in the word: Proverbs 15

I am a pastors wife and will be the first to  admit that reading my bible takes a back seat when days get  chaotic. Convicted of my lack of priority given to my time to study God's Word I am now using Max's nap time to get a few minutes in alone to read the Word and to pray.  The days when I am moody, tired, and discouraged are the ones where I acknowledge the malnutrition of my soul, the need to hear God's story and where I am in it.

To my fellow moms who trust in Christ alone for their salvation. I know that there are seasons where we are excited to study the bible and times when we cannot get the energy to even fold the laundry. But the value and encouragement I have received in setting aside time each day to read has been invaluable.

Proverbs 15:1 -5 " A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly, The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. "

This verse reminds me of when I do watch my tongue with my husband or family members but even more so with my kids. Most of my time is spent with them at home and after a long and tiring day the first thing I let my guard down on is my tongue. I am not talking about swearing or demeaning them, but my tone and response are not always the right reaction.  I have quickly learned that my kids best respond to me when I am wise with my words and soft spoken, the same way I like to be spoken to. 

It is easy to read scripture and see how often we sin against our spouse or neighbor. But even as moms we sin against our children by our tongue and actions. My prayer is that I would be patient with them and show them how we can please God with our words and deeds towards each other. By asking my kids for forgiveness and showing them mom's need grace to I am able to demonstrate them a sliver of what it is like to be forgiven in Christ.