I am a collector of words….words said and words read. I love most them, although there are painful ones I wish to forget, seared into my mind, and replaying on a loop. My wise mom assures me (with wise mom-words)….. that “time erases”.

I keep at least one journal nearby at all times, and if I happen to be out and about without one, the “notes” app on my phone will do in a pinch. I constantly write thoughts, copy quotes, and things overheard. I’ve saved almost every letter written to me throughout my life.

I love that the Bible is “the Word of God” and that the world was created by His word.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Psalm 33:6

What will we do with our words? In some ways they are the greatest gift we can give. Encouraging, uplifting, lovely words. Run for a pen!

The Bible truthfully says we can do a great deal of damage with them, too. Start fires, for example.

“And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body.” James 3:6

So, I pray.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, oh Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

And I continue to collect words…….


(texts from my husband)

All is well.
you are loved.

18 thoughts on “words

  1. “All will be well
    Even after all the promises you’ve broken to yourself
    All will be well
    You can ask me how but only time will tell”
    ~ Gabe Dixon Band

    I love your collections of words. While you were out, I flipped through your scrapbook and it tugged on my heart strings (maybe there were a few tears shed).
    I love you very, very much.

  2. Shan, this is a very good post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it – very inspirational to me. I have three words for you – I Love You.

  3. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I was going to leave just hearts but your post was about words….

    Good words to meditate on!

    Thanks for this post.. I enjoyed it!

  4. It is so evident God has given you the talent and passion to write that not all of us have (me). Thank you for using that gift to be a blessing to all who read. Lots of love to you.

  5. Shanda, I absolutely love that you like to journal. I do as well. It brings me peace. I hope that my words encourage and never tear down…. ❤ Brenda

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