Daily Delight

Thursday, May 19, 2016

When she speaks, her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness.
-Proverbs 31:26 (NLT)

There are few things I love more than fellowshipping with Godly women and growing in my relationships, my wisdom, and growing my heart. It’s such an essential part of my spiritual walk--not to mention, I’m as much of a social butterfly as one can be! That community fills me up! So when I was contemplating on what to write, this topic kept coming back to me. Not necessarily the fellowshipping itself, but rather, what we say and speak into one another’s lives when we are together.

It’s no secret that a woman’s heart is very tender and fragile. We can hear a sea of compliments and truths, but the handful of criticism tends to be the thing that clings to us. They pierce us like sharp arrows into our hearts, and they cut so deep that we convince ourselves that they are true about us! Satan knows the words that will hit directly into our insecurities, and they become etched into the back of our mind for days, months, and years. Just a single sentence about our appearance, how we mother, our education (or lack thereof), our job, our weaknesses, is all it takes, and it is burned and etched into our hearts. We believe those words, they are hurtful, and they affect the way we think about ourselves. Because words matter.

Being intentional with our words when we come to fellowship is so imperative. Making sure our words are used to build our sisters up in their successes, hold grace in their shortcomings, share truth, encourage rather than dictate, and encompassing each other in Christ’s love rather than casting judgment builds us up, fills us up, and points us to where our value and worth are truly found! Putting thought into our words before we speak them assures that we are speaking from the heart, and leaving time for the Holy Spirit to lay wisdom on our tongue.

The words we speak to our daughters, our sisters in Christ, and even the unbelievers, can create a place of safety, confidence, depth and peace, but it can also create destruction, false truths, judgment and hostility. Make sure your words are life giving—because words matter.

About the Author

Tera Pianalto≫ ≫Tera is a wife and stay at home mom to a sweet little girl. She lives in Northwest Arkansas and loves all things southern! Her favorite things are being with the people she loves, warm, sunny days, being outside, coffee, and puppies. Tera's goal is to make her ministry in her everyday life by serving her daughter and husband, and encouraging and loving on those around her.


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