For many years now, it has been my habit to read the chapter in Proverbs that corresponds to the date of the month. The Lord teaches me something every day from that practical book. Recently the Holy Spirit has shown me the power of a woman’s words.
Last week as I read chapter seven, the Holy Spirit showed me that the Strange woman (the adulterous woman) uses her words to seduce a man. Listen to what this passage says about her speech:
- She is loud – Verse 11
- With an impudent face (she) said unto him,
I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. Vs 13-15
- With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. Verse 21
Yesterday as I read chapter nine, I saw once again the power of her words
- A foolish woman is clamorous: (vigorous in demand) she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Vs 13-15
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. Verses 16-18
We see the negative affect a woman’s words can have on a man. Men desire to be admired, sought after, and respected. The woman that uses these kinds of phrases and words to a man that isn’t her husband is treading in dangerous waters. She’s capturing his heart, and she knows what she is doing.
However, a wise woman should read those verses and be reminded that each of us needs to be using our words to build up and admire the man that God gave to us as our husband. He needs to hear fair speech at home! “Honey, I’ve looked for you to return home all day today. I missed you while you were at work!” “You look tired, and I’ve prepared your favorite meal and have made plans for a restful evening for you.”
Let’s take our cue from this woman and use right speech at home so our husband will be anxious to return each day. What kind of speech did you use this morning? Do you need to make things right? Do so, then love him the rest of the day with your words!
Now for a Valentine idea:
For a simple Valentine table decoration, how about using your heart-shaped cookie cutters as napkin rings? I have several of varied sizes. I simply tied a rustic cloth ribbon around the heart, then slipped the napkin through the fabric.
Here are two: one that looks old, and the bottom picture, that really is old. Cookie cutters are cheaper than napkin rings. I’m thinking this would be cute with stars for Christmas or July 4th. Leaves or apples cutters would be pretty in the fall. The possibilities are endless!