Thursday, January 21, 2010

How do words affect you?

Right now, Kaz and I have been praying for some pretty big times I don't believe they will happen BUT other times I'm completely trusting in the Lord and His faithfulness. I don't see HOW these things can happen, BUT AGAIN make sure you read the I part...That's a feeling NOT the truth!

Yesterday, I was having an okay day. I've been battling some lies but I've also been trying to fight it with the truth. I was talking with someone about 1 of the things that Kaz and I are praying for. When I mentioned it, I was really trusting and had no doubts that the Lord wouldn't come through on this. The response...negativity, not-truth, non-encouraging words...

My reaction for about 15 minutes was I just got plain mad. I started doubting...I got mad and had a pity party about the place we are at in life....I started thinking that the Lord wanted nothing but to punish us, and nothing good was going to happen. Did I mention I had a pity party?

Then I remembered something that someone else earlier in the day had said about her life...She said something to this affect "I can't control how other people act, what they choose to do or say...I can only choose how I react and respond." I started thinking about that a little...Why did I automatically react to the negative talk so poorly...What was said didn't change changed my feelings....MY FEELINGS AND THE TRUTH ARE NO WHERE NEAR THE SAME THING!

How do you respond to negativity? I encourage you to fight through it...Don't let it affect you...My words[and yours] have the power to build someone up or tear them down...Which would you want to be responsible for? Believe truth and fight to keep your faith EVEN when you can't see HOW something is possible OR what's in store for you.

Psalm 19:14
14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Proverbs 18:21
21 The tongue has the power of life and death.



Beth Priest said...

Amy! I was just having this talk with myself this morning! It was over someones actions but the same principle applies. I just know too that I tend to think people are out to "harm me". It isn't true. I decided too rest in the fact that I can't change what someone says or does but am only responsible for what I say and to and held accountable to God for it. Eww, then I was just reminded too that our battle is not between flesh and blood. It is a spiritual battle having everything to do with our walk with God. I have to give ppl the benifit of the doubt bc I know that I do not do a better job at being a person, friend, mom, spouse whatever it may be then anyone else. In fact I'm probably worse! Love yall and am praying thanks for your post...that helped me to consider this more!

carissa said...

oh my goodness... i think i could've written a post just like this a few years back when i was in counseling for an entire year and so full of despair. i had a terrible time trusting that God wanted good for me and not harm. i read this article:

and it was so helpful!