Monday, February 15, 2010

Encouragment


Our fast is almost done.  It doesn't seem like I have been fasting at all from the internet, when you look at my blogging.  But we have done the Media fast and will continue to do so.  I love the once a week movie and video game life.  It's been good for all of us.  The boys thought and still think they'll die! LOL!!!  But they won't.

I made this card for Samuel as a small gift of encouragement.  I used the Top Ten stamp set from Paper Trey Ink.  I will be making a stack of these cards in the near future to keep on hand for my boys.  Everyone needs to have the gift of encouragment given to them.

I want to continually give them the gift of encouragement.  About 10 plus years ago, I came accross a CD and book that is called, Silver Boxes, by Florence Litthauer.  If you haven't heard this CD you need to run out and purchase it!  (FYI- I am in no way affliated with Florence Litthauer or the website link...I am just an avid supporter of this message.)  Well it has been a good 7 plus years since I heard this message and during prayer one day, the Lord brought this message to mind.  I had been praying about ways to communicate to my children the importance of not using our words to hurt each other.  I call those words, Garbage Words, you know the type like, I don't like you, I hate you, your aweful, you can't do_____(fill in the blank.) very well, and each word is dripping with sarcasm.

You may be reading this and saying to yourself...well that's just how kids and siblings are and I would agree with you to a certain extent.  My boys don't swear or use offensive, obscene language...but they do use their words to cut each other down. And in our home that is completely unexceptable.  

So one night I was beyond frustrated!  I pray often for God to guide me in all areas of my life and especially in raising my boys.  And that's when the Lord reminded me of this CD.  (Thank you Jesus!) When I heard this message 10 plus years ago it was on cassette and I couldn't find that cassette tape any where. (It wouldn't of mattered anyways, becuase all we have are CD players.  The boom boxes (what we use to call them. Boy am I dating myself!) these days completely omit the cassette portion, they only play CD's.   So, I googled and found a place to purchase the CD.  Click here.

You will be beyond encouraged in listening to this message.  It is from Eph. 4:29

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  

Basically it comes down to letting our words be like little Silver Boxes with bows on top.  Give encouraging words and don't knock others peoples blocks down.  But the way Florence Litthauer delivers this message is beyond real and soooo funny!

I wish I could borrow my copy out to all of you....but I can't...

Ok....enough.....LOL!

Blessings to you and thanks for stopping by.  I have lots of cards to share with you...so keep checking back. 

Mary

Sharing the Love:  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Eph. 4:29

2 comments:

Georgia Ehrmann said...

what a sweet card and a wonderful message! Your boys are blessed to have you leading them in the right ways and paths! God Bless!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

How interesting Moe, I just this morning did a devotion with the kids about our words... we read Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. - And I told them how sweet words can help others and how ugly, bitter words do HURT others....

I love the card you did up! I may just have to case that one!!!