If You’re ‘Just Sayin’

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Today, we welcome Nicole Burke to Hungry For More. Nicole and I met before she became a Burke and had far too many similarities to remain just acquaintances. She has a passion for the Word, the Father and the Church.


Nicole blogs regularly at her own site Burning Bushes and after today’s post, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to add her into your favorites listing. Oh and did I mention, she does all this while raising four under the age of five? Yeah, she’s a treasure….



All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  James 3:7-8


I’ve always been the type that enjoys being boss.  In school, I had no desire for the secretary or treasurer positions, it was President I was after.  I couldn’t just be cheerleader, I needed to be the captain.  And with work, I’ve always been happiest as a team leader.


I like leading my children, leading a Bible study, leading a workshop…but for some reason, I just can’t seem to lead my mouth.


I think the sin I confess most often is the one of an unruly tongue.  For me, there’s no such thing as ‘just sayin.’  When I just say something, I just say the wrong thing. And Christ doesn’t seem to take the thing lightly.


But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.  Matthew 12:36


The truth is, there’s just no way I’m going to get this tongue under control.  James said so.  The only hope for these words of mine comes from the Word Himself. Listening to Him talk in the gospels reminds me that even He didn’t try to be boss of His mouth.


For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.  John 12:49



Save us from ‘just sayin.’  Instead, let us read your word, know your word, and let your word guide our own. Save me from empty and careless words and let me let you speak instead.