Oh the taste of sticky BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, and ice-cold frozen yogurt. Those lucky lips!
Lips are not only a place to put our food but it’s a place where thousands of words are formed each and every day. It has been estimated that women speak up to 20,000 words a day. That is a lot of mileage on those lips!
With 20,000 pumped-and-primed words to start each morning, it takes a conscious determination to create positive and productive sentences. It is so easy to do the opposite because people hurt us, misinterpret what we say, and put us down. The children are testing every boundary, and the ex-spouse said something that made the hairs on the neck stand!
When you are about to open your lips and use part of those 20, 000 words, stop and consider:
- Speak Truth not Gossip
We cannot hit the undo button of what we say. I have regretted many words. I have also been on the receiving end of some painful and untrue words as well. Can you relate to both?
Words of truth should be foundational for our beautiful lips. Destructive put-downs and gossip are damaging and can only led to pain for everyone. It causes rifts in friendship, adds further issues with the ex, and will negatively affect the children.
Gossip is no good! It causes hard feelings and comes between friends. Proverbs 16:28
God blessed King Solomon with wisdom defining him as the wisest of men. He dealt with people day in and day out. He said,
When you and someone else can’t get along, don’t gossip about it. Proverbs 25:9
The next time there is an opportunity to say something negative (there will be lots), determine to keep those lips firmly in place as you process it. That doesn’t mean we can never defend ourselves but slamming people and gossiping is never going to end well. When we gossip, it feels good for about 5 seconds.
Truthful words will be a positive influence on your children, to those in your circle of life, and even to your ex. Instead of bitterness, life can be rewarding with God’s help.
You must encourage one another each day. And you must keep on while there is still a time that can be called ‘today’. If you don’t, then sin may fool some of you and make you stubborn. Hebrews 3:13
- Confess With The Lips
The Lord knows our struggles. Using our lips to talk to God and asking Him to help use all those words in the 24/7’s will keep our lips healthy. My lips get a workout!
As you partner with God, ask Him if there is any gossip, malice, or bitterness that needs to be dealt with. When you confess to God and ask for forgiveness, your set of lips begin a new start to those 20,000 words.
So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, ‘I’ll tell the Lord each one of my sins.’ Then you forgave me and took away my guilt. Psalm 32:5
The next time there is a situation that needs a response with those set of lips, pause to think how those words should be formed.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God our Father. Colossians 3:17 (NLT)
- How will you use your 20,000 words today?
- Beware of ‘foot-in-mouth’ disease!
- Ask God to help you speak words of Truth not gossip.
Linda’s Inner Beauty tip for the week: Put to memory Colossians 3:17
Kayla’s Outward Beauty tip: Did you know that your lip skin has less melanin in it than other parts of your body and therefore can easily burn? When you are out playing in the sun, and lathering your arms and legs with sunscreen, remember to apply a lip balm with sunscreen in it. As well, wearing a hat and drinking lots of water can help to keep your lips cool and smooth without being burnt.
Next Week: Beautiful Ears
YOU CAN DO THIS!