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More Than the Clothes In Your Closet

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I am a bit fashion-impaired. Left to my own devices, I would wear running shorts and my favorite t-shirt that is roughly eight years old every day. (Except during the months of January and February during which I would wear sweat pants and my old fuzzy blue bath robe all the time to stay warm.) Thankfully, I have a very trendy little sister and two childhood friends who keep me looking a little less schlumpy. (Is that a word? Let’s pretend it is.) I have learned much from them about how to find comfy, cute clothes that fit my personality. But there are still many days that I text a pic with the caption reading, “Help, please!”

Last fall, three girlfriends started coming over to my house once a month so we could work on our prayer notebooks together. One day Gracie brought us each a print with a verse from Colossians on it. She had it in her room where she would see it early each morning. I decided to put mine in my closet so that when I got dressed I would see it and remember to clothe myself with more than just fabric.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience—those are five things I need in great supply every single day. I talk about these things with my girls often. They hear the same reminder multiple times each day, “Kind words, please.” When one of them grabs the paint brush from a sister’s hand, “Kind words, please.” When another plops down at the island and demands lunch, “Kind words, please.” When someone wants the same toy as her sister, “Kind words, please.” They hear it all the time. I know they are listening because one day I didn’t use kind words with Matt, and Charlotte walked up to me and said, “Kind words, please.” A much-needed reminder from my three year old.

Why is it we often have the hardest time being kind to those we love the most? {Keep reading here.}

I’d love to hear your thoughts on kindness over at Interior Inspirations where I’m writing today. Click here to read or join the Facebook discussion.

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