August 9th

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Proverbs 12:15-28

Mouths, lips, tongues--at the forefront again! Well, I guess this is the weekend for focusing on speech. Yesterday (Saturday) I zoned in on Proverbs 12:14 and challenged us all to let our lips be "fruitful" over the weekend. (How are you doing BTW?) Then today (Sunday) in Proverbs 12:18 we're told "the tongue of the wise brings healing." That's a beautiful picture, too, and goes right along with our mouths being fruitful.

So to help us put into practice our fruitful (and now healing) speech this weekend I thought it would be good to hear some examples. When was the last time you were on the receiving end of any fruitful or healing speech? What did it look like and how did it make you feel? Or maybe you've already benefited someone this weekend with your speech. Either way, we'd love to hear about it. Tami W.

P.S. I've been the beneficiary of both fruitful and healing speech this past week. The fruitful was several encouraging emails about a project I worked on for church. The healing was notes and face-to-face support as my family had my mom's memorial service. Bottom line--words are powerful. Let's use ours to show God's love and goodness.

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Dear Tami,
I felt I must share this one. On 6 August I was reading Tony Beckett and Woodrow Kroll's devotion, "Secure in Nothing" and I thought Let me share this with my family. While I was going through the list the address of a friend of my sister came up and I thought, "she is not really family" anyway she is my sister's good friend and so I shared it with her.
The message states that, "God holds us in the palm of His steady Hand. We are secure, secure in these nothings".

On that day she had gone to court, apparently someone had sued her for $250,000 for something she did not feel was right and why should this person be doing this? She was grilled by lawyers and when she got home she was so depressed and feeling her world crumbling around her. She opened her email and found the devotion and was so moved by it that she felt much better and told my sister how appreciative she was of the message. My sister asked me to send her a message. So I told her that God moves in each one of us to be (paraphrased) our brothers' keepers. I told her to ask the Lord to be with her and to take over her life that day and she must believe and trust in Him and everything would be just right.
I spoke to my sister on Friday and she told me her friend won the case.

All we have to do is just have faith and obey Him. We have never seen Him but He knows us by name and is in our hearts. God represents Good not evil. His love is unconditional.

I pray that BTTB will continue and those of us who read and are moved by them must share them with others. This is not the first time I shared BTTB inspirational messages and persons have come back to me thanking me for sharing. I have also invited them to visit the website. God bless you. I will be sending a small token just to ensure it will always be available.
May God continue to bless you all richly.
Joan R

Wow thank for sharing that story, Joan. In church this morning, we heard from Proverbs about how powerful our words are. We can use them for good and bad. It is good to be reminded about our tongues. I hope to be able to encourage many people with my words tomorrow.

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