On Guarding Your Mouth and Gaining Wisdom

I am enjoying the 2015 Bible reading challenge so much! How did your Proverbs reading go this week? I found myself reading the chapter twice on many days as  I lingered over my morning coffee.  Let’s summarize chapters 10-15 this week. I read chapter 9 before posting on last Friday, so it was included in the summary “Because Wisdom is Calling Us.” When I look at the major focus of the chapters we read this week, I felt that this section seemed to be on guarding your mouth and gaining wisdom. It’s quite difficult to summarize the whole, but that was my takeaway. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

In the mean time, let’s take a peek at each chapter. Ready?

Chapter 10

I feel like we’ve truly arrived in Proverbs land; haven’t we? Each verse is so rich and all the way through chapter 10, verse after verse, we discover truth after truth. There is so much in every chapter, but the verse I tweeted out on the 10th was:

This verse arrived in perfect time for me. Love it when God does that!

Chapter 11

Several verses in Proverbs 11 mention guarding your mouth and using it properly. I meditated on the second half of verse 25:

and one who waters will himself be watered.

When we offer encouragement to others, we find ourselves encouraged! Isn’t that powerful?

If using words effectively is an issue for you, be sure to check out Karen Ehman’s latest book, Keep It Shut, up for giveaway in yesterday’s post.

Chapter 12

More words of wisdom are contained in chapter 12 and the ones that spoke to me the most loudly were those on controlling the tongue. Yesterday I shared with you one of those verses, but the other one that I thought about throughout the day of reading this chapter was Proverbs 12:25.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Proverbs 12:25

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There is so much power in a good word! I’ve seen this principle come to life through my personal use of 20 Things to Say to Encourage Your Husband and 20 Things to Say To Encourage Your Children.

Chapter 13 

I can hardly believe that half of this month is over. In thinking about all the goals and planning that are known to be a part of the beginning of a new year, I found it interesting that two verses in this chapter sort of mimicked  one another.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. v. 12

A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. v. 19

Staying focused on how it is going to feel when we reach that goal, that dream, that plan… no matter what it is, can propel us forward to actually reaching that goal.

Chapter 14

This chapter is packed with wisdom and every verse offers incredible wisdom. The verse in this chapter that resonated with me was really only half of a verse.

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. v. 23

For some reason those words “mere talk” really stood out to me. We can talk about it all day long. No matter what “it” is. But until we put the work behind it, talk is cheap and will bring no worth.

Chapter 15

Chapter 15 contains many verses on controlling our mouths and obtaining wisdom. There are many nuggets of truth in this chapter and I found it interesting that physical body parts, specifically the ear, the heart, and the tongue, often provide the visual image for the meaning behind the truth. Solomon had a unique style of writing these pithy sayings and yet his overall intention in writing Proverbs is clear. I felt that the last verse of this chapter summed up the reading very well so far:

The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. v. 33

Wow- we covered an enormous amount of material in a week! But I’d love to hear about your study. Take a moment and choose one or two of these questions to answer and share with the rest of us.

Did you feel a “theme” to the chapters you read, perhaps something that continually popped out at you during the reading?

How important do you think Solomon feels it is to use positive words in everyday life? Is there a particular person in your life with whom you find this most difficult? You don’t need to share who, but perhaps you could share why you have realized you have power in the words you choose.

Was there a particular verse that stood out to you in chapter 15?

Looking forward to learning from you all. Have a fabulous Friday!

Rachel

If You’ve Ever Wished for A Zipper on Your Lips…

** Post includes a book giveaway for Karen Ehman’s new book: Keep It Shut!

Words. I love them so much. They carry weight and authority. They can beautifully display love and affection. But oh when they slip out without a filter, how dangerous and damaging it can be! This week as we’re reading through the 2015 Bible Reading Challenge and reading the book of Proverbs for the month of January, I couldn’t help but notice all the verses that speak about the value of words and our mouths.

and one who waters will himself be watered.Proverbs 11:25b

 

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but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18b

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The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Proverbs 15:28

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If you’ve ever wished for a zipper for your lips, then you are not alone. My awesome friend, Karen Ehman, has written a new, fabulous book, Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing At All. I read the pre-release version of this awesome book and I’m reading it for the second time right now. Karen has a witty way with words that make this book such a fun read, yet her experience in learning how to use words shines right into our lives too.

This trailer video clip displays the depth and unique style of this book. Take a peek at the Keep It Shut book trailer:

kis.book_ (1)This book will teach you:

The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend

A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media

How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person

How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off

What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt

I personally am looking forward to an opportunity to do the accompanying Bible study and small group DVD series for this book in the spring or summer!

To find the Keep It Shut book or the Keep It Shut small group DVD and material, click on the links.

And now today I’m privileged to give away a copy of this awesome book! To enter, follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow with a summary of Proverbs 10-15 as we continue on with the 2015 Bible Reading Challenge!

Which is harder for you: filtering the words you speak or the words you type? How do you manage those words?

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30 Ways to Read Your Bible More

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Today I was thinking about all the excuses I’ve used in past years not to read my Bible. Honestly, I’m embarrassed when I think over them. “I just don’t have enough time.” Really? Did I have enough time to update my social media status? Then… Yeah, I know you get it. So instead of beating myself up when I mess up and fail to take the time to do what is really important to me- growing spiritually- then I decided to be more proactive in reading my Bible. Think of all the ways to read your Bible more!

How do we create habits? By consistently doing them- good or bad. Honestly, I love to be disciplined in good habits. I feel empowered when I am consistently following through with the goals I’ve set, no matter what they are. So today I’m sharing the ways I’ve found to read my Bible more and maybe you’ll find a couple methods that will work for you too! Here we go:

1. Keep a Bible in your purse or pocket.

2. Use a Bible app on your smartphone.

3. Sign up for Bible reading plan emails.

4. Read your Bible during waiting times, perhaps in the parent pickup line for school or the doctor’s office waiting room.

5. Listen to the Bible on audio during commute.

6. Decorate your walls with Scripture art.

7. Keep a chalkboard in the kitchen for a daily Scripture verse.

8. Use a perpetual calendar with Scripture for your office desk or dining room table.

9. Wear jewelry with a Bible verse.

10. Use BibleScreen.com for all your digital device screens.

11. Keep Bible memory verse cards handy.

12. Use Scripture Typer for Bible memory verse fun.

13. Listen to Scripture in song.

14. Keep a Scripture journal and simply write one verse a day from the passage you are reading. (I’m doing this for Proverbs now!)


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15. Post a verse to your social media.

16. Read the Verse A Day from KLove Radio- also available as an email subscription!

17. Enjoy a Bible Verse of the Day on Facebook.

18. Check out the Verse for the Day from my awesome friends at What’s in the Bible?

19. Create your own Bible reading plan with Logos .

20. Read through the book of Proverbs in a month by reading one chapter a day.

21. Choose one of my printable Bible reading plans designed for children and read together as a family.

22. Follow @Daily_Bible on Twitter to read a Bible verse a day in your Twitter feed.

23. Use a weekly or daily planner that includes a Scripture at the top of the page.( like mine!)

24. One of my favorites- keep the Promise Box – Our Daily Bread in a handy location for daily reading.

25. Join a Bible study group in your church, community or online.

26. Have a cup of Scripture tea and meditate over the verse.

27. Play a Bible board game.

28. Do a Bible word search.

29. Keep a Bible on your nightstand and read one verse each night just before bed.

30. Download an app that specifically includes a Bible verse a day; there are many to choose from!

Bonus! Just saw this beautiful calendar from Dayspring that would be another perfect addition to read more Bible daily.
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I’d love to hear from you today!

Which idea is your favorite? What method have you found to read more Scripture on a daily basis?

Have a marvelous Monday!

Rachel

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