Saturday, August 20, 2011

a sin i'm in

my sister took this photo a few days ago.
i love this kid. this kid also needs a haircut.

elijah has been getting better and better at talking lately. now, you still can't really tell what on earth he is trying to tell you most days, but he certainly is trying! something else he is doing much of is copying. he copies kids at the park, movie characters, and most of all me. the last one, i think, gives me the most pause.

how have my words been lately?
are they something i want to see a reflection of in my son?
uh, i don't know about you, but this mama needs to watch her tongue.
i don't have a habit of "filthy" talk, but i do have a knack for being curt and cross.
even sarcasm and sass. i can take it all too far. i don't want my son copying me. at all.
while pondering this, i realized that it's not just a bad thing to pass on to elijah.
it is an offensive thing to my lord.
sometimes, i don't think before i speak. awful things are sure to happen then.
even worse? sometimes i do think before i speak, evil things, and i say them anyway.
none of this pleases jesus. it grieves me that i struggle with my words and my thoughts in this way.
i'm praying over this sin in my life right now.
i have always and likely will always, struggle with this.
i know i won't be perfect and holy on this earth, but i do want to grow in jesus.
this verse is being committed to memory, along with some others on the subject.
i am hoping you'll join me and memorize it!
HE is our rock and our redeemer!
HE can help us fight our sinful nature. 
HE can help us be better for his glory. for our good. for the good of our family.

linking up with my friend katie today!


  1. Such a great reminder for us to all stop and think about what we are saying. I know I will be working on this one now! Thank you!

  2. I love your honesty. It is was brings us closer to Him.

  3. Love this verse! AND Elijah oh my goodness...those blue eyes are just to much! :)

  4. i like your title, "a sin i'm in."
    i admire that you weren't afraid to say that.

    i hear ya hannah! i struggle with my word too. here in blogville i aim to be gracious in what i share what i comment, but get me in real life, away from the blog fog, and YIKES!

    i speak before thinking, or speak because I FEEL it needs to be said. and like you i'm learning to keep my BIG MOUTH shut, so that my words would be pleasing ALL. THE. TIME.

    this one is going to take forever to perfect in me.

  5. Oh my goodness! What a little heart breaker. His eyes! He is too cute.

  6. I need to work on this one too. In fact, I think it's a long journey for most of us, because the enemy knows how powerful our words are.

    I like Romans 12:2 for this too:
    "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

    It reminds me that the more I focus on becoming like Jesus and fixing my thoughts on His word, the more my words will be of purpose and value!

  7. i love your honest heart. you inspire me. i'm a scaredy cat. praying for you always, friend. the holy spirit is at work in your heart. He who started is faithful to complete. LOVE YOU.

  8. so, so, so incredibly timely! kids showed me myself and the reflection is not jesus, working through this battle of the flesh. i will commit this verse to my heart as god works through me and i will remember to you lift you dear friend, too. love you!

  9. I hear ya on this one! It's scary what they will pick up. Great reminder!

  10. Oh boy, Hannah. Conviction is brutal. I had goosebumps while reading this. That scripture is something I need to read every morning.

  11. p.s. Elijah's eyes are so incredibly beautiful.

  12. I love that verse. I just need to remind myself of it more often :) thanks for this sweet reminder to watch our tongues. there truly is always someone watching and I want them to see Jesus. not sin. i appreciate you! xoxo!

  13. It's great that you can realize this in yourself and make a change before your little guy does pick up on some bad habits. I have the same problem... I don't use bad words, but I have a bad habit of using sarcasm with my kids when I'm irritated or tired. I don't want them to pick up on that, either! I have a few verses that run through my mind whenever my tongue is out of control. Thank God for his word!

  14. LOVED your post (stumbled upon you from Life @ Pemberley's site). My son has issues with talking, but he hears everything. Like you, I don't have a filthy mouth, but there are several things I really need to watch that come out of my mouth ("crap" being one of my regular words). I've never liked that word, it's not technically filty, but it's not necessary by any means. Your post rang true to me today. Loved your verse too. Thanks!

  15. Hannah! So crazy how God is working on similar things in my heart that you post...just last night I was meditating on and praying this verse...

    [3] Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! [4] Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies! (Psalm 141:3-4 ESV)

    Right there with you, sister.