Day 1: Speaking Life

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Because I have absolutely no planning skills whatsoever, and because I enjoy the intense stress and anxiety that comes with squeezing my Type B personality into a Type A framework, I woke up this morning and decided to join this lovely group of bloggers and writers for 31 days of writing this October. I kicked around a few ideas based on hope or contentment or significance, all of which I can speak to with some degree of authority for approximately two days. I realize that to write about a topic for 31 days I need to feel some sense of passion or belonging to it. And while I know an embarrassing amount of Hollywood trivia and could write about the latest fashion/relationship/scandal for days, I also realize the topic needs to resonate with you, the reader, too.

I’m a words girl. My life is built on books, lyrics, poems, scripture, and meaningful conversation. I store them in my pockets and my purse, my head and my heart. I think some of you might be a words person too. If you love to hear a good story, if you love a life built around words, if you love Jesus, the Word made flesh, or if you wonder at the weight of your words in the life of someone else, then this series is for you. Also, if you like to listen to another mother rat on herself and the myriad ways she might be setting her children up for therapy with her big mouth, then you’ll find a comfortable place here too.

I want to learn how to use my words better, how to speak a word in season, how to allow the fruit of the spirit to form in my mouth just as it forms in my heart. I want to build my children up with my words, letter upon letter, until they know the foundation on which they stand is secure because the words they stand on are spoken in love and truth.

I want to speak words of life here too, hope for your weary heart and encouragement for your everyday. I want you to know you’re not alone in trying to tame your tongue. You’re not alone in wanting to tell a better story, a truer more life-giving story with your mouth and your life. I hope you’ll join me on the journey this month as we move away from words that build crumbling foundations, and move towards words that build strength and sureness and God’s Kingdom. This month, let’s explore what it means to speak life.

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Day 2: In the beginning

Day 3: Coming out of hiding

Day 4: Change the world

Day 5: Celebrate

Day 6: On soft answers and the habit of yelling

Day 7: The power of the tongue

Day 8: Three tips for helping our kids tame their tongue

Day 9: Read and repeat

Day 10: One story away

Day 11: Good and evil

Day 12: Words waiting to be written

Day 13: Words of rejection

Day 14: Speaking life: A love letter

Day 15: Mean Girls

Day 16: Words that feed the soul

Day 17: Speak Blessing: A guest post

Day 18: Scarcity isn’t always a bad thing

Day 19: The Best Words

Day 20: Bridled Tongues

Day 21: Words like silk

Day 22:

Day 23: No platform required

Day 24: Making room: A guest post

Day 25: Prophets

Day 26: Pleasing to God

Day 27: Priceless

Day 28: Redemption language

Day 29: Light in the darkness

Day 30: Speaking the truth in love: A guest post

Day 31: When our dreams speak


Thanks so much for being here. I hope you’ll join me for the next 31 days as we explore the topic of speaking life. If you want to know more about the 31 days of October writing challenge, or you have a lot of spare time on your hands, you can browse topics to your heart’s content here. If you’d like to follow along with my blog without having to remember to hop on my page every day, you can either follow my writerly Facebook page where I link regularly to posts, or sign up here to receive these posts straight into your inbox.

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