Last year for Christmas my brother bought me the book, "Words that Hurt, Words that Heal," by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. It's one of those "words have power" kind of books. I picked it up to read it for the first time about a month ago.

I remember being seated on my bed with my pen and book in hand (I tend to mark up my books), slowly reading through the beginning paragraphs of the book. By the time I hit the middle of the first page I noticed my reading pace had begun to speed up, and the further I read, the faster I read. The more I read the more drawn in I became. I literally couldn't put the book down. I could barely come up for air. 

And then, BOOM! He dropped the bomb (figuratively speaking, of course)!

It went something like this: 

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Did that sting for anybody else? I'm just going to be honest. My track record for speaking only perfectly kind words on every occasion, no matter the circumstance; is not the greatest. To put it bluntly, I don't always have control of my tongue. 

My guess is that none of us do. 

When I read that portion of Rabbi Telushkin's book a certain verse comes to mind,

"Like a city that is broken down and without walls [leaving it unprotected] Is a man who has no self-control over his spirit [and sets himself up for trouble]." - Proverbs 25:28 (Amplified Bible)

The Challenge:

Proverbs 25:28 was a good reminder that our words, my words, they matter. They DO have power. With words I can build people up, I can edify, educate, inspire, uplift.. Or I can humiliate, tear down, condemn, and uproot.. 

Knowing that - knowing that life and death are in the power of what I speak (Proverbs 18:21) and understanding that having a loose tongue and uncontrolled spirit leaves me defenseless and vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy - I'm stepping up my "spiritual defense," and I'm inviting you to do the same.

So here's the challenge. This month, as far as it depends on you, speak kindly. In private, in public, in your mind, in your heart, in all circumstance, no matter the consequences. Allow the Holy Spirit in you to rule you and take authority over the words you speak and dwell on.

Think you can do that?

It may not be simple, but through God's strength and grace I believe we are all going to walk of of this stronger than when we entered into it. 

Here's a verse to encourage you along the way: 

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you , O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.  - Psalm 19:14

I'll be checking in with everyone through out the month to see how things are going. If you need encouragement or prayer, don't hesitate to email me. I'd love to cover you in prayer. 

Ok, that's all I have for now. Chat with you next week! And don't forget to follow along on Facebook for daily encouragement :) 

Love you all!

<3 Lo

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