Garbage In, Garbage Out

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart” -Matthew 15:18

I am not terribly proud of the things that have been coming out of my mouth lately.

I have been feeling an urging to assess the things that I read & watch lately, as well.  I really like the suspense novels and crime dramas…..but they have a way of highlighting the depravity of some humans, don’t they?  The thing is, I’ve been reading those types of books to the exclusion of everything else.  Not that it’s necessarily WRONG to read them from time to time, but I have definitely been out of balance with what I’m feeding my mind and my soul with.

{Photo Credit: Sabastien Goetschman}

I learned the term “garbage in, garbage out” in my pre-kiddo life as a programmer.  In that context it meant that if the client sent us bad data, then the output was going to be junky.  Not because the program did anything wonky, it just basically spit back out the junky input that it was given to process.

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a Women of Faith conference with a friend of mine.  It was my first event, and it was A. MA. ZING.  Truly.  The speakers were fantastic.  I’ve already started stalking following their blogs and their Twitter streams because they inspired me and their message spoke to my heart.  I have been in a rather dark place lately, and I’ve felt a hardening of my heart.  (I feel led to write on that further too, but that will be its own post).

During the WoF Conference, I felt my heart being softened (and, OH the tears that flowed out of me!  Kleenex is necessary for this type of event!), and it was as if the Lord was replacing my heart of stone with one of flesh [Ezekiel 36:26].

When I got home, I finished up the last of my suspense books that I had from the library, and I am now going on a cleanse of sorts.

First of all, I’ve accumulated about 5 million books from recent book sales (okay, maybe only 20 or 30….), and I haven’t read MOST of them.  I was actually poking through last night, and I found one that I wanted to read about Joy.  Guess what???  It turns out that it was a book produced by an earlier Women of Faith conference.  I picked it up at a book fair recently without even knowing what it was.  🙂

Even better was the fact that it had little devotions from some of my favorite speakers from this past weekend, like Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh and Nicole Johnson!  (SWEET!)  And although they didn’t have anything in this particular book from Angie Smith or Lisa Harper, I feel like I need to mention them on here too as I’m their newest giant cyber-stalker fan!

So my goal going forward is to focus on the words of the apostle Paul:

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–

think about such things.”
-Philippians 4:8

{Photo Credit: Pavel Losevsky}


  1. Thanks Stephanie for this good reminder. It is so important that we avoid exposing our brains to the negative & dark news stories on TV. I refuse to watch TV news. I like how you are also putting postive stuff into your brain. My wife enjoys reading Christian novels about the Amish. I enjoy watching sermons at

    Del Hickson

    • MOMKABOODLE says:

      Thanks for commenting! I don't like watching the news, either, for the same reason. I do love reading the Amish novels from time to time, though! 🙂

  2. OH….we all go through that! I'm so glad you went to Women of Faith! It truly rocked my world this past summer!!!! Love you dearly…one day, it would be great to sit on your front porch…cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other….sitting with you and pondering the information found within it!