Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Slow steps... slow progress

I dont think I ever posted what my #2 verse is for the #SSMT ... or other wise known as Siesta Scripture Memory Team.

Here's what I chose...or more what God chose for me...

James 1:19-20

Hot dang... what a verse that has already taken a hold of my life....

Let me start off by saying my mother's side of the family is Italian... so yes, the Italian blood is in me.

& I think the Mafia side of that blood has killed off any other blood that was in my body, because I'm hot headed like most Italians... & that also answers for my love of all things pasta.

But take note... No "Snookie" or Jersey tan for me.

With that Italian side comes the effect of having a quick mouth..... Slow to speak?  Ha - I don't even know what that is.

Tap into that Italian side & the other part of that verse - Slow to anger? An even bigger HA! .... Remember my Italian blood, but my dad is a red head... so I have a quick lit temper.

Ask Ricky... I guarantee he's somewhere reading this shaking his head & giving an AMEN!!!

I've heard the verse before, but this time, its been the center of my days.  I've memorized it - I repeat it - I'm FOCUSING on it (shout out to my One word for 2013)... this verse has become a part of my life.

... & I've failed at it...

Italian blood or not...just plain human

I still have gotten angry, I still have spoken before I thought what was coming out of my mouth would hurt someone, I have cut off people before they finished their thoughts because I wasn't quick to LISTEN...

...but guess what?  I HAVE improved on it...

slow steps
slow progress

but steps & progress in the right direction

This verse will definitely be a part of my life from now on.

Because I want that righteous life that God desires for me... I don't want to mess that up...
& I want people to know they are being heard, & my words don't hurt them in return...

I want people to see God in me when they talk to me & I enter into a conversation with them

slow steps
slow progress

What's hardest for you?  Quick to listen - Slow to speak - slow to become angry?


  1. Unfortunately, all too often, I have that reversed ... slow to listen, quick to speak and become angry. Thankfully our God is a God of second (and third and fourth and fifth, etc.) chances ... 'cause I'm still working on it.

  2. Well, let's just say that I often have a hard time keeping my big trap shut...even though I think I have the best of intentions. Thankfully, God knows my heart and He has an amazing ability to love me just the same, in spite of all my shortcomings. Do I get an AMEN on that note?

  3. I'm not Italian or a red head, so I have no excuse at all. But I am very short-tempered and quick to speak too. Something I need to work on too. In fact, I'm doing the SSMT too and my goal is to memorize the entire 1st chapter of James, so this one will come up for me a little later in the year.

  4. James is my favorite book. I would say the hardest is the quick to hear for me. I'm a bad interupter so I need to slow down and listen to others finish their thoughts.

  5. I'd like to say I am good at all those qualities. I still am quick to anger, but working on it!

  6. Rebecca Jo, love your blog and your outspoken Italian blood...You have a desire and joy for the Word... that is evident. Love that! I am going to follow along with you and I hope you will hop over and visit and follow along with me too. Glad I found you. Blessings!

  7. We will be reading that verse tomorrow when we start James! Boy am I quick to speak and slow to listen! But, like you, I hope I am improving every day as I pray that God will remind me that I'm the only Bible some people will ever read! That scares me most days!

  8. What a great post, Rebecca! I love James too. My biggest struggle is being slow to speak. I have opinions. Lots of them. And I usually am quite quick to share them. I also find myself going right ahead and saying things that I am being prompted NOT to say. That is just AWFUL. I am so, so grateful that I can repent and be forgiven. I am trying to learn to keep my mouth SHUT.

  9. I'd say slow to become angry is hardest for me, but this is one of the verses that has helped me a lot in this area. I actually pray that God would help me do these things every day as well as "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."


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