Proverbs 31

A PROVERBS 31 Woman is in our midst.

Ruth Brooks Langford

A virtuous woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. She watches her tongue and speaks with wisdom. She understands that beauty is a temporal thing.

She is wise “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; in her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26). The godly woman speaks with wisdom. She doesn’t throw her words in vain. She does not harm with words, is always ready to give advice.

THIS IS RUTH BROOKS LANGFORD.

There is not a job that’s too small or trivial for Ruth. She has called me daily for these last few months: to remind me to take my medicine and to check in and see  if I’d done my exercises. Who does this? 

Ruth does. I feel lucky to be in her aura during this time in  my life. 


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OMGoodness — Did I actually do this?

OMGoodness — this actually happened? 

An honest-to-goodness “this happened?” moment occurred yesterday. Leaving a restaurant parking lot a family walked behind my car, and fear of other children with them caused me to proceed very cautiously backing up. There was a friendly server outside the restaurant directing me.

SO the same family was next to me, all of a sudden the man jumped out of the ‘shotgun’ seat and started yelling and shaking his finger at me. “You don’t have to cut it so close. You have lots of room.”

May we say “Gobsmacked”?

My immediate reaction was to explain why we were moving slowly and so closely…he did not want to hear anything and started back to the car.

As I recalled my own words, said: “I love you.”

The Heart of a Child.

The Heart of a Child.

Then stuck side-by-side, my retaliation side came out, and I blew him kisses. NOT my finest moment, the motive was not love but retaliation. #notokay #sarcasmhasitsplaceandthiswasnotoneofthosetimes

On this Monday morning, it’s my hope you don’t have an encounter giving an opportunity to retaliate. If you do, try “I love you” without following my poor example of blowing kisses. Of course, this was not my proudest moment; I’ll be working on this today. #hopingforanodramaday 

 


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Frozen in Time: Discover what you love most.

I love you. There, I said it. I Love you.

We don’t say it enough. Reminded of a former paramour (NOT illicit) ended his very first call to me with “I Love You.”

It wasn’t two seconds, he called back with a bon mot ending his call “See you later, Buddy.”

He was probably dumbstruck by what he’d said previously. Heaven forbid I’d believe him.

It was all funny to me.  Did I think he was IN LOVE with me? Of course not. It was a sentiment he felt in the moment after a great conversation. His fear was real. Heaven forbid might “LIKE” him or worse “LOVE” him. It’s sad to me so many feel this way about the words “I love you”.

If we weren’t so afraid of what might happen, what WOULD happen? What COULD happen? Well, for starters we might diminish the hate mongering we see so much these days. It’s really exhausting, to read about so much hate. Can’t imagine what it’s like for the haters, how does one’s heart hold that much hate?

Safely, I can say to you I do not hate anyone. Life is too short. Don’t hate those who lie to me – and believe me when I tell you I’ve had a little too much of that lately.

One should never mistake our kindness, my kindness for stupidity.

IF we hate anyone, anyone at all, we are among the haters. That’s where I never want to find myself, how about you?

Let’s have great conversations and tell each other “I love you” before we hang up. Isn’t this a lovely thought?  It is to me.

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