Friday, September 2, 2011

Words

It's almost 8am and no one is awake! Except me, of course. Is it because I want everyone to get back on a school-schedule? We would have to be leaving the house by now. Is it because David is taking a personal day to work on the attic dormer, and he's still in bed, too? Even though he sneaks away every morning, the house seems to have an unsettling when he's gone, and the children never sleep in very long after he leaves. I could leave and come back at noon and those beds will still be warm!

My reader seems to be carrying a theme this morning, and when life throws me a theme, I figure I'd better listen up. Today's theme is: WORDS.

Grace words.
Words that heal.
Words that make children feel strong.
Words that give thanks.
Words that give life!

Because words can bring death. I have brought more death than life with my words in my lifetime, I am sure of it.  If you have been the recipient of my death-words, please forgive me. I know I am learning to keep quiet when I am tired and hurt and my tongue wants to barf out all kinds of maladies, but I still have a long way to go!

Today I am printing out (and I mean by hand! We don't have a printer, lol!) Ann Voskamp's Manifesto for Joyful Parenting. What a good thing to move towards as the harried, early school mornings quickly approach!
And today I am praying,

Speak well, today!

3 comments:

katieoz said...

wow, this is right where I am at, too. Words. Speech. Language (specifically, the four letter words I seem to use WAY too often). The constant question of, "how can salty water come from a fresh spring?" It can't. The Holy Spirit is really speaking and it's probably time to listen :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such encouraging words. It has been a blessing to my family. Today I was really angry at my daughter and instead of yelling and telling her how awful she was behaving I just hugged her tight and prayed. What a difference it made!

tonia said...

Wendy! I saw your name in a comment at Karen's blog and was so glad to see you online. You have a lovely blog, full of good things. It was a treat to visit this morning. Thanks for your encouragement to speak good words. See you on Sunday.