Guest #Bible Devotional - Discretion by Heather Hart

An Excerpt from “Teen Devotionals… for Girls!”


What do your actions and words portray?

Written by Heather Hart


Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

~Proverbs 11:22


Being beautiful isn’t all about the outside. This verse says that beauty can be like a gold ring in a pig’s snout - it catches the eye, but it still isn’t appealing. We need to learn to show discretion. We can be discrete with our words or our actions. Discretion is being cautious in what we say, and it includes making responsible choices. …It is not being loud and boisterous, but quiet and well mannered.


Let’s think about pigs for a minute. The rings in their noses are small in comparison to their loud squealing, running and rolling around in the mud - they are genuinely fierce creatures. They eat just about anything, and they are not exactly a role model for good hygiene. They don’t really seem to care about anyone but themselves, and they surely don’t make responsible decisions. They don’t worry about what they eat, or the consequences of any action, they just do whatever pops into their little, piggy heads.


We can show discretion in what we wear, what we say, and how we act. As a result, we won’t spend all day pulling the skirt down because it shows just a little more than we thought when we tried it on, and we won’t be eating words that were meant only for one person when they are spread throughout the whole school. Being discrete is actually beneficial.

Plus, it is part of our inner beauty. What good is outer beauty anyway if it is like the ring in a pig’s snout compared to our inner beauty?




Are you discrete in your words and actions?


Application Step:


Today, be mindful of your words and actions. Make an effort to be discrete.




Father God, thank You for loving me enough to show me where I need to improve. Thank You for giving me the Bible to help guide me. Please help me to be discrete today. I want to make Psalm 19:14 my prayer today. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. In Jesus’ name I pray; amen.


Author Bio
First and foremost a servant of Christ, Heather Hart desires to grow more like Jesus every day. She has a passion for helping others find their true beauty in Christ and reaches toward that goal as the co-author/editor of the “Teen Devotionals… for Girls!” series, which is available on ( and for free via e-mail at

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