We’re sometimes challenged as to when to talk, and when to be silent. There are seasons when we need to speak/express, and seasons when we need to be in zip formation. Awareness and doing, of course, are two different things.

All of us have opened our mouths and said things out of season then came to regret our spoken words. Once the expressions are released, they can’t be erased from atmospheres. They’re out and doing whatever . . . . Sure, we can apologize, and on occasions, be forgiven, but truly, we don’t forget. Fall outs from such circumstances vary; they can be unpredictable.

I’m not able to count the times that I’ve misspoken and regretted. Other folks share those sentiments. There are some folks who have chronic “foot in mouth disease.” Yep, people with haphazard running “faucets” on regular rotation. There’s hope, though, because positive change is possible.

I’m deeply grateful to have learned to curb my tongue and expressions, and to engage with others who are wise in word usage. For some people, it comes naturally to be selective with their words. I admire the restraint modes. I, though, and other folks had to learn the art of communication restraints. Abstaining sure can prove best in certain circumstances.

Laughter and senses of humor can effectively be used to diffuse potentially charged or definitely charged situations. Yes, levity in mixes has proved successful. Timely comedic words can do just the right things to quell matters. Scripture tells us this in Proverbs 17:22 – KJV, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Yep, comedy can cut through the tensions.

Weighing our words and expressions is essential in our journeys of love for our Master Builder, the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – KJV
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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