TODAY THE WORDS are WORDS. We live in a world where there are so many “words” floating around and even my blog is part of this “wordy” world. Most of the world’s population is tied into the communication, social networking, news broadcasting, and even down to small town gossip. Let’s face it; more talk and less action! I made the comment to a dear friend this morning I was going to write the blog and not involve myself in Facebook today as I have some household chores to do and I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my husband. Our communication links are wonderful in so many ways and I love re-connecting with so many friends from my home town, seeing what they have been doing and applaud their efforts as they applaud mine. I have enjoyed meeting so many new friends; some of whom are good friends of friends of mine. The blog has been such a powerful outlet to share my life’s experiences and I keep receiving messages of how one was the best one they have read; this one touched my soul; wow, did you hit it nail on the head. Words are powerful! They express the inner feelings with an outward expression. Whether we write them, say them, sing them, words bring emotional responses. A single word can possibly change a life and here is an example. When my daughter was little and did things as children will do; I made a concerted effort to not say, “You’re stupid” or “Stupid”. I always said, “You must not have thought this through because you are smart. Next time, you will think and make the right decision.” She has told me so many times how I kept her from making unwise choices as she would “hear” my words. Oh, I made my mistakes as a parent; but I made some good decisions too. Words can wound or they can heal. Words can uplift or send a person spiraling out of control downward. If we can do a quick experiment, you can see how powerful words are. First, close your eyes and say the word, “Beautiful” and what do you see? It doesn’t matter what you see, but you envision something or someone beautiful. Now, same thing with eyes closed, say Ugly. It has the same affect if you verbally say to someone those same words in their minds. Each word spoken is a word forever planted in the mind and on the heart. Words can also help relieve pain, express love, give comfort, or sometimes, words are not necessary at all. A hug, a smile, or a good laugh can say more than a backpack of words. Say the words of love; show the feeling of love.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
James 2:14-17 ESV
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
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