As My “Gilly-Golly” Ages

By on August 1, 2012

By CarolMarie Smith –

“Give me just one drink”, I pleaded with my little sister who had patiently nursed her soda pop as we rode down the road. As children, we never had these “soft drinks” in our home, (we were a kool-aid family) and the only time we had the opportunity to drink one was on a long trip. I had picked out my favorite, either the Cream Soda or Nesbitt’s Orange Drink and had chug-a-lugged it right down while my sister drank hers sparingly. I knew better than to try to convince my wiser and older brother riding on the other side of the back seat, but Shirley could be persuaded if I begged enough.

“Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaasssssseeeeeee” I would relentlessly beg. Finally Shirley would say, “OK, but I get to hold your “gilly-golly”. Now my “gilly-golly” was the name we gave to our adam’s apple in our throat because it seemed to make that sound when we swallowed! She would put her finger on my throat to make sure I did not swallow more than once, for she only gave permission for ONE swallow! I so agreed, filled my mouth with all I could get and swallowed once…holding the rest in my cheeks.

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We would drive for what seemed hours with her finger on my throat and me looking as innocent as I could. My sis would ask me questions to get me to talk and reveal what I had done. But my conversation was very limited, for it was controlled by her finger! Finally I could not stand it any longer, and yes, I swallowed the second drink! Quick to the draw, Shirley’s finger pushed down gagging me and giving me my just rewards!!! This happened on every trip it seemed, and brought laughs for she and I both knew I could not just get one drink of this precious commodity!

This morning as I drink my morning cup of coffee, not soda pop anymore, I read Pro 6:21 talking about the principles from the Word of God. “Bind them continually upon your heart, and tie them about your neck”. Immediately I thought about my “gilly-golly”! Oh, if we would let the Word control what we take in as well as what we let out through our words and actions!

Look at verses 22. “When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you awake, it shall talk with you.” It goes on to say that it will instruct us, and keep us from falling into evil, immorality and harm! We have spiritual “gilly-gollies”!

I also realize that as we get older our physical “gilly-gollies” don’t always work as they used to. In widow’s ministry, I have found some have trouble swallowing and need to watch how they eat so they don’t choke. We cannot get relaxed spiritually either. We need to be on our guard watching what we take in through the television, books and the people we are around. And, what words we say need to be full of life, or we shouldn’t let them out!

“Lord, please put your finger on my “gilly-golly” through your Word today! Amen”.


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About CarolMarie Smith

CarolMarie is an international speaker and writer, she inspires audiences worldwide to bring widows into their place of power. She is the co-author of the "Widows Ministry Leadership Training" manual that has been translated into six languages and used around the world. The teachings and revelations lift off hopelessness and move the widow into their unique place of purpose as well as help leaders and ministries move into a place of greater power and blessing. A Bible teacher for over 30 years, a radio and television personality, as well as a featured writer for magazines and newspapers, CarolMarie often incorporates humor with her passion to call us to our special place in the heart of God. A widow since 1999, CarolMarie relates to the plight widows face and yet has experienced first hand the transforming presence of God that lifts off shame and moves all types of widows into intimate relationship with Him. CarolMarie is the founder of He's My Husband International, a ministry based out of Knoxville, TN. She also serves with several global ministries that have outreaches to orphans and widows, including Widows International, Matthew 10 International, and Abiding Glory.

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As My “Gilly-Golly” Ages