Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

It is amazing how the Lord brings scripture to our minds and to our attention just when we need it most. More often than not, it does cut into my deepest thoughts and desires and it does expose me for who I really am. This morning I was reading a blog and saw this scripture...

Proverbs 16:21 (NASB-U)
The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweetness of speech increases learning.

Wow! As a Mama and as a homeschooler, this is a very timely verse. As someone whose husband is gone a lot right now and who can get a tad overwhelmed trying to keep all my plates spinning, a verse about sweetness of speech is always timely. How true it is that we increase the chances of our children learning from us if we have a sweet voice and attitude. When I am frustrated and spouting off, I can see their eyes glaze over and their hearts and ears shut down.

Ephes. 4:29 (NASB)
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

I think it's time to copy this verse out again and post it somewhere prominently for us ALL to see!! Oh how I desire for my words to give grace to those who hear.

Lord, please help me be ever mindful of EVERY word that proceeds from my mouth, that they may give grace to those who hear. Thank You for your Words that do convict, instruct and guide! Would I continue to seek wisdom and understanding through scripture and then be quick to apply what You show me!! May my speech be sweet, that the learning and understanding of my children will be increased...especially as it pertains to You!

1 comment:

  1. I SO needed to see this Barb! Just last night I became impatient with someone and felt convicted to apologize later. I have got to tame this tongue of mine that Proverbs says has "the power of death and life." Thanks for the encouraging post-glad I'm not alone in this struggle! Love you!