Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak

James 1:19 - “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”
I have heard and pondered this verse many times. But Julie Ann Barnhill brought up an interesting point concerning this verse in her book She's Gonna Blow!.  In it she says, “When you begin putting this verse into practice, you will stop listening just so you can hear a pause where you can jump in.”

Ouch! I never realized what I was doing until I read this statement. But it is so true! In some conversations, I listen up until the point that I have something to say. At that moment, I simply listen for a pause so I can share my vast amount wisdom - or lack there of - or ask a question to further my understanding. 

Please tell me that I am not the only woman who does this. Actually, I know that I am not.

“Quick to hear.” Always ready to hear the words being said and to hear the meaning behind the words.

“Slow to speak.” Thinking before something is said, not as the words are being said.

Read more tips from Julie Ann's book here.  

Can you relate to my situation?

Thank you to Harvest House Publishing for allowing me to review this helpful book.  

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