too, to serve them to me.

When Bryce first moved in, I was on him like white on rice, trying to get him to conform to my way of living, keep his room clean, do his laundry, because after all, this our house and I’m not going to stand by and watch him destroy it. I was going to help him as gently as I could learn to respect our things. Oh, I’ll never forget when our Sovereign Father revealed to me that the way I was going about doing this was doing more damage than harm! And when I finally shut up, showed up, He also revealed to me that this 27-year-old had little to no self-respect so it would be quite a process before he would be respecting anything of mine.

And then I hear this message through this WOW: “So, do you want to speak out of his life and push him further from Me, or do you want to learn to listen, be slow to speak and especially slow to anger, being a part of the solution instead of the problem, planting seeds in his salvation?”

Oh, Father, giddy-up my ears, and pull the reins on my tongue . . .

Champing at the bit but praising Him,