Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

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Today’s Scattered Seeds

Quick to listen slow to speak

I’m a talker. I guess I didn’t realize I talk a lot until I met my husband who is a lot quieter than me. And then my son Graham came along–someone who’s a lot quieter yet.

“Why waste words when you don’t have to?” he says.

I suppose I look at words more like a box of crayons. Why settle for 8 when I can have a box of 96. 96 beautiful colors to brighten my world. And I do with non-stop colorful conversation throughout the day.

The thing is, I have to slow down sometime. I need to listen more than I speak which can be a challenge when you’re talking all day.

The Bible says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19, NIV)

Listening is more than simply opening your ears, it’s taking the time to consider the words of another.

It’s the difference between greeting someone at your door and inviting them into your home. When we entertain a person, we welcome them in, we show them respect, and we pay attention to them.

So it is with ideas and words. If we truly listen to someone we welcome their words, we respect what they say, and we pay attention to them.

The quicker we are to listen, the less likely we are to be angry, and the more likely we are to make peace. We don’t always have to agree with a person, but anger will never get us as far as patience and understanding will. And so we must practice showing our love, holding our tongues, and wisely choosing our words.

When we make listening and understanding our aim, we become valuable treasures in the lives of those around us. – Karen Ehman, Keep it Shut

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19, NIV)

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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife