.free. Lock Screen Memory Verse + a little encouragement

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 12:15b

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I love how this passage reads in The Message:

Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.

Wow. Makes me think twice about what comes out of my mouth. You too?

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I  just finished reading Jen Hatmaker's new book, For the Love.

I've marked the whole book up like a madwoman and have noticed a common thread: freedom. Freedom to say no, freedom to set boundaries, freedom to be me...in the best sense of the word.

Freedom to wear yoga pants like a uniform (hah!) and freedom in the abundant love of Christ.

"God measures our entire existence by only two things: how we love Him and how we love people. If you get this right, you can get a million other things wrong." (p71)

How do all my random thoughts go together with Matthew 12:15?

Let me tell you...input and output.

Back in the 80's, when I was a painfully shy, sweet(ish) Sunday School girl, I spent most of class fixing my ever sagging tights where the crotch somehow always ended up mid-knee, the thin nylon sagging around my ankles, (I know I'm rambling, but please tell me I wasn't alone in this).

But when I wasn't wriggling around trying to get my undergarments just-so, I remember singing my little heart out. And I recall singing particularly loud to a song named "Input, Output".

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Do you remember it?

Warning: it's sung in a computer voice.

Mhm. Yep. I never claimed to be cool.

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Anyway, it goes: "Input, output, what goes in must come out.

Input, output, that is what it's all about.

Input output, your mind is a computer whose.

Input, Output, daily you must choose."

 And as cheesy and lame as the song is, complete with computer voice and motions, it's stuck with me.

if I live in love

If I pray and work hard on kindness and patience, I'll speak in a way that will make our children feel my love for them as they grow. They will see freedom in Christ through my words and actions.

But this not only means feeding our hearts with meat from The Word. It also means we need to be careful what we spend our time watching or listening to. What conversations we're having with others.

It also means if we're angry or dissatisfied, we need to have an outlet for it...before it comes out in an unhealthy way.

I'm a (recovering) stuffer. I hate confrontation and will just press anything unpleasant down further and further, hoping it'll just go away and I'll get over it.

UGH...so unhealthy!

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It wasn't until being married that I realized that's NOT ok! You can't do that when you're on a team with someone for life. Your spouse will think everything is peaches and cream and then WHAM! A typhoon hits and takes everything out in it's wake. It ALL pours out.

The little issue from that day and everything all the way two years ago back. And his head will be spinning with confusion.

Talk about things AND pray about them.

Find a friend, your husband, or a counselor to just be crazy open and honest with.

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And wouldn't we rather overflow with love, kindness, goodness, generosity, and encouragement for others?

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Enjoy this lock screen + printable!

I challenge you to forward this post or the image itself on to a few friends who you cherish and think may love it, too! xo

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Printable (below): Download here.

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Cell Phone Lock Screen (below): Simply take a screen shot or download here. 10:15 lock screen download

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November (free) memory verse lock screen for your phone

As you know, we're reading The Best Yes this month for our (virtual) Book Club.

As I began pouring over this amazing book, a shockwave went through my body as I read Isaiah 30:21.

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YES! This is truly the verse I need at the moment...hopefully it's exactly what you need, too.

And when I mentioned it to my incredibly talented friend Lydia, she said she'd love to draw it out for us!

(Lydia's online shop Quiller Whale Lettering is amazing. Check it out!)

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Toward the beginning of the book, Lysa TerKeurst says,

"We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please. And it's not just because of the vicious cycles of people pleasing, although that's part of it. I miss Best Yes opportunities sometimes because I simply don't know they're part of the equation."

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"I get all twisted up in making the division to check either the Yes or No box, not realizing there is a third box that reads Best Yes."

She goes on to say, "The one who obeys God's instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow."

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 So I encourage you...place this verse on your phone's lock screen or wallpaper (this month, you can also print it out!) and take these words to heart. Our Father in heaven IS walking with us.

Let us tune into Him as we go about our day. So that when He says, "this is the way; walk in it" we will be ready and feel His urging.

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