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Jami, wife to Nato and mom of four unruly children, is an entrepreneur and leader who focuses on faith, community, authenticity, and courage. She’s passionate about not doing laundry and hoarding socks and loves using awkward humor and honesty to convey the truth of the gospel and navigate tough conversations.

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  1. Oh how I needed this and didn’t even know it. In the last couple years I found myself low, in comment sections, defending what I thought to be right only to be ashamed and more stressed. I got off social for awhile. Reoriented myself. When I find myself slipping, I repeat to myself “Jesus is king. He is on the throne” and it helps my perspective. But now I will be memorizing James 4, because extra armor never hurt.

  2. Amen! This fits so well with a God Watch moment we had last night. We sat in a local ice cream shop with a friend who is raising support to be on staff with a ministry to youth (Young Life). In a quiet conversation while others streamed past us to get their own sweet treats we talked of the excitement of telling youth about Jesus & the money he needs for next year’s salary. As we rose to leave a couple at the table across the shop flagged our friend down to say they want to donate to him. God providing blessings from unexpected places for sure! But the comments could have been negative rather than positive. We truly never know who is listening & watching so I pray our behaviors & speech will always be Christ honoring! Thank you for your encouragement!!!

  3. Such truth. I don’t know when it became ok to make hurtful comments or be critical. I don’t do social media, I watch very little news. And I avoid certain people. It just isn’t worth getting myself anxious and upset. Recently, I had 2 male neighbors start in on my about the price of gas because of a sicker on my car. Seriously! I just smiled and walked away without commenting.

  4. Jami thank you for sharing what you did. It reminds me of song I was taught at Sunday School. When small. Now 50. I still remember it. As God brings it to my mind from time to times. For me not to do things that are not God. That are not pleasing to God. This song you get it on YouTube. It is so true what it says for what you just spoke on. To do with our words etc. God does bring it to my mind. To help me not sin say or do things that are not right in his eyes. Because God wants me to live right in word thought and deed. The song is “Be careful little eyes what you see there is a Father up above who is watching. Then another lines start of with mouth and the rest is the same as above. Then it bring in word hand into the song be careful what you do.” That song is so very true. It tell us to be careful with our eyes month and hands. I might not have the words completely right. Or in the right order but. You get it on YouTube as say. Type in Be careful little eyes. Then the songs comes up. It is a true song for us Adults too. It does make you sit up and think what you are letting your eyes see. Your mouth say and hands do. As we have to watch all theses thing. As our Heavenly Father is watching us. If we want to live right for him. Be the followers he wants as to be. Especially if saved. We have to do what that song says. It just not for kids. It for us as Adults today. God see everything we do and say. Thank you Becky for what you shared. I loved it learnt so much from this reading. Love you all incourage. In my prayers Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  5. Jamie forgive me for calling you Becky in last comment. I was not thinking. Typed the wrong name near the bottom of my comment. So so sorry. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  6. Words, words, and more words,
    How can we use the spoken language for other’s wellbeing?
    Shall we use to fight, bully, condescend, sway or shun?
    Or shall our words save, uplift, love, accept, and include?

    Thank you for your insightful words,
    Jami!
    May our spoken words and unspoken mannerisms give life or not destroy life.
    Think mindfully before our tongue is babbling!

  7. To speak positive and encouraging words to others actually impacts the speakers as well as the hearers, causing feel-good endorphins to be released into our bodies. (It works with the written word too.) It’s another way God blesses the giver as well as the receiver.

  8. Beautifully expressed. Thank you for bringing this into focus.

    As you wrote, it seems every comment is an open subject for responses unkind or worse. I’ve also been convicted about how I choose to react.

    The words in James 3:7-12 pointedly address our comments and place them in perspective.
    “With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!… My friends, this can’t go on.” The Message

  9. Jami,

    I’ve recently gotten somewhat into social media-mostly Face book. Wanting to be a good Christian I don’t get into political or other debates. Sure I have my opinions. I graciously use my words to encourage others. If I disagree with you-no one will know. In fact I may pass by that post. Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Let’s all try to choose our words judiciously & not harm others.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Jami, this is so good! I almost always regret scrolling through comments on Facebook. People are quite often so negative. Even about simple things that were always acceptable awhile back. I need to cleanse my conversations of that negativity and I should also try not to waste my time reading others spewing it. Lord, please help me to focus on the positive and turn my eyes to you!

  11. All of the ’s, all of the ❤️‘s, thank you and AMEN! Less soap boxes, more grace—such a needed message right now.

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