Have you ever seen any of the Tyler Perry "Madea" movies?? If you have then you know what the title of this post refers to. If not, you need to. Madea is my new hero. I watched "Madea's Witness Protection Program" last night and just loved it. At one point she's telling the "mom" in the story, in reference to her super snotty teenage stepdaughter, that the mom needs to speak her mind. She does use a cuss word to emphasize it, which I'll leave out here.
I was thinking about that line today. Ya'll remember the son who had his fingertip amputated at work and the unexpected grandbaby on the way. Well, 2 weeks ago my mom got very sick and last week I moved her in with us for a week to help her recuperate. I had my brother's dog and our two dogs and my mom and I felt like Matt Damon in "I Bought a Zoo". It was crazy. Mom is well now, thank you Lord! She went back home today.
I have not stopped for months. This morning my youngest, when I asked how he was doing, responded with his usual, "I'm tired". Every stinking day that's the response. So this morning I decided it was time to start speaking my mind. I'm tired! Good grief! Yet each day I get up and Jesus gives me just what I need for that day. So I let the youngest know that was no longer an acceptable response. And I let the oldest know that I was no longer his verbal punching bag.
It is okay to speak our mind. As long as we do it in love. It's okay to set boundaries for ourselves, even if it makes others uncomfortable. It's okay to be emotionally healthy. After the news of the election last week I noticed how many people seem to be fearful and angry. Helllerrrr!! God is still God. He still sits on the throne and he sets up and tears down kingdoms and rulers. We're all going to be okay as long as our trust is in Him.
Fear not and when necessary, speak your mind!