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Right now I am studying the 10-commandments.  Myself and a group of women are dissecting the fundamental rules that founds our faith.  Last week we studied “Do not Murder.”  Straightforward enough, don’t ya think?  I thought so too, until I started to dig deeper into the study!  Turns out, that I don’t have to physically shoot someone to kill them.  By nothing more than an unconscious comment I can destroy someone’s heart, soul and spirit.  That little nugget of information, cut me to the quick and brought me to my knees {literally} in sorrow over the lack of self-control I have over my tongue.  I am so careless in my conversations, Proverbs 18:21 says, The tongue has power to bring life or death. How many times do my words bring death?  More than I care to admit.

The speaker in this class, quoted a passage in James,  “The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses man, who was made in the image of God.”

My heart throughout this study has broken over and over again. God has shown me things that I’ve said to my children, my husband and the people who are most important to me.  I want my words to nourish the lives that God has entrusted me with.  I want the words I speak to be edifying and lovely; words that cultivate relationships and build strong foundations. Not words that destroy, maim and kill.

Proverbs 14:1 says, “EVERY WISE woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.”

My responsibility is to build my house {my husband, children, and friends} and not take part in their destruction. The cry of my heart is to be a woman who seeks to nurture and shape my family into something of great value.  This week I’ve been pondering ways to nourish life in my children; and how to teach them to nourish life within their relationships with their brothers and with Kevin and I.

I haven’t had much success…..yet….but I am nothing, if not determined! 🙂 I will figure this out {or die trying.} Old habits are incredibly hard to break.  What are some ways that you speak life into your families?  Just curious!

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  1. I’ve done a study on this before, it was life changing! Good for you!

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