What Are Your Words Laced With?

Out of the heart the mouth speaks…~Matthew 12:34

The Passion Translation says it this way:

For what has been stored up in your hearts will be heard in the overflow of your words!

~ Matthew 12:34 TPT

So what is in your heart?

Are you speaking words laced with bitterness anger resentments lies hate haughtiness selfishness crudeness cussing vulgar judging opinions offense?

Or are they laced with forgiveness acceptance mercy honor truth love humility compassion kindness purity?

I am challenged to weigh my words more carefully so that when they fly out they don’t crush anyone.

How about you?

~ XXOO Michelle

Restored Ministries

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Power Packed Utterances 


Save, Lord! Help, Father! Thank you, Father! I praise you, Lord! Come, Holy Spirit! Maranatha!  

Short but sweet, and pleasing to Our Father’s ears.  

Words of grace, power packed utterances.  

Sometimes it takes less than we think to reach Our Father’s heart; no need for lengthy prayers or heroic deeds, just simple heart cries that speak to our gracious, loving Heavenly Father’s waiting ears.

The fervent prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective. We must abide in Christ – walking in faith and love, pray in faith, and pray with passion. God is passionate about kingdom matters, and so must we be if we are to walk side by side with him. As we pray, we patiently wait and watch for the unfolding of his answers.

Faith, hope, and love; mercy, grace, and peace; wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, love, joy, and peace – Our Father’s gifts to us are graciously dispensed to hungry hearts.  

Humility and the fear of the Lord – the keys to the kingdom which he has lavishly bestowed on us, an everlasting kingdom, a never ending relationship with the Great I Am and the family of the redeemed – free for the asking.

Let us not forget to pray for a harvest of souls – the heartbeat of The Father. Our eternity is already guaranteed, but the souls of many hang in the balance waiting for someone to bring Good News. And let us not neglect the poor – another key to the Father’s heart. We who have both the Gospel and material means are doubly obligated to share with those in need.

So we pray fervently, wait expectantly, then act decisively. We pray for Our Savior’s heart, we wait for his loving reply, and we move and speak at his command. His will, his way, in his time, for his glory, and the blessing of the elect.

            ~Brad Heilhecker 

Silence Is Powerful 

  
Just scrolling through Facebook or Twitter on any given day you will see debate after debate. Some like controversy.  Others like to stir the proverbial pot. 

What God has shown me lately is that everyone’s hot button topics are different and just because someone doesn’t jump on the same bandwagon as you do with the same passion as you do does not make them wrong. We can disagree and dislike things but still love each other. 

We are not called to champion every cause or atrocity or phishing post or tweet we encounter. Sometimes God calls some of us to be silent and to pray, or just to keep scrolling because our opinion is not needed. 

Some do not deserve to be told an answer as Jesus chose in Mark 11:33, because some contend and debate issues not for the truth, but instead for the victory or having the last word. Some even already know the real answer but choose to reject it based on emotions or going along with the crowd. 
We should choose wisely what we say, what we answer to and how we behave. If it doesn’t glorify God- don’t say or do it! 

  

We must endeavor in relations to behave ourselves so as to put to silence the unreasonable reproaches of the most ignorant and foolish of people. (Matthew Henry Commentary for 1 Peter 2:15) 

There is no condition or cause or post or tweet or viral video so mean and horrible that a person may live conscientiously in it and still glorify God.  (Paraphrased and added to from Matthew Henry commentary on 1 Peter 2:19-22)

My choice to not engage in the disputes or debates or jump on bandwagons or like your viral video does not mean I am less passionate or intelligent, nor am I passively just idly sitting by twiddling my thumbs-or my brains have fallen out…or I don’t have a voice…. 

It means I see through the facades and like Jesus- choose not to answer or engage. I choose to be silent because sometimes Silence is Powerful! 

                      ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

For it is the will of God by doing right that you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. ~ 1 Peter 2:15 AMP 

For this finds favor, if a person endures the sorrow of suffering unjustly because of an [awareness of [the will of] God. After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God. 

Christ Is Our Example 

For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. ~1 Peter 2:19-22 AMP 


So they replied to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” ~Mark 11:33 AMP 

  

Words Matter 

  

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. ~Winston Churchill

     I was reading in the book of James this morning. When all of a sudden I got halted and stopped on chapter one verse 26…….

James 1:26 “If someone expects to minister for God but fails to guard his words then his heart is drifting away and his ministry is shallow and empty.”  Passion Translation 

I was thinking about the thought surrounding what’s going on in our culture today. We hear on the news the catch phrases:

 “Black Lives Matter” 

“Lives Matter”

Two or three words can tell a story or paint a picture with little effort. 

One word has the ability to change the whole definition of a phrase or sentence. 

Example: 
I love you!

(add a word or a contraction)
I don’t love you! 

(change the end marks)
I sorta love you?

It’s a whole different message being received by the reader or audience. 
I would like to add that “Words Matter”. 

If we choose better words or restrain from some words that want to come bounding out of our mouths. What about the tone and manner in which we speak?

I have a feeling there would be no need to have a reminder that 

“Lives Do Matter” regardless of color, gender, socio economic status or age. 

Proverbs 18:21“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” 
It’s pretty simple. 

Words Matter 

Lord,

  Today…….. help me to choose words that bring life and encouragement to others. I agree that the Word matters and will do my best to put it into action one day at a time. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV) “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

News Flash To Me

The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) celebrates Words Matter Week. 

Evidently, it is first week of March each year. 

We are onto something big here!😜
One Word At A Time,

Kelley Allison 

The Tongue

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Can you do that with your tongue? What about fold it upward and make it wave? How about touch the tip of your nose? There are several slips and tricks that some people can do with their tongues. Not everyone is able to do those silly tongue tricks. The tongue is a mighty muscle and some can easily spew out tons of toxic and poisonous words easily while others are natural encouragers and seem to always bless with their tongues. Many of us sadly can sometimes do both just as easy.

In James the Bible talks about this…

“Humanity is capable of taming every bird and beast in existence, even reptiles and sea creatures great and small. But no man has ever demonstrated the ability to tame his own tongue! It is a spring of restless evil, brimming with toxic poisons. Ironically this same tongue can be both an instrument of blessing to our Lord and Father and a weapon that hurls curses upon others who are created in God own image.” ~ James 3:7-9 The Voice

Just like those tongue muscles we have to exercise to perform all sorts of silly tricks, we need the Holy Spirit to help us exercise control in the taming of our tongues.

May we show off a brand new tongue trick –
To only speak words that bring light, life and encouragement to others.

Lord, help me to always speak life giving words. Help me tame my tongue and keep my mouth shut if I don’t have something edifying to say. Help me to love like You love so I could never think of cursing others with my tongue. In Jesus name. Amen

XXOO Michelle Bollom
© RestoredMinistries

Grace

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I don’t mince words, but I do believe in a grace-filled delivery. That’s because the Lord has shown such extreme grace to me.
While I am so very blessed to have such a sweet family; life has not always been so abundant. As a teenager and young adult, I was clueless about God, specifically His plan for sexuality and relationships. As a result, I became sexually active as a young teen and suffered the baggage that goes along with that lifestyle.
At 20 years old, I experienced an unplanned pregnancy, followed by a rushed marriage and painful divorce. As a single mom at 22 years of age, I finally realized something: God is a loving, forgiving God, and His commandments and standards are for my protection – and yours.
Now married to the love of my life and with an imperfect but precious family, I am devoted to helping others see the beauty in biblical instructions and realities. This includes God’s plan for sexuality and family as well the daily challenges and thrills of living a life of faith.
My passion for speaking began in 2001 while serving alongside my husband in student ministry. In 2009, I authored a parent book, Choosing to Wait, followed by a companion book for teens, Why Wait?, and soon began availing my materials and presentations to local churches and organizations. Since that time . . .
I have facilitated over 100 presentations, and in many cases, served as the keynote speaker.
I have spoken at churches of varying denominations such as Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and community churches. I have also spoken in a variety of school settings, including private and public schools, and made presentations at community gatherings such as PTA meetings and pregnancy help centers.
I have appeared as a guest multiple times on the 700 Clubtelevision show and also on Pure Passion TV. I have been featured on numerous radio shows, including Houston’s KSBJ radio station, and my articles have appeared in periodicals such as Focus On the Family’s Thriving Magazine.
All that said, I love Jesus, love people, and welcome opportunities to serve others with the gifts and passions God has given me.
~ Blessings to you, Laura Gallier

Laura Gallier is a seasoned speaker and author known for her insightful presentations and resources on the topic of sex-related values and romantic relationships. She also addresses broader issues surrounding the faith-filled life and is passionate about providing down-to-earth explanations for some of the most frequently misunderstood notions about God and the Christian life.
Laura recently ventured beyond the world of non-fiction and released a riveting new novel, The Delusion. Plans are underway to bring the thrilling story to the big screen!
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