Archive for July, 2008

The Encouraging Word

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Speaking Life

The other day I was having dinner with a friend. She said something to me which made me smile. She told me that my girls were so encouraging. She said all of them were (I have 5) and that they always were!

My “girls” are all young ladies now and it is so rewarding to hear that they are living and speaking in such a way that they are producing life and joy in the hearts of those that know them. For that is what encouraging words do: They enter into the soul of those that will embrace them and produce life.
The Bible tells us that “ (a person) speaks from that which fills his heart.” “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good.” Luke 6:45
If we are to have good things come out of our mouth we have to put good treasure into our hearts. I know of no better way to do this than the way which the Bible teaches which is to meditate on those things that are true, honest, right, pure, loveable and gracious, attractive, virtuous and praise worthy (Phil 4:8). When we read the Bible, it is these kinds of thoughts that can and should be the end result of our meditation before God: Thoughts that we activate by belief and that we express towards ourselves and others.
Since these encouraging thoughts are “treasure” the enemy will try to steal them away. We must “guard our heart with all diligence for from it flows the springs of life (Prov4:23)”. That which produces this life that flows from us to others is also that which serves to protect it…Reading and meditating on the Bible.

I taught my children when they were young to respect others and to be kind and to read the Bible every day. I know that these teachings have produced this fruit of encouragement that my friend sees in them. It is a fruit that so many people love to enjoy and it is so simple to give.

May we encourage one another daily and see how many smiles it produces in those we love!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” Ps 19:14

Note to Phil Bonasso: You are the best husband in the whole world!