Friday, June 13, 2008

Thankful Thursdays Burton-style

When words are many, sin is not absent,but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19

Thankful Thursday I have seen the term "Thankful Thursday" on blogs in a cute little icon form. Honestly, I have no clue what the blog world's definition of Thankful Thursday or what you are suppose to do, much less type. I just remember the phrase.

Recently I was doing some research for an upcoming Women's Bible Study. The topic I was studying was the "tongue". You know...our speech. It made me think and examine the words that come out of my mouth. I realized through examining my heart (and my mouth) that there is a lot of room inside these pearly whites for improvement. As I pondered my need to be more positive and thankful, I wondered "how?". What exactly should I do? Well, duh! Of course I need to PRAY! Yes, as I continued to reflect on things I say in any given day, I realized I would need to take action.

Being the opinionated and far from shy woman that I am, this task would require some serious action: prayer and fasting to tame this tongue. Then I had an "AHA!" moment.... instead of a food fast..what about a word fast. Hmm...for me that is way more challenging than a food fast. giggle. Thus "Thankful Thursdays" evolved in my household today.

What is exactly is "Thankful Thursdays" according to The Burtons? It is a day that we give more Thanks to God for all he had done for us. We take time to notice the small (and large) blessings around us and thank Him. We try and think before we speak and when we do, we try to speak words that give encouragement, words that see the best in people. More positive, edifying speech.

As I type this it is 12:19am. My first official "Thankful Thursday" has come and gone. Wow! I have a ways to go with taming my tongue, but Thank The Lord...nothing is impossible for Him.

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