Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

The Book, @Sticky Jesus, and Seven Reminders of Keeping Humility Online

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One of my summer traditions is to make tomato chow-chow with Stacy (our oldest daughter). Last week we gathered all the ingredients, jars and tops and as the tasty concoction simmered, we visited. That actually is my favorite part.

When there was a lull, one of the grandsons said, “Meme when we come to visit we always talk about your friends, food and flowers.”

My first thought was, “Well current events are depressing,” followed immediately by, “Goodness, I’ve turned into Mama Lilly Bell!”

My grandmother introduced me to all her friends, told me about all her favorite foods and led me around her yard each summer showing off her various plants and flowers. Though bored to tears with the information, I loved my time with her knowing she shared what she loved.

Another thing she shared was Bible stories. Snuggled up next to her, I heard about David and Goliath, Noah’s ark, Peter trying to walk on water and all of Jesus’ miracles. One story was about the Tower of Babel.

From Genesis 11, this story tells of a people who tried building a tower to heaven. God knew their purpose was to glorify themselves instead of glorifying Him so he scattered the people and gave them different languages.

For some reason this story came to mind recently when Facebook blew up over gay marriage and the Confederate flag. There are hundreds of thousands of Facebook users and nearly everyone voiced his/her thoughts. That week I realized the diversity of my friends’ views because my Facebook page “looked like a battle broke out between the Confederates and a Skittles factory”.

Several years ago Mother gifted me her prayer journals. I wanted to share her wisdom so I started blogging. A few months after writing my first blog, I attended a conference in Nashville where I received a very timely book by Toni Birdsong and Tami Heim titled @Sticky Jesus, (how to live out your faith online). In the title, Sticky is a term in advertising for a product that catches on and lingers. As Christians, we want our lives to make Jesus stick and linger.

Though it is sometimes easy to sound prideful when stating an opinion, a belief offered with a humble spirit can draw others to Him. When writing about maintaining online humility the authors offer these reminders:

  1. There’s only one who is truly famous, and His name is Jesus.
  2. Love must define your presence online
  3. Reach out, forgive and be inclusive.
  4. Discern your tone to avoid the pitfall of pride.
  5. Humility is one of the most powerful weapons on earth.
  6. We don’t preach ourselves but Christ.
  7. If we exalt ourselves, we will be humbled eventually.

In her journal Mother wrote, “Proud notions or people will eventually fail because they fail to recognize God as the ultimate power. Focus on the goodness of God.”

Our grandson noticed that I talk with him about what is important to me. I hope that’s also reflected in what I post online.


Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

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