Today in my reading I came across this quote “Our words become the mirrors in which other people see themselves.” from The Power of a Woman’s Words by Sharon Jaynes and it made me think, which made me open my Bible. So I am prayfully going to write out my thoughts with some scripture to help us understand. I like reading different versions of the Bible to help myself completely discover his word. The first scripture that came to mind was Hebrews 4:12.
"God’s Word is living and powerful. It is sharper than a sword that cuts both ways. It cuts straight into where the soul and spirit meet and it divides them. It cuts into the joints and bones. It tells what the heart is thinking about and what it wants to do." New Life Version (NLV)
" For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. "New International Version (NIV)
"God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. We can't get away from it—no matter what." Hebrews 4:12-13 The Message
Just as God's words live so do ours. Are we using our words to lift people up like we want done to us or to hurt someone? This morning one of my younger sons didn't want to get out of bed and starting crying, saying "I'm tired and didn't sleep well." This happenings as least one a week. It makes it hard to not to get upset and say the wrong thing. It has taken me a long time to just walk away before I do or say the wrong thing. I have learned it is best to just keep telling him over and over "Good morning, sunshine. Let's go see what kind of day God has created for us to enjoy today!" He still tries to see how far he can go, but in the end he does get up with a smile most of the time. I love when it raining and dark out so he looks outs the window he tells me the sunshine is missing and I get to remind him his light is always shining for me. Being a mom of 6 very different personalities is one the most rewarding and hardest responsibilities. At times I wonder why God choose me for the job. As I grow in his word I see that he is helping me learn through each of my kids. I am sharing this to show you how choosing the right words can change things around because if I was to try to force him up or tell him something like 'get up or else...' it would just get worse. I do the repeat thing so that I stay focused and so does he.
As the scripture says, 'Sharper than any double-edged sword' which side do I use?
The next scripture that spoke to me was Psalm 33:6 where it reminds the God spoke the world into being.
"The heavens were made by the Word of the Lord. All the stars were made by the breath of His mouth. "New Life Version (NLV)
"By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth."
New International Version (NIV)
"The skies were made by God's command; he breathed the word and the stars popped out." The Message (MSG)
It just amazes me how if God says it it happens. It also makes me remember that we can speak evil or good to influence ourselves and others. How have my words impacted those around me today? This is something I often I have to come back to at the end of the day. And honestly I can say there are times I don't like me so I understand why others don't. I am trying to work on how my complaining might come off so not being thankful for what God is doing. I seem to forget even my hubby doesn't enjoy me complaining too much. So that is my new goal is work letting him know the good things over the bad. As my last blog said...I am thankful to be ALIVE!
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Lord, all the glory is yours alone. Let these words be for your glory alone. Thank you for letting me write this if only for mine own eyes may be opened to see you in each word I say. Thank you for the amazing blessings you have placed before me today! In Jesus' name...Amen