I have been buried in speech writing the past four weeks – hiding out in my cozy office in our home in Grants Pass.
My labors grew momentarily lighter watching a mother swallow outside my window as she frantically hunted food for the chirping mouths peeking out of the birdhouse.
But still with my stack of rewrites up to the ceiling, my ravenous quest continues for the perfect words.
I shout AMEN to Mark Twain’s remark:
The difference between the right word and the almost right word
is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
This Power of Words video has captivated my attention. I’ve viewed it a dozen times already. Each time I ask myself: What makes the second set of words so much more effective?
As a writer, my Roget’s Super Thesaurus is a tried and true tool in my quest for words that hit the spot.
As a Christian writer, I invite Jesus the Living Word to bring life to my choice of words.
And as a Christian, I pray, Lord, give each one of us written and spoken words that penetrate hearts, propelling us to deeds of kindness to the hurting world around us.
I’m praying for Jesus’ healing words as I speak to families touched by disability at the July Joni and Friends Family Retreat at Mission Springs in California. I’ll give you an update with pictures at the end of the month.
Until then I pass on a prayer that I’ve prayed more and more recently:
“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart,
be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
JUDY SQUIER has authored His Majesty in Brokenness, Living in the Names of God and the Living in the Names Bible Study. Husband David and she have three adult daughters, three sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Never did Mr. and Mrs. Squier dream that their long-awaited golden wedding anniversary would coincide with David’s memorial service. Judy resides in southern Oregon, alone, yet not alone. Thanks to the Good Shepherd!