Speak As If…

Once upon a time there was a teenage girl who was extremely upset with her Mom and step-father.  She was leaving church and wanted to go hang out with her friends.  Much to her displeasure, they said no.  And….in her extremely mature opinion, it was for no apparent reason. 

As she stomped toward the car she stated to herself, fine, I’m going out to get pregnant.  That’ll show them they’re not the boss of me.   

No one but God knows why these words came out of her mouth, or even into her mind.  But, true to her claim, she went over to her boyfriends place later that day and the words she spoke came true.  She knew instantly deep inside that it happened.

Although she denied it to herself for 3 months, she couldn’t hide the fact anymore.  It was true.  It was time to face facts and admit to her parents what had happened.  It was time to face the firing squad. 

She often wondered if she had spoken these words any place other than the church grounds, would it have made a difference. 

Do you realize how important your words are…even in your thoughts?   Most of the time, if you’re like me, you don’t even think about them. 

The Bible says “speak as if”.  What does that mean?  Well, I spoke as if I was going to get pregnant (yes, the all knowing teenager was me).  And, lo and behold guess what happened on that very day?

What a valuable lesson that was learned.  However, I didn’t realize it until later in life. Oh, how I wish I had learned it then.  One of my biggest faults has always been letting words spill out without thinking about the results.  Trust me…I got in more trouble with my mouth than anything else.  Just ask my Momma…..

Thankfully, it’s definitely gotten better with the years, but it’s still a struggle at times.  I have to make concentrated effort to think before I speak.  My thoughts are so engrained and rutted in my brain and that’s the way Satan wants them to stay.

What do you want for your life?  What are you speaking or thinking about?  You can convince yourself of anything if you say or think it enough.  What thoughts & words are in your brain ruts?

Are the words saying you are loser and nothing good will ever come out of this life?  If so, don’t expect more.  Your life will be just that. 

If you find yourself speaking negatively about yourself or situations in your life don’t be surprised if more negativity comes flowing in.  You’re opening the door with your very words and thoughts.  Did you realize you have that power?   Well, you do!

No matter what your age, you can change your words and thought patterns.  It’s not too late.  It just may take a little longer to trust and believe that His word is true. 

Why, why, why do we make it so difficult?  He gives us instructions for having His peace at all times.  Don’t believe me, read the New Testament.

Now, I’m not saying that I don’t still say or think dumb negative stuff at times…because I do.  As long as we’re on this side of heaven it will take a very concentrated effort to make the changes.  But, like anything else worth doing, practice makes it easier to achieve. 

One of my biggest goals is to continue to grow in this knowledge.  And, as a result my life will continue to be a more peaceful and positive place to live.  I claim it.  Speaking as if shows God that you trust and believe in His word.

God’s timing in giving me my daughter when He did made me grow up very quickly.  I was now responsible for a tiny human being that depended on me.  God knew that if I didn’t have her as my total responsibility there’s no telling which direction I might have gone.  I thank Him daily for her and the grandchildren she’s given me now.

Yep, they’re all mine! Thank you God!

If you believe changing your words and thoughts can make a positive difference in your life then prove it to yourself.  Make the effort to make the change.  It’s worth it. 

If I can do it, there’s no reason you can’t.  That’s why He left His Holy Spirit here…to help us.  Ask Him to think and speak through you.  Not just once, but on a daily basis.

Otherwise, good luck with your negative outlook.  Let me know how that works for you. 

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