....remember saying that as a kid.....or yesterday? LOL! I remember. I still say it today! We started a new Bible study lesson to coincide with Sunday morning service....Soul Detox: Clean living in a contaminated world. Session Number 1: LETHAL LANGUAGE!!!!! Uh Oh!
Let me preface what I am about to say by letting you know I'm not an "Oprah" watcher or "Dr. Phil" or whatever other show there might be now....but there was a time when I caught a Dr. Phil episode and I will never forget what he said. He was talking to parents and how they talk/interact with their children. One father (I think it was) was in the hot seat because he spoke down to his son. He always had negative things to say....when are you ever going to - whatever, why can't you - whatever, you're lazy, etc. Dr. Phil made it very clear to his guests that day that it takes a thousand "at'ta boy" and "I love you" to even squash one of these negative comments. He further went on to say that he would always tell his sons (I hope I am remembering this right!!) I'm the luckiest dad in the world - of all the people in this world that could have been your dad, God chose me. Isn't that AWESOME!!!! I tell my girls that often! They are everything to me :)
But I digress....So in session one, the author (Craig Groeschel) points out the following scripture:
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death.
He goes on to note that the Bible conveys that there are life-giving words and toxic words:
Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 4:23 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
The author takes a moment to let us know that we should speak life-giving words every chance we get. Anytime we think something positive, we should say it. He writes, "Why rob someone of a blessing by keeping a positive statement to yourself?" I love that!!!!! It makes me think of my dad. He always had/has something nice to say to me.....telling me how pretty I looked even when I undoubtedly looked my worse. Even in the midst of cancer and no hair...he was always telling me - and continues to tell me - that I look beautiful :) A lot of people did.....all of them speaking Life-Giving words to me. Blessings....all of them!
A couple more verses to consider:
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 25:11 The right word at the right time is like precious gold set in silver.
I LOVE that one and believe it is so very true. So......say something nice to someone...often. Make it a daily goal. Don't just think it....speak it!
On a separate note, I'm taking the girls to Washington D.C. this weekend for the start of Spring Break. Fingers crossed that this is the last batch of snow! It snowed here last night and off and on all of today! It's crazy!
I've made a lot of cards lately too but I keep mailing them without taking pictures. LOL! I can't think of everything ya know:) HA!!!!! Oh well............