We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.
Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge.
Extra Strength for: #icPressure: The Pressure of Words
God spoke the universe into being.
His Word is the bread of life.
His Son is THE Word.
Without God’s Word and words I would not be saved. He breathed breath into my lungs, that which allows me to speak…words. But out of my heart, not my lungs spew anger, malice, slander, gossip and filth because if it came from my lungs I could close my mouth and stop the verbal vomit.
Yet even when I don’t speak the words to others, they are there in my mind. I give them time and space to make their home in my head. I like to think they are safe there, hidden away. I like to think I got to have my words and no one got hurt. I get to feel self-righteous because I had the self-control to not speak them out loud, and I can be proud because I LOOK like a nice person.
But the truth is that the inner dialogue I have with myself, the words that are never actually spoken to anyone are just as real, just as sick and just as sinful as the words that make it out of my mouth. And by the way, there are a good number that do make it out of my mouth too. Ask my husband.
Father write these words on my heart as I meditate on them this week:
Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
4 You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
8 I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 I praise you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Martha has been a wife for 17 years and is the mother of three children ages 10, 9 and 5. When she’s not folding laundry, cooking meals, helping with homework, kissing boo-boos, grocery shopping, cleaning house and running errands, she loves to hold babies at Immanuel MOPS!
- Meditate on Psalm 119, and ask God to create a clean heart in you so that your words may follow in kindness.
- Continue to find one nice thing about each person you encounter and share it with him or her.