Several months ago, I learned that there was a Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study study that was going to use the book Keep It Shut, by Karen Ehman. Just the title alone had me attracted to this book. After all, I really do not know when to keep my own mouth shut.
It just so happens that at the same time this book was released back in January 2015, I was placed in a situation at work where I needed to be extra careful with my words. There was an individual being placed into my office (literally the cubicle next to me) that could likely frustrate me the moment I stepped into the office. Here was my prime opportunity to practice keeping it shut!
However, I did not get very far with the study itself. As I often do, I fell quickly behind and gave up trying to keep up with the study and read this book at my own pace. Instead of keeping it shut at work, I tended to simply avoid any situation that I thought I might have to be extra careful. This can be super challenging considering the person in the cubicle next to me was always right there next to me.
“Spending time in God’s Word shapes our hearts – it keeps us on the path of knowledge, which includes knowing the truth behind our motives.” – Keep It Shut, by Karen Ehman
It took me several months to finish this book. Keep It Shut is full of great tips on when to keep our mouths shut and when not to. It’s all about being aware of those around us and the emotions and feelings we may hurt. It’s also about saying things when we should, but with grace and forgiveness.
After reading Keep It Shut, I’ve learned that scripture is very detailed about how we use our words. Isn’t it amazing that a book written centuries ago can still apply to life today?
“Spending time both reading and memorizing verses from Proverbs is a practical step anyone can take to tame the tongue.” –Keep It Shut, by Karen Ehman
Keep It Shut is a perfect book for anyone who communicates with other people. Wait a minute, that means you, too! I highly recommend reading this book for parents, siblings, managers, employees, anyone that has to deal with anyone. It is so easy to really say what we’re thinking and feeling without any care for how it will affect those around us. But the moment we step out of our own shoes and into someone else’s, we can better shape the words that we say.