My mouth.

It has gotten me into trouble more times than I can count.

From the time I was a child, I’ve said things that I just shouldn’t have.

And once I got married, boy, did I figure out just how much trouble my mouth could get me into and f~a~s~t!

But it’s also been one of my biggest blessings.

As a teacher, my mouth has been the vehicle God has used to bring understanding to many, and that’s a blessing.

My goal for my mouth is to use it only for God’s purposes.

I don’t think that’s too lofty a goal.  After all, James1:26 says,

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

For a while now, I’ve been drawn more frequently to the book of Proverbs.

The wisdom that is contained there is practical and applicable to daily life…short thoughts that get to the heart of the matter {or your heart} efficiently and without apology.

Lately, we’ve been talking about speaking positive things to and about our husbands.

So, here is a list of some of my favorite Proverbs concerning the mouth, lips, words, anger, with some extras thrown in just because I can!

Maybe one or more of these will speak to your heart about what you are thinking/saying/doing.

If any of these do minister to your heart, take them and write them down and claim them for yourself.  Then share them with others as opportunity presents!

A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.  Pr 16:23

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.  Pr 16:24

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Pr 16:32

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

A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.  Pr 11:16

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.  Pr 12:4

He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.  Pr 13:3

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  Pr 14:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Pr 15:1

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.  Pr 17:1

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.  Pr 17:28

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.  Pr 21:23

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.  Pr 25:11

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.  Pr 25:24

A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.  Pr 27:15-16

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.  Pr 29:11

With love and prayers for your great success,