The longer I that I'm a wife and mama the more I realize that I'm far too skilled at talking. So often I should be listening instead. Rehearsing this verse daily is helping:
"The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on folly." ~Proverbs 15:14 (NASB)
Here's what I've written on the 3X5 index card I return to each day:
Seek to love.
Seek to understand.
Listen, rather than talking.
Listen, rather than interrupting.
Listen, rather than inserting your opinion.
Listen, rather than trying to persuade.
Listen, seeking knowledge.
Listen...trusting God with the circumstance.