A Powerful Word

I have always loved words. I love the way they sound. I love their meanings. Once I read the dictionary just because I thought it would be fun. I was only 9, but who knew there were real words like bumfuzzle, cattywampus, and collywobbles?


Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

There is a lot at stake in what we say. A parents words to a child will last a lifetime. They can be a powerful foundation for growth and give children the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, or they can pave the way to brokenness, dependency, and addiction.

Marriage begins on the words we exchange at an altar. “I do” changes a woman’s last name and bounds her to a husband in a marriage covenant for life.

Words are not meant to be sounds passing carelessly over our lips.

Our words matter.

They carry the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21) the power to destroy, and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6). In fact, words are so important that one day we will give an account of every word we have ever spoken (Matthew 12:36).

God wrote us a book and filled it with His words. Of all the millions of publications, written by as many writers, God penned one. Every word was God breathed, deliberately selected, purposefully given and strategically placed, and He has a lot to say about the power of our words. 

My word for 2020 is faithful. It’s a word that carries a lot of meaning, like loyal, constant and steadfast. These words describe the characteristics of God, who is the Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1

Jesus taught that words from the mouth are actually the overflow of our heart. A few months ago one of our youth girls made some apparel with the quote, “check your heart,” which is what I thought of as this post came together. A daily heart check with the Word will help us to reflect the Word

Photo courtesy of Joy J. Hughes, used with permission

The truth on the power of our words is easy to see around children.  Last weekend we watched our 3 oldest grandchildren while our daughter and son-in-love went on a long overdue getaway. 

Lucas is 5, Violet is 3, and Asher is 2. Words like toot and poop are funny to them. They are in the infancy stages of life, building their vocabularies and being shaped by what is spoken in and around them. We are all laying a foundation and becoming the voices in their heads.  I want them to reap a harvest from words that are sown to point them back to Him.

When we understand the power we have with our words, and we choose wisely how we steward them, our lives can be transformed.  Better still, so can the lives of others.