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Sounds to Avoid: a dripping facet

July 16, 2012

Taps and Valves

Taps and Valves (Photo credit: Capt’ Gorgeous)

Sounds We Avoid is the list for today ..

  • the midnight buzz-BUZZ-buzz of a snore
  • the high whine of malfunctioning electronic equipment
  • the irregular clicking of a loose fan blade
  • the grating screech of fingernails on a chalkboard
  • the endless drip, drip, drip, drip, dripping of a faucet


When I read Proverbs 19 as it compares “a quarrelsome wife” to the sound of constant dripping, I started pondering the ends to which I will go to avoid irritating sounds.


I remember a night at a retreat when one of my best friends began to purr-r-r-r-r-r in her sleep. After enduring that nagging sound for 5 minutes, I truly thought I’d never voluntarily spend another minute with her. And after 10 minutes, I was ready to carry my pillow into the bathtub. When 20 minutes had passed, I knew that one of us was going to end up on the balcony – or over the edge of it. (Someone else might tell the story that it was me who was purring and my friend who was considering radical methods of intervention.)

Nevertheless, it is obvious that there are some sounds that bring us to the brink of “whatever it takes”.


… a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping. Proverbs 19:13

The Spirit of God gently prodded me this morning when I read that quarrelsome wife verse. He also reminded me of Proverbs 14:1 [A wise women builds her house and a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.] But when I read James 3:8 [but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison], I realized that a foolish woman can tear down her own house with her tongue, too. And that it requires divine intervention – the transforming power of God – to change a drip, drip, dripping facet into a winsome and welcome flow of refreshment. 

English: Dripping Cliffs on Orroland Shore

English: Dripping Cliffs on Orroland Shore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Periodically, I need to evaluate how I’m using my mouth. Today was one of those days. I needed to ask the Lord:

  • How well am I using my mouth to bring a bit of heaven to my earthly home?
  • How much would change if I put a “no critique” rule in place for 1 week?
  • How well am I using my mouth to build my home?
  • Will You transform my mouth and make my speech heavenly?


‘nough said.

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