Monday, 9 September 2013

Did I say that?

Sometimes when I consider the words that come out of my mouth, I am ashamed.  Did I have to use that tone?  Did I have to shout like that?  Was sarcasm (one of my strengths weaknesses) necessary?

I am challenging myself and this week to "think" before I speak.  I am challenging myself to gentle my tone.  I am challenging myself to have patience and grace.  I am challenging myself to speak with kindness.


Oh my word, what have I set myself up for?

Prov 15 v 1:  A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

Ephesians 4 v 29:  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Join me?

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with these lovely ladies:

29 comments:

  1. Hi Tracy...
    Oh my; a challenge I am faced with daily! If only I would learn to listen (completely!) first, and seek God's wisdom when considering my reply in certain situations. Much better than I used to be, but I continue to be a work in progress~ha!

    Have a wonderful new week!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise, I know what you mean, I wish I would learn first time too. I am also grateful that I am better at this than I used to be. Progress, Godly progress, is always good.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  2. I am so with you, Tracy! That is an ongoing dilemma! In process. By Grace!

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    1. Hi Dawn, absolutely, a day to day struggle! Only God can help me because my emotions can be very fragile sometimes. Lol
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. Dear Tracy
    How easily those nasty, impatient words can find their way to hurt another! Let us ask our Lord Jesus to be The Lord of our words as well and to stop us before we speak words that will only hurt!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Hi Mia, amen, ask the Lord to be Lord of our words, I like that.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  4. What a great example to follow! Thanks for posting this today! Blessings, Joan

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    1. Hi Joan, I post these things because I NEED the reminder, lol
      Thanks for commenting :)
      God bless my friend
      Tracy

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  5. I really needed to hear this today!! My struggle with my words, tone and attitude today stem from a choice my precious child has made and while I see destruction, she sees victory......Oh boy!!! This will be a tough challenge for me, but one I need to make. Thank you!!!

    Blessings my friend!!!
    xoxox

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    1. Hi Stacey, I know what you mean. My words have been sorely tested and I have failed miserably so much work needs to be done here on me too. Praying for you and your daughter
      God bless
      Tracy

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  6. The battle to watch our words is a constant one.

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    1. Hi Wanda, so true, sigh. Thanks for visiting. I'm coming over to visit back
      God bless
      Tracy

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  7. Taming the tongue - I am convinced that God is the ONLY one capable of doing that. Asking Him for His help in watching what I say. Sometimes keeping silent is the better road.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, that is such a great point. I am constantly getting into trouble with my tongue, so glad to see that only the Lord can help me with this :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. Hi Tracy! So funny that you would write about this topic! I just wrote a blogpost that included getting irritated and saying/thinking things that are not very nice.And where does that get me anyway?

    I know that I respond so much better to kindness than anger. Better to think twice and maybe three times before speaking.

    Good word today :)
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, so true what you say, where does it get us anyway? Sigh... But at the end of the day the thing is to keep keeping on and not give up. God does change us slowly but surely
      God bless
      Tracy

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  9. Tracy - Ugh, that small bit in our mouth, directing our lives, can lead us so wrong at times. Amazing how something as small as a rudder can turn the coarse of our lives in a completely wrong direction if we let it! Have a great week Tracy! Thanks for the reminder that "less truly can be more"...something that I will probably forever be learning! ;)

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  10. I struggle with this too. I loath sarcasm, especially when it comes from my mouth. Why can't I just keep it shut? : ) I do find I have better days when I've spend time with the Lord first.

    Great post!

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  11. Love it Tracy. I have felt the same, ashamed at something I have said. I want my words to be uplifting and pleasing to Him.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless.

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  12. Oh boy, words, they really do have the power to destroy or lift up, don't they? So powerful. Taming the tongue has always proven to be more difficult than anticipated. Great reminder about the power of words!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your pledge for this week with us here at "Tell Me a Story." You are in good company, because I often act and speak and repent afterwards. One thing when we seek to change is that if we listen - - the Holy Spirit will warn us before hand - - so be aware of his presence.

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  14. Thanks for this post! Clear and biblical. This is e great reminder for me.

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  15. Love this! To be kind, compassionate, and merciful... If we all would strive for this, we would see a lot less wounded people. I enjoyed this post! I'm visiting from The Weekend Brew:).

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  16. I thought you might like this...
    Before you speak, THINK:
    T = is it true?
    H = is it helpful?
    I = is it inspiring?
    N = is it necessary?
    K = is it kind?

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  17. Oh yes, I definitely need to join you in this. I ask myself that multiple times each week unfortunately. Sometimes I allow my emotions to boil over and it's no excuse.

    Blessings,
    Nicole @ WKH

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  18. I face this battle every day! Thanks for the reminder.

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