Stick Out Your Tongue

Well, it is that time again for our annual Family Freedom Walk (our 7th!!!), May 9, 2015. We are having a little staff competition to see who can raise the most money. We would like to invite you to support one of your Victory Call writers. Click on their link below and it will take you directly to their individual webpage for the walk. You can give directly through their webpage. If you prefer to send a check, just mail it to America’s Keswick 601 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759 ATTN: the person’s name – and mark your check FFW in the memo. Thank you for your support.
Mary Ann Kiernan
http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/2015FamilyFreedomWalk/MaryAnnKiernan/
Stephanie Paul
http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/2015FamilyFreedomWalk/StephaniePaul/
Dina Seaton
http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/2015FamilyFreedomWalk/DinaSeaton/
Kathy Withers
http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/2015FamilyFreedomWalk/KathyWithers/
Diane Hunt
http://americaskeswick.donorpages.com/2015FamilyFreedomWalk/DianeHunt/
If you would like to help us raise money for the Addiction Recovery Ministries – to help men, women and children, we would love to have you walk with us. If you are interested please go to our website and sign up today then start raising sponsors.
http://www.americaskeswick.org/christian-events/special-events/family-freedom-walk
Thank you so much for your support.

While waiting for a family member to having a lengthy dental procedure, I couldn’t help but be disturbed in my spirit about the office chatter. They had their own commentary going; as people would call the office or leave after their procedure these women would discuss them. There were comments about patients, callers and even co-workers from another office. It did not take long to realize that this was a norm for them and it began to make me very uncomfortable. I am not sure if they were unaware of my presence in the office, if it didn’t matter to them or perhaps they saw nothing wrong with their behavior. Regardless of their motives, I was unsettled by it all.

After the procedure was over I went to the desk and took care of the details for the next visit. I knew as we left I would be the new conversation piece for these women and it bothered me. I kept thinking, “I can’t believe the money we spent there for that type of service.” I had angst in me for hours after we left the office and kept thinking these women need to learn to be quiet when people are in the office.

The Holy Spirit reminded me of a devotion I had read earlier that week by Sinclair Ferguson. It was, of course, about the tongue and power of our speech. It said control of our tongue is evidence of spiritual maturity. I knew that. It also said that, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent and discerning if he holds his tongue” (Prov. 17:28). I knew that. Sinclair went on to say, referring to James 3:2, that the person who tames the tongue is a mature Christian. I knew that. As I sat and thought of this I was reminded of the conviction I had had while reading this devotion. It is not merely enough to sit and be quiet (it’s a good place to start). Sinclair describes that, that very silence can be self-serving. I had never seen it like that. Our silence and suppression can and should not be mistaken for true transformation. That the taming of the tongue is far different than the mere holding of your tongue. Our tongue will do what it is prone to do…speak. The Word of God says out of the heart the mouth will speak. Therefore the conviction I had received was to not just be silent or refrain from saying something inappropriate. My goal should be true transformation and not suppression. My hope for others should not be in their merely performing, speaking and behaving appropriately but for pure hearts that motivates a genuine love for one another.

Because He Lives,
Kim M. Spicer
Women of Character Graduate and Volunteer

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