Proverb a Day: Day 26

Read Proverbs 26

Usually our oldest sleeps in, but one morning she was up early, and we talked about how this verse is going to guide her well through the junior high years (!) Personally, I’ve had to relearn this verse over and over again.

Gossip is an easy trap to fall into and once you fall, it’s easier to slide further and further. And the serious harm that it can do to others or even yourself is not worth it. Don’t know about you, but I always feel slimy and miserable after a “juicy” gossip session and get convicted every time. A good daily prayer that Mary Whelchel, founder of The Christian Working Woman ministries, advises is to pray Psalm 141:6 daily: Keep a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Proverb a Day: Day 25

Read Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25 is rich with wisdom about choosing your words carefully. This fall, Robert and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage. I wish I had applied this verse more during the early years of our marriage. I think it would have made some challenging days a little more bearable and not as quarrelsome.

Every time I re-read this verse, I always get convicted … do my words drive my husband away so much that he would want to live on the corner of a roof? I think Robert would be the first to admit that he would never want to climb any roofs (!) but I’m pretty sure that there were days he wanted to. Ouch. I intentionally picked this picture because this house has a pretty steep roof and for a wife to drive her husband away to it, would take some pretty persistent nagging. Thank you, God, for a point well made.