52 Project, Week 24: Words

52 Project, Week 24: Words

It took me quite awhile to mull over what I was going to do with words.  Should I photograph a few meaningful words?  Should I photograph a journal page?  Should I go out and find some words that appeal to me?

What words are worth capturing for this project?  What words will have meaning and depth?  Should I choose my own language or another?  Words do always sound more romantic in another non-native tongue.

After Princess woke up and climbed into bed with us last night, I couldn’t fall back asleep.  I mulled over words, saving inspiration to my Pinterest board.  I put down my phone and attempted to go back to sleep when it came to me.  I wrote the whole blog post in my head and it sounded great!  Best blog post ever!  As I drifted off to sleep, I knew I would forget every word.  So I turned on the light and jotted down the most important part.

Words have power.  The power to build someone up or to tear them down.  Choose wisely.

When I think of all of the words that have made the sum of my life, there have been billions.  I learned to speak, I learned other languages.  I’ve heard others speak.  I’ve written countless school papers, letters, journals, work notes, and emails.  Words make up a large portion of my life.

Words create emotion that can touch deeper than any slap or caress.  Words can be cruel, hate-filled, malicious, violent, slanderous and life-shattering. Words can be kind, gentle, loving, hopeful, sweet and uplifting.  The bible says “Thoughtless speech is like the stabs of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is a healing.”

Words must be chosen carefully.  I can remember vividly, words that I regret using.  I can also remember words that have changed my life.  I have deep sorrow for words never spoken.  I have tears for the memory of words from lips that have been silenced.  I have pain from words of vows that have been broken.  I have joy from words of memories of my favorite things.

Words can be a gift when used wisely.   In turn, those words can be a curse when used carelessly.  So think carefully about your words, friends.  Be careful, be patient and most importantly, be kind.

How have words changed your life?  What are some of your favorite words?

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4 Comments

  1. Angela

    January 15, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    This is beautiful… and so true. Words changed my life when they were used to break me down. I spent over five years with a man who said many awful, hurtful things to me so often that I started to believe them. I finally woke up and am now with a man who is nice to me all the time. I’ve used that time of my life to teach my girls not to put up with ANYONE who talks to them in a negative way. Steven is wise and his words definitely healed me… I know God blessed me with him.

    1. Melissa

      January 17, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I’m so happy you’re with someone who treats you with respect! What a great role model for your daughter’s. I’m reminded of something I read recently, “Someone who loves you will stick around to help you unpack your baggage. It sounds like he’s one of these guys! <3

  2. Kat

    January 15, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    This is beautiful! Words are so powerful and I think people forget that. They use them like they have no meaning and yet they can be the most powerful thing! I think it’s important that we start to think about the words we choose and how we can build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

    1. Melissa

      January 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment! 🙂

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