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Simply Smile, Nod, and Keep Your Mouth Shut

So, while you smile and nod, ask the Lord what HE wants you to say and when He wants you to say it.


I was recently asked what was the best advice I’ve ever been given. The thought came to me quickly, smile and keep your mouth shut.

Perhaps that doesn’t sound like very good advice to you, but think about it for a minute.

How many times has your mouth gotten you in trouble?

Scripture warns us to let our words be few.

Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips [is] wise. NKJV

Ecclesiastes 5:2 – Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God [is] in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.

So, while you smile and nod, ask the Lord what HE wants you to say and when He wants you to say it.

Once again I want to share with you some interesting sites I found this week.

I recently read Honoring a Child Born to Heaven and was able to share it with a friend who had recently had a miscarriage. She said she found it very helpful so I wanted to let you know about it in case you might want to purchase it for yourself or for a friend.

Hope In Every Season

I was blessed by this article at Proverbs 31

Finding Joy in the Journey,


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  • Tyson @ Uplifting Love
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Taming our tongue is so difficult but so important. The other day I got upset with my son and said something that I now regret. Hopefully he won’t remember it but I will. It’s moments like that when I recommit to being better.

    Also, I’m happy to be your newest follower! I’d love it if you could take a second to check out my blog and follow me back 🙂

    Thanks so much,
    Tyson @

    • Phyllis
      Posted June 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      I’ve found that I need to ask forgiveness of my children when I speak inappropriately to them. Instead of making me look bad like I thought it would, it taught them how we all need to be forgiven on a regular basis and its a good process in that it restores relationships. Hopefully they will be good forgivers!

      Welcome as my newest follower! I will certainly visit your site too. Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings, Phyllis

  • Tyson @ Uplifting Love
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Taming our words

  • Julie
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    That really is good advice and has served me well many times. 🙂
    Thank you for linking up on my blog –! It was such a blessing to me that you did. I have the Counting Our Blessings link up every Tuesday so please come by again!
    Blessings – Julie

    • Phyllis
      Posted June 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Thanks Julie. I’ll certainly be around.

  • Nannette and The Sweetheart
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Amen! I always pray for the Lord to put a watchman at the door of my mouth!! And then to not let him fall asleep! lol. Thanks for the gentle reminder 🙂

    • Phyllis
      Posted June 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM


  • momstheword
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I always pray for God to guard my husband’s mouth as he gets up to preach, and MY mouth when I go to lead my women’s Sunday School class. I just want Him to be glorified, not me. But I also just need Him because I don’t want to stick my foot in my mouth, lol!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 🙂

    • Phyllis
      Posted June 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      What a great idea – I’m reminded to pray for my husband more often. Thanks.

  • Rachel
    Posted June 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    My motto is usually more like smile, nod, and pretend to understand LOL

    Yours is much more positive though. Great post, thanks for sharing. Sometimes the simplest advice is the hardest to take!

    • Phyllis
      Posted June 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      I speak from experience in this post. Once its out of your mouth no amount of apologies can take it back. I often ask the Lord to keep His hand over my mouth, especially when I’m going into situations where I know I’ll be tempted.

      Thanks for sharing.

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