Proverbs 16:21, 23-24 "The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction..... A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant word are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
Words are so important! When working with Sissy so many times we say "use your words" to get her to express what she is feeling rather than her destroying something or screaming. This has moved to something we say to all the JClan now when they need to be reminded to talk for us to know their feelings.
Verse 21 reminds me most of my role as Mama.... Is my heart wise? Do I have pleasant words? If no then how can I be discerning and instructive? Aren't those 2 of my most important roles as Mama?
I know I am not perfect, but this should be my reminder and help that I need to use my heart wisely when I make decisions concerning the JClan. It also tells me that if I want to give instruction to the JClan I need pleasant words, NOT by yelling or using character destructing words. Yes, I am guilty of both!
Verse 23 shows me 2 parts of my roles; Mama and Wife. Part A of the verse tells me I am wise when my heart guides my words. I need to remember this both when I am talking to my Beloved and the JClan. I should let my heart guide what I say instead of my hotheadedness! Part B more of my Mama role telling me when I use my heart I promote instructions. Just like verse 21, if I'm yelling at the JClan how can they understand instructions? How well do you understand instructions when being yelled at by a hotheaded drama queen?!
Verse 24 is a reminder to us all for all we come in contact with. Using pleasant words is like a honeycomb.... Have you ever eaten a bite of honeycomb? This is one of my favorite parts of honey! It is mmmmmm good! Are my words to others the same as what honeycomb tastes to me? It should be!!! Just as words can hurt they can also heal! Who do I need to use "honeycomb" with today? Who do you?
I am placing a 3x5 card where I can see it with the word HONEYCOMB to remind me!