The Power of a Praying Wife: Chapter 24 – His Talk
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For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37
I worked in the construction industry for twelve years. For twelve years, I was surrounded, day in and day out, with men working in a man’s environment. The language that was peppered throughout my place of employment on a daily basis would make a sailor blush. It was such a part of my daily life that I didn’t even hear it. There was one man with whom I worked who could use a curse word five times in a sentence: as the noun, adjective, adverb, pronoun, and verb. It was nearly comical.
While I didn’t speak that way (strangely since I was so immersed in it) when I started writing books, it showed up there. When someone was frustrated, out popped a curse word. When someone was excited, out popped a curse word. When I met Gregg and we talked writing, he said that he’d written 300,000 words in his saga and not a single curse word could be found. I was intrigued. How could someone convey depth and ranges of emotions without cursing?
When I first switched my writing to Christian, that was something I had the hardest time with. I would pause with my fingers over the keyboard and try to determine what else someone could say. Part way through the first book, it started coming easier. But, now when I read what I’ve written in the passed, I’m embarrassed at the poor writing that is sprinkled with cursing as an easy out.
Read chapter 24 of The Power of a Praying Wife and consider the following discussion questions. They are also posted on the forum at Hallee’s Daily Brew here, but the comments are open on this post if you prefer to discuss it here.
1. Ecclesiastes 10:12 says: The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up. Do you feel that the words that come from your husband’s mouth are generally good or sometimes foolish? Have his words ever hurt you? Have you had to forgive him for his words?
2. Ephesians 4:29 says: Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Write this Scripture as a prayer over your husband.
3. Do you feel your husband is a man of truth? To what degree is he or isn’t he?
4. Psalm 34:12-13 says: Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. In light of this Scriputre, what is a good reason to pray for your husband to be a man who speaks truth?
5. Matthew 15:11 says: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Have you seen your husband’s words bring negative results into his own life?
6. Proverbs 15:23 says: A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! What can we derive from the words we speak? Does your husband need more of that in his life? Do you?
7. Read the prayer out loud on page 171 of The Power of a Praying Wife. Include specifics about your husband’s talk.
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