Sunday evening ponderings

Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

What words am I speaking these days? Are they words of encouragement, of building others up? Or are they words of pride, words of anger and frustration? What path do I choose – that of joy, of peace, of life; or of fear, of control and of anger?

Words are so important, so powerful. There is the power of life and death in the tongue, but of what does the tongue speak, except for that which is in the heart? As in most cases, I find myself coming back to the heart. What is my heart speaking? Is my heart in a place of rest, trusting in that which is greater than myself, or is it in a place of fear – wrapping myself up in controls to maintain a false sense of security and comfort? The heart is a gift, a rudder so to speak, that guides the ship of our souls – our mind, will, and emotions – in the direction mapped out by its fullness. Is it full of Christ? Is it full of fear? Is it full of self?

I see my heart reflected daily in my interactions with my toddler. Is my heart full of grace today and kindness? Or is my heart full of frustration and running on empty? When I have nothing left to give, or when I find myself on top of the world, what is the overflow of my heart? I hope it is something like this:

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now in-deed I find,
Thy power, and thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots,
And melt the heart of stone.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I,
Where-by the grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white,
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow

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