Robin Gudal: You can always use words with God
EN(dur)ANCE by Robin Gudal
I may (OK, cross out may), I likely (again, cross out likely), I sometimes (oh dear, cross out sometimes), I often (definitely cross out often), I do have many words to use every day! Thanks to the internet I was able to find exactly how many words the experts say I, as a woman, use daily: 20,000! In comparison, men only use approximately 7,000. This is a huge gap; 13,000 words of gap. I remember years ago my hubs making such a comment (lovingly) that I had a lot of words to use; he was not in need of using as many.
We recently needed to make a quick trip to Texas for an ill family member. I was under the weather when we left, so a nap or naps was happening on this 13-hour trek. However, when I was not napping, I thought it a great opportunity to visit, AKA talk. I think you know where I am going with this.
Yup, I had 20,000 words (trapped in a car) where Greggy had only about 7,000. We love audio books, so this did help his gap.
At one point, though, I respectfully asked, “Do you want to talk?”
“No, I am good!” was his reply.
Oh, now what? We had been listening together to the book; now he desired silence. We were in a car; this also meant no radio. I was at a crossroad. Hmm…
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. “
I had plenty of people and circumstances to pray for and about. I also had many rejoicing situations that added a smile to my face. It was amazing how time flew when I decided to follow his instructions.
Later I asked Greggy, “Did you get tired driving in silence?”
“No” he replied, “I was praying.”
Ephesians 6:18 New International Version: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. “
When you have words to use, use them with Jesus!
Robin (Beckman) Gudal, intentional in life, is a wife, momma, nana, friend, and a flawed and imperfect follower of Jesus.