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Being the mom of three boys who love slap stick comedy there is a very thin line with humorous words and hurtful words. How do I teach them discernment with speech?
At our house “goober” is a term used for those crazy mistakes that are made. No one gets upset, we laugh and carry on. Call someone at my house an “idiot” and war and crying will happen.
Of course there are just ugly times when words are chosen to tear down. Sometimes the words were said for slap stick humor but the receiver took them to heart.
When I was presented with the opportunity to review (Affiliate link) How to Manage Your Mouth. my interest was high.
While I was considering how to use this study in my house, I had a huge allergic reaction. My tongue felt like a cat had scratched every inch and it began to swell. Nothing like physical discomfit to get you focused on the spiritual application.
Since the target age for the kids version is 7 to 12 years, I decided to use the adult version for my teens. This way we are all on the same page. Yes, mom and dad have a copy too.
I printed a double sided copy for each member of my family. For my son at college, I sent him the ebook. Instead of trying to juggle schedules to carve time for everyone to complete together, I decided to make the manage your mouth study their personal devotion. I hope durning lunch or dinner to have some discussion on the topic.
My boys need to learn responsibility. I created a checklist for them to stay on target. I do not want to become a “nag” over a study on managing your mouth.
For myself, I created a reminder in my phone to write that day’s scripture on the board in the kitchen.
For the first week of the study I am waking-up the children with the song “Speak Life” by Toby Mac.
I created this guy to hang on the fridge as a reminder and a visual that I can point to when things begin to sound harmful.
For the next 6 weeks we will be purposeful to learn what God says about speech. I know there will still be times when the line is crossed but forgiveness is a daily action living in this family.
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In 6 weeks I will report back with the lessons learned and I am sure a funny story or two to share.