Love, Juliebug: August 2012
I never thought I'd want anything more than what was comfortable.
Like an old couch I'd sit around and fade away into the background.
Though my heart longed to see center stage I felt doomed to forever sing just background.
But something changed.
Actually I should say someone changed me.

This revolution didn't start with me.
It started with God. He knew how much I love people and singing.
He also knew how scared I am of everything new.

Now I can stand in center stage feeling a few butterflies and the sweet joy of God's gift.
Did I ever feel joy when I was scared and hiding?
Those are the Devil's tools. Trying to make me forget what God says.
And what he will do for me if I just ask Him to.
I never thought I'd want anything more than what was comfortable.
God changed me.

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1 NLT
It is so easy to think we have to make ourselves heard. Loud voices and demands get results don't they? Well, they certainly get attention but does it matter that it's the wrong kind? I think so. When we are dealing with any situation, from the whole Chick-Fil-A thing to financial struggles between a couple to a disagreement between friends, a gentle word does put anger off it's game. Anger and gentleness cannot co-exist in the same space. I want to be the person who is gentle and patient not brimming with frustration. Not stoking the fire of anger.

How can I be this person?

a) Think before I speak. (James 3:5-6 is a reminder)

b) More importantly pray always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

c) If I am arguing due to pride, which is typical for me, step back instead of forward. (Proverbs 16:18)

d) Look out for other people's needs. It distracts you from living in your head. (Philippians 2:3-4 & John 13:34-35 as well as many others)

Just a note for myself. I hope you find some inspiration in my words as well.

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