Gracious speech

 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” {Proverbs 25:11} This is a verse that I’ve prayed would become a reality in my own life for probably around 15 years now. I’m not a great conversationalist in social settings. I wasn’t really comfortable talking to someone I didn’t know until I waitressed part-time at a little diner in a tiny town in my early 30’s. That job and that season in my life was really an epiphany season. I’m forever grateful for it. Back to fitly spoken words….

I would like to be known as an encourager. I would like to always say the right things to a weary and discouraged heart. To be a cheerleader of dreamers. For every word to be saturated in love and grace, especially in the area of confrontation. I’m not there yet. Danny Silk, (author and Family Life Pastor of Bethel Church, Redding, CA.) wrote a book called ‘Keep Your Love On’. It’s the most life-changing book I’ve ever read. Or maybe I should say the most mind-renewing book, my life is still in process of changing.  And unfortunately my family often gets the unbeautiful side of a life still in process of change.

This morning, I read another verse from Proverbs. “Gracious speech is like clover honey – good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.” {Proverbs 16:24} I immediately thought back to my husband’s and my conversation last night. I put out a lot of speech that I’m sure wasn’t ‘good tasting to his soul’. Ugh. Thankfully the other thing I’m working on lately is saying “I’m sorry”. And I’m making progress, slowly but surely.

So I’ll continue on the quest for my words to be like beautiful gold and silver, good-tasting and quick energy to the hearer. I’ll endeavor to say I’m sorry when my speech is less than uplifting. And I’ll keep praying for my life to be so immersed in whimsy that gracious words are all my tongue knows.

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