Tag: Words

Before You Hit Send by Emerson Eggerichs [Book Review]

Ouch.

This is how I’d sum up Before You Hit Send. I can’t express how timely this book is.

Is it true?

Is it kind?

Is it necessary?

Is it clear? 

This book is compact with wisdom on how to communicate effectively with the above four questions in mind. Do you ask yourselves these questions before you “hit send”?  Words are powerful and the way we communicate matters. Thinking before we speak should be a habit led wholly by the Holy Spirit.

Before You Hit Send is best read slowly and be ready to be convicted. So much of our life is consumed with information and interaction. I’ve found myself thinking before I speak more carefully after reading this book. No one will get it 100% right, but this book is a helpful guide.

This wasn’t in my top five favorite books of the year, but it was definitely useful.

If you struggle with any area of healthy communication, this book is recommended.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Author of Our Words

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“I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” – Psalm 81:10

Something y’all don’t know about me is when I’m irritable, I get angry. And when I’m angry, I’ll pop off at the mouth. Sometimes it’s within a few moments after reading scripture, sometimes hours later. Either way, it’s like whatever God told me goes out the window the moment I’m upset.  Yesterday for some reason I was irritated. I think I’m tired and need to slow down. I’m also hormonal so every frustration heightens.

This morning’s reading reminded me I should think before opening my mouth.

My thoughts and words are often careless and I’m not exactly the best person to be around in those moments. I let things bottle up too long and without thinking about it, I explode and hurt those close to me. I know how God wants me to act and live, but I have a hard time controlling my tongue and temper.

This is not an easy thing to admit, especially as a woman who wants to follow the Lord in all her ways.  But, I mess up.  I want God to fill my mouth with His words and exhibit more self-control if He’s not.

God should be the author of our words. 

Is He the author of yours?

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