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Devotion

Harsh Words

My words can be harsh and sharp more often than I care to acknowledge.  What hope and/or promises can help me see that God wants to transform my words to be kind, gentle, and encouraging?


Relationships

Turning Down Gossip

An older woman in my life tends to share gossip with me. I desire to honor and respect my elders, but it’s difficult to shut this pattern down and not participate in gossip. Do you have any encouragement?


Biographies

Example of Gracious Speech

Can you give a practical example of what it looks like to be gracious in our speech and daily lives?


Relationships

The Power of the Tongue
Using Our Words for Good and Not Harm

by Leslie Ludy

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.Proverbs 18:21aThe church sanctuary glowed with candlelight as Eric and I stood hand-in-hand, surrounded by the most important people in our lives.  Our much-awaited wedding day had finally arrived, and each moment seemed to sparkle with significant meaning.  One of the most powerful aspects of the ceremony was when our parents and spiritual


Devotion

Cherishing the Season
Embracing the Beauty of Christmastime

by Mandy Saeler

When the world outside our window is covered with newly fallen snow, there is a special beauty in those first moments of peering out and taking in the sight. For just a little while, our world feels more like a snow globe scene than our own reality, and we can freshly grasp why it’s often been said that the snow was intended to slow us down.


Relationships

Guarding Against Gossip
Honoring Others with Every Word

by Leslie Ludy

...[The tongue] is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  With it, we bless our God...Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.