As I said in my last post, I’ve been quiet around here as I struggle to learn how to use my words for His glory and not my own. It’s a fine and delicate line. The Lord has asked me some tough questions and I have given some honest answers. We’re getting closer to figuring this thing out. In all honesty, I think I am too hard on myself. But when there are so many women blogging and not-so-subtly trying to gain popularity and attention, I want to step back. I want to tread ever-so-lightly and make sure that there is purpose in my writing. Words are powerful and I want to use their power for good. I have been reading a Proverb a day for the past two and a half years and therefore I am no stranger to the danger of opening my mouth.
- Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. (Prov. 21:23)
- People will be rewarded for what they say; they will be rewarded for how they speak. (Prov. 18:20)
- There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Prov. 12:18)
- The words of a good person are like pure silver, but an evil person’s thoughts are worth very little. (Prov. 10:20)
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Prob. 18:21)
- Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Prov. 16:24)
- Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (Prov. 13:3)
- Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Prov. 29:20)
- When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. (Prov. 10:19)
And so as I ponder these things and as I pray that my words will be gracious and “sweetness to the soul and health to the body,” I stay quiet. I know the Lord will teach me how to use words for good. For His glory. For the edifying of others. Patience is needed, however, as I try to figure out how to share my heart with an attitude of God-worship, not self-worship. The internet is full of both.
In the meantime, we are busy living life. We are enjoying the pool, talking walks, having tea parties, doing school, keeping our bodies healthy, watching the little man learn new things, and enjoying everything this season in our life has to offer.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45).