From: Rich Carlson
Date: January 16, 2019
Subject: It's January 16; Good Morning Union

“May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart…”   Psalm 19:14

Here’s another prayer I pray on a regular basis that comes directly from God’s word. It’s a good reminder for me that my words can have a tremendous impact for good or not so good. I can’t take them back once they have passed by vocal cords, so it seems like a good thing to measure them carefully and run them past whatever screening is necessary SO THAT I don’t have to “eat them” later.

Jesus reminded me this morning, in Luke 6, that the source of my words is the overflow of my heart, meaning whatever is inside eventually comes out! I can hide it for a while but eventually my heart overflows through my lips. SOOOO, as my verse for today suggests, IF I want “the words of my mouth,” which come from “the meditation of my heart,” to be “acceptable in HIS sight,” then I need to “guard my heart,” as Solomon says in the Proverbs, because, “everything I do flows from it.”

So as I repeat this verse as one of those “walking prayers” on the way to the office, or a meeting, or before I'm about to speak to someone, or whatever, I am reminded that every choice I make with my life feeds my soul and my heart and will eventually impact what I say. And when I am not happy with my words, then I look at my choices in life to see which ones need to change SO THAT I am feeding my heart what I want my mouth to say!

Have a great day with your words, your heart, and your choices,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      "Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change."

PS        10 Days of Prayer: at 12 p.m. in the prayer chapel and 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Or join us in Campus Ministries @ 1pm for 10 minutes of prayer time.

PPS      Ladies, remember tomorrow night- Snacks, Connection and Worship @ 8pm in the Rees Hall Chapel