I hear drawers slamming, children talking, and down come my two little girls. They crawl on the couch next to me, happy and ready for a few snuggles.
I read about looking to the Lord, setting a guard over my mouth.
They start to quarrel.
"Don't touch me."
"She's taking it from me."
"The books are touching."
And, in a brief ten minutes, I've corrected my children at least a dozen times.
And, it's not just the words, it's our tone, our motive, our interpretation of the words.
How do I teach these little ones about the power of our words?
How can I teach them about words when I fail so often to speak in the right way?
It begins with the heart.
If I want to encourage, build up, love, thank, then my heart must be filled with truths that will work as a guard and filter for my mouth.
So, I speak to them about pleasant words.
"Do you like to eat honey?" I ask.
"Did you know that the Bible says our words can be like honey?"
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
Oh, that today I would allow my heart to be a guard and filter for my mouth so that the way I speak will be like honey to my children.
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