Placed in front of our tonsils, tongue and teeth are a set of lips. Apparently lips only have 3 to 6 layers of skin in comparison to 16 layers on other parts of the body. No wonder I have lip balm at my desk, purse and car!
Even though our voice box produces the words we say and what we say comes from our heart attitude, we describe lips as the part from which we speak. How we use the letters of the alphabet vocally is so important in our life journey.
- Lips to encourage others.
Our children need our encouragement. It can be like my lip balm because our children need words to be refreshed and empowered to move forward. It can be hard to utter encouragement when you are feeling drained and void of praise. Sincere words like, ‘A great job’, or ‘I am so proud of you’, or ‘that was tough, but you did it!’ enable our children to establish a positive self-image. It will help balance out the put-down words from peers and other adults. Your lips can help remind the kids how God sees them as precious in His sight. The words we send forth are so important to build not only our children but those we come in contact with every day (especially prickly people).
Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord, because you are my mighty rock and my protector. Psalm 10:14
- Lips to encourage yourself.
It is very easy to put ourselves down. Feelings of incompetency can be the norm when a spouse walks out. Words like, ‘I wasn’t good enough’, or ‘I am such a failure’ can be like a recording that won’t shut off.
We need to play a recording from God’s Word which says,
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Whether we are washing dishes for a restaurant or a cooperate CEO, we are all beautifully crafted by God. We are precious, we are here for a reason, and we are placed on earth to enjoy God and the children He has placed in our care.
When your lips start to put yourself down, stop immediately. Because Jesus died for us, believe you are important. None of us are perfect and our goal should be to keep growing and changing in positive ways every day. Telling yourself there are certain things you need to work on is constructive but put-downs shouldn’t come from our lips.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
- Lips to Praise God
When we can use our lips to thank God and talk to Him, the result will be a constructive attitude to face each day.
May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach each me your decrees. Psalm 119:171
When we are using our lips to thank and praise God, it will reflect in how we encourage our kids, the people we come in contact with, our self-talk, and our love and respect for God. Your Life Road has turned onto a different route. Blaming God will only bring bitterness which in turn will flow from our lips. Our fallen world has left us with a different path, but remember God is perfect. Understanding this, you can ask God to help heal your heart making your lips praise His blessings. Uttering thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God will refocus your heart and reset your lips.
My prayer is from Romans 1:11, I want to see you and share with you the same blessings that God’s Spirit has given me. Then you will grow stronger in your faith.
Then you can truly smile with your lips!
- Determine today to encourage your kids
- Determine today not to put yourself down
- Determine to understand who God is and praise Him with your lips!
Linda’s Inner Beauty tip for the week: Put to memory, Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord, because you are my mighty rock and my protector. Psalm 10:14
Kayla’s Outward Beauty tip: Our lip skin is different than any other skin on our body. It ages faster, and dries out quicker so we need to be kind to it on a daily bases. Make your own lip exfoliation by mixing: 1 part brown sugar, 1 part honey, and 1 part olive oil. It’s safe to use and will help take away any dry flaky skin. Use every day as needed.
Next week: Beautiful Lips #2
YOU CAN DO THIS!