In the last week, I have throughly enjoyed living in the freedom from busyness. I have been able to get up, have a quiet time and focus on God. I have been able to walk away from work and I say, I did enough. Even yesterday, I couldn’t walk away from work and I had to cancel plans with a friend, but I had peace about it.
I believe that in the last two years, God has truly been changing me from the inside out; each step and each battle has been bringing me closer to him and my destiny, which brings me to this blog: the next battle.
Last night I had a dream. It was a long dream, most of which I forgot, but I have one small glimpse of me in a golf cart. There were several people in the cart (I don’t remember who), and somebody else was driving. We were driving along a road, and all around us were dead snakes, poisonous snakes: copperheads, rattlesnakes, and cobras. I was looking at them as we drove by, but then a few feet ahead, I saw one though still alive, a cottonmouth (which are very aggressive snakes). I’m going to talk to Vicki and Ms Valerie about the interpretation of the dream, but I believe this dream is the Lord showing me what he has done for me, but also warning me of the plans of the enemy.
However, recently I have been convicted to live a life that is a better witness of God and his love, especially in regards to my mouth, my words and conversation. As most of you know, I’m pretty much a motor mouth (or as we call it, a good Southerner), but often I talk without thinking. And I know that if I don’t begin to put a filter on my mouth, I will lose my witness. There are several areas where I need to check my conversation. I should make a list, but I think it is more than I could identify (*chuckling to myself* wait this isn’t funny! gagh!!!)….
The whole point of all of this is I wonder if the dream and the conviction go together. So far I have not said something that could come back to bite me (or maybe it is just that by the grace of God, it hasn’t come back to bite me), but I cannot continue to be careless with my words…
“20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.”