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What Did You Say?

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“What did you say?”

If I heard my mother utter those words when I was a child, I knew that the rest of my day, or longer, was in imminent danger. I knew that I’d better find a very good answer to deflect the lecture my mother had already prepared in her mind ( I think she had files and files of them). She had this way of unleashing a verbal thrashing for speaking out of turn that I have never been able to duplicate in my life as a parent.

The worst thing I could say in such a situation was to actually repeat my usually sarcastic remark. Sometimes, if I had indeed dared to repeat myself, mom would ask again, “What did you say?” As if she was giving me another moment to reconsider my decision. I would come to myself and correct my words, fumbling around using some poor excuse such as, “What I meant was…”

No, you never wanted to cross my mother with your words. It didn’t matter that we lived in the USA, a nation that prides itself with everyone having the right to “freedom of speech.” Yes, I was foolish enough once to say to her that “freedom of speech” was my right as an American.

Those encounters with my mother taught me that freedom isn’t meant to be used thoughtlessly. Words are powerful: they can build up, tear down, create curiosity, defeat hope, and express either love or hate. How we use the power of words is our choice.

News comes and goes; from day to day we will hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unfortunately, with the proliferation of technology, we have access to bad news more than we do good news since bad news has a way of spreading like wildfire. Whenever I look at the news online or scan a social media feed, there is so much negativity being spread around – I wonder where are all the believers with the Good News? I know there are good things happening around the world – I see them here in Malawi daily. How have we gotten so wrapped up in the negativity of the day when we carry within us the Hope of the world? When we aren’t careful with what we say, we unleash the power of our words negatively.

Mark 11:23 NKJ For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

If all we speak is negativity, sarcasm, and cynicism the result will be negative, sarcastic, and cynical. I submit that we hear enough of all of that already – why not come into agreement with what God says instead? There’s power in agreeing with Him and His Word.

Matthew 18:19 NKJ “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

Popular opinion sways us very easily; God’s opinion, we acknowledge, is good but the situation on the ground “needs our voice.” I submit that our mountains, the troubles of our lives, this world, need to hear our voice as well. Our mountains need to know that their future is to be “swimming with the fishes” because we don’t have time to scale them, better they be removed than waste our time and energy climbing them.

Malachi 3:16 NKJ “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.”

We all know this world is in deep trouble. Every day brings a new crisis, an new rumour, a new scandal. Those troubles need to be talked about by us but in the right way – in a way that causes God to take notice of our words and actually record them. I doubt many of the words we speak about our world lately have been worthy of notation by God!

When we receive Christ, we are really free from the rules of speech that govern this world. In Christ we are free to bless and give Heaven’s viewpoint. In so doing, God takes notice. Hebrews 3:13 says that we should spend our time “exhorting one another.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines exhort as “to urge, advise, or warn earnestly.” Exhortation takes on a different form in light of this. True freedom of speech comes when we allow ourselves to speak Heaven’s viewpoint. God takes note of these words and soon, we’ll find mountains flattened and valleys brought high as He makes His way plain for all the world to see.

Isaiah 40:4,5 NKJ “Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

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Take Words

Hosea 4:12 “Take words with you, and return to the Lord, say to Him, ‘Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.’”

Sacrifices. When I think of that word, I think of something I can do or something that I can offer or give up for God. You can probably name many things you’ve sacrificed over the years – and you’ve done so willingly, as have I, just to be closer to the Lord. I wouldn’t take anything back that I’ve given to God in the past.

This morning I read Hosea 14:2 where God’s people were told to “take words” with them when they returned to God’s presence; they were to prepare something to say to the Lord. Israel had enjoyed a time of relative peace and prosperity when the book of Hosea was written but they had, at the same time, gotten off track in their relationship with God, in effect, they had left Him. Spiritual leaders were corrupt, families were unstable, there was a lot of prejudice and poverty; sounds a lot like the conditions we are facing today. The depravity of the fallen nature of man is not a new phenomenon and neither is the way we need to address that fallen nature. We need to take words with us.

I’ve prepared words before – words for a presentation at school when I was young(er), words for presentations at work, words for a message that I would give in church, and words to win arguments. The importance of the task was at hand would determine how much preparation I would put into getting all my words in order. As a youth in school, there were times that the right words for a presentation were difficult to find so I wouldn’t spend much time working on the assignment. The grade I received reflected my lack of preparation and my parents made sure that I knew they expected more from me. As time passed, I slowly grew to understand how important it was to prepare and began to take my time making sure my presentations first for school and later on for work were done well. I had people proofread them, critique my presentation; I was serious about getting it right. That need to be right bled over into my relationships with others; I was always prepared with an answer whenever a disagreement arose. I’d find myself rehearsing with great effort all the words needed to win; I wasn’t really interested in reconciling the relationship as much as I was interested in being right and winning.

Why is it so important to be right? To win every argument? Why is it so important that my “side” of the argument is broadcast until I am sure that my “rightness” is acknowledged? Pride keeps me in a tangle of opinions that gets me nowhere yet I insist on remaining on my course of utter loneliness. My words dig me deeper into holes of isolation from the ones I love and into agreement with those who only are interested in being on the “right” side. What is the answer? Taking the right words, not just words to win by. Words like, “I’m sorry, I wasn’t thinking of your side as much as I should have. Please forgive me.” Those are hard words to say but they are words that dissolve the bonds of pride in relationships.

The Israelites, to correct their state of depravity, were told to “take words” with them to the presence of the Lord. They weren’t told to take sacrifices or bring money – they were to bring words. It’s often much easier to offer sacrifices, to give monetary offerings, than it is to bring words of repentance to the Lord or to those we have disagreements with. It’s especially difficult when we know we “have a right” to be angry or upset. I’ve learned, however, that the way to the Presence of the Lord isn’t climbing up to places of prominence and recognition for my “rightness.” The way to His presence is bowing low when everything within me says I need to prove how right I am.


***It is important to note that I’m not advocating bowing to abuse or anything of that nature. It’s not God’s will that anyone be abused physically or emotionally. If you are in a situation where your well-being is in question, know that God’s not pleased when anyone is abused. Please take time to consider what your options are by calling a counselor or hotline.

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Change Faith Fasting Vision Words

Day 19 – What Do You Want?

Here is a conversation that I regularly have with my husband Jamie when I want to do something on a Friday, which is his usual study day:

Me: “What are you doing on Friday?”

Jamie: “Oh, the usual, it’s my study day. I’ll be preparing my Sunday sermon.”

Me: “So you’ll be home all day?”

Jamie: “Of course, I need to study!”

Me: “Fridays are important.”

Jamie: “What do you want???”

I’ll usually keep making my “faith hints” until such a time, as Jamie is so exasperated with me that he needs to know the real reason for my hinting. My questions have nothing to do with his studies or what day of the week it is; I just have something I need to do and I’m “testing the waters” to see if they will stir them in my direction on a Friday. Jamie says I always manage to get things my way; hmmm, I must have some amazing skills that I have honed over the years.

In Mark 10:46-52, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting on the side of the road. He was begging, as this was the acceptable practice for the disabled to earn a living in that time. When he heard Jesus was coming, he “began to cry out” for Jesus to “have mercy” on him. He was told to quiet down but “he cried out all the more.”

Jesus called Bartimaeus out of the crowd, and I find it interesting that the crowds, who had initially told him to be quiet, turned to him and said, “be of good cheer, He is calling you.” Isn’t that just like people today? One day you are discouraged for reaching for your apparently crazy dream (as Bartimaeus was reaching for his dream to see), and the next day, when it seems your initially crazy dream is getting some attention, you are encouraged. When God gives you a dream, don’t expect it to be celebrated when it’s only a dream. You’ll go through a season of “blindness” when your dream is just that: a dream. Be patient until the time comes for God to bring it to pass (Habakkuk 2:2,3). Once it does, it will be a witness to all, but in the meantime, don’t be discouraged when you’re told to “be quiet.”

When Bartimaeus finally found his way to Jesus, Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” My initial impression is that Jesus already knows what he wants; Bartimaeus wants the obvious – he wants to see. Why did Jesus ask a question with such an obvious answer?

In times of blindness, we cry out to God in spite of everyone telling us to “be quiet.” If we can persist past the criticisms and rejection of people and cry out, “all the more” to Jesus, He will call us and ask us as He asked Bartimaeus, “What is it that you want Me to do for you?”

Bartimaeus didn’t ask Jesus why He asked what he wanted, he didn’t make any “faith hints” like I do when asking Jamie to do something on a Friday. He simply replied, “That I may receive my sight.” Jesus answered, “Go your way; your faith has made you whole.” The scriptures go on to say that immediately he saw and followed Jesus on the road.

We are now in day 19 of our 21 day fast and I have heard in my spirit the Lord challenge me with those words, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He already knows what I want but I need to hear myself say it. I need to “cry out all the more.”

Mark 11:23,24 NLT I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.  I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”

Faith works this way: you must believe and speak. It is how we receive our salvation once we have repented (Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9,10) and it is by faith that we live (Habakkuk 2:4) and receive anything from God.

Words have power as we have discussed already in Day 6 – Words. We activate our faith in God as we speak His Word and agree with Him instead of agreeing with our feelings or what appears to be real. Now is not the time to be hinting in faith about what you need – tell God and expect Him to have the answer!

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So what is it that you need from God? What does God say about it?

Do you need the doctor’s report to change? Do you need a healing? See 1 Peter 2:24

Do you need God to provide for you? See 3 John 1:2; Philippians 4:19

Do you need God’s protection? See Psalm 91

Whatever you need, there’s a promise for you in God’s Word. He has promised it and since He cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18) you can trust Him to take care of those needs.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) what will you choose today?

I challenge you to make 2017 be a year of breakthrough faith for you, I know I am ready for the challenge – are you?


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Day 7 – Be Careful Little Eyes

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When I was a young girl living in New York City, I remember there was a toy store not far from the apartment where we lived. In fact, I think if I stood at the front door of our old apartment I could find that toy store, or where it used to be. This toy store had captured me with its displays of beautiful toys. There was an ice cream shop not far from it and I considered it a treat to get an ice cream and walk to the toy store and stare into the display for as long as my parents would let me, at what seemed to me, to be a magical wonderland. I imagined the displays, much like in the movie Toy Story or one of my daughter’s favorite shows Doc McStuffins, would come to life at night. Even after I left the window, my mind kept working, imagining all kinds of scenarios; many of which included me. I “made believe” that I was one of those toys, jumping around in a carefree wonderland.

One year in particular they had a dollhouse in the display that captured me. Everything in it was doll-sized: furniture, clothes, clothes hangers, lamps, a bathtub, and it even had small light fixtures that lit up! I was so captivated by that dollhouse that, in my mind, it became my imaginary home where I spent hours playing uninterrupted in a fairy-tale world where everything was just as it was supposed to be. I spent weeks begging my parents to buy this dollhouse that had captured my affections. “It even has electricity!” I pleaded with every ounce of sweetness that I could muster, but I was always answered with “We just can’t afford it, not now.” My heart was broken for months and I found that the only way I could forget about my dream dollhouse was to stop walking by the toy store, I had to find something else to look at.

As innocent as it was for my heart to be taken by that little dollhouse, it reminds me of how what we allow ourselves to see, influences us. We’ll either be influenced for good or bad by what we give entrance through our eyes and ears which are doorways to our hearts.

Matthew 6:22,23 TLB “If your eye is pure there will be sunshine in your soul. But if your eye is clouded with evil thoughts and desires, you are in deep spiritual darkness. And, oh, how deep that darkness can be!”

What we allow ourselves to see has a powerful effect on us spiritually as well; what we let in is eventually what will come out.

Garbage in = Garbage out

Why are we content to allow our hearts and minds to be used as trash cans when we are designed to carry within us the very Presence of God? I wonder how He feels about those things that He has to share space with in our hearts.

Society tells us, well-meaning friends say that we have the ability to choose how we behave, which is true. What we watch, what we listen to, according to this world, have no bearing on our actions because we can choose not to behave in ways that we have exposed ourselves to by what we see or hear. Indeed, we have the power to choose which path we will take, in fact, God made us with that power to make choices. It’s what we do with that power to choose that will determine the paths that our lives will take (Joshua 24:15).

Whether we like to admit it or not, the choices that we make daily in what we watch, read, see on our device screens all have an influence on us. As an athlete who is training for a marathon knows, performance in the race is undeniably connected not only to the physical training put in before the race, but also to the food that is used as fuel for the race.

How are you fueling your spirit?

Most people like, as with a new diet fad, to have a list of do’s and don’ts to help guide their behaviours. The problem is that God has not designed this life to be lived by law. He has designed life to be lived in relationship with Him as our Father, with us learning how to hear His voice as He guides us along the way.

John 10:27 NLT “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”

Hearing God’s voice, following His will, isn’t something mysterious or something that God wants to keep from us. His voice becomes familiar to us as we grow in our relationship with Him, telling us which way is the right way to take.

Psalm 119:30 NLT “The teaching of your Word gives light, so even the simple can understand.”

Simply put, the more we choose to spend time with God in His Word, the more familiar His voice will become. The Bible, His written will, becomes real to us as we learn to enter into it and not just read it.

Don’t just wish to be able to hear God’s voice – He’s speaking daily. The question is, will we choose to set aside time to open His Book and listen?


 

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Day 6 – Words

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I get into trouble sometimes not so much because of what I do or don’t do, but more because of what I have said or maybe haven’t said. Does that happen to you? Me and my big mouth! Seems my brain is always scrambling to catch up with the trouble that my words have created.

As a child, I always had something to say even if I didn’t know anything about a given subject. I have memories of being in class and the teacher asking the students for answers. Of course I had no idea what the answer would be, but I would wave my hand frantically anyway and blurt out the first thought that would come into my mind. Whenever report cards were sent home, teachers would inevitably comment, “Lea talks too much in class.” It was so difficult to be quiet!

Words. They are incredibly significant. With our words we do so many things:

  1. Words create good/bad atmosphere. You know that atmosphere when all is going well and something awkward or harsh is said and a heavy cloud then descends totally changing the feeling in the room . The same can happen in the positive. Someone can enter into a room with great news and everyone’s hearts are lifted.
  2. Words create a good/bad reputation. Based on what a person says, their reputation is created to be: positive, negative, critical, peaceful, generous, stingy, etc. Words have just as much to do with how we are perceived, as do our actions. For example, as believers we can say we “live” our testimony but if we never “say” anything, what makes us different from anyone else who lives a good and moral life?
  3. Words determine our lives’ directions. What we say in a job interview has a lot to do with whether or not we will be hired. What we say to family, friends, and colleagues determines in a great way how we will or won’t be accepted. If a proposal is not given, there won’t be a wedding! All because of words.
  4. Words determine our attitudes. What we say reflects and reinforces positive or negative attitudes we possess. If I allow myself to run down the road of negativity with my mouth, my life will soon follow. Conversely, if I decide to change my words the moment my attitude goes sour and speak hope and faith into my situation, my attitude will begin to change.

If you still aren’t convinced that words are important, then take notice of how a false rumor that is spread about you makes you feel; those words have power. Words are important, what we say or don’t say is important.

Our God is a God of words; Genesis 1 & 2 tells us about His creation of the world and how He spoke, and the world just was. In fact, what I find interesting about creation is that the Father just created day & night, the oceans, land, vegetation like trees, flowers, grass, animals, fish and, insects all by the words He spoke. He had something in mind, said it, and it was.

Psalm 33:6 AMP “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth.”

What I find most interesting about the Creation, as I’ve pondered it, is that when it came to creating mankind, a discussion took place. We weren’t created without God putting some thought into us:

Genesis 1:26 NKJ “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Notice “Us” and “Our” is capitalized here; Who is God speaking to? Jesus and the Holy Spirit were both there together with the Father and took part in creation, so they were part of that discussion. The only part of creation when the Father said more than “let there be” was when He made mankind. There was a discussion in heaven when it came time for God to create man and woman, and that to me, is just amazing. There was purpose to our creation that wasn’t there for the rest of creation – we were made to be like Him, in His image so we could represent Him.

How powerful are God’s Words! And since we are created “in His image,” how powerful are our words? Very.

Are words themselves visible? Was it possible to see the words God spoke when He created our world? No. But we can see what His words did then. In the same way, we can’t see our words, but we can see what they do whether negatively in agreement with this world or positively in agreement with God and His Word.

Hebrews 11:3 AMP “By faith we understand that the worlds [during successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.”

When we speak of God’s Word, we must understand that it is more than a book.

John 1:1-3 NKJ “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

How was the Word in the beginning? Where is He seen at creation? In Genesis 1, the Word (Jesus) is seen 10 times as “God said, let there be…” Jesus, the Word, was spoken by the Father, and creation came into existence.

The Word, God’s Word, is alive and well today for those who hide it in their hearts; that power, alive, at work, in those who dare to allow Him entrance. Whose word, then, ought we as His children follow? Our own words, society’s words, friends’ words, popular words, words that are politically correct, or His Word?

Our own words have not brought us much success when we say what we “feel.” Society tells us what to do and say to fit in and it still says we aren’t good enough. Friends might be well intentioned in their words but they still fail us. Popular words follow the latest and greatest trends and change every day. But God’s Word never changes.

Psalm 119:89 AMP “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].”

Have you been disappointed? Booked a trip and then due to weather or some other uncontrollable circumstance that trip was canceled? How disappointing! Have you been promised a promotion only to see someone else promoted before you? Disappointing! As a child promised a toy for your birthday and it doesn’t come? Disappointing! A promised economic turnaround only to find that it’s still just as hard as ever to make ends meet? Disappointing!

Some of the things that disappoint us are uncontrollable. Others are not, but the truth is that we are disappointed when a promise is broken. Thankfully, our Father is a Man of His Word, His Word is settled and secure. He does not disappoint.

As this world’s condition grows increasingly worse, the opportunity for God’s people grows greater as we display and declare how great and how sure our Father’s promises are. In the face of the world’s disappointing condition, here we are, secure, strong, and moving forward no matter what tomorrow may bring we know:

Psalm 37:25 NLT “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”

If you even only vaguely pay any attention to the news, you know that this world teeters and totters on the brink of disaster daily and news broadcasters seem to want us to believe that things can only get worse. Thankfully, I don’t live by the words of the news broadcasters or viral internet news feeds. The only Word that is sure is the One that has taken up residence in my heart – the Word of the  Lord Jesus. His Word keeps my world in step with His and as I keep in tandem step with Him, it doesn’t really matter what happens. He said He would take care of me, and that really is enough.


Day 6! So far so good! We’re now in our rhythm that will take us to the end of the fast. May I encourage you to dive further into spending time with God in His Word? Make sure you’re replacing meals or whatever activity you may be fasting with time in the Bible. I’ve added  reading a great Christian book by one of my favourite authors, Wayne Cordeiro, entitled, “Sifted” to my reading time but it does not replace reading my Bible. Christian literature is good but is like a small river emanating from the real river that is the Source of water for all rivers.

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Don’t Draw on the Walls!

I remember once being caught by my parents for drawing on the walls. I couldn’t deny it. I have a vivid memory, I think  I was about 5 years old, of holding a crayon at shoulder-level and walking along and drawing a long line the entire length of a hallway in our home. Something about drawing on walls fascinated me; I was a virtual Picasso at home in my younger years.

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I’ve seen a trend in decorating these days where families will actually mount a frame around the drawings that their kids have scrawled on their homes’ walls. Had this been a trend when I was a child, well, there wouldn’t have been enough frames to take care of all my drawings!

While my art was, in my opinion, of art gallery quality, my parents had another opinion on the matter. There were consequences to my actions and, in time, I did figure out that ending my career as an in-home artist was the best thing for me to do.

I’ve noticed in our daily lives that we aren’t as forgiving with one another as we are with children when they draw on the walls. We are far more prone to paint over our own drawings  than we are to forgive the faults of others who have failed to make “the grade” in our opinion; after all, they drew on our walls!

Why are we so quick to throw stones at those who have drawn on our walls?

The problem we face when we throw stones of judgment at those who wrong us or who don’t conform to our standards is that in so doing we restrict the power of God from flowing from us to others.

Does this mean that we don’t confront sin or have standards? Not at all. However, when we face those who have sinned or fallen short of standards, we would do well to first examine what is our end-goal in dealing with that person? Is it to shame them into conformity or is it to love them back into the family? God’s design from the beginning was to build a family, how have we gotten so far from His initial intention?

Jesus has a habit of doing things other than throwing stones at people. When confronted with a woman in sin, those bringing her tried to use God’s standard against sin as a reason to stone her. Jesus, so wise in His response, said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7).

The woman’s act was sinful, that was not in dispute. The judgmental attitude of those wanting to stone her, those whose walls had been drawn on, was what Jesus challenged. Why is it so important to cast stones when we have all been guilty at one time or another of missing the mark?

Jesus won this challenge of His authority by forgiving, not stoning.

If we really want to win our families, friends, and the world for Jesus we would do well to remember that the One Who had the right to throw stones didn’t: He forgave and told her to move on and “sin no more.”

As we end this year, we would all do well to  remember that our Father never throws stones, He rolls them, or takes them, away!

Remember Lazarus? He commanded the stone to be “taken away” (John 11:39).

Remember His resurrection? The stone was also “taken away” (John 20:1).

Those stones are, in one sense, hindrances, judgments, sin, that keep people from the Father. The problem of throwing stones at those we find fault in is that as we close our hearts to the possibility of God working in them, we roll stones in front of our own relationships with God. It is a tangled web that we weave when we step into the shoes of both Judge and Jury.

Let’s not throw stones this coming year; let’s roll them, let’s take them away with soft hearts of forgiveness.  Instead of throwing stones, why not draw signs with our crayons pointing people to the place where no stones will be thrown at them?

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Words

Me and My Big Mouth

A young boy went for his first-ever dental appointment. The dentist remarked to his mother how small his teeth were; the mother’s quick reply? “Wind erosion.”

As a child (and now maybe even as an adult) I loved to talk. When report cards were sent home, the usual remark by the teacher was, “Lea loves to chatter.” I did learn to hide my chatter better as the years went by in school since my parents were none too happy to read of my chattering exploits year in and year out.

Until I had better control of my words, I would often speak before my mind had a chance to catch up with my mouth. As a result, things coming out of my mouth would, until I learned to think before speaking, that were oftentimes embarrassing. I was then subject to the scolding of my parents’ words that would temper my mouth for a time – until I forgot and the cycle repeated itself!

I once answered the telephone at home when I was very little. The person on the other line asked where my mother was and I was kind enough to tell them that she was in the bathroom and had been in there for a long time and didn’t know when she would get out. Me and my big mouth! I never repeated that mistake!

One would think that as an adult I would do better, and perhaps I do better than I did as a child but still, the struggle with my words continues! At moments of exhaustion, frustration, misunderstanding, it seems the first thing I lose control of is my words:

“I’ll never get this done.”

“This is too difficult.”

“I’m going to give up!”

Have you ever let go of your words?

Psalm 19:14 NKJ “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

Words play a critical part in our lives; with them we set the direction of our day, of our lives, and the lives of those effected by them. Words can be creative and words can be destructive.

How do we move forward in life? By the words that come out of our mouths at home, at school, at a job interview, at work, at the store – everything depends on our words.

What kinds of words have come from your mouth? Have they been pleasing or pitiful? Words, they can build or tear down. Which ones we use is up to us.

Take time to pay attention to your words. If we can make small changes in our words, we will see big changes in our lives.