A Good Quiet

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Today's reading: Proverbs 29:11

I'm a talker. So it makes sense that I'm drawn to proverbs that address words and speech. Our words are powerful. So this week, we're going to take a short break from Genesis and the story of Abraham and Sarah and look at a variety of verses in Proverbs that have to with what we say and how we say it. Today I selected Proverbs 29:11.

"A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back."

What a good reminder that when we find ourselves leaning toward an argument, in the middle of an emotional circumstance or dealing with a person who is difficult or sensitive, our best course of action is to keep our words in check.

I've been on both sides of the fence--I've vented fully and I've chosen to stay quiet and hold my tongue. Without a doubt, quietly holding back has proven itself to be the better response.

So what's your experience been with "quietly holding back"? If someone asked you to explain this verse, what would you tell them? What helps you keep your words in check when you feel like venting fully? Tami

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ive been on both sides also and have found holding back is much better and most of the time you have a different outlook on the situation when you do.

I'd like to think that we've all learned at least a bit from experience here. Having been burned by opening our mouths, it should be easier to choose to keep our mouths closed.

Just today I had the experience of quietly holding back when someone expressed an opinion that is offensive to me. I am so glad I did. There is a time to speak up and a time to be silent--may God give me the wisdom to know the difference.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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