We planted two pumpkin seeds beside the our shed after our first attempts at gardening failed.
After awhile, two sprouts grew out of the ground. Then giant leaves appeared
JDaniel and I went to visit my sister Michelle’s family in Atlanta last week and when we came back the plants had started taking over the yard. My husband claims they tried to grab him as he drove past them on the riding mower.
I told JDaniel they are like Jack’s beanstalk. They seem to grow bigger and longer over night.
Our pastor Andy Lewis preached on the verses in James that speak about the tongue on Sunday. He challenged us to think about what we say and why we are saying it for a whole day this week. “Words grow,” he reminded us. “Words can take root in people’s hearts. They can change they way someone feels about you and they can make you wish they could be taken back.
His words hung in my heart when we left church on Sunday. I felt challenged about the words I say to my family and those I love.
My sister Kate who was down visiting last week (Yes, last week was filled with visiting with my sisters!) commented on how she hears my words come out of Jdaniel’s mouth.
In some ways that is a compliment. He speaks in complete sentences and uses lots of different kinds of words. In some ways it is a challenge. He is frustrated and demanding at times. He can try to order others around. I have heard him say, “ I need it right?” more than once.
JDaniel may be just what I need to monitor my words. He shares with me the words I have taught him while I speak with him and with others.
I want my words to grow and bear fruit. I do not want them to spread emotions and ways to interact with others that are not good to my son.
This post is linked to Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe Thursday!
I am currently working on my next Mary Lee story. It will probably be posted at the end of the month.