“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.” Proverbs 25:11-13

My mother always told me, and I in turn always have told my children, that we must watch what we say because someone will remember what you have said. Words can heal or harm. We should always make the words of our mouth sweet to a listening ear. With this said I would like to share something that is soothing to my heart.

It does my heart good for someone to tell me that they have clipped and saved one of my columns for many years. I want to share one of these instances with you. I am sure my friend Glenda won’t mind me sharing:

Good morning, Sweet Betty!

As I opened my “Streams in the Desert” for the first time in a while, one of your columns fell out —Thursday, July 22 ... year is cut off but discovered it was 2010 by looking back at calendars to find the year that the 22nd fell on a Thursday! You spoke of pain not being seen as a gate to sorrow, but a hallway to joy. And that in order that we may know the glory of His resurrection, Jesus suffered pain on the cross at Calvary. The pain of today, Good Friday, which will turn into the joy of our salvation as we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday!!

You spoke of a dear friend who was suffering from cancer at that time ... her words “Betty, I am more in the next world than I am here on earth.” Your words, “Just think of the rejoicing there will be when she looks upon the face of Jesus!” That thought brings a smile to my face and lifts my heart when I think of you ... and myself ... and all who know him! What a day of rejoicing that will be ... when we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!!! Amen and amen!

I love you, Betty Pitts!!

Glenda Brobst

These words that I spoke almost eight years ago are coming back home to me! They are returning to me as my continued hope and joy! Oh how the words of scripture come to us new every morning!

I read every card and email I receive. Your words of encouragement are coming to me as life giving medicine! I believe every good word that we share with another will come back to us when we need it the most. Thank you dear Glenda, and all you others who are sending me life sustaining words! It is a lesson to me and I hope a lesson to you to choose your words sweetly and wisely! They may just fall out somewhere to make someone’s day! Think about it!

PRAYER TIME: Let’s continue to pray for me, Luther Church, Katie McDonald, Sharon Greene, Peter Floistad, Bob Miller, Jeff Eason, Diane James, Rachel Moody, Teri Graham, Brenda Lentz, Marshall Edwards, Dixie Lou Lemons, Marie Moody, Adam Lewis, Bodie Andrews, Lisa Abernathy, Wendy Estes, Sharon Pitts, Ron Oberle, Marilyn Crisp, Ann Greene, Reba Moretz, Maxine Sparks, Brian Helton, Anna Lee Lawrence, Faye Motley, Jewel Moody, Jill Dixon, Bob Keen, James Sigmon, Jim Greene, Recie Craig, Stanley Coffey and many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders, and a ray of hope for those in prison.

OUR SYMPATHY TO: The family of Joe Shoemake who passed away on Tuesday, April 3.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Chris Estes on April 13, to my grandson-in-law, Gary Harding, Marianne Hall and Sara Guinn on April 15, to Butch Triplett, Shannon Pitts and Gloria Wise on April 16, and to Donna Coffey on April 17. May the good Lord bless you in His most wondrous and serendipitous way.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Maybe the reason more children aren’t taught good manners is that there are so few qualified instructors!”

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