I don't always say what I'm reading, but this book is just too good not to share. I've been a follower of Karen Ehman on Instagram for quite some time, but don't think I've read anything she's authored. She's part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries group of ladies. Since I was able to get her book in the Kindle version for $2.99, I couldn't pass it up, and I'm so grateful that I didn't. Here are a few of the things I've highlighted so far......
"Father, I face another day in which I will be called upon to use my words wisely and well. May they encourage those who listen. May they speak truth but also be said in love. May I pause before I pounce. May I be bold enough to speak when I would rather run away. Lord, I give my mouth to you today. May what comes forth be sweet and not bitter. May the journey each word takes from my mind to my heart to my lips be guided by your hand. May what comes out be life-giving rather than causing death. May my words make you proud and bring you glory. In Jesus’name, Amen."
"But the most important thing is responding to the Holy Spirit’s tap on my heart when he whispers to me, urging me not to say something I’m about to blurt out or nudging me to speak up when I instead want to remain silent . Caring for my heart in those moments means asking the Holy Spirit to give me wisdom — to keep silent when that is best, or to give me the right words to say when I just can’t seem to find them."
"How I use my words, whether for good or for evil, can often, although not always, be traced back to the quality time I am (or am not) spending with the Lord each day, how intentional I am about investing in my relationship with him, and whether or not I am taking steps to become more like his Son, Jesus Christ."
"Long before our words go wrong, our hearts are the place in which they fester and brew. We must take very careful care of our hearts and their condition so that the words that come forth will be pleasant and sweet instead of hurtful and bitter. But just how do we do this?"
These are just a few of the quotes (and prayer) that I've highlighted so far and I've only just begun reading the book.
I believe I'm gonna be able to glean a lot from Ms. Karen's writing!!!
Breathing in Grace,