This morning I was pleasantly surprised that my WHOLE family slept until 8:30am. Unfortunately, that also made us late for church. You would think 2 hours would be enough time for three people to eat, get dressed and in the car, but you would be wrong. I feel certain God will forgive this lapse, since the extra sleep was badly needed for everyone and gave us a better day today. I have been thinking on this verse today "Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." ~Proverbs 16:24, and thought I would give you my own little sermon. I hope that no one in my family who actually writes sermons for a living reads this post and is embarrassed for me.
How do we use our words everyday? I remind Hollis constantly to "use his words" when he is frustrated or upset. To find words to describe his feelings. How am I using my words? Am I giving sweetness to his soul and health to his bones at the end of the day, when I have had my fill of mothering? Or early in the morning when I would rather be sleeping? What about the words I give John? How is his soul being feed? We all get frustrated and tired throughout the day and often the ones we love the most feel the brunt. But maybe our words are pleasant, but our tone is hateful. This was my problem growing up. My parents always said that it was not what I was saying but the way I was saying it. What kind of tone am I using today? What about to the cashier at Target? Or toward the waitress who can't it get right today? How do you use your words? I am going to work on being more aware of not only the words I use, but the tone with which I do it.