Weekly Challenge: Remove profane language from your vocabulary.
Before Christmas, one of the pastors at Cielo Vista said something I will never forget: "Profanity is a strong way to express a weak mind." It was one of those slap-you-in-the-face moments for me. Not that I curse frequently, but a couple swear words pop out of my mouth here and there. God knows, I do not want to be described as having a weak mind! Quite the opposite! Now, every time I'm about to use a curse word, I remember those profound words and (hopefully) refrain. I feel pretty confident in my ability not to vocalize swear words, but I have to confess, my mind would qualify to compete at the International Sailor's Mouth Contest. I'm ashamed to say that when anger arises, my mind unleashes a waterfall of profanity. Thankfully, I've finally reached the point where I confess my sin and ask for forgiveness as soon as those thoughts enter my mind. But I still need major practice being obedient in this area; God has made his point very clear:
"Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving." --Ephesians 5:4
"But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth." --Colossians 3:8
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." --Ephesians 4:29
"I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” --Matthew 12: 36-37
I'm Ashley Ashcraft,
a military wife and
stay-at-home mama, earnestly seeking the Christ-like life. I invite you to walk alongside me in my quest to raise our children and join the antics of our unpredictable military lifestyle. I pray your heart feels rejuvenated and inspired each time you visit OFH!