Honey for the Soul

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L E G A C Y .

When I think of the legacies that have been passed down to me, I experience a multitude of tastes, smells, sights, sounds, and feelings. My grandparents particularly come to mind with the word. Though I did not know any of them beyond the age of fifteen, I hold legacies from each of them close to my heart. Some pieces of their legacies I cherish from personal memories and others from their memory passed down through the generations of my family.

Many things fill my mind when I think about legacy I desire to cultivate for my darling girl. As I see her personality unfold a little more with each passing day, I ponder what things she will grow to believe about herself and her world. Will her words be salted with grace, knowing that limitless grace is hers to receive and give freely? Will she speak truth in love to others, knowing that truth brings ultimate freedom? Will she overflow with compassion, knowing that she herself is adorned in it? My heart is flooded with conviction, because honestly, I do not always speak of or to myself the way I hope she one day will. I long that she would secure herself in her true identity – Chosen, Beloved, Whole. I continue to strive to do the same, only now, after becoming a mother, I do so with greater boldness.

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Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
{ Proverbs 16:24 NLT }

Perhaps these words are familiar to you. From a young age, I’d heard them time and time again. I had always understood that the purpose of this verse was to remind us that kind words are good and something we should aim for. Honey is sweet to taste and gives energy to the body. Pretty straightforward, right? It wasn’t until recently that I realized this metaphor in a new depth. You see, not only is honey sweet-tasting and energy-giving, but did you know it never goes bad? It does not spoil or rot with time, as other resources do. Our words, like honey, not only ignite our senses the moment they touch our lips, but their effect never fades. How amazing – and intimidating – is that?

Our legacy is not just about the future, but also the present – something we can cultivate, live in, and reap from here and now.

We are all legacy-builders, and it is up to us the gift that we give. What a better legacy to cultivate than beautiful, life-giving words? What a better way to practice than on ourselves? And what a better time to start than today?

Nothing is more appealing
    than speaking beautiful, life-giving words.
    For they release sweetness to our souls
    and inner healing to our spirits.
{ Proverbs 16:24 TPT }

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