This is day 16 of my fall series – 31 days to An Autumn Harvest of our Words. For these posts, I thought I’d explore a different twist on why our words matter…
Has God set a law of sowing and reaping
and harvest time
— not just in the natural world around us —
but also into our very spoken words?
When we buy a packet of zinnia seeds, for example, we expect to see beautiful golden blossoms eventually bloom in replica to the colorful picture portrayed there. In the same way, the thoughts we put into words from the moment we wake each morning and continue to reiterate throughout the day are bringing us a harvest of one kind or another.
The question is —
Are the well-meant words we sow with our mouths
producing weeds and eaten by worms?
Or are we planting our speech in anticipation
of God’s overtaking blessing to our lives?
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— Day 16 —
Does God our Father want us to join Him in speaking things into being, decreeing His Light and Favor upon our world? How are we to do this?
“You will also decide and decree a thing,
and it will be established for you;
And the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways.
~ Job 22:28 [Amplified Version]
So, I’ve tried the tack of just swallowing it down – not taking it personally. After all, I’m the adult here. Right? Wild and woolly words should just roll off my back with a chuckle. Kids will be kids!
“Small children sometimes have that don’t you dare try to get close to me air about them for a little while,” I tell myself, even as I watch this little one I love – and have been trying to connect with- run grinningly to a relative stranger and race just as speedily away from me. Words that have sliced coming so out of the blue – “I just don’t want to tell you about it!” [when I’ve only been inquiring about something I know interests] – and body language that says, “oh not you again!”
Slipping into the pew next to this little one yesterday, I could read the eyes, the suddenly, slightly stiff shoulders. “What are you doing here?” And on this day of sad remembrance anyway, somehow I just suddenly feel spent from trying… weepy… and un-adult-like plain hurt.
It’s with me as I go through the day, puzzling about this unlikely reproof. I’ve always adored children… and usually they warm to me. I just have no clue what is going on here, Father. Why this child almost seems to resent my presence with family that seems so like my own.
It’s with me as I ready for sleep and again I’m just completely flummoxed at what the misconception could possibly be! I tell myself it’s crazy to hang on to it… or maybe I should just cool it with reaching out for a bit… or just… stop…thinking…about…it. But this child’s sweet little face pops up in picture and I…just…don’t…get…it.
I awake again this morning, feeling the twisting knife of sorrow and slight. Argggh…How do I just let it go? Why does he seem to dislike me when I’ve only ever tried to show interest in what interests him? What thought against me is causing a barrier between our connecting as friends?
You could decree My Favor upon his mind and heart and spirit, you know… comes a gentle thought.
“Hm…,” I think.
Decree that My Favor dispel any wrong thinking about you that may be speaking into their mind and spirit. Bless this child’s thought processing with more and more of Me. Speak words of life and prayer over school days and experiences. Decree blessing upon blessing that will transform misperceptions and pour My Light into how they see you… themselves… And that the next time you meet, My Favor rises up between you!
“Is this really one of the things You’d want me to decree?” I ask, wonderingly. I’ve done that in adult situations, such as praying for His Favor in job interviews, Favor on the work of my hands that His light will shine forth from it and draw people to it. Even favor with co-workers when little walls have seemed to take root from nowhere between us. But – speak out a decree prayer for favor so a little child will – like – me?
Remember… discordance like this is
always the sowing of the enemy…
The enemy. Now trying to sow some nebulous thing between a small child and me that has no basis…! But — Greater is God’s love – and His Favor upon the decrees He puts in our mouths – than discord!
It will be some months before next we meet, Lord, I begin.
And in the meantime, I decree Your Favor and light upon me in his thoughts.
Your blessing surrounding his innocent heart, spirit, mind in all his moments. Your angels to hold circle round him in every outside influence at school and in the world… For his already great love for you to rise strong and sure and sound, a palm tree growing by the River of Life in You…
Then, I look up The Message Version of the same verse above from Job 22: 28 and find this wondering gem!
“You’ll take delight in God, the Mighty One,
and look to him joyfully, boldly.
You’ll pray to him and he’ll listen;
he’ll help you do what you’ve promised.
You’ll decide what you want and it will happen;
your life will be bathed in light.
To those who feel low you’ll say, ‘Chin up! Be brave!’
and God will save them.
Yes, even the guilty will escape,
escape through God’s grace in your life.”
What prayer-laced decree is God placing in your heart
and mouth today?
© Pam Depoyan
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