What we mutter under our breath can change our lives, for better or for worse.
Or much worse!
That’s why it’s so important to be conscious of our mutterings. To pay attention to how we use our tongues—whether we’re talking to ourselves or to someone else.
I kinda believe we have two tongues. That pink thing that lolls around in our mouth and the one that lolls around in our brain. Ever find yourself carrying on a conversation with someone in your thoughts? I’ve lain awake for hours some nights having the same conversation over and over with somebody who was somewhere else getting a good night’s sleep while I argued with them.
The tongue is a powerful thing. Whether it’s wagging in your mouth or in your brain.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . .
Death and life? If we really believed that scripture, we would probably watch our words more carefully.
We need to listen to ourselves.
I cringe at some of the things that come out of my own mouth: My leg’s killing me! The kids are driving me crazy! I’ll never lose this weight! And that’s just the minor stuff. I can say some really mean things about myself.
We can fool ourselves into thinking words don’t matter—but then we’ll just be fools.
When we speak positive, life-giving truth we’re agreeing with the Creator who simply spoke and light swallowed up the darkness. But when we speak negative, hurtful words, we’re agreeing with Satan, who wants nothing more than to destroy us.
Since Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life, John 14:6 and Satan is the father of all lies, John 8:44 it’s kind of important who we agree with.
Are we choosing to believe the truth or the lie?
When someone close to us says something demeaning or negative, are we accepting it as truth? When our brain tongue is telling us we’ll never amount to anything, are we rejecting the lie?
Before we tell you about an exciting opportunity below, Rebecca is going to share how her mutterings affected her family negatively and some simple steps she took to bring blessings instead of curses to her loved ones.
Hi! I have a confession to make. I’m a mutterer. And not always a nice one.
Muttering under my breath used to be my way of saying what I wanted to without causing a stink because I’m a people pleaser.
For years, when I was hurt or angry, I would mutter terrible things under my breath towards authority, my parents, my husband, and my kids. Ugh! I think I’ve even muttered bad things towards my dogs. Like they would even care, seeing they just live for belly rubs and treats.
The worst thing is I’ve actually muttered horrible things to myself about myself.
Muttering negative, even outright rude things is an easy way to say something you wouldn’t dare say to someone’s face.
Although it seems gratifying at the moment, it’s a really bad habit. It can be very destructive.
Several years ago, I read Proverbs 18:21. My mom had quoted this to us kids repeatedly about the power of the tongue and its ability to bring life or death.
Wait what??!! My tongue has the ability to bring death? Nah!
But as an adult, I began to realize that every time I cursed my husband or daughters under my breath, I was speaking that into their lives and into my spirit also.
And it was coming true! My husband was becoming a donkey’s rear end and my girls were becoming lazy @$$ kids that didn’t listen to a d@$% word I said. Ha!
I decided to do an experiment. Every time I became angry, I would choose to mutter a truth about each of them–a truth that God says in His Word.
Needless to say, it’s kind of hard to stay ticked off when God says such good things about His children.
I discovered that when I muttered life-giving words, something in my spirit changed.
I softened. I began to actually believe that there was hope for my husband and my children. Still working on the dog thing though.
When my muttering changed, my mind changed. When my mind changed, my heart changed. When my heart changed, they changed.
Wow! I wish I’d discovered this years ago. That’s why we’re excited to introduce Mindful Mutterers so we can learn together how to speak life.
Back to you, Mom.
So! About Mindful Mutterings.
Our purpose is to help our readers (and ourselves) do some tongue training. If you’ve already subscribed to the blog (you have, haven’t you?), you’ll receive a new post monthly. At the bottom of each post, there’ll be a link to a corresponding printable PDF with a few scriptures containing life-changing truth to help us re-train our tongues and become mindful of our mutterings.
I’ll whip out the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and check the Greek or Hebrew meaning of keywords for you. I love to do that! It gives us a deeper understanding of what the scripture is actually saying. Then we’ll identify the lies Satan may have told us about this subject.
It would be good to keep them in a binder for future reference.
That way, you will be able to pull out the journal and review it for fresh inspiration any time.
We hope to have a Mindful Mutterings journal on Amazon soon.
In our journals, we’ll be asked to make lists under two categories: THE TRUTH and THE LIE. Hopefully every day we’ll recite the truth and denounce the lie. Eventually, the truth will be so ingrained in our thoughts, we’ll be able to recognize the lie immediately and refuse to receive it.
This could change our lives!
What does the Bible say about the truth? The truth will set you free! John 8:32
We can change the way we think and the way we mutter! We can bring blessings into our lives and the lives of the people around us. I hope you’ll join Rebecca and me, as we become true Mindful Mutterers.
Marilyn and Rebecca