Wholesome Talk Good News/Bad News

Remember the 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge I issued, oh, about 30 days ago?

Yeah.

Well, I have a good news/bad news scenario to share with you.

The bad news is I failed miserably with the challenge.

It turns out that old book of Proverbs really is on to something in that part that says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable.” See, I talk a lot. A whole lot. With 8 children who are homeschooled, much of that talk is necessary, but with that many words coming out each and every day… Let’s just say I bombed the wholesome talk challenge.

That’s where the good news comes in.

All month as I was struggling along, and I was getting emails and comments from y’all with the same struggles, I kept thinking, “I need someone to lay out scriptures and encouragement for me EACH day to help me along the way. I need a daily wholesome talk devotional guide. Something that I can look at each morning, with different Bible verses related to controlling the tongue and a specific area to work on that day.”

That’s when I thought, “Well, why don’t I just write that myself?

And then I thought, “No way. I need help in that area. I am not good enough to write something like that.”

But all month long, the thought wouldn’t leave me alone that if I need encouragement and a step by step guide to better talk, maybe others need it too. And I guess since I know how difficult it is to control my speech, then I understand the needs of others struggling in the same way.

So, I am writing an ebook to help us out with the wholesome talk challenge.

It has 30 days of scriptures on wholesome talk, and 30 days of encouragement to work on one aspect of wholesome talk at a time. It even has 30 days of journal prompts to record our progress and our prayers.

I’m working really hard on getting it finished, and I’m so excited to share this with you! Of course, I’ll be giving to my posse, my homies, my peeps for free, so be on the lookout for a release date in late April or early May.

Is a 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge ebook something you would be interested in?

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Oh yay! This sounds fantastic!! Here’s my little story about me and wholesome talk: When you announced on your blog that you were going to focus on this proverb, in my stupid prideful way, I kind of shrugged it off and I was like well gosh I hope these ladies have good luck with that but shucks I talk pretty well already and I have other things to work on right now. YEAH. So, fast-forward a few weeks, and God nudged that it might be a good idea to give a good hard listen to what comes out of my mouth…and I didn’t like I what I was hearing, I didn’t like it one bit. So I mulled over the courage you had shown in humbling yourself by going public with this conviction on your blog, and I was really grateful for your leadership and for being an inspiration for people like me. And now I’m super excited about your ebook! Blessings on you while you write it, and I can’t wait to read it!

  2. WOOHOO!!! With 8 kiddos in our home too, I failed pretty bad myself. In fact, the only thing I think I got better at was saying the ‘right’ words with the ‘wrong’ attitude. :o( Sarcasm is just …… well, B-A-D. Ugh. Thank you for pouring your heart into this project, I look forward to seeing it. BTW, what would I like to see in it? How about a short story here or there that reminds me that I’m not the only one with this problem. ?
    Thanks again! :o)

  3. Yes, for sure!!! I have 5 littles at home, and one college kid away. I talk a ton, too!!

  4. I’m looking forward to reading it! I have 5 boys, and, especially with my oldest(11), I’m starting to see my words and tone come out of him!

  5. I definitely need this! Thank you!

  6. Patricia says:

    YES!

  7. Yea! I’m glad you are writing this. I know it will be great. I will LOVE to read it.

  8. Erin Leverett says:

    Totally interested!!! I NEED this one :)

  9. Yay! I’m so glad that you’re taking the step and doing this…so excited to see what you do!

  10. Yes. Thank you for tackling this subject. Looking forward to reading it.

  11. Rachelle says:

    Yes I would love this! We try this at home anyway, kind of “Investments in Excellence ” style!

  12. Did not do so well on the challenge, look forward to the encouragement in a book!

  13. I love this idea! I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Orange Rhino challenge, which is a blog written by a mom who wanted to stop yelling. I’ve been using some of her tools and tips to help me in this area, but she doesn’t use any scripture as the basis for her challenge. I would love to have something based on scripture that could help transform my speech!

  14. Yes, please write it!

  15. I stunk it up with the challenge. I will definitely read your ebook. The challenge did make me aware of my struggle, that’s for sure. It also made me aware of how ugly our children get with each other. Looking very forward to some encouragement in this area!

  16. Yes! I didn’t even take the challenge because it looked too hard….so it’s safe to say I *need* you to do this, Connie! lol

  17. I don’t have lots of children, and I’m not one who talks a lot, but wholesome talk is still a struggle! I think your book sounds like a fantastic way to encourage and motivate learning a new way of speaking.

  18. Excited! Can’t wait for this! I was wondering how everyone else was doing with this and I failed miserably too. But it is definitely something that I am going to keep working on!

  19. My mouth is my biggest failure and biggest shame! Not swearing, but unkind or grumbly comments, lack of building up, sarcasm, quick retorts etc. I love Proverbs and would so enjoy a devotional based on taming my toungue! Thanks so much.

  20. I won’t say I fully did the challenge, but did try and be more aware of how I spoke, what I said, etc. and tried to be less negative, etc. Did it work? Maybe a little, but I know talking is one of my bad areas. I tend to say what my brain thinks with little to no pause between and that has gotten me into trouble quite a few times. I always feel convicted with the hold your tongue verses, so that kind of a devotional would be wonderful for me.

  21. Count me in and I’m passing you along to ALL my friends. :-)

  22. Yup, I will. I was thinking this morning in a Maundy Thursday service how Jesus walked to his crucifixion and carried his cross past crowds of sinners–without a peep of scolding. Even though he’d have known all their sins. I realize that’s not a total parenting parallel, but how many times do I nag/pontificate/generally waste words–or violate the principles of your challenge–just for selfish personal venting? That does exactly zero good for discipline or training because my attitude reeks for any one of a dozen reasons? Yeah.

  23. YES!

  24. Megan Sullivan says:

    Yes Please!!! I struggle so, so, so much in this area.

  25. Thank you for writing this!! I will read it and share it with as many people as I can!

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