8.19.2007

Sunday Snippets

Since we have had A., I have basically heard snippets of sermons. Sometimes more snippets than others, sometimes it's a washout. I hope that God has a soft spot in his heart for mothers of young children. Surely He does. We try to listen, to focus, to retain, while rotating the supply of books, coloring books, paper, map pencils, snacks, etc. to our children. All the time encouraging said children to sit quietly during worship service and not distract anyone else. Some days are better than others. Overall, A. does pretty well and we are thankful for that, but at times it is hard to pay attention. Hence, the snippets.

Today's message came from the book of James. Our Associate Minister, MK, gave a heartfelt sermon based on the power of our tongues, and the struggle to tame them. Something that is so small can be frighteningly powerful. James compares our tongue to a horse's bit that can control him, a small rudder that can steer a large ship, and a small spark that can cause a forest fire. A person's tongue can be a fire, it can corrupt our bodies. (James 3:3-6).

This is something I know I struggle with. I know my tongue is capable of either uplifting or cutting down. Criticism or praise. How often does my impatience or irritation come out in my words or even my tone of voice? MK also quoted a verse from James 1:19, "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Three short phrases, should be simple, right?

MK offered a great acronym to help us tame our tongues: THINK
Is what you plan to say Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind?

(Honestly, I missed this snippet and had to ask Scott for snippet backup.)

I am going to challenge myself to practice James 1:19 and THINK before I speak. Let's see what happens around here.

What were some of your Sunday Snippets?

17 comments:

  1. I need to do that more with my kids. I often snap before really thinking. It's an awful habit. Great Sunday Snippets. I wish I could give you some to add to, but unfortunately I didn't hear much at church today :)

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  2. I like that acronym, never heard it before. Good stuff.

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  3. Hey!!! We talked about this same topic in bible class this morning!
    MK's acronym is wonderful- maybe I can share it with the class next Sunday (We have been studying the book of James)

    I was thinking how we are often slow to listen, fast to speak, and fast to anger with those we are closest to (husbands and children...). Something I can for sure work on!

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  4. Oh- K. had a wiggly Sunday too!
    AND B. is starting to become a wiggly, wiggly,wiggly little booger!

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  5. I totally agree with everything you said in your first paragraph! We must get a bit of extra credit for those little kid in church years.

    I loved these thoughts! That acronym is fantastic. I know I can work on this.

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  6. I know God has soft spots for mothers. I have the blessing (and curse) of being in a congregation of all singles, no kids, so my lack of focus is entirely my fault.

    Anyway, I love this. There's a great talk (sermon) on this subject that I absolutely love. You can listen to it here.

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  7. Oh, and my snippets from today were about how to make the Sabbath a truly holy day.

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  8. Sadly, my boys were both sick with the flu on Sunday and I missed church. I'll take your snippet and adopt it as my lesson for Sunday. Thanks!

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  9. We had some similar snippet-peace worth seeking-getting along with everyone by controlling yourself. The emphasis was if the situation was up to you, which 99.9999 per cent of the time it is.
    I'm trying, it's hard when these days I don't even want to be around anyone.
    Anyway, our snippet this week was identifying your past and it's effects on your present and future, turning it positive and find peace with it.

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  10. I soooo much enjoyed Sunday's sermon too (the parts I actually heard...:) I really want to start being more conscious of what comes out of my mouth and think more before I speak (which doesn't always happen). Thanks for filling me in on the rest of the sermon. Thankfully, your snippets filled me in on the rest of the sermon. Ha!

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  11. I find it interesting that our preachers touched on the same thing. Our preacher went so far as to say the God gave us two barriers for the tongue, 1. the teeth and 2. the lips but the evil the tongue can speak still gets out. I dare say that the tongue is something we all struggle with in some way shape or form. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings

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  12. Hi Holly- My name is Lindsay- I'm a friend of Mique's and stumbled accross your blog! You inspire me :) I aspire to be a runner someday... :)
    Anyway- regarding your snippet- I think this is GREAT advice for us ALL! Something that always helps me to slow down and think before I blurt something out I may regret is to remeber that if it IS something that you THINK really needs to be said- slow down and think about it for awhile first... there's always LATER to say it. Most times after thinking about it for awhile you will realize you're glad you didn't say "said" comment :)

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  13. That's a great acronym! I feel the same way as Jenny - I need to THINK more when I talk to my children. Thanks so much for reminder. I don't have Sunday Snippet to share because I was out of town on Sunday. I'll catch you next week.

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  14. No snippets here, either. Thanks for sharing yours...I really like that.

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  15. such a great post- something i need to remember. ESPECIALLY and ironically in church- i find myself increasingly snippy there with k as he is usually bouncing with energy through the meeting!

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  16. Thank you for re-capping MK's sermon. I always hate to miss his lessons. I had R this morning and we were in the lobby or nursery most of the lesson. I LOVE the comment about the teeth and lips to stop our tongue. Thank you also for typing out THINK. I'm going to copy it down and hang it on the fridge! BTW - I adore your blog! You make me smile with each post!

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  17. Hi Holly, I hope you don't mind me sneaking in on your blog. I got onto Kim's then made my own, then Lacie saw mine, then I saw yours from her blog today, and so on... I love how that works out.

    I just wanted to add my 2 cents to the wiggly children. Sometimes I wondered why I even bothered to go to church when I didn't remember a thing I heard. And then one day I realized that I didn't have to take anyone out, and nobody cried and before I knew it they were sitting with friends and not with me. The first time that happened I felt completely naked and didn't even know what to do with my arms. Funny, but true. We still have our wiggly times, especially with Beck, but even he will remember something he heard when I didn't think he could possibly have been listening.

    Blessings to you and your family.
    Love, Rhonda

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