As I was driving home the other night, flipping through local radio stations, I heard an advertisement for an upcoming seminar titled "Words from a Wise Woman". The title caught my attention, and immediately brought to mind Proverbs 31 ... until I heard further explanation of the event. The featured speaker is an entrepreneur in business and has risen fast and far in her field. The evening's purpose is to allow other women to hear "how it's done" and to be encouraged as they pursue the top of the ladder in their field of interest.
Continuing down the road toward home, I wondered if anyone would pay to come listen to me share words of any kind ... or if they would classify me as a wise woman. My tongue has always conspired to get me in trouble ... whether I'm talking to my kids, or my husband, or co-workers, or friends. I'm not sure I could say that wise words always come from my mouth!
There is a book that sits on my shelf titled "Words That Hurt Words That Heal", by Carole Mayhall. The binding is a little worn as I've had reason to read it over and over again. The synopsis of the book reads "Our mouths are supposed to be fountains of life (Prov. 10:11), but all too often they sound like babbling brooks."
It is so easy to get frustrated with parenting, or with homeschooling, or just with life in general. I don't know about you, but that daily frustration often expresses itself in my words. Mayhall's book is just over 100 pages in length and a very easy read ... but oh so necessary. In fact, instead of attending that seminar next week to hear "Words From a Wise Woman", I think I'll curl up with this book once again and be reminded that when God's wisdom fills my heart, it will overflow into my conversation.
Still on the journey
When a good man speaks, he is worth listening to, but the words of fools are a dime a dozen. Proverbs 10:20