Recently, I have been finding myself thinking more and more about the importance, and the POWER of our words. Most of us have heard the Bible verse “death and life are in the power of the tongue” but as I dug a little deeper, I realized the Bible has A LOT more to say on the topic. Here are just a few examples:
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16-24)
“Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
These are pretty powerful statements about our words, yet many of us carelessly spew them, cutting those we love like a knife. Did you notice Proverbs 16:24 says positive words bring healing? If this is true, what do harsh, negative, hurtful words bring us?
Have you ever given much thought to your words? Or maybe even the ones you neglected to say? So many times we have the opportunity to comfort someone with just a few words, yet we let that opportunity pass.
Words have the power to diffuse arguments giving way to understanding, words can heal hurts, and even cause enemies to become friends. So why aren’t we more careful about what comes out of our mouth?
Sometimes it’s our pride that gets in the way. We are unable to say we are wrong even though we know those two little words can put a stop to an argument. But if we are willing to swallow our pride and give it a try, we will find ourselves bringing healing not only to those around us, but to ourselves as well.
For others, maybe you were brought up in an environment where negative words were the norm. Regardless, it is never too late to practice being positive and replacing negative speech with positive. If you think about it, words are responsible for divorces, people lose jobs and friendships over words, and some suffer from low self-esteem because of words spoken over them and about them. That’s how much power they hold!
So if you agree with that last statement, then wouldn’t it also make sense to say that our words have a lot to do with the direction and course of our lives? You have a choice which direction you set your life in and that choice is in the words you speak.
Now on to this delicious sugar and grain free chocolate mug cake recipe. Until this week I didn’t think it was possible to make a 90 second sugar free/grain free mug cake that actually not only tastes great but had the right consistency. I tried it three times prior to getting it right and I almost gave up. Although I am not a fan of the microwave, I think this recipe is wonderful in a pinch. For example when you are craving the taste of chocolate cake but do not want to wait for the bake time! Enjoy!
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp tapioca flour
- 3 tbsp xylitol or monk fruit (stevia would work too although I have not tried it)
- 3 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Lily’s chips sweetened with stevia to keep it sugar free)
- 2 tbsp grass fed butter OR ¼ very ripe avocado (if you use avocado add a bit more sea salt)
- 3 tbsp coconut milk
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg white
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- dash of salt
Melt butter and set aside. Or if using avocado instead of butter mash ¼ avocado and set aside. Mix all dry ingredients in your mug and stir well. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Microwave for 90 seconds and enjoy! Note – this tastes even better topped with homemade coconut whipped cream and strawberries.
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