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.