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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pause and Ponder Joy-filled Words

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Before you answer that question, ponder your words! J

            Do you ever speak before you think?  I guess we all do that at times…some of us more often than others.  The Bible tells us to be “quick to listen and slow to speak”.  Several passages address speaking too soon. We are cautioned to be diligent in choosing our words wisely.  To get all the facts & put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. We should listen carefully before we jump to any conclusions.  The best thing we can do is to take a minute to pray before we speak; that would certainly avoid a lot of trouble regarding our words.  

             Proverbs 31 Speaker and author, Karen Ehman, suggests two habits that we should develop. She says:

  •   Perfect the art of pause.

  •  Ponder what the other person said (as we examine the facts.)

        Pausing throughout a conversation….maybe even purposefully counting to ten…gives us
time to examine our words and think about what we should say. Pondering helps us to hold our tongue & keeps us from jumping to conclusions before we have all the facts. As Proverbs 18:13 wisely reminds us:

“The one who gives an answer before he listens—this is foolishness and disgrace for him.”

             Let’s listen first, be slow to speak, and be joyfully kind to others.

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