I finally felt like I got a good night’s sleep after having several nights in a row that I would wake up throughout the night with a return of some anxiety/panic attacks. It was also a clear night, so no snow to deal with at work leaving me with time to pay extra attention to the floors which needed it after several snowy days. After getting the building ready for the day, I turned my attention to getting some more writing done for my next 31-day devotional journal. I had completed the initial writing for 16 of the days earlier and now it was time to spend time with God in prayer to refocus on the second half of the book.
As I worked, a variety of birds were playing outside my office window. At one point, I noticed some movement further out in the woods and as I looked more closely, saw there were several deer bedded down within view of my office. It was a beautiful thing to know they were comfortable making themselves at home that near the building. The rest of the work day was a mix of writing, preparation for an upcoming conference, ministry conversations, and a meeting to evaluate possibilities for additional outside lighting. By the time I left the office, I had completed the devotional writing and questions all the way through day 28 in the new book so just a little further to go before I’m able to send it to my proofreader/editor.
The title of the book I am working on is “Watch Your Mouth: Choosing Words Which Honor Christ”. As I spent time with God writing today, I was reminded of how important it is to choose words wisely. Our words have great power to heal or to hurt. In an era when so many people believe it is okay to say whatever they want — after all, it is a constitutional right — the reminder to watch your mouth seems to be a timely topic. The writing process has been a great reminder for me and I pray that the finished product will be used to help others realize the need to reign in their tongue. I pray that it brings glory to God and accomplishes the purposes for which He has designed for it.
I wrapped up the day by taking my family to meet my mom and dad for dinner. It was good to catch up with them and hear about the enjoyable time they had as they spent the first two weeks of the year in Florida. As we arrived home, the nearly full moon was shining brightly in the crisp cold air. Like the beauty of the cardinals and deer, I have yet to get tired of photographing the beauty of the moon.