Key Verse: Proverbs 18:4, “Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.” (The Message)
This week has been oh so trying. Colds have plagued our family, headaches have stricken me down, exhausted minds and bodies have needed more rest. God sees even all this and still knows what we need deep inside the soul.
I was preparing to rest my body for the night when I felt a gentle nudging. This is the only nudging that can be known as God. I felt that I was to open my Bible and read. No specific verse was given or brought to mind and no more whisper heard. Just read.
There it sat on my nightstand. Brown. Faux leather. Almost pocket size. It was staring me down. Open. Read. I opened to Proverbs 18. Why? Because that is where it opened to when I gently thumbed the pages. I did not have to read far before my heart knew exactly what I was to read and learn. Verse four says, “Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs” (The message). The NLT version says it this way, “Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.”
So I started thinking about all the words I have spoken in the past few days. If I had recorded my words spoken would I really want to play it back? In other words, am I speaking wisely, kindly, encouragingly, lovingly or even with truth? Honestly, I spoke kinder to strangers than to my own family. Admitting that to myself was like taking a knife to the heart. It hurt deep.
Ann VosKamp wrote, “Only speak words that make souls stronger. For once words are spoken they may be forgiven, but may be not forgotten.” As even I ask myself, I also ask you; would you be pleased with the words you have spoken in the last week or even just the last twenty-four hours? Titus II Woman was developed to encourage women, but we have to start at home in ourselves and work our way globally. If I encourage others, but not my husband and children, well then, I feel that I have failed at what my purpose is.
My encouragement to you and also to myself is to start with new words in your home no matter how hard the circumstance or situation. Journal your journey for just a week and see how your words can change everything.
Lord, my words are not always kind or encouraging. I pray that You guide all my words and show me how they make a difference in every area of my life. In Jesus Name, amen.