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Blessings of Using Language Wisely


Here is a great quote about how our words and our language can affect others, as well as ourselves:

“Watch constantly for that which is worthy and noble in your fellowman.  It makes a person better to see and speak of good in his neighbor; while there is unbounded delight in observing the effect that a few words of appreciation and encouragement have upon men, women, and children with whom we associate.”  Joseph F. Smith, previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Just think what type of world we would have if everyone watched for the “worthy and noble” in others!  This would have all kinds of benefits:

  • You would see good that is happening all around you.
  • You would think about good more often.
  • It would give you ideas for how you can do good for others.
  • You would feel good more often.
  • Your problems would not seem as monumental – perhaps even turning from mountains into molehills.
  • You would start enjoying life again.
  • Others would react better to you and to others.
  • People would want to be around you more.
  • Life would be worth living.

What can you add to this list?

All of this would be compounded when we add respectful language to, and about, God.  For He pours blessings upon all those who remember Him, who pray (talk to) Him, and who use His name with reverence and respect.

God, your Father in Heaven, waits to bless you.  All you have to do is ask.  Talk with Him as you would with a loving father.  And be mindful of the ways you use His name.  And He will send so many blessings upon you that you will not have the capacity to hold them all.  Try it and see.  🙂

Thank You Law Enforcement Everywhere


Beloved hubby sent a very nice thank you to our local police commander.  I reprint it here to thank law enforcement everywhere for their dedicated and unending efforts and the much good they do that often goes seemingly unnoticed.  My heartfelt thanks for helping to keep us safe and preserving our hard-won freedoms.  🙂

“Dear Commander,

“My wife and I are making this opportunity to thank the Police who serve in our area.  I have 6 generations of military service running through my son who have served during times of war, so I can truly appreciate the service that our veterans have provided this nation.

“In another way, you and the Police Officers who serve this nation provide service every time you go to work.  As the events of the last couple of weeks have shown, this service carries with it a risk to both life and limb.

  • Thank you to all of those Police Officers who have given up all of their tomorrows so that we may have our todays occur largely without any fear of domestic violence occurring in our day to day lives.
  • Thank you to the families of all of those Police Officers who will not have them as part of their lives going forward so that we do not need to fear the loss of our dear ones when they temporarily take their leaves from us for work, play, and social interactions.
  • Thank you to those Police Officers who will live all of their tomorrows with bodies that have been violently attacked by various means not limited to being shot, stabbed, hit with an object, hurt in an accident, or injured in a fight while serving the public at large.  Their forfeiture of the lives we all dream about is not in vain when it is both appreciated and used to keep society functioning.
  • Thank you to the families of those Police Officers who have been disabled by an attacker or even hurt giving the families cause for concern while they recover.  No amount of Thanks will ever make it up to a child who cannot play with their parents such as a son who cannot play catch with either a missing or disabled Dad.  But heartfelt Thanks and true Appreciation for their sacrifices will make them a little more bearable.
  • Thank you to all of the Police Officers who interact with Evil on a daily basis.  Yes, Evil is alive and well, and our Police Forces form the Thin Blue Line that we depend upon for keeping them at bay.  Thankfully they have helped us progress to the point where Right Makes Might as opposed to the centuries long burden of Might Makes Right that far too many people still need to suffer under today.

“In short THANK YOU.  Those two words seem so puny and may not convey the depth of thanks that our family, and the vast majority of our nation’s citizens, feel towards the Police, but they are the best that the English Language offers in that regard.  Please pass our abiding THANKS to the Officers and Staff of the Able Sector for the Police Force, as well as the rest of your compatriots in the rest of the Department.”

Amen!  🙂

It’s Not As Bad As You Think!


I’ve been having some doubts and fears creeping into my life of late.  I let those doubts convince me that I was not as strong, or courageous, as I wanted to be.

Then I had a very interesting, and enlightening, conversation with a friend.

We talked about some of my thoughts and she was able to shed new light on them.  I had been misreading some things that happened because I was not aware of the full story.  She was able to fill in some missing pieces and I discovered that I have been strong, and had been doing much better than I thought I was doing!

You may be able to imagine what that knowledge did for me.  I felt like a new person!  Where there had been doubt, there was now faith.  Where there had been weakness, there was now strength (and lots of it).  Where there had been disappointment, there was now encouragement.  And where there had been sadness, there was now joy and happiness!

It was not a big thing.  But I had let stray thoughts get in the way and let them get me down.  It was not as bad as I’d thought.

Isn’t that the way it usually is?  You build something up in your own mind.  And when you talk with someone who knows, or better yet with the person who is involved, you find out that it’s not as bad as you think.

And, it’s much easier to move on.