Soon after arriving, one of the dad's that we hadn't met before, said to me, while he was looking at Brielle, "I see you brought your neighbor kid with you." I was a bit shocked, to say the least! But in an effort to smooth over the awkward moment, I began to explain that we were blessed to be able to adopt her and her brother Benjamin. He then said, "How's that going for you?"
Of course, the mama bear in me was getting increasingly agitated, and I hoped to end the conversation as quickly as I could and move along. My heart ached as I saw our precious bundle-of- blessings-that-God-gifted-us-through-adoption standing there, and thought what if she was old enough to hear and comprehend such thoughts and words?
As I was mulling this over, it sure reminded me of how we need to be prepared to talk with our precious children about such things, and do all we can to encourage them through these times.
It also sure made me think hard about my words (or lack of encouraging words) and the affect they have on other people. I truly want to speak words of life and encouragement to people! So first and foremost, I need to continue to fill my heart with the treasure of God's word. Then, I need to pray daily for the right edifying words, and when I should and shouldn't speak! There are so many verses on Godly speech in the Bible, but I only have time to list a few! (We're hosting a birthday party at our house tonight! :-)
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart . . . " Matthew 15:18
" For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things . . . " Matthew 12:34
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Prov. 4:23
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thess.
"The words of the godly encourage many . . " Prov. 10:21
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Prov. 25:11
"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." Prov. 10:19
"Let all that you do be done in love."
1 Co. 15:14