Daily Devotional for May 24, 2023

I really love my wife.  She’s a relatively good person but, every so often, she does something that drives me nuts.  Here’s an example.

We have a garden filled with large, raised planters which I love because food is my life.

I don’t mind Shannon ordering more and more planters because food is my life.

I’ve committed to assemble all the planters because food is my life.

For protection while shipping, each of the twelve panels that make up a planter is covered in a bulletproof, fireproof, nuclear bomb proof plastic coating that the instructions show is easily peeled off.  Whoever wrote the directions is the biggest liar on the planet.

In order to get the plastic sheets off the planters, I had to use a blowtorch, chainsaw, and hydrochloric acid.  It was incredibly frustrating.

To add insult to injury, this is not the first time Shannon has ordered Satan’s planters.  I’ve had to go through this before.

Last night, as I was sitting on the back porch using grenades to blow the plastic sheets off the planters, I started to go into the house and give Shannon a piece of my mind for getting these frustrating planters, but then I remembered I bleed easily so I took the much less painful route and stayed on the back porch working on the planters.  This got me thinking.

Most of the bad predicaments of my life have been caused by my very large, always in gear mouth.  If I said less, I would be in a whole lot less trouble.  Sadly, I have yet to learn silence is golden.

The wisest of all people said, “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.”  (Proverbs 21:23 NLT)

More than likely, someone is going to do something to get on your nerves.  Don’t whine, complain, protest, or give them a piece of your mind.  It’s not worth it.

Keep your mouth shut and enjoy the rest of the day.  You will be glad you did.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those impulsive moments when I want to say something I will later regret, help me keep my mouth shut.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Tonight, I will obediently sit on the back porch and assemble the last planter.  I cannot wait because food is my life.

Also, some of you may be wondering if using Shannon in this devotional is a good idea.  Just for the record, I am the man of the house, and I will say whatever I want.

Please don’t tell Shannon I said that.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins


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