Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Welcome back!  I hope you were successful in memorizing last week’s verse and that as you prayed for wisdom in all your spoken and digital interactions with others you achieved an outward flow of grace and love.  For anyone joining our study this week, our Weekly Heart Verse from last week was found in Ecclesiastes 10:2.  Feel free to add it to your memorization of scripture for this week.

Today, let’s head over to Page 75 of Karen Ehman’s book, “Keep it Shut,” where we will find our Weekly Heart Verse listed on the “Top Ten Verses to Help You Watch Your Words.”

This week’s heart verse is found in Psalms 141:3 and says:

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

This is a great verse to START each day with!  An important reminder from the moment our feet hit the floor, as we roll out of our cozy beds, to set our mouths in the right direction before we utter our first words of the day.  James 3:5-7 says this:

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.  Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.  It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.  All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

Wow!  James just really comes out of the gate and tells it like it is!  And he is right!  Our tongues get us into so much trouble!  We, in our own strength and with our good intentions, cannot tame our tongues and need divine help from our heavenly Father.

A great way to tuck Psalm 141:3 deep into your heart and mind is to scan/photocopy a headshot of yourself and blow it up to almost life size.  Affix the image to your bathroom mirror and over your mouth, on the image, put a sticky note with this week’s verse written on it.  When you enter your bathroom each morning, which is usually the first pitstop right out of bed, you will see this tangible reminder.  Pray the verse out loud as you look at yourself in the mirror and ask the Lord to set your mouth on the right track for the day.  Couple this with asking for the wisdom we learned about last week and you are good to go!