The Overflow of the Mouth–Not always pretty.

I want to ask you..have you ever heard a word that invokes more YUK response than VOMIT—ewww…

I recently had a speaking engagement in Tucson, Az. After eating at a beautiful, and I thought delicious, Mexican restaurant, I spent the next 2 days between the (not so) porcelain throne and the NASTY hotel floor. I have honestly never been sicker in my life. Added to my misery, I can not explain the loneliness I felt being sick so far from my home and my bed. It was something I never want to repeat.

For some reason that scene is what comes to my mind as I have been meditating on this verse:

45The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) (WOMAN) out of the good treasure [stored] in (HER) heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil (WOMAN) out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil);

for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart (HER) mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 Amplified

or this version:

43-45“You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts.

Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. NIV

There is another kind of “VOMIT” that I pray never to repeat but I seem to do it anyway now and then. I call it a WORD VOMIT. It is one of those times when I leave a meeting, a family event or just sitting on the couch with my husband. I walk away and I suddenly  feel YUCKY, SICK, SAD. I have just experienced a WORD VOMIT. I have said something, or worse, some THINGS, that I so wish I could bring back into my mouth like a giant magnet.

Sometimes I am not proud of what OVERFLOWS from my mouth.

Lord, fill me up with your WORD, YOUR HEART, YOUR character…so that when I VOMIT WORDS….YOU COME OUT, You overflow out of my heart, thoughts and intentions instead of judgmental, harsh or hurtful words that I have often spent little to no time “digesting” before sharing, or worse yet, I have spent LOTS of time–planning to say.

Proverbs 25:16

If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.

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  1. I knew before I even read your post that it would be all over me like white on rice. My mouth gets me in trouble more than anything else. Goodness, sometimes I just need a huge roll of duct tape to carry around with me.

    I’m with ya on this one.


  2. Sitting here in tears….Oh how I understand the “Word Vomit”…I seem to do it OFTEN without ever knowing that I am doing it. And then when I walk away, it still takes some time for me to realize what I have done (said). Then it breaks my heart, and “I’m sorry” just never seems to be good enough. I sure wish I could tame my tounge. Sometimes past hurts just sneak up on me, and before you now it….I can not stop the vomit!

    Praying that when I do vomit words…..they are Godly words and words of love and encouragement.

  3. I have had one of those days today. Actually it started last night and just seemed to get worse today! UGH!!! I really hate these days and it’s like I can’t stop myself……

    Praying for forgiveness and wisdom from the only one who can give it!!!!

  4. Isn’t it wonderful to be covered by the GRACE of Jesus and to be ever being renewed, made new, and pressing on!!
    My love sisters.

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