Struggling With My Mouth & Heart

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When I was in high school, our youth group went to Colorado every summer to get Star Ranch ready for summer campers. My last year, I was asked to share a verse at a church service.  At the time, God was teaching me to watch my words, so I shared Psalm 19:14.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

struggling with my words | HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comThose verses had a huge impact for me to still remember them from my youth group trip.

You would think 40 years later, I’d have a better handle on what I say. Nope, I’m still dealing with my tongue.  I pray to not complain, but be thankful.  I live by the Holy Spirit for awhile, but my sin nature peeks its ugly head and I’m back to complaining.

I don’t think before talking, I say whatever is on my mind.  It hurts those I love.

Why am I sharing this?  It has nothing to do with homeschooling?

For selfish reasons!

I want to kick this habit…

First off, I may not be the only one who struggles with sins of the tongue or sins of pride.

Next, I’m sharing this with you so I can make it public – so I can overcome the sins of my tongue.

I’m also sharing on my blog because it will humble me.  You see, pride is my other sin of choice.

I “know” I’m always right.
I don’t always listen to others.
I defend my position at any cost.

Do you ever think like that?

My thoughts are proud and I need the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome pride, as well.  Hopefully, sharing on my blog will squelch some of my pride.

I love Psalm 19:14 because it addresses both of my weaknesses – sins of my mouth & sins of my heart.  I memorized this many years ago, but am plastering it around the house (kitchen sink, bathroom mirror, computer desk, where else can I place it) to cement it into my head & heart.

God used it 40 years ago; I know He will use it now.  He is faithful!

What verse do you claim to overcome your sins? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  1. I thank you for your honesty. I believe more of us struggle in the same areas. And by confessing our sins to one another is helpful. May God bless you and us all with humbleness. As it reads, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I’m not very good at letting others know my weaknesses. Hopefully, I can encourage others to take their weakness to the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit conquer it in our lives.

  2. I was just complaining to my hubby about a family issue when I told him I no longer wanted to speak about it because I was having a bad heart and mouth. Within seconds this article came up and I was totally convicted by God. Thank you for this. I already wrote the verse down and will be using it, plus it will be a great help and example to my children too.

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