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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SIMMER DOWN NOW, YOU HEAR!!

Does anyone out there have trouble waiting and being calm? It is easy to get excited about stuff but sometimes we need to 'simmer down now' and be calm and not overreact to things or get excited and impulsive and do or say something we may regret later. Overreacting without thinking, planning or praying can backfire. Acting on something on spur of moment  is not good. For instance in a business deal it is best to not rush to judgment but to get all the facts. When you are buying a house you shop around and not act impulsively or you may make a bad decision. Telemarketers prey on impulsive people who do not think and end up whipping out the plastic and running up bills and spending money they do not have on something they do not need.

Sometimes this rushing into things can take the form not only of signing a contract we have not read thoroughly but it could be in the form of chattering away with our mouth or clicking on those computer keys. Once something is said it is gone forever.

Misunderstandings can occur and hurt feelings and in some cases it takes quite awhile to undo misspoken words. Sometimes the words were spoken with no harm intended but were taken out of context by the receiver. Some people may get angry and not want to forgive a mistake. Those are people I feel sorry for as that is not what God would want. He wants love, restoration, mercy and reconciliation. But he also wants us to be careful with our impatience and flapping tongue which often can be misunderstood or be a perfectly honest totally innocent mistake.

Waiting and patience are keys to having a happy, productive, peaceful, stress and worry free life.  'Jumping the gun' leads to trouble in many areas.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 says "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few." Proverbs 10:19 says "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Isaiah 40:31 says "but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."Be patient. Hang in there. Hebrews 12:3 says "Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Psalm 37:7 tells us "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes."

Are you able to use the fruit of the spirit of self control to help you wait for things in God's time? If not, call on God as He can heal and deliver.

PRAYER:  Lord at times I get impulsive and impatient and I need to learn to relax, let go, and let you take the controls of my life. Help me slow down and wait for you and be patient when praying to wait for your perfect timing for answers. Help me not be hasty with my mouth as well. Help what I do and say bring glory to you. In Jesus name,amen.

Note: Got idea for title from friend at first church we went to here in Huntsville who always said "Simmer Down Now". Thanks Robin!

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