Harsh

The words are meant to cut

this morning

 

The harsh is meant to hurt

this morning

 

And as I quiet myself

before You, King Jesus,

 

all of that disappears

and I hear grace

 

with my spirit

 

Grace sounds so sweet

and gentle wins my day

 

I prefer to stay here

with You

 

But I’m called out

and in

 

I know that Your gentle

and Your grace

and Your love

still lingers on me

 

May I be the fragrance of You

on this angry words day

 

Whispering

gentleness

 

In a shouting world

 

Don’t you know, friends,

that the Lamb conquers?

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

-Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

 

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

– Proverbs 15:2 (NIV)

 

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

– Proverbs 15:4 (NIV)

 

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools are not upright.

– Proverbs 15:7 (NIV)

 

The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

– Proverbs 15:14 (NIV)

 

Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

– Proverbs 21:23 (MSG)

 

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

– Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)

Do Not Grieve Him

It hurts my heart,

Spirit of God,

that I would ever grieve You

 

And those times

throughout my life

that my words have cut

 

and were not of You

 

I long to breathe them

back in

 

Angry words

Gossip words

Rage words

Bitter words

Malice words

Slander words

 

And I know I’m not alone

in this

 

But what it comes down to, Holy Spirit,

is You and me

and no one else

 

We are in relationship,

You dwelling within me

 

And there is no one closer

than You

 

No one

 

So You are the last One

I would want to grieve

 

Especially since You speak

such goodness

affirmation

and light

into me

 

Thank you for changing me,

Spirit,

over these years

 

You are at work in my heart

 

And showing me

how to put a check

on my words

 

Sometimes I fail You

 

and yet

 

You are so loving

that You keep showing me

how not to grieve You

 

And You always love

 

I want to be like You

who dwells inside of me,

always loving

and watching my words

my attitude

my walk

 

with You

 

– Susie Stewart

 

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

– Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)

 

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

– James 3:9-11 (NIV)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

Words

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

– Psalm 19:14 (NLT)

 

Did my words

encourage today?

 

Were they chosen carefully?

 

Did they build people up?

 

Did they affirm

and bring glory to God?

 

Were my words

reflective of the faith I profess?

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (AMP)

 

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.

– Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)

 

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

– 1 Peter 4:8-11 (MSG)

 

Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you.

– Ephesians 4:29 (GW)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

Poison Words

Friend,

why?

 

Why are you speaking words

of division?

 

Why do you tell one person

negative things about another?

 

Swaying friends’ opinions

when they two were at peace?

 

Stale water and fresh water

should not be coming out

of the same spring

 

Words of gossip

words of condescension

words of poison,

so the Word says

 

The enemy is the divider

and our God is the Unifier

 

Whose team do you want to be on anyway?

 

Use your words to bless,

not curse

 

Edify the Body of Christ

 

– Susie Stewart

 

…a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!  Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?  Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

– James 3:5-12 (NLT)

 

Photo by Arik Stewart

 

Sharp or Sharpening?

Are you sharp?

Or do you sharpen?

 

Do you cut?

Or do you heal?

 

Is your intent to pierce?

Or is your intent to mend?

 

 

What are  your words used for?

 

Godly friendship builds up

and lovingly confronts

 

with goals of

Restoration

Unity

Edification

 

Our words have the power of life

or death

 

to build up

or to tear down

 

and we choose grace

or self-focus

whenever we speak

 

So, may we sharpen one another

mutually

in Jesus’ love

 

– Susie Stewart

 

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

– Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

 

Knowledge promotes overconfidence and worse arrogance, but charity of the heart (love, that is) looks to build up others.

– 1 Corinthians 8:1 (VOICE)

 

In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend.

– Proverbs 27:17 (VOICE)

 

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

– Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

 

Photo by Andy Stewart

Listen

 

WORDS

hurt

heal

inform

affirm

express

 

Father,

lead my thoughts before a word ever leaves my lips

 

temper my tongue

 

for your glory

and for Your Name

 

Show me what righteous anger looks like

and what is mere bitterness

and selfishness

and pride

 

Silence the words

that I’m tempted to say

that shouldn’t be said

 

Teach me to listen

and  hear

and respond

from Your heart

 

Lead on, Lord,

and go before

so that the attitude of my heart

and the words of my mouth

show the light

You have brought to my soul

– Susie Stewart

 

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

– James 1:19,20 (NIV)

 

Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].

– James 1:19 (AMP)

 

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

– James 1:18-20 (MSG)

 

When you are angry, don’t let it carry you into sin. Don’t let the sun set with anger in your heart or give the devil room to work.

– Ephesians 4:26,27 (VOIVE)

 

Pleasant words are like honey from a honeycomb— sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.

– Proverbs 16:24 (GW)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

Voicemail

My cell phone

tells me my voice mailbox is almost full

 

That I need to delete some messages

in order to receive more

 

But I don’t want to

 

For there were points in time

when people I love and care about

 

left me messages

and they left an impression

on me

 

Dates and times frozen

 

With words of affirmation

of light

of life

of encouragement

 

to build up

 

 

saved in my little rectangular hip magnet

 

 

And I view these words

as the very love of God

spoken to my heart

 

On everyday days

at high points

at the lowest points

 

Thank you, dear ones,

for minutes spared

to lift up a sister

 

May my words, Lord,

bring the same

encouragement

 

whether spoken

written

or typed

– Susie Stewart

 

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:10,11 (MSG)

 

What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.

– Proverbs 18:21 (GNT)

 

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.

– Proverbs 16:24 (AMP)

 

Here are some of those messages ….

 

 

* Well, now I have some on video!  Maybe I can make some room for more now. 😉

 

Photo taken by some obscure photo studio way back when.  Thanks Dad and Mom ❤