I have to write about this topic because I struggle with it – there… I said it!

 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

I beat myself up from time to time because I have said something to someone that was not “life-speaking”.  I say something foolish before thinking (or even praying) about my motive, or how it might make that person feel.  We all have foolish thoughts, but occasionally, we let those foolish thoughts slip out into words.

Vocally!

 OUT LOUD! 

I have had them spoken to me, and certainly have spoken them myself, even recently – which prompted me to pray and ask God to help me in my foolishness My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. Psalm 38:5

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In times such as these, I let the enemy remind me of the many times I have fallen into this trap.  One time I asked a pregnant mom who already has a child with autism if she was at all worried about her unborn child- can you believe I was so foolish?!  I was so embarrassed once I realized how foolish that was.

Another time, I was talking to a dear friend who is a home-schooling mom, and I told her we are concerned that home-schooling shelters kids too much (yes, again, I opened my mouth and inserted my foot).  Well, about, oh, maybe two weeks later… God called us to home-school our kids – SHOCKER!!  And the list goes on and on…

I have asked myself what is the motive for me to speak such foolishness?  I honestly believed at the time that I would be thanked for my “wisdom”.  Wow!  How foolish, indeed!  I have been praying the past few days for God to help me in my foolishness, and for His Light to shine brightly through me, that I can be a beacon of encouragement.

He did not call me to be “wise” in others’ lives (only in my own!), but to encourage and build others up according to their needs.

I am thankful for the love, grace and mercy that my dear friend has shown me in the last few days when I committed my latest “faux-pas”.  I need to remember to leave these mistakes at the foot of the cross, immediately after asking for forgiveness from those I have mistakenly shared my “wisdom” with.  That is the trap that I fall into most often – not letting it go.  If His light is to radiate from within, then we need to remember that we are forgiven and free.

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I’m not alone in my desires to keep my foolishness from slipping fast from my mouth.

I know because I have a friend or two that tell me they suffer from the same issue.

How about you?

Ever said something that you knew was a knife-jab as soon as it slipped? Ever wanted to take your words back as quickly as you said them? Ever wonder what words could heal the hurt of the hurting one’s that wounded another’s heart?

If you answered yes to any of these, lets pray and tuck God’s word in our hearts!

  • Pray to be more prudent in words and deeds.  Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. Proverbs 10:19
  • Pray to guard our lips.  Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 13:3
  • Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23
  • Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips. Ecclesiastes 10:12-14

I have to write about this topic because I struggle with it – there… I said it!

Michelle

Michelle Adams is a Faithfully Fit Morning instructor, wife to Mike, mother to four beautiful children and a dear sweet Sister in Faith!

Michelle Adams is a Faithfully Fit Morning instructor, wife to Mike, mother to four beautiful children and a dear sweet Sister in Faith!