Monday’s Musings #260 & Watching Our Tongue (Don’t Cuss)

 Watching Our Tongue (Don't Cuss) & Monday's Musings #260 | What Joy Is Mine

I have a few Christian friends who use cuss words on occasion. We are called not to judge (Matthew 7:1,2) and this post is not about judging, but more about: is cussing a good and clear representation of Jesus Christ in our heart? I will not be pointing out specific cuss words because we all know what they are. Keep in mind, the following post is my own opinion based on Scripture I have read.

When I hear fellow believers use cuss words, I am reminded of James 1:26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” Bridle here is used as “to hold in check or to restrain.” Our tongue, or speech, ought to be reviewed carefully as what we say points to our Christian faith. Our faith is not about just hearing the word but by living it. One way we show this is by bridling the tongue which is one proof of our personal relationship with the Lord. Discretion in speech ought to be the obvious choice knowing others are listening and judging for themselves if we truly love Jesus or not.

Honestly friends, cuss words are found to be offensive and unnecessary. They do not glorify the Lord or edify others. We are commanded to “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) David Guzik comments the following on this verse, “The new man knows how to watch his tongue, speaking only what is good for necessary edification, desiring to impart grace to all who hear him.” He quotes F.F. Bruce that corrupt talk is “Not only obscene vulgarity but slanderous and contemptuous talk.”

It is hard for me to see how cussing, casually, jokingly or out of anger or irritation, possibly reflects Christ in our life? How do those words make anyone think of Jesus? Luke 6:45 says, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What we store in our heart is what will proceed out of our mouth. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

So, does using foul language really have a godly purpose? 1 Timothy 4:12 tells us, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Although this verse may be addressing young people, it ought to be true of all Christians. A pure heart should proceed a pure tongue. As believers, we should be setting the example in speech at all times.

Our language should be more about hallowing than profaning, The meditation of our heart ought to be this, “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.” (Psalm 35:28)  Another verse on speech that teaches hallowing is from Psalm 119, verses 171 and 172, “My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” 

Something to think about, cussing draws attention to oneself, not to God. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness.” (2 Peter 1:5.6) By practicing self control in speech, we will be more intentional in what we say. By remembering that our words can lead others to see Jesus in our life or make them question our faith, we ought to be sure that our words reflect our Christian walk.

One final thought is this, Matthew 12:36 says, “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.” Words are powerful so choose them wisely because one day we will give an account for the words we’ve chosen to speak. Do you think cussing has a purpose in the speech of Christians? Please be kind in your response.

After a deep post, it’s time to get to the link up. Monday’s are always a fabulous time because we get to encourage one another with what we write. What have you to share this week?

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

 

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Monday’s Musings #254 & Cupcakes For Valentine’s Day

I. Love. Cupcakes. There I admit it. Some people love cookies, some love cakes. But I totally believe cupcakes are the perfect size treat to enjoy on any given day or occasion. And as much as I love to eat them, I love to make them. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share some awesome cupcake recipes to make. These I have collected on my Pinterest Cupcake Board.

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  1. White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cupcakes
  2. Best Ever Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes
  3. Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes
  4. Strawberry Red Velvet Cupcakes
  5. Chocolate Mint Oreo Cupcakes
  6. Mocha Cupcake (Gotta throw in one for the adults)
  7. Black Forest Cupcakes
  8. Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
  9. Almond Marachino Cherry Cupcake

I hope one of these, or two or three, tickle your fancy and you whip a batch for your family. Have a blessed Valentine’s Day!

It’s Monday again. What have you to share this week friends? Thank you for being here.

Monday's Musings #254 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #235

I usually share my monthly Daybook at the end of the month and usually today but it didn’t work out this month. However, look for it this week. Life is busy — a good busy — and full. God is good to give us this season. Praying you have a fabulous week. Thank you for visiting and sharing.

Monday's Musings #235 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Declutter, Organize & Great News!

It’s spring time and spring time usually means spring cleaning time. Am I right? Recently, in our home, I have been tackling certain tasks that need to spring-time-attention. I’ve decluttered and organized our front room closet. I’ve got down on my knees and cleaned grout in our bathroom. I’ve even sorted through my closet and ended up donating 2 trash bags worth of clothes! I’m even working on this site, revamping and organizing posts, to make it more efficient.

One of the things I do for encouragement is read books that encourage an orderly and organized life. I’ve even written some posts about living in that manner: 5 Sure Ways To Bless Your Home, 5 Sure Ways To Manage Your Home, 5 Sure Ways To Get Organized, 15 Minutes Can Accomplish So Much, and 7 Ways To Avoid Procrastination. As you can see my posts are about living more simplified by keeping it to 5 ways, 15 minutes and not putting it off.

So, knowing this (I hope you take a minute to read those posts), I am so excited that within the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle there are several ebooks, some printables and a couple of planners to help you and I be more organized and orderly. It says in 1 Corinthians “But all things should be done decently and in order.” Look at what is included in the bundle that can help you and I with that:

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Below I’m sharing simple descriptions of the resources contained in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. 

2016 Motivated Moms Chore Planner​ – The Motivated Moms Chore Planner is a printable planner to help you stay on top of chores with weekly calendar/planner pages that walk you through the tasks needed to maintain your home.

31 Days to a Clutter Free Life – ​Get inspired and empowered to clear your life of the clutter that is filling up your home, mind, and schedule, once and for all with 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life.

All About Laundry​ –  All About Laundry will help you conquer the laundry pile and start saving today with pictures and demonstrations that show you how to save time and money on the laundry.

Cleaning Around the Seasons- Cleaning Around the Seasons is a comprehensive guide for anyone that needs to do some deep cleaning and doesn’t know how to start or where to fit it in to a busy schedule.

Cozy Minimalist Mom – Learn the 10 concepts to create a Cozy Minimalist home even with kids through this online, self­study video course.

Family Systems – ​Discover routines and systems to help simplify and automate your life as a wife, mother and homemaker in Family Systems.

It’s About Time – Create a customized time management system that is in sync with your values and priorities and helps you feel in control with It’s About Time.

Make Over Your Calendar – Get control of your schedule for good with Money Saving Mom’s Makeover Your Calendar course!

Simplify – Simplify will help you develop an understanding of what simple living means for you and your family, create a mindset of intentional living, and take simple action steps to get there.

Simplifying Home – Simplifying Home will help you start where you are, embrace the simplifying process, and find peace along the way as you declutter and organize your home.

Sweet Life Planner {Mint Edition} – The Sweet Life Planner will help you plan ahead, identify your top goals, and develop rock solid habits. Oh, and it’s gorgeous too!

Teaching Kids to Clean – Teaching Kids to Clean offers advice, “lesson plans,” supply lists, age ­appropriate task lists, and printables to help you teach your kids the skills necessary for big cleaning tasks.

The “Get Your Life Back” Organizational Bundle – The “Get Your Life Back” Organizational Bundle includes 10 colorful printables to help you organize your days, weeks and months.

The Modern Girl’s Guide to Homemaking​ – The Modern Girl`s Guide to Homemaking shows you how to run a successful home in the 21st century according to your lifestyle and schedule.

Now it may seem overwhelming but let me let you in on a secret: TAKE YOUR TIME! Pick the ones you desire to read first and cover the rest at a later date. Remember you have one full year to download your collection. You can start with the eCourse then read through a book or vice versa. And don’t forget to look at the planners to see which one will work for you. I am looking forward to working through these select eBooks and eCourses myself.

 

That’s correct! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only.

You’ll get:

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($19.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

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Now for that GREAT NEWS I mentioned earlier. When purchase the Homemaking Bundle and you activate the FREE 1-year membership to MollyGreen.com, you also receive FREE access to Right Now Media Library. Oh my goodness! This is great news because Molly Green’s Right Now Media Library is for members only and is a gateway to more than 10,000 video resources for you and your family. The streaming video library includes films for all ages, from VeggieTales, Adventures in Odyssey, 3-2-1 Penguins, and What’s In the Bible, Boz the Bear and Chuck Swindoll’s Paws & Tales series for kids to Bible studies by R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Dave Ramsey, John Piper and Elizabeth George for adults. It also includes academic and homesteading content which is exclusive to Molly Green members like how-to videos covering the four pillars of HOMEsteading, HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling and HOMEindustry. This is an UNLIMITED streaming video site, meaning there is no limit to the number of videos you can enjoy or length of time to view them. Most videos are available worldwide (a very small number have geographic restrictions).

Will it Cost Extra?

No. As long as you remain a Molly Green Member, you’re locked in and cannot lose your viewing privileges. Now this is something that makes this Homemaking Bundle the ultimate!

Keep in mind the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available until Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. The total value is an astonishing $1000+ (plus over $300 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually! In addition, there is a 30-day money back guarantee.

Learn more or get your bundle now!

 

If you think getting all those homemaking & mothering helps for less than $30 sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends! I know you will pleasantly pleased with the bundle and will utilize it well in your home and life. (Be sure to read our disclosure below)

 

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