Choosing My Words
Radio Hostess: Lysa TerKeurst
Contributing Writer: Lysa TerKeurst

Why is it that I can be so kind to strangers and then - just seconds later - impatient and unkind to those I love most? Hi I’m Lysa TerKeurst for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Unfortunately that old saying is true, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” But I don’t want short fuses, quick tempers, and rushed conversations to be the legacy I build with my family. The Bible tells us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” My reactions to my family are a matter of choice not chance. I have to not only desire to be kind to the ones I love, but I have to choose to do so. I have to think about my words before I speak and ask myself, “Am I being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry?” Well, I know, it’s up to me to make it happen! For more family building ideas visit Proverbs 31 Ministries at

Related Resources:

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue, by Deborah Smith Pegues

"If Mama Ain't Happy" by Susanne Scheppmann, May 16, 2005 Devotion


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