You know the phrases, I’m sure:
Ugh, why do I always do this?
What is wrong with me?
You don’t ever handle that situation well.
That was a silly thing to say.
I wish I didn’t feel this way.
Maybe you hear them often in a friend or family member. Maybe they slip from your mouth daily.
I found myself in this spot, but adding (misplaced) feelings of shame or guilt. Not helpful or healthy.
And certainly not what God desires of or for me. But it was a habit, one that didn’t seem too crazy or bizarre.
But, like they do so often, Jesus’ words pierced this normal.
“Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11
Hear and understand, Chelsea, what comes out of your mouth is serious business.
I think the vision for this album is songs to sing over your children, but it is powerful and inspiring even for my 25 year old soul. This song about the armor of God has filled my car for most of my driving lately.
I ask Holy Spirit to deeply embed inside us truth of God’s armor available to us. I ask Him to give us ability and desire to step into this armor daily.
Even though you might be small
It is in you His kingdom reigns
And from your mouth the Lord has made
A fountain for His praise
Sometimes the wonder of Jesus Christ wells up in me so strongly I want to cartwheel and weep at the same time.
Does that ever happen to you?
It wasn’t until the gospel of Jesus entirely captured my mind and conquered my Pharisaical heart that I began to understand fighting lies with praise.
It wasn’t until the lavish, freeing love of God filled in the cracks of my lack did I begin to comprehend the strength and hope to be found.
It wasn’t until I wholeheartedly believed in the perfect guidance, and constant companionship, of Holy Spirit that I discovered peace in the unknown and uncertain.
Worship of God is the rope to pull you from anxiety’s enveloping quicksand.