Last night on our conference call with Karen Ehman & Darlene Schacht, I thanked Karen for saturating Keep It Shut in God’s Word. Have you noticed how many great verses and Biblical truths she has given us in the pages of this book? We aren’t just getting good advice on how to use our words, but we are receiving God’s direction! After I thanked her, she replied, “Well it wasn’t hard! There are over 3,500 verses in the Bible about how we should use our words!” Well then, I just love Karen Ehman!
As much as I love the way we are continually led back to the Bible throughout this Keep It Shut message, today I want to focus on something completely practical. And actually I guess you could say it’s putting this message in action.
My favorite part of Chapter 10, “Something to Talk About: Wonderful Ways to Use Your Words,” is a little section titled “Love Prompts.” I’m all about a good challenge, but I get really excited about it when it has the potential to spread some love and happiness.
These “Love Prompts” can be found in two places of your Keep It Shut book. They are on p. 172 of the paperback book within chapter 10, and they are also in the back of the book in a section titled More Things You Can Do. I’m not going to copy the “Love Prompts” here, rather, I’d like for you to locate them in your own book.
What are love prompts? They are “prompts to get you started on jotting a note, an email, or a text to a loved one in your life.” Or they could be used to start an encouraging conversation! They are are prompts to get you started speaking to your spouse, child, parent, friend, or you could really use them for anyone in your life!
Karen writes in Chapter 10 about how one year for Lent, instead of giving up something for 40 days, she decided to give something for 40 days. Her gift was a hand-written note to a different person in her life. She took a little time out each day to write a few words expressing her love, gratitude, or thoughts toward that person. Then she mailed it. Can you imagine being the recipient of one these sweet notes? Especially if it wasn’t even your birthday or Christmas?!
Now, we might not be able to commit to 40 days of hand-written notes, but I bet we can commit to a few sweet words to send to someone special, for no special reason. (I think the “for no special reason” is the best part, don’t you?)
Let’s Not Just Chat Today, But Let’s Do This:
Check out all the love prompts in the “More Things You Can Do” section of your book. If you have the paperback, you’ll notice “Love Prompts” on p. 216 and then “A Sweet Treat to Accompany Your Sweet Words” on p. 217.
Think of a few people in your life to share some sweet words (and maybe even a sweet treat) with. Bless them today. Yes that’s right, today. Don’t wait or put it off or it may never happen.
I’m going to text my two college kids a sweet message today. I’m going to hand-write a sweet little note for my husband and two kids who are still living at home. I’m going to put that note beside their plate at the dinner table tonight. And who knows? We may just have that sweet treat to accompany it all!
Here’s my text to Blake, that I literally just now sent!
*** “Your Pal” has been our way to sign notes to each other for years. When Blake was just 2 years old, he looked up at me as I was tucking him in one night and said, “We’re pals Mommy.” He’s 21 today and yes, we are still pals.
What are you going to do? Share with us in the comment section please! I bet your ideas could help and inspire someone else! Let’s spread the love today, y’all!