Shutting Up is Maturing…



In the past few days, I have been an emotional roller coaster. The funny thing is, it left as fast as it came. I realize that I had the sense enough to pray and speak to someone who is not only biblically wise, but practically wise as well.  I am a sensitive person. There is no getting around the power of my emotions, good or bad. I have slowly grown into a place where I can refrain from speaking out of a 100% emotional place. Lost? I’ve learned not to speak every word that crosses my mind.


C  E  L  E  B  R  A  T  E !!


THAT is an accomplishment! Women have gotten a bad wrap for talking too much. It’s not any particular woman, just women in general. We’ve probably earned that little banner, but that’s not a good one to carry.  Only a food speaks everything on their mind!!! Don’t believe me? Head over to Proverbs 29:11 and take a gander. I once thought I was grown when I could give you a piece of my mind. I learned quickly that I was foolish. Foolish doesn’t have an age limit, a race, or even a gender. WE’VE ALL BEEN FOOLISH A TIME OR TWO. Maturity is learning when NOT to say something. When you have thoughts burning inside of you, it can be painful to restrain. When you THINK that you MUST speak, that’s probably when you shouldn’t. Emotional speakers do not taste their words before they say them.


A few days ago, I said a lot. I didn’t say every thought that crossed my mind, and it allowed me an opportunity to really listen. Always having something to say can sometimes indicate that you aren’t listening. (Practical exercise: go have a conversation and actively listen. Shut down the reflex to start forming a response as that person speaks. Do NOT interrupt anything being said. Only respond when you have been handed the floor. Come back and share your comments!!)


I was an emotional wreck on potential. The possibility of what I thought would be hard to say or not say. I spoke to wise counsel and I sought out HEAVENLY guidance. I ended up in the midst of peace in 24 hours.


God answers prayer and GROWTH is always welcome.




Words are puzzle pieces.

Have you ever wondered why pictures are worth a thousand words? Why language…as it advanced…was filled with more words than pictures? Why, as we grow older, our books are filled with more words and pictures seem to confined to book covers?

It’s a WORD that plays into your puzzle, into the conundrum of life. (Conundrum:
According to 1.
a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.
anything that puzzles.
Origin: 1590–1600; pseudo-L word of obscure orig.)

Words create our pictures! I can’t help but celebrate the fact that words are immortal! The Word of God, is written in the Bible. It has transcended ages…once orally spoken…then written to continue its mission.

It’s is in this vein that I address the WORDS coming out of our mouths! WHY, speak negative things into our lives? Some of us do it unconsciously. We’ve create this pattern for so many years that its an automatic response! RECONDITION your reactions!

Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue. Creation begins in the heart…out of your heart you speak. It’s time to create the fertile ground for greatness, SPEAK IT! When stuff happens, SPEAK AGAINST THE NEGATIVE. Practice today..just say positive things today! I promise the sheer positive energy of a great WORD environment will make you smile!

Ivy Out