The Stuff of Life

BOY MOM MONDAY – Proverbs 10:19 Speech

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Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

One of the things that attracts me to and conversely makes me want to strangle my husband is that he chooses his words carefully.  If the average number of words spoken by a male really is 7,000 as they say, Corey could easily get by with 3,500.

If it doesn’t need to be said, he doesn’t say it.

I hate this when he’s been gone for an extended period of time and returns home to describe the whole experience in two sentences. What?!? How is that even possible?

I love this when we are in a serious discussion or when I witness him discussing something meaty with others. Some people process externally and can do it well. But the more words that are said, the higher the opportunity for sin to squeeze in. So many of us tend to speak first and think second. This doesn’t necessarily lead to sin. It can, however, lessen the value of each statement.

Most of time when Corey says something, it is after much thought, and it is meaningful.  A number of people have told me over the years that whenever they are in a meeting that includes Corey, their ears perk up when he starts talking.

He thinks before he speaks, and his spoken thoughts are valuable and insightful. People recognize and appreciate that about him.  I hope that my sons will see this in their dad and strive to follow his lead in communicating wisely.

Prayer

Lord, I pray my children will take after their father and think before they speak. May you develop them into good communicators, not necessarily good talkers. Let their words represent a mature thought life and may the words of their tongues bring you glory. Amen.

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Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at inspireafire.com and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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