The Power of Words


God created the world, and the heavens, and the stars, and all the fish, and animals, and water and air not by mixing magic potions, or scientific elements like a scientist in a laboratory, but quite simply by speaking.

Our world and all that we see, and smell, and know – was created on the spoken word.

The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it.  And it was so.  God called the vault “sky.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place,and let dry ground appear.”  And it was so.   God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.”  And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”  And it was so.   The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.  And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.”  And it was so.  God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars.  God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.  And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.”  And it was so.  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.  And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.”  And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.  And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.  Emphasis mine.

I have no idea about going back to the Hebrew or Greek versions of the bible, but I do know that the word “said” is mentioned 11 times in this passage and in relation to God creating and blessing.

Your words, the words that you speak and think, also have power.

I often think that when I tell Baby Girl to be careful, I am creating the thought in her that she must fear – why else am I telling her to be careful?  Sometimes I think that if we just let things be, as God created it, it will all work out.

In our lives we can create the lives we want by what we speak about – now, I’m not saying that if I say we’re going to win the lottery on Saturday that we’re actually going to win.  (Although that surely would be nice… hint, hint).  But, it does create the kind of people we will be and how we will handle what life gives us.

If I am thinking and speaking fear into my life, I will be a fearful person.

So, whether I win the lotto or not (still will be nice… hint, hint 🙂 ), I will still be a fearful person, irrespective.

My circumstances don’t define me, the words I speak into my life and the thoughts I think do.  I may never win the lottery, but I can choose to be grateful for what I do have and speak abundance into my life.

And that is why I have chosen to focus on gratitude – giving and feeling gratitude for all that I have in my life.  I want my words and thoughts to speak life into my world, into my heart and into my mind – not fear, anxiety, panic.  And let’s be honest, the news these days gives us enough to fear and panic about anyway.  I seriously do not need to add to that.

That’s the way I look at things – if you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens, you’ve lived it twice.  It sounds like Pollyanna-ish tripe but I’m telling you – it works for me.  Michael J. Fox

So, in this negative world we’re living in, with the wars, and the “political correctness” and the change that is creating so much uncertainty in so many areas, I want to be that person who speaks gratitude and positivity and abundance into my life and the lives of my husband and daughter and those around me.

So my words are “thank you”, “I love you”, “we can do this”…  It is hard, though, because I think we all love the drama, the gossip, the negativity and we’re drawn to it by what we watch and read and think about.

So, let my words today convey truly and create or reinforce the fact:

  1. I love my husband.
  2. I love our life together.
  3. I love my daughter.
  4. I love my home.
  5. I love my job.
  6. I am grateful I have a good reliable car.
  7. I am grateful I have parents and two brothers who love me.
  8. I am grateful we can send our daughter to a really good school.
  9. I enjoy the people I work with.
  10. And yes, I do still so enjoy that good cup of coffee first thing in the morning…

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