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Watch Your Words – Sue Detweiler #LifeGivingLinkup
Watch Your Words
Do you find yourself having trouble blurting things out of your mouth?
Here are a Few Tweets about Watching Your Words
Tend Your Garden
The way to watch our words, is to renew the thoughts of our minds. When we spend time meditating on God’s word, our thoughts line up with what God says. It is like tending a garden…
Plant a thought and reap a word;
plant a word and reap an action;
plant an action and reap a habit;
plant a habit and reap a character;
plant a character and reap a destiny.
(Bishop Beckwaith, 1885)
As we intentionally renew our minds with God’s Word, the words of our mouths reflect God’s Wisdom. It’s little by little that the garden of our heart will grow.. a thought, a word, an action, a habit all builds your character. Your character is the foundation of your destiny.
Water the Good Seeds of your Garden with God’s Word
When toxic words flow out of our mouths, often it’s because we are discouraged. The enemy is whispering lies to our minds and we have taken the time to listen. If you are feeling down or discouraged it’s probably not the time to become deeply introspective. Sometimes it is just determining what foul water source we have been watering our garden with and to shut off the flow of toxicity.
Rinse Daily with God’s Word
On a daily basis you and I need to be cleansed by God’s Word. Jesus is your bridegroom and this is what He will do for you:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word… Ephesians 5:26 NIV
Jesus is the perfect bridegroom. He gave himself up for the bride of Christ. In order to make you and I holy He washes us with His water through His word.
I don’t know about you, but there are situations where I come away and feel like I have been slimed. I may not even know how it happened, but the garden of my heart is heavy and I feel discouraged. All of us at those moments are tempted to find an escape to just stop thinking about the situation. You might turn to food, books, movies, shopping… or whatever to just try to get away from the way you are feeling.
Next Time, Take a Shower
Have you ever noticed that your tendency to escape just lead you to vice. Those that are struggling with substance abuse are likely trying to medicate themselves from the pain that they feel. They are trying to escape. But any vice you turn to is going to cause your heart and soul to become toxic.
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 NLT
So since you know escaping your situation doesn’t help, what if you try taking a shower. What do I mean? Well, simply put let God’s word rinse you off. His word will water the garden of your heart. Click here for a few practical ways to rinse yourself off with God’s Word.Get List of Healthy Habits
When I was a young mom with so many children (I am a mom of 6), I turned the times that I felt down into a game with my homeschooled children. I brought our an old tambourine and a box of streamers. We turned on the music loud and I shouted dance break! My daughters loved it, we would all dance around the house and before you knew it we were all laughing at each other. We had encouraged each other.
Who Can You Encourage Today
Encouragement is contagious. When you are encouraged, you can’t help but smile at others. Out of your mouth flows encouragement. You are affirming of others. You celebrate their giftedness. So today make it a point to encourage others.