Deborah Pegues is the author of the book 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue. The idea for the book came to her after she didn’t control her tongue with a friend.
She thought she was helping when she told somebody else something she wasn’t supposed to tell. Her attempt to help backfired, and she discovered firsthand what happens when we don’t use our words wisely.
That’s when Deborah decided to go on a “tongue fast.” For 30 days, she refused to speak negatively about anything – not the traffic, not the weather, nothing that she couldn’t directly positively influence.
Over her month-long fast, she saw speech in a whole new way and categorized the different ways we misuse our words:
- The know-it-all tongue.
- The argumentative tongue.
- The complaining tongue.
- The self-absorbed tongue.
- The half-truth tongue.
- The retaliating tongue.
- The gossiping tongue
Not only did she refrain from negativity for 30 days, she also spent those 30 days being more positive and encouraging others with frequent statements like, “Yes, you can do this.”
Our words never die. Positive or negative, what we say will live on in people’s lives and influence who they become and how they’ll use their words to influence others.
If you’ve ever said something you later regretted, our conversation with Deborah Pegues is going to be helpful for you. Join us for “Controlling Your Tongue” on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app. You can also watch the program on our YouTube channel.
Learn why and how to avoid lying, gossiping, and complaining by “taming your tongue.” It’s an encouraging reminder of how you can honor God in the way you talk to others.
Deborah is a certified public accountant, a Bible teacher, a speaker, and the author of several books, including the one we’re discussing, 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue. It’s not a big book, but it delivers big results.
Our year-end match is still on, which means that when you give a gift of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of Deborah’s book as our way of saying thank you, and your gift will be doubled thanks to the generosity of friends of our ministry. It’s a wonderful way to deepen your impact on the work we do here at Focus on the Family. (Check our website for details.)