I love words. Love. Words. Of course, if you’ve been around here very long, you’ve probably noticed that. I also have a lot of words. You might have noticed that too…ahem.

It comes in handy sometimes. Like when you are in grad school and have to write papers. Or when you get paid to write and post and update. Because having no words when a paper is due or when it’s your job to have words is kind of a problem.

Words are important too. They each have meaning. And meaning piles on top of meaning when we put them all together. We have to choose our words carefully.

Since I put a lot of stock in words, I also expect people to keep their word. When you agree to keep something confidential, you do. When you say you will do something, you do it. When you make a promise, you keep it.

Recently I’ve been working on a project with someone. A project that you will see the results of right here on this blog very soon. Like in sometime tomorrow. Like I’m so excited about it, I can hardly wait! No hints. But keep a watch out for some social media updates when the project is finished. Did I mention it should be tomorrow?!!

Anyway, the person I’ve been working with is a woman of her word. When she has told me she would have something completed, it was done. When she told me she would get back to me by a certain time, she did. When she promised a certain outcome, it happened.

And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can’t be used against you.

James 5:12

The testimony is that she doesn’t have to swear by anything. She simply says yes or no and follows that up with action. And you can depend on what she says.

As a woman of words, I want to be a woman of my word. I want to be a person whose word you can depend on. I want to say what is true…and do it with love…and honor God by honoring my word.

So y’all don’t be afraid to let me know if when I slip up. I am sure I have and I will again. But I want to know…because our words and our word are just too important.

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