As a Christian author and speaker, married to a great guy, and we have a miracle daughter, life is good, but one thing hangs on the hinges of my mind...WHERE'S MY PICKET FENCE? Come join me, post by post, while I discover the Carpenter's picket fence.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
sit down at my computer, my fingers are usually ready to start tapping on the
keys, to form the words to share the things dancing around in my mind.
having a fresh blank sheet in front of me, and I eagerly fill it up.
Typically, my goal is to write something that will encourage another person. Or to share
something that will make a person smile in the midst of their struggle. Or just
to include you in on my wild imagination and spin out a story.
very powerful, and a great responsibility comes with writing a lot of things.
Words sink right into our minds and deep into our hearts. Funny thing, though,
words of encouragement, compliments, and love are easier to brush away than
words that hurt, embarrass, or ridicule. Mean words can eat at a person’s
insides for days.
ever been there?
I know I
During a course of a conversation, my heart was being shot with sharp arrows
over and over again. Wounded, I sulked, and obsessed over each word spoken, how
it was spoken, why it would be spoken, etc. The wounds became festered boils.
just as easily write my thoughts in a not so pleasant way as a pleasant way. I
did write something, my fingers were running all over the keyboard. It felt
good to punch those letters to get all the hurt thoughts that beat around inside
of me on to the screen.
finished, I didn’t press send. I used to press send after I vented, but I
learned, it only makes things worse. So I waited, and went over and over that
thing, I don’t know how many times. I was fixated on this issue. Each time I
went over it I revisited what was said to me.
I pressed send. I didn’t expect a response.
I got one
though, almost immediately.
APOLOGY! With an explanation which made perfect sense. It was a big
misunderstanding on a matter.
apology healed those wounds better than any antibiotic or a topical medicine
It put a
smile right back in my heart and I saw that person the way I did before the
powerful is that?
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lipsiswise
I gave someone my work to edit. They made a very rude comment about my work,
informing me that using short sentences is a sign of ignorance.
I put my
writing down and mulled on that for a long time.
to extend my sentences with a semi-colon. Someone asked me why I did that? I
explained what had been said to me.
smile, that person explained, writing short sentences is a sign of wisdom. If
you can use a few words to get your point across, it’s wise.
words got me right back on the computer using periods, instead of semi-colons.
easy to say, and so hard to take back. Words can come out wrong and sound
nasty, when the intention was to say something nice.
there a lot of times.
usually a very talkative person. When I’m out in public, I actually think the
person standing next to me wants to engage in conversation with me, even though
they don’t know me. (It’s a family trait.)
I love to
read words, hear words, sing words, and most of all…say and write words.
respect, Proverbs 10:19 stated above pertains to me. There are plenty of
nights, I lay my head on my pillow and pray for God’s forgiveness for something
I had said to someone that I shouldn’t have. Or I remember something I said
that may have come out wrong and then I wonder if the person was hurt or offended.
Or what really can keep me awake is when I didn’t finish saying something,
because of some interruption, and the person could be thinking something that
isn’t the whole truth.
many, times I have those pillow talks with God.
directions on life, work, decisions, are all done with words, even the unsaid
words, or the words someone wishes were spoken to them.
you…you did well…your special…
down into our hearts to hold onto and treasure and they direct our day.
There is one
word that is more powerful than any word ever spoken…
King James Version (NKJV)
1 In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was
in the beginning with God.3 All
things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.4 In Him
was life, and the life was the light of men.5 And the
light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a]it.
14 And the
Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Living Word, Jesus Christ. Who spoke and the
world was. Who came and dwelt among us. Who died for our sins on the cross and
rose again from the grave. Whoever believes on Him will be saved.
There is no more powerful Word to direct our days
or to hold onto and treasure.