On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Monday, August 13, 2012

Road Apples

Are you familiar with this term?

Road Apples

(horse manure)

It has been my intent lately to make a more concerted effort to be careful about any negative comments - or thoughts … about anything …or anybody.

Sometimes it is my tendency to over-analyze conversations and the words I speak.The proverb about words and apples of gold came to mind, so I Googled the phrase. (Somehow my search produced an image of road apples!) I never heard of road apples before, but as I thought about it ...

I had made kind of a deal with myself that whenever a negative thought arises and is about to form into a comment … even one muttered under my breath - to immediately take it and turn it into a positive remark or thanks about the person or thing.

Do you ever just wish you could have a redo on something you said?

Road apples are unattractive and smelly.

Those aren't the kind of words I want to leave behind

and no pun intended there

to be cleaned up later.

I want my words to be lovely and sweet.

Apples of gold glow.
The right word spoken at the right time
is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.

Proverbs 25:11 NCV


Shelly said...

Ahh, so true! Very timely, too~

Linda Chapman said...

Amen! We ALL need to work on that one!!! I am trying not to be fearful when I look at all that I need to do and wonder HOW in the world I am going to get it done!!! I am totally out of my comfort zone in hauling this camper down to Houston - but God can make a way when there seems to be no way. I need to confess my FAITH and keep mum on my fears!!
Great post this morning.......gets us strated off right this Monday!

Nonnie said...

One of my favorite songs - God will make a way, when there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me.
Thanks for that reminder - will hum along with you today! ;-)

Nonnie said...

I guess everyday is a good day for that, huh?

818carrie said...

That Proverbs verse is one of my favorite. I have a thing about words and how I should "say what I mean, and mean what I say" and from there you can't improve on silence. Weird aren't I.

Melanie said...

Great post!! A reminder that we all need!

Love the song you mentioned above, great song to be in my head today!!!

Nonnie said...

No. And that probably explains why our conversations are so enjoyed.

Nonnie said...

Keep on singing. :-)

yaya said...

Road apples...now that is funny...because we live in Amish country we see lots and lots of road apples! (and parking lot apples) There is so much negativity on the TV now with political messages that they need to read this post too!

Nonnie said...

Oh my goodness. I guess so. I have to carry around a sack with me to pick up the "tootsie rolls" my dog leaves. I just can't bear the political stuff. It's so bad.

RuthAnn Becker said...

Road apples is a good term for negative thoughts - they're distracting, unpleasant and get us on the wrong foot, literally and figuratively. Now and then, though, I believe it's important to express a negative thought; one that encapsulates a wrong that you see in the world, perhaps, or a feeling you have that needs to be aired in order to release it. The question is, how will express it? There's a big difference between laying a road apple down in front of someone and throwing it at them. :)

Nonnie said...

Smiling ... You are so right.

Madi and Mom said...

Good thoughts and post...as they say it takes less facial muscles to smile than to frown and goodness knows we don't need those extra wrinkles either.
Hugs Madi's Mom

Sweet Tea said...

There are those times that I would love a "do over" for things I have said. TOTALLY!!

Hatjuggler said...

Great post, Nonnie. It's a good visual to have in mind in determining what to speak. Sometimes in our house we do use do overs.