Tuesday, April 21, 2009


There are some lessons I learn quickly. A word fitly spoken and I manage to incorporate the lesson into my life.

On the other hand, there are some lessons that seem to be a life-long struggle to master. In my case, talking is one of them. If I go back and look at old notebooks where I've written verses that I want to impact my life - those with reference to "the tongue" are very prominent. I think I've made a bit of progress, but all too often it is my tongue that gets me into trouble. I tend to engage it before my brain has gotten into gear. Sigh....I have spent many a sleepless night playing foolish conversations over and over again in my mind, wishing fervently that I could take back my words.

The Lord is so patient with this slow learner. A few years ago, with the wonderful humor He often uses, He gave me a verse in Proverbs. It has saved me from a few sleepless nights. I haven't perfected the art of listening more and speaking less, but this verse is a great inspiration:

"Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut they seem intelligent."
Proverbs 17:28

I've underlined it and highlighted it in my Bible. I'm all for not looking like a fool if I can possibly help it :-).



  1. Linda, your post really spoke to me...I am a talker...when I was young I made straight A's but many times had a B or C in conduct...my father would come unglued, he would always say even a moron can sit quietly at their desk. I don't think I had good conduct grades until I was a sr. in high school.


  2. That verse says it all doesn't it. as I get older, I am more apt to listen to that little voice ( the Holy Spirit) that says, "Don't say it. Don't say it." I find my self thinking OK OK (o:

  3. I think a lot of us who blog are a lot alike - we love words and they come out in all sorts of ways - I have always had this same issue in my spiritual life. I never got in trouble in school, for some reason, but it was always an issue in my evaluations at my last job - to my chagrin, because it was my personality that made me good at my job and it was also my nemesis.

  4. I too have this problem...and I didn't konw about this verse...so thank you!

    Have a great rest of the week

    Love, Jess

  5. HA! Found you! Look what happens when I am absent for a while.

    I sure do hope I have some blogging time tomorrow, but we'll see. In the meantime, God bless you, Linda!


  6. it would seem this is the frailty of most of us humans. you stand in good company, linda.

  7. I know what you mean, I use to be constantly pulling my foot out of my mouth but over time God has been gradually teaching me when it's a good or bad time to speak

  8. oh.... can I relate! I just giggled at your last sentence. I've been extended so much patience and grace in my life, it's my turn to start doling it out!

  9. Oh, I think you wrote this post just for me. I'm pretty sure I've this one underlined too, several times. Sigh.

  10. Yes, I think pride is my issue too that unleashes my tongue.

    Also my tongue can hurt and it can heal. It can set the tone of our household more than any behavioural management scheme. Thanks for your humility and fellowship in sharing this lesson.