Motivation Monday: Fast from criticism

It’s Motivation Monday and today’s challenge is one of words.

The Bible tells us to “watch your words and hold you’re tongue, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.” (Proverbs 21:23)  Let’s make this verse our motivation for today.

I’m committing to make today a day of fasting…fasting from critical words with my husband, children, and anyone else I interact with.

Anyone care to join me?




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14 thoughts on “Motivation Monday: Fast from criticism

  1. This comes at such an appropriate time for me. I have just discovered I have Type 1 diabetes, and I had been wondering how I could “fast” now since it is so important that I keep my sugar levels from dropping too low. I can still fast, and this one may be an even more important type of fast for me since I tend to run my mouth with ease! Thanks for the idea!!!

  2. I was opening my email today wanting to send you a critical email telling you that I miss marriage mondays, because I could use some good advice on how to deal with that relationship today, mostly because I was being critical of him. I wanted to open up an email telling me that guys think diffrently and we need to change them, or something to that effect, to make me feel good about my sour attitude.

    Doesn’t our God have a good sence of humor and timming!

    • Becky, thank you for your honesty. I love how God answered your unspoken prayer…certainly not the way you expected! He does have a great sense of humor and timing!

  3. Jill,

    What a great idea. I am reading this at 12:00 pm EST, but I will do this with you for the rest of the day. I need this constant reminder with my boys as I am playing single-Mom while my husband is away on deployment…everyday of course, but especially these days. Thank you sister for your thoughtful mothering/wife counsel.


  4. Jill, I LOVE it. My tongue often gets me into trouble!!!! I will never forget 2 years ago at the National H@H conference, finding out that I am an arsonist 🙁 Since then God has taken me on a journey…it’s been very raw, very open, and very hard. I am nowhere near “fixed” but I am so much more aware of my words!!!! I am trying to hard to reign in my thoughts before they become words, and those thoughts before they even come to be. Lots of time spent talking to God!!!!! Lots of time spent reading His Word!!!!!

  5. I didn’t think this would be too difficult, since most of what I say to my children is “correction” not criticism. Right? Except that now I’ve realized that even my best advice and most helpful correction is usually dispensed in a critical tone of voice, really, it’s very ugly. This is going to be harder than I thought.

    Thank you for the challenge though.

    • Good realization, Adie! You’re not alone…I think most of us struggle with a critical tone of voice. The first step in changing that is realizing it! You’re on your way!

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