So, on top of all that she accomplishes in the surrounding verses – working with her hands, planting a vineyard, reaching out to the needy, feeding and clothing her household – she retains control of her tongue. The words that proceed from her mouth are wise and her speech is kind. How often, when I am busy or distracted, do I allow my tone of voice to be short or my expressions to be harsh?
Since I am writing about this subject, I can guarantee that I will be tested in this area today. (It always seems to happen that way!) My desire is to pray, as David did in Psalm 141:3, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” As I fill my mind and thoughts with the praises and promises of God, it will be easier for the right things to proceed from my mouth. May I be up to the challenge today!
Post originally published on April 15, 2009.