I hope you are enjoying our study on marriage through the book of Proverbs. Today we're looking at chapter 18.
Verse 4 says "A person's words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook."
I just love word pictures. They're my favorite way to share truth so this verse resonates deep within my soul.
It's a fresh reminder how much power is in the tongue.
Within a split second, I can either build my husband up or tear him down.
It takes grace, love and self-discipline to choose the first rather than the latter. Much grace.
However, when my words are life-giving towards my husband, I will be as refreshing as a bubbling brook on a hot summer day. Can you imagine being married to someone like that? Sign me up! What a treasure I can be to my husband if I choose to give that kind of gift to him on a daily basis.
However, if I am not careful with my words, I need to remember there's another word picture waiting for me and it speaks just as deeply to my soul as the first.
Verse 19 warns me that "it's harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars."
It's hard enough some days trying to get our husband's to open up to us and really share what's on their heart. Let's not make it a full lock down by arguing with them.
If you're like me and need help in the area of learning to correctly handle your emotions, you should read Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst. Lysa shares her raw examples of how God has worked in her life in this area and her transparency allows you to humbly nod your head in agreement as you read through her book.
In fact, this book was on my mental "must read" list and apparently it was on God's list for me to read, too.
Because, one hot Saturday morning this past summer, I was out at garage sales with my mom and she wanted to stop at a sale that I didn't think was worth my time.
However, I agreed and decided to run up there "real quick" to see what they had.
It was like this book jumped off the table at me. I couldn't believe it was at this garage sale and for only $1! (Good call, Mom!) I quickly snatched it and was thankful God provided it at such a great price. This book is honest, practical and life changing. Go get your copy today. Unless, of course, you don't struggle with emotions. :) But, who doesn't?
Today's Challenge is This: Be a source of life to my husband rather than draining him dry.
Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 19. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.
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