Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A newly married couple were new
members to our church, so we invited them over after church to have dinner with
us.We were newly weds ourselves, so it
was good to have friends with similar lots in life.
All was going well, and
dinner was served, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and
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My hand potato masher had
done its usual fairly good job at pulverizing the potatoes.
As we began to enjoy our
meal, my husband made a comment about the potatoes being a bit lumpy.Silence fell and all was quiet, including
Then my hubby changed the subject and the
remainder of the afternoon went smoothly.
The next day my friend
mentioned that when they got home, her husband asked her, “Did you notice how
nice Hazel was, when her husband complained about the potatoes. She was very
quiet and did not talk back? So why can’t you be more like her?”
What I told her next was,
“You should have heard what I said to him after you all left.I asked him to please not criticize me in
front of company, but to wait until they leave to have his say.”
That calmed my friend down,
because she was under the impression that I must be a saint which was far from
the truth at that time.(Sainthood came
later in life.) :-)
That evening I rehearsed to
my husband what my girl friend and I had talked about, and together we pledged
not to criticize or tear down each other in public, or to others when we were
Through the years, we have
observed some couples who have a habit of making fun of each other, and they
say snide hurtful and cutting remarks in front of others.We wondered how they spoke to each other in
the privacy of their homes.
Then we have also observed other couples
holding hands in public, and lovingly calling each other by appropriate pet
Let your words be sweet and
kind to those you love and care about.Never
embarrass them anywhere or play cruel jokes on them.
May I suggest?
Have someone over for dinner and please assign
the husband to mash the potatoes.