Soothing Tongue
Christian Living,  Seasons of Illness

Don’t Name It As Yours

In a sort of sideways continuation of my last two posts about harmful thoughts and spoken words, today I’m addressing the statements we make about “our this” or “our that”.

If you have an illness or a medical condition, do you name it as yours?  Do you speak of your diabetes, your autoimmunity, your heart condition, your…whatever it is that’s not working correctly?  I’ve learned that when we claim illness as our own, it becomes a part of us.  In other words, if we name it, we claim it.

How can we heal from something if we
accept it as part of our very identity?

With so many Bible verses about using our tongues for good, why wouldn’t we take care when speaking about (and to) ourselves?

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
(Psalm 15:4)

Whoever would love life and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil and
their lips from deceitful speech.
(1 Peter 3:10)

Those who guard their mouths and
their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
(Proverbs 21:23)

Why not speak of the blessings an illness has brought to your life?  This may seem far-fetched to you, but there are always  blessings in every day.  God’s goodness surrounds us, so pay attention and make it part of your daily praise.  🙂

When someone asks about “your” illness, choose a positive reply that changes the direction of the “your”.  This may require a little creativity and forethought, so plan ahead.

The symptoms I experience don’t own me…
I take special note of each new day, a blessing…
God gets my praise for all my improvements…

And remember.  If someone speaks to you with a lack of faith about an illness, turn your thoughts from it.  Don’t entertain such comments.  They are damaging and not uplifting, which is what we need!

What would you add to my short list of possible replies?  With words, we can build a strong tree and capitalize on the strength we access through Christ.  To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

His blessings~

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2 Comments

  • Mary Foley

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you – Love the Embrace This Season email that I receive from you which truly is unique and encouraging to me to trust in the Lord for All Things!
    Love the topic that you have brought to us about Identifying Illness or Disease with who we are… So very true that we must not allow ourselves to take ownership but to realize that we are reminded that we need to assume responsibility of caring for the temple of God. I Corinthians 3:16-17 which says – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
    In otherwords we are Not our own, we belong to God and He dwells within us.

    • Kim

      Amen! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this – and Bible passage to keep us on square! I (and probably others, as well) enjoyed what you shared very much. 🙂

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