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Sep 30, 2010

Speaking with Kindness

 It was my turn this week to issue the challenge on Salt.  Please visit the Salt blog to see all the wonderful projects from the design team.  My post is copied below. 

I have been particularly burdened with verses about our speech lately. As often happens when you have children, I hear them making unkind comments, hear them yelling at each other or saying things that they shouldn't. I have been trying to impress upon them the need to speak to each other with kindness and love - or just not speak at all if that is not possible!

Personally I have always been convicted by Proverb 31:26 "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness." The note for that verse in the Geneva Study Bible says "Her tongue is a book by which one might learn many good things: for she delights to talk of the word of God." Ouch! Is my speech such that my children "learn many good things?" I desperately want that to be true!

In her book, The Virtuous Woman, Vicki Courtney has a whole chapter about speech. The last paragraph sums it up very nicely:
"A virtuous woman . . . speaks with wisdom because she wisely considers her words because she wisely considers her words before she opens her mouth. When in the presence of gossip or hearsay, the law of kindness remains on her tongue. With an awesome fear of the Lord, she is quick to remember ' that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken' (Matt. 12:36)."
If you'd like to participate in our challenge, please leave a link on the Salt blog.  Thanks for visiting!

Cardstock:  Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink), Naturals Ivory (SU!), Patterned Paper:  Jillibean Soup, Stamps: All Booked Up (Papertrey Ink), Ink: Memento, Accessories:  Ribbon (SU!), rhinestones (Taylor's Tiny Twinkles), gold paint pen, Spica pen, Copic markers.


  1. Oh, this topic was a doozey!! But so perfect, thank you!! And your ATC is adorable! Love the little book sweet!

  2. thanks for this challenge Julie - it has been good to mull over. And I adore the image with the little patterned bookmark :)

  3. THank you so much for this challenge, God really spoke to me on this! love your card too :)

  4. A great challenge, Julia and lovely crafting from you x


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