The other night, we were all sitting on our couch, having some quality cuddle fam time.  My 7 year old Soleil says, “Mommy, your tummy feels good, it feels like jello.”  Sweet, sweet child.  As much as I wanted to defend my mid-section-squishy-ness, by blaming it on the holidays… I ate too much… we just finished dinner… I’m about to start my period… bloated, ya know?  Instead, I just started cracking up!

Promptly followed by 200 crunches.

Seriously, I kept laughing about what she said all night long… and even into the next day.  But what if someone else had said that?  If P.A. would have made that comment, I would have decked him. Whoever coined the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was… well, an idiot.  Words Hurt. They can hurt bad and deeply wound a persons’ soul.

As a Real-Life Pastors Wife, I am sometimes plagued by people’s words.  What do they think of me?  What did they say about me?  What did they say about P.A.?  What did they just say to P.A.’s face?  What did I hear from someone else that they just said about us?

She said, he said, I said, she said, they said, we said, I said, she said.

Ahh!!! Words can be ridiculous!  Because people use them and people are ridiculous!

I have been hurt by word wounds.  I’m sure I’ve hurt others with wounding words.  Sometimes, we don’t even realize our words are wounding – because we are ridiculous.  Words can be a huge distraction.  It can be difficult to heal from word wounds.

Just like jello.  My mid-section will never be the same after 3 wee Bab’s.  I can accept this.  I run an average of 3 miles a day, six days a week, 18 miles per week.  I take Sunday’s off – no condemnation – it’s my Sabbath, people!  I can run, run, run – but when it comes to the discipline of a steady regime of daily crunches, I’m over it.  I just. don’t. care. anymore.

I can walk around with my jello and be just fine. But if I am carrying a word wound – I’m. not. fine.

But there is hope. In Jesus.  I’ve tried other people, places and things to heal my wounds – only Jesus can.  James chapter 3 is a great section in the Bible about taming the tongue.  I’ve read it.  Ouch. But it’s not about perfection.  We will always have something to be healed from.  Or bring forgiveness to.

With Jesus, there is hope to heal from word wounds, watch my own words… and jello weight.

Me + my jello & P. A. after the 10k Dechutes Dash - Bend, OR


5 thoughts on “Jello.

  1. Chrissy Ryan says:

    Great post and oh so true Leslie. I used to hate it when people would say that sticks and stones thing. Such a big fat lie. I was tormented in school with hateful words that took a lot of counseling to undo. I love your last statement about hope to heal from word wounds and to watch my own words. So true!!!!

    I hate when something comes out of my mouth and as soon as I’ve said it my heart goes….why did I say that? I’m glad God keeps us in check and gently reminds us. He is so kind like that.


  2. lori buckley says:

    HI Leslie,

    This is your cousin, Lori Buckley, Ann’s daughter. I’m going to print what you wrote and share it with my friends. Kids say the funniest things. I am impressed by your spiritual maturity and your discipline to run 3 miles a day – WOW! I went to the gym today andii still feel like a bum in comparisonto your efforts. It’s hard to believe the little girl who’s hair I used to french braid is now a wife and mother. I think you’re doing great! Don’t worry about the jello, we are always our own worst critics, and I’m sure it isn’t noticable.


    • thebabsfam says:

      Hi Lori-it’s so great to hear from you!!! I’m so glad you read my story & you are not a bum! You are beautiful! 🙂 I wish we could see each other – it’s been too many years. I hope and pray one day soon we can have a family reunion. Much love to you and your family until then… Love, Leslie


  3. Christy says:

    Hail to the jelly belly after kidlets:) I’m not sure if it ever can go away!?!

    Leslie thanks for sharing this! Words can be just like a sword sometimes. And ouch does it hurt. I think that at times we don’t even think before we “spill the beans”. This is a great reminder to be mindful of what we are saying.


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