Cherished Sin – Five Minute Friday

Have you joined in the reading and writing joy that is “Five Minute Friday” over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog, yet?  Each one of us contributes 5 minutes of uninterrupted writing on a one-word prompt.  There are no edits (some of us can’t help ourselves where the grammar or spelling is concerned!), no re-writes, and no over-thinking.  Sharing? Yes indeedy! There is plenty of that.



Today’s prompt is: CHERISH



What does your heart struggle with? Mine? Just your average cherished sins.
Surely, you know exactly what I’m talking about? Those thoughts, words, and deeds that we know won’t bring us any closer to walking alongside this Jesus we claim to love. Those hard-to-break habits, those sinful habits, that are annoyingly ever-present in our lives? The ones we almost cherish.
Language – I must watch mine. Growing up as a boat Captain’s daughter, I knew full well the impact a foul-mouthed word could have. Unfortunately, I still do. When I stub my toe, lock the door behind me (without keys), get angrier than I have right to get, the words… they sometimes spill forth of their own will. Truly. I try to grab them back and stuff them back in. But then? Then, I am shamed upon the remembrance of this:

“For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
Matthew 12:34

The Holy Spirit within me, more gently than my harsh thought moments ago, reminds me of this:

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29

And God, in His infinite mercy and boundless grace for me, forces me to stop and really think on the last part of that verse in Ephesians. And he whispers right into my heart, “Sweet one, let everything be good and helpful… and an encouragement… even to yourself. Are you encouraging yourself, sweet one? Or are you beating yourself down?”
My focus has shifted. It is now on cherishing my God. Who has not forsaken me, who will not leave me; even as the words of my mouth sound like so many knives in His ears. I cherish, now, this sweetly, mercifully, lovingly whispered Truth. He cherishes me.
And I find myself guarding my heart, much more vigilantly, against the sin of my “unhelpful speech”. Because He cherishes me.

32 thoughts on “Cherished Sin – Five Minute Friday

  1. Hi, dropped in from The Domestic Fringe. I am Fringegirl’s Mom. Thanks for the great reminder about my mouth. It is not the bad words that get me in trouble, it is sometimes the bad things I say about others. I need to remember to give more grace instead.

    • Welcome Bev! I so enjoy the Domestic Fringe! She is a great mentor and model in the bloggy world. And, ain’t it the truth – the bad things we can find ourselves even *thinking* about others, let alone saying… Ah, for the grace…

  2. I love that this is all from a raw 5 minute response to a one-word prompt. I MUST give this a shot sometime!! So nice to meet you.. Our FringeGirl Tricia told me about you and I’m so glad she did 🙂

    Have a great day!

    xo Kristin

  3. When I was younger, bad language was not an issue for me ever. I didn’t even think bad words. I don’t know why…they just weren’t in there. I suppose as time went by, some pretty choice words crept into my vocabulary (and some didn’t have to be so sneaky, because I chose to spend my time filling my mind up with junk on TV and even a few blogs years ago). At first it was in my head more than anything out loud, but then it became easier to get angry and let those words fly (usually under my breath, but still) and it often shocked even me that I had let my mind get to that point. It really goes back to letting it be taken captive by Christ, because if he doesn’t have a hold of it, something else does. And that is most assuredly not going to be good. 😛 Good reminder.

    • Christina!! I must guard, VERY carefully, what I choose to spend my time filling my mind up with now. Too many choices are available that only reinforce the old tapes in my head. The old habits of speech. Yes and yes to the words you wrote – “if it’s in my head… then it becomes easier to let those words fly…”. Indeed!

  4. whoa nellie! can you shed your heart in five minutes, girl! and now I know you were a boat captain’s daughter 😉 love that…

    and ouch…you poked at my heart, friend. I needed it. thank you…

  5. whew i’m so glad i’m not the only imprefect one!! 🙂 thank you for encouraging me through your honesty. the simple reminder that He cares for us IN our sin…:) thank you!

  6. You were a boat Captain’s daughter? Now that really intrigues me. My 19 year old would love nothing more than to earn his living on the water. And you make such comforting points. That we do need to be how aware we are loved — just the way we are. Cursing and all. Only the knowledge of that great love makes us want to strive for a life more pleasing to Him.

    • Jamie – that’s exactly the comfort I take in my failures. It drives me to walk more closely and live a life more pleasing to Him! It’s a tough life, as you get older, being a boat captain. My younger brother can attest to that now…And lots of salty language. 😉

  7. I love this, Missy: “Sweet one, let everything be good and helpful… and an encouragement… even to yourself.” Focusing on what we want to change usually just bogs us down, but when we rest in God, in His grace, He does the miracle of transformation. Such a beautiful reminder, friend! Thanks for sharing!

  8. You hit it right on the nail…it is our response to how much He cherishes us that causes us to cherish what He does and to watch how we speak to ourselves and others…blessings, my friend 🙂

    • I love that – real time example. Amen to that. And it’s my hope that my sweetkids are getting the real time example of grace, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Oh, this knowledge of how HE sees us- it really does change everything, doesn’t it?!! This is the first time that I have read your blog and I am thankful that I followed you on FMF today. I have been meditating a great deal lately on the song “It is Well” and your post reminds me of the verse- “My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul”!! His infinite mercy and boundless grace- YES!!!

    • This song, It Is Well, is one of my top 3 all time favorite hymns. I adore the reminder that all our sin is nailed to te cross forevermore! Thank you for the beautiful reminder of that specific line. And for visiting!!

  10. This right here is pretty darn powerful: “Are you encouraging yourself, sweet one?” Because I never, ever, ever do. I couldn’t read on. Got stuck here. Dernit. 🙂

  11. I love this. so honest. God really does look out for us, even when we act up. ESP when we act up. `he’s so great!

    I find the less times i spend in my word the more my “potty mouth” comes to light, while i don’t swear saying things like “people are stupid” and “i hate people” and “when’s the next plague” fall under the verse in Ephesians.

    it’s hard sometimes to keep it clean, cuz life will get to you, but God really is loving and gentle in his reproach.

    thanks for sharing!

    • Aw, Jesi Rae, so true. So true! Sometimes the harsh words/thoughts toward others can bring us down down deep. I’m so grateful that His Word reminds us that His grace is available all the time. Thanks for the shout out friend!

  12. This was really, really good. Although I am a truck-drivers daughter, my mouth is generally not on fire; however, the other day I partly said a bad word…like I caught mid-stream and changed the word at the last second. It was a pretty slick move, or so I thought. My kids heard me and went all psycho on me. I was officially the “Potty Mouth” of the day.

    Great post and one I need. I am constantly kicking myself for some things I say.

    • I so appreciate the catching yourself mid-stream story. I’m becoming better and better, with God’s constant care, to do the same. Hopefully, before the other side of glory, I’ll begin to not even think the words!

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