I love the way letters strung into words - spoken or on a page - can teach me, guide me, energize me, diagnose me, redirect me, amuse me, calm me, or inspire me. I love how certain ones can put a smile on my husband's face. On my children's face. On my friends' faces.
That's a gift. From above.
I love how the mere act of talking creates relationships and forms bonds. Words knit us. And they can unravel us too. They are powerful and potent.
I think of the Declaration of Independence. And the two-word sentence, "I do."
I'm leaving in a couple hours to drive to Charlotte, NC for the annual She Speaks conference. It's a conference about words. And about God. And about God's Word.
It's about the words we speak to Him, hear from Him, and speak about Him. That's the ultimate, you know. Better than any game of Scrabble. Or chocolate-protein smoothie, which I'm craving at the moment. (Sorry, that was strangely off topic but true nonetheless.)
Yes, I love every moment of She Speaks. And if you are coming, I hope you will stop me when you see me and introduce yourself. Tell me if you're a word-girl too. We'll share a few sentences and start a bond.
post last week I said, "This is why I write. To figure out what I think and feel. And decide what I will feel and think." And it's true. I'll let you in on a little secret. I rarely know where a piece of my writing is going until I am writing it. That's true of my blog posts, devotions, articles, book chapters. Writing is a process of discovery for me. Each word a stepping stone.
And I adore that this magnificent God of ours --who can do anything, who is totally high-tech -- chose words as His primary means of connecting with us.
Words, chapters, stories and verses are the stepping stones in our walk with Him.
That's pretty cool. That's my discovery for today. I think it's a big one.
Words like stones show me where and how to walk, and provide companionship on my journey.
Have you recently read some of those words God strung together for you? If not, it's not too late.
Go ahead and go for a walk with the living God today.
Thankful for words.