He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. (Prov. 21:23)I have been thinking about words all morning. My impatient words and response when a child expresses disappointment about what is in the lunchbox. Sibling’s words to each other that are driven by a selfish heart. Seeking words, that are looking for some TLC and attention. And words just used badly – grumbling, speaking back, mumbling, hurting words. Words said in truth but thoughtlessly. Proverbs 12:18 reminds us that “reckless words pierce like a sword.”
 As a parent I cannot be with my kids 24/7. There will be other influences and peers have a considerable impact. How do we also help our kids choose friends wisely when there may not be many to choose from? He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Prov. 13:20)

I am feeling in need of help today. My action plan is to be involved with them, listen, really listen to what is happening in their world, talk through their day, pray and ask God to protect them and grant them wisdom and me too.


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