Wednesday, December 7, 2011

From Meredith's Heart: Before You Speak {a guest post!}

Today I am excited to introduce my friend, Meredith, to y'all. You will notice we both use the term "y'all" because we both have a piece of hearts in Texas. Meredith was born and raised in the Lone Star State and I went to college in Fort Worth. Almost all my best friends and some of my fondest memories dwell there. But Meredith and I also have other things in common... we both moved to a new state almost immediately after getting married {she to Utah, me to Arizona, which means we are practically neighbors!}, we both don't feel particularly gifted in the artsy-craftsy department, and we both love, love, love Jesus.

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Hey y'all! I'm so glad Jen asked me to post over here today.  My name is Meredith and I'm the mastermind over at Everything Espey.  It's the life and times of a 24 year old follower of Jesus who is also a Texan transplanted to Utah and a brand new Espey. This life is a work in progress and a learn-as-you-go adventure. My blog is about that adventure - our goal is to bring glory to Jesus through it all. I'd love to get to know you better! 


(First of all, this just cracks me up. What a great new spin on the old adage...)

Proverbs 10:19 says "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise." 

"Think about what you're going to say, Meredith, rather than speaking and thinking later," my mom was constantly reminding me as a child.   I often need(ed) encouraging to pursue godliness in this area of my life.  But what a hard thing to do. With my speed talking nature, it's easy to allow my words to come out before I've fully thought them through. This doesn't cultivate the life that God (or I) desire. 
I've always talked a lot.  I used to wear my parents out with questions (typical youngest child) and I found myself always wanting be a contributor in conversations.  As I've gotten older (as with so many other things else), I've learned that the repercussions for my carelessness are much, much greater.  I'm learning to let the questions run through my mind before I let the words come out...

Is it honoring to God?

Is it the truth?

Is it edifying to anyone who hears it?

"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." James 1:19

This hangs in our bedroom and it's such a timely reminder:

 "Watch your thoughts, they become your words..."
-Frank Outlaw

"May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,  Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

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Isn't she great!? Now hop over to her blog and introduce yourself!


Erin said...

Ah! Something I struggle with when I'm upset! It takes patience to stop, think, and really act in a way that shows kindness, compassion and love. Something to work on each day! Thanks for sharing Meredith!

Fash Boulevard said...

adore this. You had me at ya'll. lol. i was visiting a friend at BCBG headquarters the other day and asked "where's ya'll's bathroom." i swear the run went silent. lol. amazing post, love. thanks for sharing. if you get a sec I'd love to hear what you think of my latest trend report and enter my giveaway. xo

Heather said...

Such good truth here, Meredith! Love this!! Made me convicted :)

I love both of you ladies!!!

Lori said...

love this entire guest post! sometimes i struggle with this and it's such a good message and reminder :)