Monday, January 5, 2009

Have you ever had your lips zipped?

You will have to indulge me with another grandbaby story. I'm sorry but I can't help myself.

My oldest daughter, Megan, and her husband had decided to do Christmas a little different this year. They incorporated the biblical feasts in their celebration time and didn't actually use the word "Christmas" too much. They are trying to get their children to see the real reason for the celebration without the focus being on the tree and all the decorations etc. They also don't do Santa. Mikaela (6) is a little too smart for her age and picks up on so much more than we realize. She is quick to tell you all about what's wrong with "Christmas".We've had to explain to her that sometimes you just don't need to say anything because everyone has their own opinions on things and that Christmas isn't bad, it's what we have made it that is bad.

A few weeks ago, before Christmas, they were at our church and during Sunday School she and Eli (3) were in the same class. The teacher said that she asked the class the question, "What does Christmas mean to you?" and she was going to go around and ask each child their answer. Well, she got to my precious little Mikaela and the teacher said that Mikaela looked up at her and closed her little mouth and then ran her fingers across her lips and zipped them shut. (I'm guessing our little talk was going through her head...) So then it was Eli's turn and the teacher said when she posed the question to him Mikaela just quietly leaned over and zipped his little lips shut too! She was making sure that he didn't say too much also. They funny thing is that he just sat there with his lips shut..

I thought about this as I was getting ready for work today. I wondered how many times the Lord wished He could just reach down from heaven and zip MY lips shut... Probably more than I would like to imagine. There have been so many times that I have said things unintentionally and then later thought, "Beth, why did you say that?"

Lord, help me to think before I speak and to pray before I think! Help me to keep a guard on my mouth so that You don't have to zip it shut for me. May I speak truth and love. May I edify and glorify.

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)

Seeking Him,



Seeking Him, Megan said...

Wow, we were on the same page today. My post was about corrupt words! Ephesians 4:29.

Love ya,

Lisa said...

Great reminder for a Monday back at work! Thanks!
- Lisa

Anonymous said...

Too precious, Beth! I hope you wrote that one down in your journal!
I agree!There are so many times I wished I had not spoken words in a just a moment of time.
Yes, Lord, set a guard on my mouth. Zip it!
Miriam :)

Sarah Mae said...

I really loved reading this! What a neat story and application - thank you for sharing this!

As for mr. linky, you did a great job linking up - it worked! Make sure you link back to me so others can participate - do you know how to do that?


Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

That is great! We don't do Santa either. My older two were great about not telling other children. But my fourth child LOVE to tell other kids, just to get a rise out of them....

Kyla said...

I need this reminder all too often! Thanks so much for your post and the smile you gave me with your little story. ;)

Denise said...

What a great story! I know there are times I wished my mouth had been zipped, locked, super-glued and whatever else could have stopped me from spewing forth less than encouraging words.

petrii said...

Grandchildren are just the cutest things. I love that she was also concerned with her little brother ~~ so cute!!

How often I wish I'd zip it shut before it ends up getting me in trouble.

Thanks for the reminded.
Have a Blessed evening,

Kellye said...

Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would also love to have my lips zipped sometimes and appreciate that post as a reminder that I definitely need sometimes!!

Yolanda said...


What an amazing 6 year old and her little brother to follow suit.

A great scripture that you have included that I simply must get placed on my heart and in my brain. I love what Beth Moore had to say about this, the fact of placing it with permanent marker on our brains, O Lord. Amen? AMEN!

Love to ya,

~Mrs Sandy~ said...

Same here.I need this reminder EVERYDAY.
Hugs, Sandy

Traci said...

Oh, this is an AWESOME post! What a sweet story and a great picture for our relationship with God. I bet there's already been a few times today where God was wishing my lips were zipped.

Thanks so much for sharing!