June 26, 2018

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Thought to share: Choose your words carefully. Speak life. Choose to call out the gold in others. Draw attention to their strengths. Put a spotlight on what they do well. Choose to look at their good qualities. Words that encourage and support bring refreshing and healing. And when you speak life, you look most like ME.

Proverbs 18:21(TPT) Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences.

Proverbs 12:18 (TLB) Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise soothe and heal.

Colossians 4:6 (Msg)Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

Ephesians 4:29 (TPT) And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.

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The Complaining Challenge Day 7

Saturday November 18

Let’s talk about those words. The words that originate from the thoughts in our hearts. It will take some time for the new thinking to take hold and create the positive words that we want to flow from our mouth. For a bit, our mouth may get ahead of us, spewing out complaints and criticisms. Until our thinking is renewed in this area, we’ll need to be just as intentional about our words as we are with our thoughts. As we choose to think thoughts of love, joy, peace, hope, thankfulness and praise, thoughts that honor and respect – we’ll also have to choose to say them. We will have to be intentional to say the love-filled, joyful, peaceful, hopeful thought – out loud. We speak words of encouragement, support and grace. We vocalize our thankfulness and declare our praise – out loud, even if no one is there to hear it. Even someone IS there to hear it. We let these new positive thoughts become we the new words we say.

I’ll be honest: it might seem awkward at first. It might even sound corny to let those types of words slip from your lips. You might even have a sense of embarrassment. But don’t get discouraged. Don’t let that stop you. Those words are sweeter than you think – to your own lips and to the ears of those who hear them. And in time, those will be the words that easily flow from your heart, through your mouth, without even giving it a second thought.

Ruminate on these verses and see what Holy Spirit is speaking to you: James 1:26, Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 21:3, Psalm 141:3, Ephesians 4:29, and Colossians 4:6.

*Remember to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers when you end your day! AND connect with your accountability partner!