Words are powerful. In the Bible the book of James says the tongue can pour forth both blessings and curses. The person that can control the tongue is perfect. My heart’s greatest longing is to use my words to bless and build up others. I know I have hit the jackpot (Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!) when my gift causes the recipient to burst out in tears and exclaimations. 🙂
The picture above is a photo I took and downloaded to PowerPoint then added text using each letter of my friend’s name to describe a virtue or character trait I admired about her. The next thing I did was find an interesting rock from my garden and painted the word “Precious” and the Bible reference Jeremiah 31:3 on it. My purpose was to let her know just how precious she is to God for He says “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”. I will give my friend and co-worker these gifts tomorrow night for her going away party. Do you think I will hit the jackpot? Would you like to receive such a humble gift of love?
God told Moses to whitewash rocks and write His words on them to be a perpetual reminder of His character, His laws, His love, His purposes for it is out of the doing that His goodness, protection and health will flow into their lives.
The Aposle Paul urged his church family in Philippians 4:8 to discipline their thinking to focus on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy.
A few years ago I whitewashed stones and wrote Paul’s words on each one then placed them in my garden to remind me. Sometimes it pricks me when I find myself being grumpy and whiney. Those words become my map calling for a redirection in my thinking and attitudes.
The stones have become weathered and the messages worn over the years. Its time for Spring cleaning, renewing vows and applying again the words of life.