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By Lisa Cherry

I have been writing recently about the awful problem of parenting mess-ups. Perhaps you are like me and would really like to reduce your goofs!

As I was praying this morning the Lord reminded me through scripture of one of my biggest obstacles to quality parenting: An unrestrained mouth!

I can certainly relate to James’ description of the tongue as being tougher for man to tame than the fiercest wild animal!

Seems like when I try to do the job of containing my words on my own, that is when I keep opening mouth and inserting foot!

But the good news for us parents is …we are not on our own! God can and will give us the power to speak words of life instead of words of death over our kids, if we will take His power His way.

My best suggestion to tapping into His resource? Begin to let His words begin to do their supernatural work over your mouth. God’s word is living and active and able to produce results in my life.

I have a scripture confession that I speak over myself every morning, as a prayer of declaration. Here’s the part about my mouth:

You’ve put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to my God. (Ps 40:3)

His praise will always be on my lips. (Ps 34:1)

May my lips overflow with praise. (Ps 119:171)

I will put a muzzle on my mouth, and I will keep my tongue from sin. (Ps 39:1)

I will not let this book of the law depart from my mouth. (Joshua 1:8)

I keep my lips from speaking lies. (Ps 34:13)

I keep a tight rein on my tongue. (James 1:26)

The Lord is my help for no man can tame the tongue. (James 3:8)

I have wisdom, she is my sister and the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Pro 12:18)

I only speak that which is good to edifying. (Eph 4:29)

If you earnestly pray this every day, the truth of His ways will get into you, and you, too, will begin to see changes in your own life. I am certain of this!

If you have a copy of my book Kalyn’s Secret, the full version of my confession starts on page 253. It will also be in my new book, UnMask the Predators, which will be released May 1.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Cleaning Up After Messy Parenting Moments.

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13 responses »

  1. Natalie says:

    Thank you for linking to Visionary Womanhood! My big mouth gets me into trouble all the time too. : ) I guess that’s why there are so many verses that deal with this issue. I also (sadly) read your post about the sexual abuse case…and your daughter’s history. What an absolutely horrific thing to go through. Only by the grace of God do we survive such things…and then reach out to help others. Many blessings to you.

  2. estherjoy10 says:

    Love the “Big Mouth” picture to illustrate your point! Psalm 19:14 is my prayer!

  3. estherjoy10 says:

    Very creative picture to illustrate your point! My favorite verse that I try to remember to pray every day is “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Strength and my Redeemer.”

  4. I just wrote a post on the use of the tongue and your post offered more encouragement to me. Thank you for sharing and for linking up at What Joy Is Mine.

  5. Alecia says:

    I pray for gentleness with my words. A gentle answer always seems to diffuse hot tempers.
    Thanks for listing all of the scripture they are helpful!

  6. Kaye Swain says:

    What a great article. And I gotta say, the pix was what grabbed my attention. PERFECT for the article :) Have a blessed week.

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