Words of Life
The glorious sun is shining, shining so brightly today.
All the children are out of doors soaking up it’s warmth
and getting completely, delightfully muddy in the process.
My mom is still with us, having done more than her share of dishes
and getting up with small ones in the night.
We really should have built her a room of her own here,
for even though she only lives an hours drive away,
the roads in between us are most often the worst in the county in the winter.
I’ve tried to locate myself today in a sunny window here or there, the sun feels so good!
When it first peeked out of the clouds this morning, there was actually cheering amongst us.
While doing school this morning I have been thinking about words.
Then I visited eyes of wonder, always a place of inspiration,
where I came upon this quote:
Words~~one of the most significant forces in the universe~~can be used for good or evil. Your words can change the course of a day...the course of a life".
~ Sharon Jaynes~
This reminded me of several verses in Proverbs
and something I have read and re read in my favorite book, “Homemaking“..
Here, JR Miller says:
“Few things are more important in a home than its conversation,
and yet there are few things to which less thought is given.
The power of communication, which lies in the tongue, is simply incalculable.
It can impart knowledge; utter words that will shine like lamps in darkened hearts;
speak kindly sentences that will comfort sorrow or cheer despondency,
breathe out thoughts that will arouse and quicken heedless souls;
even whisper the secret of life-giving energy to spirits that are dead.
The good we could do in our homes with our tongues
if we use them to utmost limit of their capacity is simply impossible to compute.
Why should so much power for blessing be wasted?
Especially why should we ever pervert these gifts
and use our tongues to do evil, to give pain, to scatter seeds of bitterness?” pg 184
“She opens her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Prov. 31:26
“Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tear it down with their own hands.” Prov. 14:1
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Prov. 16:21
“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” Psalm 34:13
Words. The power to give life or destroy.
As mothers, as friends, as wives, as believers, our words show who we really are deep down,
for "out of the heart the mouth speaks."
Our kind and loving words are like directing sunshine into a heart,
warming it and bringing forth life.
Sadly, kind words are not always welcome.
There are hearts so hardened that they are resistant to life giving words of love and goodness.
If you have ever found yourself there, you know it is beyond discouraging.
Our hope lies in the knowledge that God is in control and even when things seem to be unraveling,
He has a purpose and a plan.
Therefore, we cling to Him, and let His goodness heal our hurts.
His Word to us is the ultimate Word of Life.
Sing them over again (and again) to me,
wonderful words of life.
Let me more of Thy beauty see,
wonderful words of life.