In the Southern Baptist tradition and in their teaching of respecting elders, their children are taught to address women as “Miss”, and then their first names.

Ashley (the grand daughter that consistently gives me things to write about) has been named “Miss Mouth” by her babysitter. Not because she is loud, but because since she has learned to talk and communicate words clearly, she has not stopped talking.  It is extremely hard to get a word in edgewise.  She likes to have the final word.  (which has gotten her into many jackpots).

“Miss Mouth” is a term of endearment, and is funny.  However, as I thought more about it, I wondered if I could be labeled “Miss Mouth.” What is my prayer time like? Do I stop talking and listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit for my day, for direction or words of love, or do I have to have the final word?  How many jackpots have I gotten myself into because I wouldn’t stop talking or had to have the last word?

God has given us His Inspired Word as a guide to align our lives with.  His Word is clear and there is a purpose for how we are to live our lives.  What about having a “quiet and gentle spirit?” That is a hard one to accomplish if I am talking more than listening.  His Word tells me where my worth and value comes from.  However, there are many times I’m receiving my perception of my worth and value from the culture and not from His Word. Sometimes I allow the culture to speak louder to me than the Word of God.  His purpose in guiding us with His Word is to be an influence in someone’s life who may not know Jesus, to encourage each other, and bring honor to Him through how we live.   This only happens when I am quiet and listen at times for the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  Praise God for His patience, mercy, and grace.  Praise God for the Holy Spirit who lives in us to convict and reveal God’s will in our lives.

Is it time for some soul-searching in your life as well?  Could Miss Mouth fit your prayer life.  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal places in your life where maybe it is better to be quiet and just listen for God.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27

UPDATE:  As for Ashley today…..she still has plenty to say…..but God is using her mightily in so many ways, including her grandma’s sounding board from time-to-time.  What a blessing!

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