WORDS…Power to Heal, Wound or Motivate

Words. Words have power, don’t they? Power to injure, power to heal and power to motivate change. Words can bless or words can curse. Are we careful with our words in what we say to others?

The Bible says in Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answers turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

When unkind words are spoken to us, how do we respond? For me, it depends on the authority of the person speaking them and if what they said has any truth in it. If it’s someone I am close to and care about, it can be more hurtful.

One day my two sisters and I were out shopping in a nearby town. While we were walking on the sidewalk, a car slowed down and a young punk yelled “Old people!!!” at us. I laughed hysterically while my oldest sister wasn’t amused and was ready to give him a few choice words of her own!!!

I try to discern if what was spoken to me was true or not. If there is no truth in it, I try to let it go and forgive the person who spoke them. If there is any truth in it at all, it’s my choice what to do with those words. Will I take responsibility on my part and make a change?

As a child I never knew what to believe. In our family we  feared hurting each other’s feelings, so we often avoided speaking the truth. But sometimes truth spoken in love is exactly what we need to hear. Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

After becoming a follower of Jesus, I’m learning His Word is Truth and it does set us free. I’m learning there is a way and time to speak the truth in love. Of course, I’m not perfect and I often blow it so my words don’t always come across as loving, even though that’s truly my intent. Terry is a witness (or victim) of that.

I love the spontaneity and honesty of our grandchildren. Our Hannah is three years old and one day is going to be a loving truth teller. I know she will learn as she matures how and when to speak the truth.

God has used Hannah to help me see that I needed to make some changes. Around a year ago, Hannah had to go potty and asked me to stay with her as she went. Our bed is near the bathroom door so I sat on my bed and chatted with her. All of the sudden, Hannah said in shocking disbelief, “Ama, You Are Fat!!!” I laughed and said, “I know Hannah!” And then she said, “No, but Ama, You Are Really Fat!!!” I had to agree with her because I was at my heaviest weight in my life.

After that little loving chat, I decided to go to my doctor to see what I could do to begin to lose my 40 extra pounds.
Last week, we were visiting with Hannah and our other grandkids.

She poked Papa in the belly and then said, “Ama, I want to see your belly.”

I said, “No, you really don’t, Hannah. Ama’s belly is like jelly.”

She lifted my shirt and poked my belly and laughed and said “Your belly is like jelly, Ama!”

I told her it was from having three babies that stretched out my skin and it’s never been the same.

She proceeded to her mommy and poked her belly and said, “Mommy, your belly isn’t like jelly, like Ama’s!  Ama must have had more babies than you.” 😊

Her mommy has had three more babies than this Ama did. Guess what I have started today? Some core tummy exercises to firm up this jelly belly! Hannah’s words motivated me to action once again!!!

Food for thought:
Whose words have wounded you?                                            Whose words have encouraged or empowered you?
Are you familiar with God’s WORD, the Bible?

God loves You and His Word Is Truth. Whether we believe Him or not, HIS WORD is the ultimate AUTHORITY.

Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Jesus wants us not just to hear His Word, but to respond, act on it or apply it and obey it in our lives. His Truth does set us free.

Let’s chews our words wisely! CHEWS JESUS! Taste and see that the Lord is good.

 

Does Your Belief Necessarily Make It True?

We had a wonderful week when our daughter Jaymi, son in law Matt  and three grandchildren, Logan, Maya and Brooklyn, came to visit us in Florida on Spring Break.  Katie, our oldest daughter, and Jaymi are great planners and had the whole week scheduled with fun activities.  My Ama heart was full!!

The day before they flew back to  Washington, Terry wanted to go out to lunch with them at his favorite restaurant, Cheddars.  The food is yummy and tastes homemade.  Their croissants  are worth going off a gluten free diet for.  Terry was most excited to share his favorite fudge cake with them at the end of our meal.  So when the waiter brought out the dessert, including seven spoons, everyone was eager to dive in.  Logan took the first bite and surprisingly said, “Yuck.” Brooklyn took the cherry on top and was happy.  Matt took the next bite and shockingly said “There’s something wrong with the sauce.” Terry  was enjoying every bite totally ignoring their negative reactions.

I decided to listen to their dismay and stuck my finger in the sauce…it tasted like barbecue sauce.  I  motioned for the waiter to come over and told him, there was something very wrong with the dessert.  The  chocolate sauce tasted more like barbecue sauce.  He politely corrected us and proudly said, “That’s our special caramel sauce.”  We all disagreed (except maybe Terry) but our waiter skeptically took it back to the kitchen and had it checked out.  We looked at the menu and the fudge cake pictured didn’t seem to show caramel sauce on it …. just chocolate.  Moments later the manager of the restaurant came to our table and apologized for the mistake.  The truth was the barbecue sauce was placed along side of the dessert toppings and the fudge cake was mistakenly doused with it instead.  The saddest part was, that the barbecued flavored slice was their last piece.  So the Lee’s are going to have to wait until their next visit to enjoy a piece of Terry’s favorite dessert.

Just because our waiter didn’t believe it was barbecue sauce, didn’t change the truth that it was.  Truth…What is truth?  The dictionary says it’s the quality or state of being true.  The waiter believed us once he and the chef tasted it for themselves.   That was a minor mistake (well, maybe not so minor to Terry) but it is a reminder to me, just because I don’t believe something, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

The Bible is the Word of God and is TRUTH.  Whether we believe it or not, doesn’t change the Truth.  Jesus says “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  And John 3:16-18 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.   For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”.

Matthew 24:35-42 ” Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.  Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

I for one, am looking forward to Christ’s return.  I pray for and  am burdened for  friends and family who haven’t put their trust in Jesus, yet.

If you do not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, may I encourage you today to seek the Truth, to CHEWS JESUS…Taste and See That the Lord is Good!