Some days we have to cowgirl up to keep from staying down.

I’ve been known to open my mouth when I shouldn’t and even when I should a lot of times what comes out is not Dayspring material. And then I read this.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Proverbs 31:26

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Insert that face I make when I realize I’m not measuring up to this woman I’m called to be. It kind of resembles a sideways-I-just-ate-a-lemon-rind-smoochie kind of face, if you can even begin to imagine that and not make the same face yourself.

That’s me. Perfectly imperfect. To quote Ann Voskamp, I’m forever wondering when “will I ever be who I already am in Christ?”

I’m already this woman short on words, but wise when they come and long on kind deeds that will teach my children kindness through action and not mere lip service.

She’s already in me. And if Christ is in you, she’s in you, too.

So where is she? Why does it seem more often than not the woman I am in Christ is hiding? The words that come out of my mouth more often resemble the Wicked Witch of the West instead of the wise, sweet and kind White Witch of the East. (I don’t remember if that was her name, but it fits the picture in my head.)

In a lot of ways, I actually do consider myself wise. Not from a degree stashed in an old frame in the attic or from any number of books I scanned and crammed a nights worth of memory from for a test. I’ve forgotten most anything I learned in school, but please don’t tell that to my Dad.

Life itself has a way of making us wise with it’s school of hard knocks and soft bellies that come from birthing life or just birthing age.

Life itself brings wisdom through losing people that shaped our identity in the first place and learning who we are without them.

Life itself teaches us. Good or bad. Right or wrong. We become wise. At least in a worldly way.

But then God.

God calls us to a higher wisdom. A godly wisdom. A wisdom that can only come from knowing the only wise One.

And the awesomeness comes in the fact that His wisdom, the same wisdom that spoke the world into existence and me and you into our mother’s womb, that same wisdom is available for us. In fact, it’s already in us if He is in us.

We would do well to remember that. To pull from that and use that and teach that.

The more I seek wisdom from God, the truer and kinder my words will be. It’s a given.

I’ll never be perfect while I’m the mother of my children and wife to my man here on earth. But I can be wise and teach kindness because it’s in me. Because He’s in me.

Let’s give ourself some grace today as mothers and wives and daughters and sisters. Grace to seek His wisdom and teach the same when opportunity affords.

And especially grace for the days when it doesn’t come and we fail. Again. Because as sure as it’s in us, we will. And then we  cowgirl up and try again. It’s the only way I know to keep from staying down.

For His Glory,
Meredith

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It’s that time again. Wednesday’s here on the blog we link up Woman 2 Woman and these next few weeks we will keep discussing verses from Proverbs 31. We would love to have you join. Feel free to grab the button for your site if you wish or just link-up with the little blue frog below and link-back here. If you do choose to link-up please visit and encourage at the least the person before you on the link-up. We are graciously learning from one another’s words as spoken to through the only Word that can truly feed us, God’s Word. Blessings to you and thank you for visiting! xoxo, Meredith

 

 

 

I’m also linking up with my friend Beth here for her Three Word Wednesday…make sure you visit her site for more encouragement. She is a military spouse and has so many blessings to offer from her perspective as a wife and mother whose family is deployed.

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17 thoughts on “Some days we have to cowgirl up to keep from staying down.

  1. I LOVE this! And I make the sour lemon smoochie face, too. Mine is normally accompanied by an whiny “awwww.” LOL Thanks for visiting Alissa’s Life Under Construction today (from Three Word Wednesday). 🙂

  2. You taught me a new phrase today, Meredith…cowgirl up. I love that. I also really enjoyed this, “And the awesomeness comes in the fact that His wisdom, the same wisdom that spoke the world into existence and me and you into our mother’s womb, that same wisdom is available for us. In fact, it’s already in us if He is in us.” How often I have to remind myself of that. It continues to amaze me. Thanks for blessing me (again) today. 🙂 xoxo

  3. Beautiful, Meredith. “The more I seek wisdom from God, the truer and kinder my words will be.” Thank you for placing this truth in front of me and blessing me with it today!

  4. Love Proverbs and loved what you had to say this morning. Always a good thing to spend time with my niece in some manner.

  5. Wouldn’t that be convicting if our words, however they came out, were put on a Dayspring card to give to our loved ones? Eek! Great reminder that He is in us and able to help us be who He already knows we are, in Christ.:)

  6. With the Love Dare study I’ve really reflected on the words that may come out of mouth and if they are unpleasing to God. I appreciate the reminder to give ourselves grace because we will never be perfect but yet the encouragement to seek God and His wisdom for continued growth in speaking words that build one another up. I was considering joining you in your linkup but wasn’t sure if I should be specifically speaking to verses from Proverbs 31. I appreciate you, Meredith. I’m always so encouraged and blessed by what you share here.

    • Oh I don’t care if you link up, Beth…I’d be happy to have you! I can’t link up with you because I can never keep my title to three words lol! 😛 I guess I should start trying. I will 😉

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