Proverbs 18: 21

The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.


Maybe you’ve noticed I’m doing a lot more devotions than normal. I usually post one or two a month, sometimes even less. But I think we all need encouragement right now so I’m writing more devotions. Even if they aren’t helping you, they’re reminding me what’s important during this difficult time. Last week I focused on reminding all of us that God’s in control. This week, I’m trying to share some positive things we can do that are biblically-based.

The tongue has the power of life and death! This is only one verse in the Bible that talks about the importance of our words and therefore our thoughts but there are many verses that tell us the same thing. Our thoughts and our words have power. Because what we say and what we think are tied together in an inseparable bond. Self-talk (our thoughts) is crucial.  I’m seeing post after post on social media where Christians keep saying things like:  I’m heartbroken; This is too hard; I’m so scared; and the negative words keep flowing.


The tongue has the power of life and death! Stop choosing “death.” Stop with all the negativity and start focusing on the power of God. Start choosing life.

How do I do that?

It’s easier than you think. Every time you think or say something negative about this situation, shut up! Hit the rewind button and turn that negative self-talk into something that honors God. I did this when I was struggling with the effects of my brain tumors and the treatments. All day long, I’d tell myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Or “God works out all things for the good of those who love him.” or simply, “God, I trust you.”  Even when I could barely walk to the bathroom without help.

And it worked!

Life was (and is) still difficult for me because of the lasting effects of the brain tumors, but…I am at peace…I have joy in my life…I can still write in spite of the brain tumors. Life is good for me because God is good. And I’m also much healthier than I was back then. Had I chosen death instead of life, I’d probably be very sad and depressed and still stuck in a chair. And who wants to chose that? So when those negative thoughts come ( or even when you speak them), SHUT UP, hit the rewind button and choose life by choosing your words and thoughts more carefully.

Words (and thoughts) really do have power.

It’s just like what our moms taught us–if you can’t say anything good, don’t say it! Put another way–SHUT UP!



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