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What Every Family Really Needs to Be Strong...
"When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need-words that will help others become stronger."
Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)
Just for today: Couldn't all words out of my mouth only be the strengthening words? Words that nourish their bones and muscle their hearts.
What if I tried to change nothing in children but I focused on only this: Let the tongue speak only the words that make souls stronger. Like Oxygen, couldn't just speaking strengthening-words change the whole atmosphere?
It's a dark night weeks later. I turn out the last light and a voice calls through the dark.
"Yes?" I wait still in the black, hand on a light switch.
"Thanks...for the way you made me feel today."
It's the words, the strengthening words, the I-will-build-you-up-until-you-stand-so-tall-you-can-see-Jesus-here-and-in-you-and-even-in-me-words. I lean into a door frame and tonight I get to smile and I fill with the full life, light in the dark.
Grace words make the weak-us stronger.
by Ann Voskamp