“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
There are certain words that just tear right into my heart like a dash of salt rubbed into an open wound. I feel so miserably little. I desperately wait for someone to tag me, to unfreeze me. Let’s play hide-and-go-seek and never stop counting.
The hard part is realizing that I tear into peoples’ hearts in just the same way.
Watch my Vlog “I have a temper” here.
If we are to be uplifting women, shelters of healing, we need to reassess how we are speaking to one another. Realizing how damaging my own choice of words can be, I’ve been working on purging my own vocabulary. I want to invite you to speak from your deepest heart, where there is calm and silence.
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. “
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Listen to Broken Hallelujah by The Afters
Even though I don’t know what your plan is, I know you make beauty from these ashes.
You know the things that have brought me here. You know the story of every tear.
When all is taken away, don’t let my heart be changed. Let me always sing Hallelujah. And when I feel afraid, don’t let my hope be erased.
With nothing left to hold onto, I raise these empty hands to you. Here’s my broken, here’s my broken, Hallelujah.
Scriptures for your personal prayer and reflection:
If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way. We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in his mouth. And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire. (James 3:3-6)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.(Ephesians 4:29)