We’ve spent this month together talking about the treasures in our homes — artifacts of our heritage, our marriages and other relationships, our children and their artwork. Today I want to talk about the treasure of words in our homes. They are nothing tangible, and yet they persevere, they stay with us. We all have relationships that have been damaged or entirely lost because of words, either words spoken or written. And we all have been uplifted, comforted, and encouraged by words, spoken or written.
Words are powerful. Words are life-altering. Words are not to be taken lightly.
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (NIV)
Did your mother ever say to you: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.”? Such simple wisdom! Once words are spoken, they can’t be taken back. They leave an indelible mark on the people in our lives. And yet we’re often careless with our words. Even the ancients fought this battle…
“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” James 3:10 (NIV)
In my preschool class, I teach the value of kind words, even when resolving conflict. At home, I remind my crew that there is always a better way to say something — a way that enriches and encourages, that doesn’t belittle or tear down one another.
I have this message board in our kitchen. And there are only kind words written here. Words to be treasured, prayed about, lived by.
We’re note-leavers, too.
Imagine waking up to this. How empowered would you feel to face the day, knowing you are loved and appreciated? I did. 🙂
What if we were to keep loving and encouraging words front and center in our homes? How much harmony and goodness could those “apples of gold” bring us each and every day?
Paint them on the wall…
Write them out and color them in…
Order inexpensive, but inspiring artwork… Etsy is a fabulous source for beautiful typography.
Pick a wall or cabinet door you can paint with chalkboard paint… the whole family can leave notes. 🙂
Polish up your “apples of gold” for your family. Where do you intend to start?
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