The Truth About Crazy Alligators (actually, this is about WORDS)

Why DO I write? Does anyone really want to read more opinions, ideas, directions or bossy manuscripts?

My observation is YES. People are searching for escape, truth, fun, pitty…well, they are searching for everything.

And I do mean EVERYTHING….😉

So, what’s my point? My point is to add to the infinite jumble of WORDS- my soul’s journey: the ugly and the beautiful.

Today, as I reflect on the past week, I feel an urgency to face an important issue: WORDS! Anyone who thinks they are perfect- can stop reading my words now.

The definition of Being a Christian is hugely misrepresented and misunderstood.  Most of my life has been spent rolling around in my own personal demise of not living up to “Christian” standards.

Some people are better behaved (by nature) than others. Other people just say they are better behaved…their words are destructive and blinded with pride. These are the people who made me feel bitter towards my faith in God and my faith in my “ability” to be a Christian.

I’m SO far from perfect! This past week, I have had to apologize to my children countless times for my unchristian-like behavior and words.

I wish I could remember exactly where I read the following encouragement his morning: Rahab was a prostitute. Shameful lifestyle, for sure. But Rahab eventually turned to God and assisted Him in hiding His people from certain death.  This woman is considered righteous for her obedience to God. Forgiven.  I’m not a prostitue (in case I confuse you with my reference) but I am no better or worse depending on my levels of devotion and repentance to God.

We all sin in different ways. A sin is a sin, whether you’re an American Girl or a crazy alligator….😁
The area of my repentance today is with my words.  I pray for Help with my words because I know firsthand how badly they can hurt myself and others. I do not want to inflict with my words. I want to Glorify God and encourage people with my words.

James, one of my favorite books of the bible, is extremely strait forward and provided some much needed wisdom to think about today.

I pray my words are helpful and for you all to have a beautiful weekend!


Just a Note: I refrained from adding the verse numbering on purpose…

Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12)
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. (‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭1-12‬ NIV)


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  1. What a coincidence! We recently had a sermon on the power of our words. Then to supplement the teaching (because I really needed to), I read Joyce Meyers’ book “Change Your Words; Change Your Life”. That really helped to get the reminder deeper in my head. NO one has arrived! Even James said that only a perfect ‘man’ can tame the tongue, and we already know that NO one is perfect. I can so relate to never living up to the perfect standard we are called to. Take heart, friend. xo

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    • I’ve read Joyce Meyer’s devotions for spiritual battles- the book about words would be a great read for this summer. Having people around constantly equals a lot less quiet time (prompting irritation.). I think that’s what nudged me into writing this post. Thank you for your insight, sweet Debbie. ❤️


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