Memory Monday – Week 23

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” This is something we have all heard, most likely as a child. However, this is not what scripture teaches us. Our words have power.

The verse I’ve chosen for this week is Proverbs 18:21 and I’ve been really excited about this verse for a while. It’s one I wish I had known years ago. It goes along with what the Lord has been teaching me, which is that we are called to speak LIFE.

Just like our actions can hurt someone physically, our words have an impact emotionally and spiritually. This verse tells us that our words determine the direction of our lives. We can either speak LIFE or we can speak DEATH. We can choose to speak to death, depression, discouragement, failure, doubt and fear OR we can choose to speak to life, joy, hope, faith, and a future. We should never speak words that are harmful because all it will do is plant a seed of death. Instead speak by faith – using words that agree with the word of God, instead of your circumstances around you.

What does this mean for us? We are praying for natural conception. The term ‘infertile’ is no longer in our vocabulary. We choose to speak to the mountain of barrenness and we command it to move, just like in Mark 11:23-24 which says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Remember when I started the Infertility Support Group? Then the Lord presented me with this verse and that’s when Colby and I started doing daily confessions over our situation (which I would love to pass along to anyone who is interested) and declared ourself as fertile, ‘Parents in the Making’. That is how the Mom’s In the Making name came about. We declare that we will be parents. We NEVER say things like “oh, it will never happen to us” or ”oh even if I got pregnant I would probably miscarry”. I encourage you to rid your mouth of such speech!

This doesn’t just apply to fertility. What about your marriage, friendships or work environment? Do you use critical speech? What about nagging? Watch your tongue and make sure it’s only producing words that lift others’ up.

What are you praying for? Are your words speaking to move the mountain or are do they speak to death which causes your mountain to grow? Ask God to move your mountain. Speak to it, don’t let the fear of the mountain speak to you. Death or life are in the power of your tongue. Choose LIFE!

If you are having a hard time controlling your tongue you can check out my post on having self-control over the tongue.

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18 Comments
  • Rebecca
    Posted at 09:31h, 07 October Reply

    ABSOLUTELY beautiful!! It is EXACTLY what I needed!!!
    Love ya friend!
    🙂 Rebecca

  • Mrs. Lost
    Posted at 10:08h, 07 October Reply

    I’m praying for you guys to have you happy ending! There is so much power in prayer.

  • Kasey
    Posted at 10:19h, 07 October Reply

    I love this message Caroline! I needed this. There is so much I can put this towards. I always want to be known as speaking Life. Its so easy to say the bad things instead of the right things. Its important to be that person though- the one that always puts the “life” into the conversation instead of adds the “death”. Love this!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 11:11h, 07 October Reply

    Wonderful message and such a great lesson for all of us to be reminded of!! Thank you!! xoxo

  • Lisa @ Amateur Nester
    Posted at 12:46h, 07 October Reply

    Excellent verse- especially for those of us struggling with conception. I think I need this not really for the words I speak, but for the thoughts I think to myself. Thank you!

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 13:45h, 07 October Reply

    Indeed! Also makes me think of ideologies like “The Secret”, which might not be Christian per se, but really teach the same thing you are speaking about. One of my favorite quotes from the movie… “What we think about and THANK about is what we bring about.” I love this reminder today! 🙂

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 18:43h, 07 October Reply

    Beautiful verse!

  • Caroline
    Posted at 21:00h, 07 October Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful friend! I loved it. This quote is now one of my favorites: “Instead speak by faith – using words that agree with the word of God, instead of your circumstances around you.” Thank you for once again hitting the nail on the head.

  • Jessah
    Posted at 21:59h, 07 October Reply

    You’re such an inspiration! Hope God blesses you with your baby soon.

  • Amy
    Posted at 00:56h, 08 October Reply

    Love this verse and it’s truth! I love how you and your husband have declared yourselves as “parents in the making.” I find that when I have the hardest times is when my thoughts are centered around the despair. Scripture was Jesus power over the devil when he was tempted in the wilderness. If words are what Jesus used as a tool to fight off temptation, it certainly is powerful for us as well!

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 07:40h, 08 October Reply

    Such great advice and a wonderful post. There is so much truth to this, many don’t realize how much our actions follow our words. Also, how much our words reflect our true heart. We need to speak life and affirming words of power and positive thoughts so that we don’t drag our intentions and emotions – and others – down. Praying for your nest to overflow.

  • dspence
    Posted at 09:38h, 08 October Reply

    I love this post, Caroline. That doesn’t feel like enough -or big enough words- to describe it, but there it is. God is real and He can do anything.

    Ephesians 3:20 (Names of God Bible)
    Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 19:09h, 08 October Reply

    Powerful reminder!! It is easy to set our mind on negative things and life does not pour forth from our mouth. I constantly have to stop myself and check my heart to make sure I am truly edifying those around me with my words.

  • Charity
    Posted at 14:16h, 10 October Reply

    This is something that I specifically working on this month. Definitely wanting to carry the lessons I learn this month through life. I have seen how our words can change lives and I’d much rather speak life into someone and myself rather than the alternative.

  • Whitney
    Posted at 22:43h, 05 February Reply

    Caroline, this was so encouraging, especially this line – “Instead speak by faith – using words that agree with the word of God, instead of your circumstances around you.” More often than not, I look at the circumstances, not at what God’s word says about my life. It’s a conscious choice I have to make to turn to him in faith. Thanks for sharing this on the link up!

  • Callie
    Posted at 23:10h, 05 February Reply

    It’s true, words do have such an impact! I like the idea of choosing to speak positive things, even in the midst of our hardships. Thank you for sharing! Praying for the Lied to give you your baby soon!

  • Callie
    Posted at 23:11h, 05 February Reply

    *Lord, not lied. Sheesh! I hate trying to type on my phone…

  • Danielle
    Posted at 19:32h, 06 February Reply

    I agree with Whitney! Praying in faith, according to the word, is where life is really found! Thanks so much for joining up!

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