Hi blog family!
I have missed my corner of the internet! When I first started this blog it was partially meant to be a time capsule of my time in high school, but let me tell you, senior year is way more intense then I ever imagined; so my capsule has had a bit of a lull. So many decisions. So little time. To be honest though, I am loving this year! Everyday makes you think and ask yourself questions about who you’re going to be and what you want to do with your life. These questions have led me to push myself harder to seek out what God wants for me and to work hard for the dreams I believe He has put in my heart.
Sadly, it isn’t rose colored glasses 24/7. If you let it, the stress can be on you in the blink of an eye. For some it’s panic attacks for others a loss of motivation but for some, stress attacks their speech, and that is what I want to focus on today. As we celebrate this holiday season and reunite with frustrating family members or maybe just as we try to navigate the nearest mall parking lot, it is incredibly easy to let loose seasons greetings that have lost the spirit of Christmas shall we say!
The Bible makes evident how much of an affect your speech has with countless verses urging Christians to tame their tongues.
“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
“The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” Proverbs 17: 27-28
One verse that I especially love is Psalm 31:26
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”
A woman of God speaks after she knows that what she is going to say is wise, and she uses her words for instruction. A woman of God stays on top of her tongue. She remembers that while she is here on earth the sole purpose of her tongue is to be a “royal priesthood” for God.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
According to God, your tongue is chosen. You have been selected for the great honor of declaring the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light! If you are a Christian and your heart swells with the thought of getting to declare the praises of God you might be ready to share the praises of God, but you wonder where you should start. I mean it seems a little awkward to walk up to your local grocer stacking beans and say “Hello sir, would you like to hear about the praises of God while you work?” While I would be totally okay with telling a bean stacking grocer how awesome God is, I feel like that’s not exactly the best time for the grocer!
The simple answer is. God will make it clear to you when He wants you to declare His praises. One way that God allowed me to declare His praises was with the opportunity to speak at my high school’s senior banquet this month, in front of around 60-70 of my high school peers. That was terrifying and your home girl tripped on her way up the stairs! But one thing that whole experience taught me, was that when you give God your voice to use however He wants to, He can do SO MUCH MORE than we can EVER do on our own. I had person after person come up and tell me that my speaking touched them, encouraged them, or made them emotional! Guys! Just a friendly reminder… I TRIPPED UP THE STAIRS AT THE BEGINNING! I’m a wreck! But God said, “This girl who thinks she can’t do it, isn’t enough, doesn’t have a special story, is mine. I love her and this is why I made her, to empower her to declare My praises, because a broken vessel like her can appreciate how beautiful and flawless her God is.”
So I want to leave you all with a challenge this week. Find someone you don’t know and tell them about how good your God is. Declare His praises, and be bold about it! Your God is a God that rose from the dead and is more worthy of praise than we could even imagine! The Bible says that if we don’t the rocks will cry out his praises! (Luke 19:40) Our God is too wonderful to let rocks praise Him. Be God’s royal priesthood. Be willing to trip up a couple stairs for the kingdom of God!