Watch your mouth!

As a young girl, I loved Karen Carpenter. Her warm, smooth, contralto voice was incredible! I thought she was such a beauty with her chocolate chip colored eyes and long brown hair! I owned the Carpenter’s album, or one of my older sisters did, and I have memories of staring at the cover. Their song “We’ve Only Just Begun,” I’ve sung many times decades ago for weddings.  I also fondly hold dear the song “Close to You.” But by far “Rainy Days and Mondays” I recollect best and it has come to mind most recently because of the rain.

Right now it is a bit cloudy, it makes for an excellent blogging day. Boy, we’ve sure had some “rainy days” in the past fortnight! Go figure, it’s April. Do you recall this short rhyme, April showers bring May flowers? It is funny because a few of these wet, dark, gloomy days have been, wait for it… Mondays. While I stood in my kitchen one particularly gloomy Monday morning, I stirred my almond milk chai and sang, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down!”

Here’s a portion of those lyrics:

Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit                                            
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down                                    

What I’ve got they used to call the blues
Nothin’ is really wrong
Feelin’ like I don’t belong
Walkin’ around
Some kind of lonely clown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

What I feel has come and gone before… *

Yes, the song continues, but on purpose I’m not going to continue.

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You see, I realized after I had sung the line Rainy days and Mondays always get me down, it clearly affected me. (I had set the course of my day with my own words. I mean, it was more than weather related.) I didn’t feel invigorated for the day, quite the opposite. I felt discouraged and low. DUH! I had just informed myself, through song, with my own lips, Rainy days and Mondays always get me down. I began to believe the words and proceeded in a downward spiral. I grabbed a tissue, was teary eyed and felt depressed. I began to text the same song lyric to a friend who says jokingly, “Im allergic to Mondays!” But I stopped rapidly and thought for a moment. What am I doing? (the song prophesies, I feel old, I’d like to quit, I don’t fit, I don’t belong, nothin’ to do but frown, I’m lonely, I’m blue, AND Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down? Is that truly the message I want to send a friend?)

Stop! Rachel…“Watch your mouth!”

The Psalmist gives, instead, a spoonful of truth over ANY day with quite a different prescription for declaration. Psalm 118 starts: Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!  Psalm 118:24 says This is the day the LORD has made I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Wow! Now, there’s a great example to speaking a prophetic word over yourself, your day and your life.)

I’ve reminded myself, and now you, it’s really crucial to observe the words that we declare! I mean it, watch your mouth! The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NIV. We must beware of what we declare and prophesy over ourselves and others because there’s a big difference between life and death, right?

Scripture says that King David, when he was greatly distress encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (see 1 Samuel 30:6) David calls things to mind. So he brought things that are in the back of his mind and called them forward. He strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

It’s really vital that we mind our minds also because we often say what we’ve thought. This Biblical author writes, Yet this I called to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are  not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21.

The apostle Paul penned this in one of his letters, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Words can surely build up. So, watch your mouth!  Wonderful things can be declared over ourselves, our future, our children, each other, every situation and our troubles.  Let’s be ready to declare those things. We are told that we can speak to the mountains and they’ll be moved. (Mark 11:23)

We may never be perfect in our speech, but its clear according to scripture that we set the course of our lives with our words.  Indeed, we all make mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go where ever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turned wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. James 3: 2-5 NLT  

Here are a few declarations to try, say them aloud over yourself, with the power of LIFE in the tongue:

  • Today is a good day I will rejoice!                            (see Psalm 118:24)
  • I prosper in relationships, just like Jesus.               (see Luke 2:52)
  • I am love by God forever!                                           (see Psalm 118:29)
  • God supplies my every need.                                      (see Philippians 4:19)
  • I am not anxious about anything.                              (see Philippians 4:6)
  • God’s peace will guard my heart and mind when I present Him my requests with thanksgiving.                                                                  (see Philippians 4:7)
  • I’m dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.     ( see Romans 6:11)
  • I say peace be still to any raging waters in my life, body, family, mind or emotions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (see Mark 4:39)

Okay, now from the song “Rainy Days and Mondays” Let’s reflect on one truth that can be applied and declared from the chorus.

Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you
Nice to know somebody loves me
Funny, but it seems that it’s the only thing to do
Run and find the one who loves me (the one who loves me)

So let me encourage you to run and find the one who loves you. His name is Jesus.  If you are a believer it’s not a difficult task to run and find him because He lives in you by His Spirit.  Here’s another good word to declare over yourself today. God is good. God loves me. So it’s all good. So let’s remember to think this, watch your mouth and see what happens when we speak life.

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*Song: Written by Paul H. Williams, Roger S. Nichols • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

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