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Lexie is many things, a few of which are child of God, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She's married to her absolute favorite, Bryson, an Air Force F-16 pilot. She likes all things coffee and conversation with other women and reading, which she does most of her free time...

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  1. i tell my two boys (15 and 9) all the time that are words will do two things…either build someone up or tear someone down. the scripture is so true that “the power of life and death is in the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) . with one word, one comment, one hasty conversation we can sprinkle death into another person’s life. how is it that the good words are so easily forgotten but the bad words, the harsh words, the criticizing words seems to play on and on in our minds forever? great post and a great reminder that we hold within us the power to influence another life. may we always choose to influence for good.

  2. Lexie,

    Interesting that you should blog about this today. My Bible Study group is doing a study on “The Power of a Woman’s Words”. It is quite eye-opeining to see how our words can truly hurt someone without even intending to do so. On the other side of that proverbial coin-our words, if used correctly & with grace, can build someone up and encourage others!

    Great post 🙂

  3. What a great post today,
    I was verbally abused as a child by another adult family member, and those words still haunt me to this day. I am 55 years old. Through prayer, I have learned to forgive her, but there are times I still believe the things she told me…(worthless, ugly, filthy,) I know it’s not true, but I’m fighting tears even now as I write this.

    • Thank you for your honesty Lisa E! The Lord is gracious to bind up our every wound. I am praying for you today dear one!

  4. Thank you for sharing this with others to let them know the importance of words. I lead a writer’s group and we are always reminding each other to take time before speaking or writing – especially what is sent out on the internet. Once out there, they can never be retrieved!
    I remember hateful and harmful words spoken to me as a child (I am now 77!) – I think I have forgiven – all my family is gone now. I hope I have, as I want to be forgiven for my thoughtlessness with words.
    Thanks again – this is a wonderful site with so many great writers!
    God Bless
    Bobbie

    • Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful heart Bobbie! “Once out there, they can never be retrieved!” Thank you for this reminder today..

  5. I love this Lexie! God walked me through the power of words a few months back as I was reading through Psalms and this is a great reminder. Thanks for sharing your heart and what God is teaching you. You’ve got such an amazing ear and heart for Him and it blesses me. I’m proud of you!
    Jenn

  6. Dear Lexie, I know the powerful ability that words have to hurt, as I am still struggling to overcome things said to me many years ( and dare I say it , even decades ago). I go the opposite route and do not say anything and it has taken many years of being in a loving safe relationship and having a great, loving Father to help me to talk.thanks for being honest in what you have shared. Isn’t it great that we are all on this journey together and God loves us as we are, in the midst of our brokeness and healing?

    • Thank you for your honesty today Lauren! The wounds can take on a myriad of faces can’t they? Praise the Lord that we aren’t on this journey alone!

  7. Thanks so much for this post, I heard a verse quoted on the radio two days ago and didn’t hear what book or chapter and have been thinking I needed to find out what it was. Now as it turns it is the very verse you quoted from Ephesians is the one I heard…just as I was thinking bad thoughts about a person in my life that has caused so much pain and just as I was starting to mutter bad words about him. God was listening and told me to be quiet. Most days this hurt leaves me alone but now when it returns I will remember this verse and say it to myself. The next time I want to hurt with my words I will clamp my mouth shut and let that feeling pass.

    • DeAnn, isn’t it fun how the Lord orchestrates what He teaches us?! Let’s us both pray today that our words would encourage and build others up 🙂

  8. Love your heart and love you, sweet Lexie. Just had morning devotions with the kids and I bet you’ll never guess what it was about! The power of words ;). I love learning this alongside you!

  9. Love your heart and love you, sweet Lexie. Just had morning devotions with the kids and I bet you’ll never guess what it was about! The power of words. I love learning this alongside you!