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5 Days to Sweet & Salty Speech

Welcome to those who popped over after reading my Proverbs 31 devotion called The Day I Couldn’t Shut Up. {Click here if you haven’t read it}

If you need a little help knowing when to pipe up and when to shut up, sign up for my free resource 5 Days to Sweet & Salty Speech. It takes five characters from the Bible to teach five lessons for our lips! Each day’s devotion comes automatically to your email inbox for five consecutive days starting with the day you sign up.

Click here to sign up.

And now a giveaway!!!

Your mouth ever gotten you in a tangled-up mess?

Maybe its time you adopted a new rule of tongue.

KEEP.IT.SHUT.coverGot words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day—not to mention the ones she types online. Karen Ehman—a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble— shares from experience the how’s (and how-not-to’s) of dealing with the tongue in her new book Keep It Shut . Using biblical examples, as well as Karen’s own personal (and sometimes painful!) stories, Keep It Shut will equip you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you’d better just keep your lips zipped!

This book will teach you:

  • The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friendKEEP.IT.SHUT.study
  • 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

There is also a six-week DVD Bible study with workbook for group or individual use.

Leave a comment about a time you talked too much (or maybe when you didn’t say anything and should have!) and you could win the book, Bible study DVD, and one study guide. Winner announced Monday.

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  1. “…but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
    ??I Timothy? ?4?:?12?, ?15?-?16?

  2. I need to learn how to say more positive encouraging words to my husband and to my kids. This is a hard thing for me to do for some reason. Sometimes I feel like I’m an officer barking out orders and instructions, fix this, do this better, etc….I need help with this especially when words of affirmation are one of my daughter and husband’s love language.

  3. Boy, do I need this last year. I have been learning how grumbling and complaining is really about an ungrateful heart. I do what I say I won’t, I pray for God to help me to have my words be acceptable to Him, and still I go with my mouth in high gear. I often have problems in thinking of just the right words to say anyway.

  4. I, um, flat out told someone that I didn’t like her because she was a horrible, cruel person and the day she ended our friendship without consulting with me (6 years earlier) was the day she lost all privilege to speak in my life and state her opinion on things related to me…..:-(
    That was the first time I had spoken to her about that subject in 6 years. It had been suggested to me that I tell her how she had hurt me as an attempt to help me forgive and break free from the past. Well, I was called on the carpet by another friend (there as a witness and support) for the words I spoke and the manner in which I spoke. I realized later that I wanted her to hurt as bad as she hurt me. Regardless, I still had to take responsibility and apologize for the hurtful words that I spoke out of anger and bitterness.

  5. Oh wow!! I tend to open mouth, insert foot way more times then I’d like especially with my kids and the students that come through my classroom on daily!! Just last week one my students asked me a question about homosexuality and before praying about the right thing to say, I quickly gave my opinion and it turned into a discussion I really didn’t think was appropriate for math class. :(

  6. There have been many times in the past that I’ve spoke too soon and regretted it terribly. I believe the Holy Spirit will continue to help me use my tongue for his glory if I ask. Only through the power of God’s spirit will we be made overcomers…that continues to be my prayer.

  7. I should have known that when your husband is the music minister you live your life in a fish bowl. I said something to a woman that was intended to show support of my husband. It got twisted around by this woman, blew up in our face, and we ended up leaving the church. Be careful what you say and to whom!

  8. I don’t talk very much as it is, but my husband and children are avid ramblers and will talk my ears off…so after my frustration builds i say things that i don’t really mean. I would like to be able to be engaged in their conversation and not be aggravated because they don’t take a breath.

  9. Often it is my family that I hurt the most with my words. At home they “have” to accept me and so I don’t filter my words. I use a lot of sarcasm and lots of times my boys miss the sarcasm and it becomes hurtful. I apologize to my children frequently and mainly because of my words.

  10. God used your post on Proverbs 31 to speak to me about a trial coming up in my life later that morning. Unfortunately I didn’t listen even though I saw it coming. I chose to go crashing in and “attack” my problem like I always have with verbal assaults and angry words. Words I will always regret because my one opportunity to shine God’s light to others was extinguished by my lack of control. I wish I could say that later that day I’d learnt my lesson but again I didn’t. My anger spread to those I love the most and I became a critical, hurtful mess. I wish I had listened to God working through you and your ministry. My sinful self needs to learn this lesson of control once and for all.

  11. I tend to keep things in sometimes when I should probably speak up – I don’t like confrontation!! I realize that not every conversation has to be “confrontation”, but that’s what often ends up happening!! And then on the other spectrum – I sometimes say things (often in anger or haste) to my kids or my husband that I probably should have “kept shut”!! Ahhhh – the joys of being human!

  12. It seems I’m either talking too much about my opinion or not saying anything. My husband and I are going through one of those periods of being irritated with each other. After 36 years I know it will pass, especially when I close my lips and pray instead. The other day he said something. I had stacked some branches together in the yard for him to take to the curb. Instead of the thanks I expected, he asked why I didn’t take them to the curb. So my response was if I ever did anything right. Yes, that led to confession and prayer.

  13. When I’m angry, I often say hurtful things to my family. I’m praying to learn to hold my tongue and say nothing in the mist of anger.

  14. My mouth often gets me in trouble. Recently my sarcastic comment that I said jokingly really offended someone. It’s difficult for me to realize that my words/humor doesn’t always convey my heart…I pray that a book like this can help me reflect love & grace every time I open my mouth.

  15. ThIs post is all me, my entire life. I’m still battling this problem at (almost) 45 yrs old. I want to do better but i take more steps backwards than forward. I need this book!

  16. I can’t count the number of times when I have spoken too much!! This is one area that I really need to work on. I speak before I think and it’s gotten me in trouble quite a few times.

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