Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest Post: By Word of Mouth Musings

Sometimes, a gal just needs a vacation. So that's what I'm doing this week! Please enjoy this guest post from Nicole Morgan at By Word of Mouth Musings!

Nicole is one of my favorite Tweeps. So friendly and encouraging and funny! I love her. She's also a really inspiring writer—very insightful and interesting. I'm sure I have more to say about her, but you really should just go check her out here, here, and here. You won't be sorry!

Unless you don't go. Then you'll be sorry. *insert growl and snarl here* Go!


It really is a great pleasure to be here today as a guest in the the bloghome of The Lazy Christian - don't you just love her name?  It always makes me chuckle because its just so honest. I thought that since my blogname is By Word of Mouth Musings, today I would write a little post about words.

How many of us Talk the Talk, but do not Walk the Walk?

I do. Often.  I tell my children right from wrong and tell them why they should behave in a certain way.

But do I always set a good example? No. Sometimes they are just empty words.

Guilty of the "do as I say and not as I do." Like many parents. I'm pretty sure of this.

Like when I tell them there is not going to be a snack before dinner because we are eating shortly, and then sneak a chocolate cookie out of the pantry (please tell me that you do that too).

Or where I tell them that if you don't have anything nice to say about someone, then perhaps you should keep it to yourself, but then find myself on the phone with a friend doing exactly the opposite.

Or today, when I told a police officer I was looking at directions on my phone when I pulled into a handicapped space to make a quick call. (instead of commending me for not being on the phone while driving, she offered to give me a $250 ticket - see what lies can do for you!)

They are just white lies.  But still lies, and sometimes we want to hear them.

Like the one I expect my husband to tell me if he doesn't love how my jeans fit, I want to hear that my butt is adorable. All of it. I encourage him to lie too me.  Sad really.

But what about our walk in faith? Do we lie to ourselves?  We do the talk, but not the walk.  Pray only when we are in need, and not just to give thanks? Do we turn to God only when the going gets tough? Teaching our children to be grateful for each waking moment, a gift from God, that is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Showing them the way, because we are their teachers.

My goal for teaching our children to live as good people, is following in the footsteps of Jesus.  We discuss what we think Jesus would do. When you think about following in His footsteps, you choose your road a little more carefully.  In our house, I am a Christian and my husband is an Atheist, but together we teach our children to be accepting of all people.  To each his own on their politics, their religion, their belief's or their lifestyle.  To treat people with love, kindness and respect. In the words of my 13 year old, "Judgement Day will come, and God will be the judge." She is wise beyond her years. And I think we did good.

Teaching my children to "walk the walk, and talk the talk" makes me think of:

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. - Ephesians 5:2

Because if we walk only in love, the talk will be kind and compassionate.

Which brings me back full circle with those little white lies, instead of telling your children that little white lie, you know the one where you have eye's in the back of your head, maybe just tell them this ...

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

Maybe that will help - ALL of us!


  1. Thank you SO much for having me here today, it really was a pleasure and I do hope that you have your feet up and are having a little blogcation ;)

  2. Thanks for the very inspiring post. I have to admit to committing most of those "crimes". Especially the chocolate cookie-but calories don't really count if you eat the thing standing-up right? :)


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