Word Up


Growing up, I was the type of child that cried even if my dad gave me the raised eyebrow. Words were not necessary. If a harsh word was spoken, by anyone, somehow I managed to internalize it, and more often than not believed it about myself. Of course, if a good word was spoken about me, often I let it bounce off- the person was trying to be nice to me.

Proverbs 15:23

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,

and a word in season, how good it is!

Proverbs 12:17a

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,

Proverbs 12:18b

but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 12:19a

Truthful lips endure forever,

Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,

but a good word makes him glad.

And this one-

Proverbs 25:11-13

A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold

is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

It’s not just the words, it’s the listening ear. I had to learn to choose to that which I was going to listen. Yes, even in reproving, it’s done with grace and seasoned with salt, not compromising truth.

What are some fitting words? What does my heavenly Father say about me?

I am his daughter, he loves me unconditionally, I am worthy, I am his beloved, I am valued, I am precious to Him, I am cherished, I am His bride, I am chosen, I am equipped and gifted, I am righteous, I am lovely, I am honorable, I am known, and I am His.

Knowing some of the things He says about me, and hearing and believing it, what do I say about me?

I am kind, considerate, honest, and loving. I am creative, a learner, beautiful, and noticed. I am capable, graceful, and worthy. I am known. I am a sweet smelling aroma of life and goodness. I am me.

It’s not even easy always to write or believe, but the more I do it, say it, I believe it.

Who  does God say about you?  Who are you in your eyes?

I know you are lovely and a rare and precious find.

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