“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that
love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)
We have all heard the saying. “Sticks and stones may break
my bones. But words will never hurt me.” But is this a true statement? Do words hurt?
Yes. Words spoken in anger, with sarcasm or in a mocking
tone hurt. Sometimes our words harm others when that is the last thing
we want to do.
But did you know words also heal?
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow
of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15: 13
When I sit down to write an email to someone, I begin by
writing out all the important things I want to say in my message.
Or I reply to what someone else has said by putting in my two
cents. Sometimes I present a need and ask for prayer. At other
times I simply report what I consider to be important facts I read
about or heard in the news.
Let us say that today I want to report something I heard in
the news. My message might sound like this.
You might want to tune in to the Fox News Channel tonight at
seven central time. They are going to interview a doctor who once
preformed abortions, but is now pro-life.
Often, at this point, the Lord steps in and reminds me to say
something personal to Sally, the one who will be receiving my
message. In other words, it’s time to send my words of healing,
encourage her or cheer her up. It’s time to go back and write
something between “Dear Sally” and “Be sure to tune in...” which
is encouraging or helpful.
Sally might not be able to watch the Fox News Channel that
night. She might have a previous engagement or not be especially
interested in the topic. But everybody needs encouragement.
Here is a sample of what I might add to my message to Sally.
I was so glad to hear your daughter placed in that swimming
match she entered last week. Tell her to keep up the good work.
And please know that I will be praying for you when you go
in to have your Mammogram on Friday. Since I always pray in
the name of Jesus, I think it means Jesus will be praying for
You might want to tune in to the Fox News Channel tonight
at seven central time. They are going to interview a doctor who
once preformed abortions, but is now pro-life.
When you tell someone you will be praying for them, pray.
To do otherwise means you told a lie. I often pray for a person a
head of time. Instead of saying, “I will be praying for you,” I say,
“I just prayed for you.”
Remember, words can hurt even when you don’t use sticks
and stones to write them.
Molly Noble Bull was born in Kingsville, Texas, home of the famous King Ranch, where she and her husband live today. Both her father and her maternal grandfather were ranch mangers (real Texas cowboys) and she lived on a sixty thousand acre Texas cattle ranch for part of her growing up years. Molly and Charlie Bull have never been married to anyone but each other, and they have three grown sons and six grandchildren. All three of their sons are involved in ranching in Texas today.
Molly has published with Zondervan, Love Inspired and Tsaba House, and so far, West Bow Press published her only non-fiction book.
Though Tsaba House is no longer in business, they published Sanctuary, and Sanctuary, a long Christian historical sent in France and England, won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award in the inspirational category and also tied for first place in a second national contest for published authors that year. Gatehaven, Molly’s Gothic historical with a strong Christian message, won the Grand prize in the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest as a manuscript, and it was published in trade paperback and as an e-book in March 2014. Since then, Molly sold a Christian western romance to Elk Lake Press, and When the Cowboy Rides Away will be published in 2015.