Cascading out, tripping over each other.
Rush to say.
Explain and teach.
Words can bless.
Words can curse.
So much harder to listen.
Look in their eyes.
Measure each morsel.
The weightiness of words.
Teach me to use them carefully, cautiously, and reverently.
Words lose their power when we strew them about.
How often words can be used as a shield– for anxiety, uncertainty, grief, veiled hurt.
I hear them repeated from the lips of my children and I flinch.
Awareness awakens in my mind- my words have power to inform and shape the way my children see the world.
What picture am I painting with my tapestry of words?
What do my words say that I value?
Where I place my trust?
Once they have passed my lips, I cannot take them back.
May I open my lips eagerly ONLY when praising Your Name.
James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
1 Peter 3:10 For,“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
Ps. 137:6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you…
Pr. 10:19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
Pr. 11:12 …the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
Pr. 12:18 …the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Pr. 15:4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Pr. 17:28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Pr. 21:23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Pr. 31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Lord, if I spill my words may it be a beautiful mess full of praise for your glory.
Oh Lord, teach me the value of silence. Of measuring my words. Seeking you before I speak. To err in saying too few words rather than too many. Sometimes I am lazy and use words sloppily. Forgive me Lord. Help me to listen, to ask more questions. To approach people consciously seeking ways to minister to them and truly listen. Especially with my children Lord, sometimes I forget that teaching requires more than just a steady flow of words coming from my lips. Sometimes we teach more in our silence, in measuring our words, and only speaking when we are focusing on the pure, noble, holy, and praiseworthy things of this life. Teach me to tame my tongue Lord, to submit to your discipline and seek to obey the promptings of your Holy Spirit. May my words honor you today, in accordance with your Holy Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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