Pardon My French

Welcome Do you recall a time when people might say something, maybe a little off color or crude, preceded or followed by the phrase “pardon my French.” I’ve never really understood where that phrase comes from but I do know that I miss a time when people were a little more careful with their language and vocabulary. Thanks for joining me for a discussion about keeping our language more pure and holy, and less crass and worldly.  Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links seen on this blog post. For further information, please see my Terms and Disclosure page.

Food For Thought  It seems to me that profanity is everywhere these days.  Whether people are happy, excited, mad, or sad, the expletives seem to fly in any and all environments.  Even in “friendly” greetings, I hear things like, “What up, my b*****s!”  It’s certainly no secret that these less-than-lady-like words abound in TV, movies, songs, and books.  Prime time television isn’t always kid-friendly and I don’t think G-rated movies exist anymore.  Some of the pop songs targeted to my pre-teen have lurking lyrics of lewdness or slang that I consider obscene.  The wrong influences are everywhere, and I should know, because I fell right into the “everyone is doing it” trap.

When I was teaching kindergarten, I was one of a team of four.  Most people envision K-teachers as wholesome ladies with kind hearts, crooning words of sweetness and sugar.  Well, we may have had kind hearts and watched our words in front of the five year olds (although some wielded their own brand of swearing), but I admit we were uncensored when outside of their earshot.  In fact, one teammate proudly posted on social media that her exercise trainer told her she had the most foul mouth he had ever heard, and her response was “Not bad for a kindergarten teacher, right?”  I was so embarrassed by that statement, that I decided to immediately reevaluate my own vocabulary choices.  I had been so good at playing the “comparison game,” that I could justify pretty much any of my offensive behaviors.  I said things like, “Well I don’t cuss as much as so-and-so does,” or “At least I don’t say the really bad words.”  But I knew better.  I knew my talk was anything but wholesome and not one bit helpful or uplifting to others (Eph. 4:29).  I knew what I was doing and it was wrong.  I knew I had no place judging others, including my husband or coworkers, for the words they use, when my own vocabulary had become so overrun with rubbish and refuse.  So about a year ago, I made intentional effort to clean up my speech and try to live out the verses of Ephesians 4:29-32.

Romans 12:2

It is easy to become desensitized to the garbage we hear day in and day out, when used in such a casual and cavalier way.  But we must remember this very important point:  As Christians, we are not of this world, nor should we conform to its worldly nature (Romans 12:2).  Our language should reflect to whom we belong.  I found a quote on BibleReasons.com that stated it very well: “How can we praise a Holy God with our mouth, then use it for profanity and wickedness?”  That’s exactly what I was doing.  I was claiming to be church-going Christian, but my words told a different story, influencing others in the opposite direction of what the Lord had commanded.

There are going to be three types of people that read this post today.  Some are going to scoff and say that none of this matters and I have no right or place to tell others how they can and should speak.   They are probably the people that will not visit my site again, and that’s a shame.  Another group of people will agree with me and be glad that they are not alone.  It helps when we can find others who think and talk like us.  Then, there might just be a small number who read this, pausing to think about their own word choices.  It may be just the reminder they needed to begin their own intentional efforts, realizing they don’t have to wait for spring cleaning to get rid of their dirty mouth, Orbit gum optional!

Today’s Prayer  Today I would like to pray one of the Psalms as a protection for our mouths.  This is from Psalm 141:1-4.

“O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.  Hear my voice when I call to you.  May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.” Amen.

Today’s Scriptures  When seeking reminders to keep my speech pure and holy, I find the following verses to be helpful.  I even have them highlighted because I know this is an area of my life I have really needed to improve.

James 1:26  “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”

Proverbs 21:23  “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”

Proverbs 4:24  “Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.”

Today’s Recipe  Last week I shared a couple of snack recipes for those of you making healthy eating resolutions.  I know very well that resolutions come in all shapes, sizes, and topics.  Some of us make resolutions about spending and budgeting.  Maybe you have decided to spend less at the fancy coffee drink place and make more of your own specialty coffees from home.  If a rich and creamy cappuccino drink is your go-to morning vibe, why not keep a stash of this homemade mix handy?

This was one of our budget-friendly moves this past year.  My husband still uses coffee pods because he likes a stronger brew than I do, but I keep a stock pile of homemade hot cocoa and cappuccino mixes in the pantry.  They’re super economical and we have a hot drink choice available at almost any time.  Today I’m sharing the French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix.  Try giving it a dusting of shaved dark chocolate to enhance the coffee flavors.

French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix (makes approximately 5 cups of mix; yields approximately 20 cups prepared)

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered French vanilla nondairy coffee creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee granules

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.  To prepare cappuccino, add 1 cup boiling water to 1/4 cup of powder mix.  Make it fancy by adding a sprinkling of cocoa powder, freshly grated chocolate, or whipped cream.

Suggested Products  An airtight container is a must for storage.  I also like to boil my water in a tea kettle and use a microplane grater for my sprinkling of chocolate. 

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