Good morning Beloved. 

Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” This verse kicks off a chapter full “this is good/but this isn’t” advice. Over the years I have made a habit of watching how people talk; the tone they use. Does it cause peace or does it irritate? My dear mother raised her voice at us a lot. That was her way. I carried that in to my marriage with Steve but right away he confronted me by saying “That’s not the way I was brought up. You need to reevaluate the way you are speaking to me and the kids”. WHAM! I never thought about it because it was what I knew. Boy did I work hard to change that bad habit. Lots of prayer went in to that one because it was in the fabric of my upbringing! Fast forward to today I look back over my marriage and see what a difference a gentle answer has made and how working on my speech and the way I talk to people has brought a blessing, not anger. Give it some thought. How do you speak in general? Is your tone sarcastic, cutting, harsh? Is it gentle, affirming but firm when it needs to be? Are you in the habit of yelling at your husband, kids, pets, or friends? Listen to God’s word and try like I did to break bad habits. “Think before you speak” is sound advice. Once words and the way you say them are out you can not take them back. Be encouraged! Be a blessing. ❤

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