“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bone.”

Proverbs 16:24

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BAM.  This hit me the moment I read it.  When we think of healing, we think of things like medicine and nutrition and physical activity.  Rarely do I ever associate healing with words.  And not just any words; gracious words.

Ugh.  It’s one of those moments where I realize that my words are not always healing, in fact, they have been hurtful at times.  Sure, I could blame it on my Jersey-girl background or on the actual hurricane of destruction that my offspring create each day…or if I really want the violin music to start I could chalk it up to not feeling well because of MS.  However, that does not justify the potential destruction that my tongue is capable of.

God does not change…but thankfully we do, with his help.  No matter where I have come from or what my current circumstances are, God can change my heart and help me to be gracious with my words.  Ultimately, when I remember how gracious he has been with me, I should be overflowing with endless grace.  If I desire to have a healthy home, gracious words will abound.  The proverb above compares them to honeycomb: sweet and healing.  So, my prayer for myself is this: forgive me, Lord, when my words have not been covered in grace and continue to transform my heart.

Fun fact about honeycomb:  it is obviously sweet, but it really does have healing properties!  There are benefits to eating it for sure, but it also helps heal skin wounds because it is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.


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