March 19, 2012

"Negative Words Effect Your Day"
& Moms Against Manic Monday Link Up!

Sundays are usually big days; grandly filled with worship, love, fellowship, food, and enjoyment.  Mondays come swiftly.  The getting back in the saddle again can come as a shock to our legs (and rears!) after a couple of days free of regular routine.  

This morning I caved into the traditional "manic Monday" mindset.
Alarm sounding too many times, I roll into my husband secretly hoping that just for once the day would not come knocking; and quiet, cuddled rest the focus.  
Some mornings I wake aware of Presence that is there whether I acknowledge Him or not, and I whisper His name first on my lips with eyes still shut, "Jesus."  
Like this dawn, others begin with selfish moan, "No..."  

I spoke to my husband in the dark of tiredness and dread.  I spoke with ungratefulness and conclusions drawn of a day's sum not yet seen.  He held me close and whispered his love and His love: "Don't forget, He has good things for you today. Maybe you should tell yourself that again."

I don't want to.  I'm irritated in the lamplight before feet touch floor.  I don't want to let go of my irritation.  It feels like truth to me.  My dread feels like truth to me.

Speaking comes naturally to most as breathing.  In fact, on many occasions we utter words even without conscious thought; we rarely stop and genuinely think about what we're saying.  Hundreds and hundreds of words pour forth from between our lips every day, though we are usually oblivious to the positive or negative effect our words have on the people around us and also ourselves.  
Words have tremendous power.  
When we combine words we create a message which then creates emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual reactions in ourselves, others, and the earth we live in.  
Everything we say produces an effect.  We are made in the image of our Creator - who is first depicted to us as just that: Creator.  We are a creative people, we holy-breathed, dust-filled humans.  We cannot help but create.  And we are constantly creating something with our words, creating either a positive or negative effect.

What does the Bible say are some positive and negative effects of our tongues?
Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
Proverbs 12:18
There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.
Proverbs 15:4
A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
2 Samuel 23:2
The Spirit of the Lord spoke in and by me, and His word was upon my tongue.
Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.
This morning my lying tongue was credited for a moment (as in Proverbs 12:19) because it felt as though what I was saying was indeed a fact.  But it was not truth.  I spoke negatively over my life and my day, and the direct result was my eating the fruit of it (as in Proverbs 18:21).

Some additional negative power our tongues posses:
Proverbs 25:23
The north wind brings forth rain; so does a backbiting tongue bring forth an angry countenance.
Jeremiah 9:5b
They have taught their tongues to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity.
Job 6:30
Is there wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern what is destructive?
Psalm 52:4
O deceitful tongue, you love all destroying and devouring words.
James 1:26
If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person's religious service is worthless (futile, barren).
James 3:5-6
Even though the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!
And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).
Power of Positive Words / Speaking God's TRUTH:
Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles.
Psalm 30:12
To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 71:24
My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long
Psalm 119:172
My tongue shall sing [praise for the fulfillment] of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteous.
1 Peter 3:9-10
Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God--that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection]. 
For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good--whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).
Proverbs 31:26
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].
Psalm 137:6
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember you not, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy!
My earnest prayer for myself in this day is this:
That the Lord might teach me to bridle my tongue and hold it fast from speaking/creating negativity in my life, in the lives of those around me (whether they hear them or not), and in the earth; that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to His sight.  (Psalm 19:14)
If I could, I would hold each of you close and whisper His love for you, also saying, "Don't forget, He has good things for you today. Maybe you should tell yourself that again."

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  1. Prov 31: 26 is one of my favorite verses! thank you for such an important reminder :) love it!

  2. WEll, Amen, Rebecca! You preach it, girl :). I always tell my patients that what they say to themselves matters. Probably more than most anything else. Filling my words with the Word. Thank you.


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