Thursday, April 4, 2013

Power in Words

I am more than thrilled to be a part of a wonderful site for women called Radiant Lit.{}
I'm very much enjoying reviewing and writing about all the wonderful books sent my way...
Speaking of which: If you enjoy a good story that lands you smack in the middle of the untamed West, check out {Rosa's Land}.

Anyhoo... as I waded through the Radiant Lit site, building up the courage to send in my writing samples [because rejection still feels like rejection, online or otherwise], I stumbled upon a wonderful article by Tara Norman {check out her blog} and her  husband, Paul.
He speaks about the power of a woman's words in building up or tearing down her husband... you can read the whole article {here} and I really think you should, but here's a snippet of the very end as he sums up his thoughts...

"Ladies, God has designed you with an inexplicable power to speak into your husband’s life. Everything you say to him impacts every aspect of his life. He needs to hear he is doing a good job. He needs to hear you respect him. He needs to hear you need him. He needs to hear you love him. You are the one person in this world who he will truly listen to. You are the one person in this world who he truly seeks approval and validation from. If you tell him he is a good husband and a good father, he will be that man. If you tell him that he never helps out and gets anything done at home, he will be that man. Your husband will be exactly the man you tell him that he is. What man do you want to help him be?"
Its quite simple to find the negative things to think on, dwell on, mull around with, speak, yell, write... you get the picture... but when we speak these things, mediate on these things we only bring destruction. In speaking well, we speak life.

When my husband leaves that trail of books and lunch crumbs and tennis shoes behind him on the way to the kitchen it is so simple to jump to "Could you just pick up after yourself, you  never put anything away, what am I, the maid???" instead of "I know you're exhausted, thanks for working hard to make a better life for us today... can we work together to pick up a bit tonight?"

I'd like to say I don't have any experience in the former, but I do. I lose my cool and raise my voice and wonder why I didn't realize my husband was such a messy human being BEFORE I married him more than I'd like to admit. BUT, I know from experience in the latter as well that when I react lovingly, with a quiet spirit, in gentleness, instead of a selfish heart, my husband steps in to the role of superhero that sends my heart soaring... [Yup! Even if he is just picking up his socks!]

For those of you who aren't yet married... I could apply all the basics of this Power in Words to my mother, my brother, my best friend...

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits." Proverbs 18:21

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