"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer"
This morning, during devotions and while listening to Joyce Meyer, the same subject kept coming up over and over. How we use our mouth. What we say Who we praise Whether our words bless or curse. Even the thoughts that we tell ourselves are so very important.
I find myself in a Lyme/CFS crash. This means I am in more bone, muscle, joint, and nerve pain, weak as a kitten, struggling with brain fog, and spending most of my time horizontal under my Woolie (wool comforter) on the sofa or in bed. It can be discouraging, but I also know that my own thoughts and words will tip the scales one way or the other in how I cope with this crash. Do I tell myself this will never end...or do I remind myself that this too shall pass..... Do I lay grumbling and feeling sorry for myself, or do I pick up an inspiring book to read or catch up on my rest and my correspondence, encouraging others while bonding with my sofa... What exactly does God hear in the words that come from my mouth? Are they pleasing to Him?
I have heard one definition of meditation as being what we continually think about or focus on. Are the meditations of my heart acceptable to God? Do I meditate on what is pure and lovely, on what is positive and uplifting? Can I focus on hope and joy while under my Woolie? Well, of course the answer to those questions is up to me. It's about tipping the scales in my favor with good thoughts!
Today, you may find yourself worried about something...maybe feeling discouraged by the way your life is unfolding, or challenged by trials or suffering. Remember that you are not alone. Be kind to yourself by tipping the scales in your favor. And remember, too, that the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts are heard by God and direct our ways.
Dear God, may our words and meditations be acceptable to you oh Lord, in every way. Amen.