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In our society today, we are constantly reminded that we need to make sure we are being politically correct whenever we speak. In theory, that sounds very reasonable; however, when you take God out of things even the most innocent statement can be regarded as a politically incorrect statement.

As Christians we should always be aware of every word that comes out of our mouths—not because we are concerned about being politically correct, but because we want all our words to be pleasing to God and bring Him glory and honor. In fact, our words are so important to God that He addresses this issue over and over again throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Proverbs 12:18 – “The words of the reckless (thoughtless) pierce like swords but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has the power of life and death…”

Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Proverbs 10:11 – “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.”

I would go out on a limb here and say that God is being very specific in letting us know our words can have the ability to be either powerfully destructive or they can bring new life and hope to those who are lost and hurting.

Now I know that we have all said hurtful things to others—words that once they left our lips, we wished we could pull back in our mouths.  We have also had hurtful things said to us.  How do we keep a guard on our lips so that those times are very few and far between?  God has also given us some clear instructions in His Word about how to accomplish that.

Proverbs 15:28 – “A good man thinks before he speaks; the evil man pours out his hurtful Words.”

We should ALWAYS take a moment in EVERY situation to pray and ask God to give us words that will be pleasing to Him—words that will draw others to Him, not push them away. We need to never let our pride or emotions take control of our words.  When we do, harsh and hurtful words will come spilling from our lips as we try to prove we are right or defend ourselves. Oh, that I would have learned that lesson early in our marriage when in the middle of a “discussion,” the words that would fly out of my mouth were anything but pleasing to God and were hurtful to my husband.  Then too late, I would feel so ashamed about how I had spoken to my husband—the man I love more than anything on this earth.  But, our God in His mercy and patience has never given up on me and continues to teach me every day how important my words are.

In order for us to have words that are controlled by God, WE MUST HAVE LIVES THAT ARE CONTROLLED BY GOD.  Let’s look at a couple more scriptures that teach us how to give God control of our lives and words. First and foremost, we must make sure what we put into our minds will always align our thoughts/words with God’s standards and not those of society.

Philippians 4:8-9 – “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is TRUE (lines up with God’s truth), whatever is NOBLE (honorable), whatever is RIGHT (not in the worlds eyes, but right according to God’s Word), whatever is PURE (free of contamination – worldly views, sin), whatever is LOVELY (innocent, humble, pure), whatever is ADMIRABLE (deserving respect, high esteem), if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY (having worth, merit or value in God’s eyes) – think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me – put into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”

Second, we must make sure our words always allow others see Jesus in us—even when hurtful things have been said to us. Use Jesus as our example—He endured more hurtful words than you or I will ever have to hear and yet He responded with love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Colossians 3: 12-14, 17 – “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  17- And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

I Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as you are doing.”

Wouldn’t it be an awesome testimony to our God if the way others spoke was motivated by the way they heard Christians speaking to others? 

God—let it begin with me.  May this be my daily prayer: “Let the words of my mouth (EVERYTHING I SAY) and the meditation of my heart (EVERYTHING I THINK) be pleasing in your sight, my Rock and my Redeemer” Psalms 19:14.

 

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This year’s Fall Festival is quickly approaching and if you’re still on the fence about whether to run or walk in the 5K on October 19, here’s some information about the ministry that we’re supporting through your participation. 

The Covering House provides refuge and restoration, using the least restrictive environment, for sexually exploited and trafficked children and teens, providing safety, dignity, and freedom utilizing top level staffing and oversight.

The issue of sex-trafficking in the United States is vast, yet the majority of individuals are unaware of its prevalence. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, sex-trafficking is defined as a “commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.” Although slavery was abolished nearly 150 years ago, it is still alive and thriving today, and American children are now among the most vulnerable.

Our logo is inspired by The Underground Railroad log cabin quilt pattern, which served as a secret message of safety during those times. Quilts bearing the log cabin pattern were hung in windows to indicate a safe home for those seeking refuge.  By taking a stand against modern day slavery and commercial sex trafficking, while providing refuge for today’s young survivors, The Covering House is fighting for a world without slavery.

During the fall of 2014, The Covering House opened their long-term therapeutic home. The opening of this facility was significant for many reasons. This facility is for girls, between the ages of 13-17 years old, that have experienced sexual trafficking or exploitation in the U.S. This home is the first in the state of Missouri, third in the Midwest and 38th in the U.S. solely for girls under the age of 18 years old that have experienced this trauma.

The following is a testimony about one of the young women that The Covering House has helped:

                “Dedee, I haven’t stopped talking about you guys and the work you’re doing and how amazing SH is doing since I got back on Monday.  I just truly can’t get over the difference and transformation in SH... you all have empowered her to be the person she was meant to be.  When she arrived she was a hard, closed, dark, unhappy, broken girl and now she has this glow about her! It’s remarkable the progress that she’s made. I know she had to do the work but you guys gave her the tools to get there.  I literally sat there in awe watching her talk and listen as she would tell us about her songs and her poems and her artwork and her concerns coming home and what she knows she needs to work through and still work on...basically... I saw life in her... A sparkle that wasn’t there when she arrived in January!!!What you guys do is truly amazing and is very much needed! As an advocate seeing SH now is the best reward ever! I was one who fought to get her there and am so thankful I did!!!The Covering House is truly unique – it’s everything I had pictured in my mind and more.... it’s not a “facility” it’s truly a home... I kind of refer to it as a “bridge” from where they are –to helping them get to where they need to be to function in society and ultimately helping them get to where God wants them to be. You are showing and teaching the girls how to be “normal".  Every girl, not just girls that are trafficked, need to be empowered and feel empowered to be able to reach their full potential— and that’s what you’re doing!  I can’t thank you enough for all that you do... I wholeheartedly believe you have saved SH and I’m so excited to see what lies ahead in her future! I see big things for her with her gift of writing poems and songs and her artwork... She truly has found her calling. She did the work but you gave her the place, and the time, and the grace, and the love, to get there...If there’s anything I can ever do to help, please let me know... You definitely have a huge advocate and cheerleader for The Covering House in me! I’m hoping you’ll have another one of the girls I’m working with soon.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Addie Wood

Attorney at Law

If you’d like to support the work at The Covering House, sign-up for the Fall Festival 5K today and $10 of your registration cost will go directly to The Covering House!

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