November 12, 2012

Negative Words Effect Your Day
{and a Moms Against Manic Mondays LINK UP}

{"Negative Words Effect Your Day" - selected from the Moms Against Manic Mondays archives due to preparing/welcoming our family's newest arrival!}
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? 
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].
There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.
A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord spoke in and by me, and His word was upon my tongue.
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.
They have taught their tongues to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity.
Is there wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern what is destructive?
O deceitful tongue, you love all destroying and devouring words.
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).
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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I bless you today with eyes to see them and the heart to recognize them - the blessings in disguise.  Eucharisteo!
Psalm 118:24
"This is the day which the Lord has brought about; I will rejoice and be glad in it!"
  1. I desire to recognize what is my part of the "manic" in Mondays, and do what I can to change it.
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  1. This post was so helpful--I'm printing it out to save. Blessings, Gin

  2. Hello! This is my first time here! Thanks for giving us this opportunity to share. I'm putting you on my blog hop page. I look forward to great bloggy relationship!

  3. What a great reminder of such an important lesson! I have a tendency to speak negatively and too rashly even though That is not what i really want to do! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Rebecca, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Heavenly Homemaker.

    You have such a beuatiful way with words! You're a poet, I think. And you're right, it's so very easy to get sucked into that Monday mind-set. Thanks for the reminder not to cave!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  5. I love that your husband spoke encouragement to your spirit and into your day-Amen. Thank you for sharing such a lovely experience. I'm visiting from Heavenly Homemakers, and blessed by so doing.
    I'm also happy to link my post here, and read writers from blogs I may not have encountered yet.
    Thank you for sharing your abundant blessings.
    Peace and good to you.

  6. What a wise and loving husband you have to encourage you in The Lord this way. And you are wise too to realize the power of words and harness it for good. Beautifully said.


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