“The words of the reckless pierce like swords…” Proverbs 12:18

Reckless, in the moment. it’s the fastest means to an end…an end I unfortunately take when I snub my kind husband or snap at the precious kids I’ve been trusted with. The moment the line between frustration and discipline through discipleship are blurred; when opportunities are lost. Though this verse is specific to words, I see the debris left in the wake of my reckless actions.

The alternative: Self-Control.  Proverbs 5:23 reads:

“He will DIE for lack of self-control…”

Not to add anything to God’s words, I’d like to rephrase this verse:

He will LIVE for sufficient self-control.

By the end of the day, when my energy reserves are completely depleted, when the kids are having crazy hour, when the dinner deadline strikes and I haven’t a clue what to prepare (don’t judge me superhuman moms out there) self-control seems impossible.

Fortunately I serve a meet-me-where-I-am God who sees my need, who is ready-willing-able to help. The faintest “dart prayers” are heard.  As frivolous as they may seem, as alone as I may feel, my God is listening and intervening for me; for those around me. Thank you Lord for making the impossible possible!

Heart Check: When in a reckless state, what do you do?


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