Speech Matters – When My Words are Careless

Speech Matters – When My Words are Careless

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his own opinion.” Proverbs 18:2 Many years ago when I was a young bride, my younger sister called me up and told me about some difficulty she was experiencing in a work relationship.  I listened,...
Speech Matters – When My Words are Deceptive

Speech Matters – When My Words are Deceptive

“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Proverbs 26:28   It happened in my kitchen about 12 years ago at the height of my desire to impress the world as an amazing and competent new mother. Ever the girl who...
Speech Matters – When My Words are Destructive

Speech Matters – When My Words are Destructive

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.  How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire….” James 3:5-6a   From the playground to the boardroom.  From the ball field to the church.  From the youth to...
Speech Matters – When My Words are Harsh

Speech Matters – When My Words are Harsh

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh words stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1   Today I’m speaking to what may be a secret shame for many women.  Especially wives & mothers.  (So if you read any posts in this series, please read this one.) I’ve seen it in...
Speech Matters – When My Words are Rash

Speech Matters – When My Words are Rash

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18   My husband has long joked that I bear a resemblance to Cinderella.   (This is not going to be as flattering a comparison as it sounds.)  Instead of...
Speech Matters – When My Words are Too Many

Speech Matters – When My Words are Too Many

“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” Proverbs 10:19 Though he personally owned the Big Jim Sports Camper, my husband Glen was familiar with the 1960’s Chatty Cathy doll.  Little did the poor guy know he would...