The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up,
and he let none of his words fall to the ground.
1 Samuel 3:19
A blanket of ginger-hued leaves blanketed my lawn that just the evening before was summer green. It was as if they made a pact with one another to fall on the same night. When one fell, all the rest followed.
Talking to my teens can be like that. As my parenting daylight gets shorter, I communicate with greater urgency. My intention is good but sometimes I allow a whole pile of words to fall, when a few would be sufficient. I need a reminder that...
When words are many, sin is not absent.
Just as God made Samuel's words count, I need to trust Him to make mine count in the hearts and lives of my children.
Do you ever find yourself saying more than is necessary? How do you keep a limited word count?