Be…

Our house was full this past weekend…I don’t think I mentioned that before.

Tiff helped me get the house in order–then we set about putting up the tree.

Last year, April helped.  I have realized how much more fun it is “with” someone.  Jeff usually handles the outside…and I tackle the inside.

This year, he had some GREAT help.  inCharacter (or some of that great bunch) helped him.  Whew!  Thanks guys.  You saved ME!  Sorry to whoever did the stickery tree.  It’s a painful job.

After the kids returned from playing, the tree was up, fully lit, and one of the decorations caught the eye of my “questioning” boy.

“What’s the “B” for Nana?

I suppose he thought it odd to have a big blue B on the tree when my name obviously started with a “N” (Nana).

I was glad he asked.  I’m a word person.  My friend, “B” is too.  Or rather, my friends “B”.  The BB’s. 🙂

B-kind.  There are those who never get a kind word from others.  There are those who rarely GIVE a kind word.  I have noticed–we all have two voices.  Well, probably more than that, but what I have seen is the kind voice is used for others.  Strangers perhaps.  Friends.  But often the one we love the MOST gets the voice that is often laced with the weariness of our day. (or life).  Why not give that “kind voice” to the one we love the MOST and give the other voice the boot.

B-gentle.  This is a lot like “b-kind”.  But, I’m talking about our nature.  Sometimes our nature is far from gentle.  Many times the nature (or flesh) of us is like what I observed at lunch today, impatient.  Gentleness deals the hand that is soft rather than the eye-rolling grimace.  Yes, I observed that too.  You would be surprised at what you can see when your eyes are open… 😉

B-forgiving.  This is something that you either learn early on in life growing up with siblings–or you don’t learn it at all.  I have known adults holding grudges long past the lifetime of the person.  I observed this as a young person.  Sadly, the grudge was against a neighbor. 😦  People…others are watching…and children are impressionable.  Forgive.  Let it go.  Give it up.  To God be the glory when you do!

B-faithful. No matter what.  No matter who’s looking.  Be faithful.  Whether your team wins or loses.  Faithful is our God.  He set the example of faithfulness. Don’t let your eyes wander.  If your eyes wander, your heart is right behind.  You might not think so, but pay attention to yourself next time.  What thoughts run through your head when your eyes wander?  Right.  That’s what I’m talking about.  Just follow Him.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says:  Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.


B-courageous. In this world of an economic decline (fast) it seems like it is getting harder and harder to face each day with courage…each week seems to bring a new test.  Sometimes it seems each DAY brings a new test…but face the tests with courage.  We are on the home stretch.   I feel like I’ve been tested more in new areas in the past few years…then I remember the tests of previous years…and I see how HE brought me through…each and every one.  He won’t stop until we’re home.

B-loving.  Seems easy enough.  But let me tell you that the enemy is out to make us act in every way BUT loving.  I’ve seen the contrary.  I’ve been the opposite.  But every time I pick up His Word, I am hit with the realization that love is IT.  Everything.  For God so loved…. SO loved.  Paul picked it up with this:

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;<sup value="[a]”>but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT)


B-tender.  More than a song sung by Elvis Presley, tenderness is an attitude of heart as much as it is an action.  Tenderness is something you feel gazing at your newborn.  Tenderness is something I feel in the arms of my sweet man.  Tender.  Cared for.  Loved.  Show tenderness.  I watched tenderness in action when our son-in-law David was in an accident in August of this year.  Our daughter, April, who was born to be a nurse, tenderly took care of him.  The nurses didn’t have to lift a finger–April cared for the man who she gave her heart to–tenderly.  With tenderness in her voice and touch, she soothed.  I teared up watching–wondering how it was for others…  B-tender.  The hearts you deal with are fragile.

B-aware.  You have this moment.  Not a promise of the next breath.  No claims on tomorrow.  You can’t run to the counter and put some on lay-away.  Be aware that every thought, every action, and even the non-actions are recorded.  Just a few weeks ago death claimed over a thousand lives in the Philippines…and most were possibly making plans for tomorrow.  Just like you and me.  When planning…don’t forget to B.  B-aware that life passes just this fast.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


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