Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
Think! Before you speak!
Spoiler alert! This mama doesn't always think before she speaks. I'm working on it - I
promise! Anyone else in this boat? Despite my best intentions, I let situations get the best of me and I blow up. But like I said, I'm working on it. Because I want to be better.
I recently read a book by one of my favourite Christian authors, Lisa Bevere, entitled “Be Angry, But Don’t Blow It!”. Though the book mainly deals with handling anger appropriately, it does talk about the fact that we need to learn how to control our thoughts and emotions, not to suppress them. It’s all in how we handle the situation when it arises – and it always requires us to think before we act.
But how do we know the right way of thinking?
I’m glad you asked.
James 1:5 says:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
First and foremost, God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge and all we have to do is ask.
Secondly, to measure that it is indeed good wisdom, James 3:17-18 says,
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
So Godly wisdom produces good outcomes. It is something that can be desired and it’s something that’s freely given. Let's look at King Solomon: over riches and honour, he chose to ask God for wisdom. God was so impressed with his heart’s desire that He did bless him with his infamous wisdom and knowledge and decided to give him the riches he didn’t ask for, so much more than any other king past or future would ever have. If that's not inspiring, then I don't know what is.
Do you need some wisdom today? Not sure what to do about your situation?
God’s ready to help you out – just ask! When we speak with God’s wisdom, we give honour to Him – so it’s a good daily practice to have. Ask for it. Use it. Daily. You've got nothing to lose! Be a woman of wisdom to those around you. Let it be wisdom that flows every time you open your mouth.