I had a fun time sharing with the ladies at a brunch hosted by North Beacon Church of the Nazarene in Amarillo, Texas. The theme for the brunch was Hats, Handbags & Heels in celebration of ladies in every walk of life; daughters, sisters, mothers, and the many types of work we represent.
Pictured L to R: Donna-Event Coordinator, Pastor Serina Nelson, me, and my daughter, Sydney
The room was filled with ladies of all ages and life-stations. They were there to celebrate friendships and family, and the worship helped prepare our hearts for a refreshing in the Spirit of the Living God. We were poised for something positive to take home.
My presentation was entitled Elevator Shoes & Booster Seats: The Little Pick-Me-Ups of Life. I discussed how the words we choose in our everyday language help frame our world.
Our words matter.
Words are the delivery system of the heart.
The apostles Matthew and Luke both recorded the words of Jesus stating, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matt 12:34; Luke 6:38)
WORDS are CONTAINERS. Whatever we put into our minds are the ingredients with which we fill those containers. Our words are the delivery system of the heart. Our choice of words and the way we determine to deliver them combine to convey our message.
Our mindset determines our words. So when we change our mindset by improving the content, subsequently, we alter and enhance the quality of our words.
The apostle Paul taught about our thoughts driving our words. In his letter to the Romans Paul said we can be transformed by Christ so our minds are renewed. Addressing the Philippians, Paul said to have the same mind or attitude of Jesus in all our relationships. He also taught about focusing on Christ and on the good, positive things in life.
Because we know we can have the same heart attitude as Jesus Christ, even in the midst of life’s imperfections, we can still have a joyful heart.
I love to laugh! In fact, I have a print hanging next to my vanity mirror that reads, “Laugh till your stomach hurts.” I love this because laughter just feels good and this statement is reflective of what King Solomon said in Proverbs 17:22, Laughter works like medicine!
The week of this brunch the weather ran the length of the thermostat. We had days of sunny, breezy 80s and days of cold, blustery wind and snow; all within a 36-48 hour period. These weather patterns make getting dressed every morning an adventure, so for the brunch I chose to wear all dark blue with a lighter weight fabric. It was too warm for leggings and boots, so I opted for sheer navy tights and pumps. The car was loaded with my props and I took one last look in the full length mirror and I was ready to roll.
About three minutes before everyone began taking their seats for the program to begin, I tore my tights and created a run. What could I do? I took the platform and made the announcement we should have prayed against this, modeled the “wardrobe malfunction” and we all laughed and had great time together!
About three minutes before everyone began taking their seats for the program to begin, I had a wardrobe malfunction. What could I do? Laugh!
Laughter works like medicine!(Prv. 17:22)
Exercise your smile today😂
Finally, let us choose our words well and deliver them as a gift to others. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Eph4:29)
Make or Break.
Hurt or Heal.
Destroy or Build.
The choice is ours when we speak or type.
Choose to HEAL, ENCOURAGE & bring LIFE!~Leah