My DH and I have been exercising in the morning with a workout cd. The lady on the tape is always telling us to concentrate on different things such as are we standing up straight or breathing right or even focusing on a certain muscle. Sometimes I mutter at her under my breath. Mostly though I try to follow her suggestions and I find they really do make my workout more productive. I am also discovering I have muscles that have not been used in awhile. A little thing is making a big difference.
In life, I have been concentrating on some little things. For example, what tone of voice am I using with my kids? I have noticed that it is often not what I say but how I say it that gets me into trouble. One part of controlling my tongue is controlling my tone of voice. Is it appropriate for the moment? Am I reacting? Am I speaking the truth but in love? All questions that need to run through my mind. As I work on this area, I am hoping that my conversations with my family will be more what God would want them to be. Jesus talked about being faithful in the little things as well as the big so hopefully this is a start.
Dear God, Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your strength each day to live life. Be with my conversations. Be with my words. Be with my tone of voice. May I reflect you in all I do. May you be glorified through the interactions of my family. In Jesus Name, Amen.