What are your words?

I’m a words-girl.  I love words.  I love saying words.  I love reading words.  I love writing words.  I love hearing words – especially when they are strung together in such a way that vivid pictures are formed in my mind.  Words take me places. Words affect my mood. Words build me up.  Words tear me down.

Proverbs 12:18 (The Message)
Rash language cuts and maims,
    but there is healing in the words of the wise.

I know that isn’t a new revelation to anyone – especially me.  But sometimes I think we need to be reminded that words are a big deal.  I think about them a lot.  The older I get, the more diligent I become about how I use my words.

You know what else is a big deal?  The way we use our words.  I can say something completely true but if my tone isn’t right, the words are just complete crap.  No one will believe me.  Why?  Because our body language, our intonation and the words all go hand in hand.

Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Say you love me but have a look on your face that says, “DIE” and well, I’ll have a really hard time believing you love me.

Say you love me and have a look on your face that actually says, “I really really do” and I’ll soak it up like a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning. {And y’all know how I love my coffee!}

Words are powerful.  We can bring life and death in an instant.

Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Being a teacher at heart, I am always looking for a way to convey a message, a truth, a powerful statement in such a manner that it is impacting to whomever is listening. I want to construct a sentence, a thought, a story in such a way that you leave remembering what I said, the meaning behind it and it moves you to change – maybe change yourself, maybe change how you do something, how you think, etc.

On a personal level, I know the impact of words misspoken.  When my 19 year old confessed to an eating disorder, it all came back to words – words that were said that planted seeds in her mind, that made their way to her heart and formed a belief that wasn’t true.  And yet, those words were so powerful she changed her eating habits.

Words could have literally killed my daughter.

Personally I have had words spoken to me that crushed my heart, wounded my spirit and left me feeling as if I could never recover.  I have spoken words that have crushed someone’s heart, wounded their spirit and left them feeling as if they could never recover.

Matthew 12:35-37 (NIV)
35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Ouch.  We know the scriptures are there.  We know that James even talks about how unruly, how harsh, how double-sided the tongue can be.  And yet, we continue to forget the power we have in our words. Words like:

Rise and be healed!

You are bigger than this issue.  You have a destiny.  You are a child of God!

You’re so stupid.  You’ll never amount to anything.

I’m a horrible mother.

You’re a difficult child.

You are so loved! I appreciate you!  I love being your friend!

Proverbs 25:11 (NIV)
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

Ahhhh…..words.

What are your’s saying these days?

Book Review :: Resist

Author Headshot_Low ResolutionAbout the Book (From the Author):

In Resist, the second volume in the Resistance Series, Tommy and Careen are no longer naïve, frightened teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense can protect them from terrorist attacks. They’ve discovered the OCSD’s miracle antidote’s true purpose: to create a population bereft of free will, incapable of defying the tyrannical OCSD. They join the Resistance, but on their first mission, things spin out of control and soon they’re on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the Resistance’s secret headquarters.
Being part of the Resistance presents them with new challenges. Not everyone working for change will prove trustworthy, and plans to spark revolution go awry with consequences greater than they could’ve imagined. Tommy and Careen’s relationship is tested when their philosophical differences and the pressures of interpersonal rivalries and jealousy put a strain on their romance. Can they make time for each other while trying to start a revolution?

Resist CoverMy Review:

I received a copy of both Counteract (Book 1) and Resist (Book 2) to read and review.  I thoroughly enjoyed the series.  It was easy to read, well-written and captivating.  Although the books are intended for a Young Adult audience, I found my self drawn in to the story line and completely caught up in the plot.  It is evident that Lawson did her research and included details to make life for everyone in these books very real, very authentic and very interesting. I highly recommend these books to anyone – teenager or older.