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Week 6 Vlog & Learning To Tame Our Tongue

The genuineness of a person’s faith will inevitably be demonstrated by his/her speech.- John MacArthur

…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
-Matthew 12:34-36-

Week 6 Challenge: This week we are going to focus on taming our tongues. Every morning BEFORE you get out of bed, ask God to help you control your tongue for the day. Focus on speaking words that are gentle and loving……life-giving words, not life-hurting words.

If you struggle in this area, ask your GMGs to pray over you concerning this area in your life, ask them to hold you accountable. This week let’s take it one step further though, tell your family about this week’s challenge and let them know you will be focusing on taming your tongue and applying James 3:1-12 in your life.

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.

– Psalm 141:3-

When you feel tempted to:

When you feel tempted to “put that person in his/her place”, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to spread a “little gossip”, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to “tell it like it is”, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to return hurtful words with your own hurtful words, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to say something you shouldn’t….DON’T…pray instead.

Pray instead, ask God to give you the strength to overcome the temptation and help you develop the discipline of controlling your tongue.

Ways that we can tame our tongues:

1. Humble yourself

2. Put off all slander and evil speaking

3. Put on a heart and words of kindness, love, forgiveness and grace

4. Bring your thought life under the control of the Holy Spirit

5. Talk less

6. Think before you speak

7. Refuse to listen to slander or gossip about others

(Note: These 7 suggestions come from Revive Our Hearts: How To Control Your Tongue )

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CONGRATULATIONS TO: Athena…..YOU won the Mercy House T-Shirt from our giveaway last week! I have already sent you an email concerning your win so be on the look out for it! Congratulations!!! Thanks everyone for entering the giveaway!!!

As always, we’ll be praying over you as you spend time reading God’s Word!

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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  1. Caroline Cordle says:

    So nice that you got together at the weekend – and a sally Clarkson conference?…..*sigh* – the UK is soooo far away! That’s our little group who will be making blankets! :-) I really love this week’s challenge – I need it! I actually chatted with my hubby last night about how to deal with the children – he said a mother needs to be a soft place for the children….I need to work at being soft, in my words, not harsh.

  2. Sweet Angela,
    I wish I could have talked to you girls more, but the conferences are crazy and they don’t allow for it. I wish I could have had more time for you and Courtney to share. I love what you are doing and will try to put your blog on mine when I get to the end of the conferences. May the Lord bless you and especially your new little one growing inside! Hope you and Courtney had a good time together.
    Love to you both,

  3. Caroline- Ohhh thank you again Caroline for what your group is doing for the Mercy House! As you can tell from the video, Courtney and I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful! Reading in James this week, we ALL need help to control our tongues…you are not alone! :)

    Love God Greatly!

  4. Sally- Ohhhh how you inspire me! I think I could listen to you for weeks on end! Although my hand would grow tired from all my note taking….wisdom just pours out of you! ;) Courtney and I knew we wouldn’t be able to spend much time with you at the conference, nor did we expect to. We are just so appreciative for the time you so graciously gave us at Relevant! Thank you so much for the time that we were able to see you this weekend though……we both treasure every second of it! ;) LOVED your conference……I’ll be sharing what I learned on my Wednesday post! Thank you so much for investing your life into so many!!! You are truly an inspiration!

    Love God Greatly!

  5. Hi Angela and Courtney! I didn’t realize you lived so far from each other! You are so cute together. I loved this video from you both. Thanks for being encouraging and for helping us with the James study. This is the first Bible study I have ever consistently done each and every day. I am thrilled. I cannot tell you how God has changed my life already. God bless you both! I hope you had a great visit together.

  6. Alison- Ohhhh your comment made my day! So happy to hear that you are enjoying the James study! Praying for you and everyone involved in GMG everyday!!!

    Love God Greatly!

  7. Angela and Courtney, it was great meeting you this past weekend! I learned so much and was so encouraged at the MomHeart conference too. And happy birthday, Angela!

  8. Kelly- We both enjoyed the conference sooo much too! Thanks for your sweet birthday wishes!!! ;)

    Love God Greatly!

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