The Wisdom of a Father

Anytime Dad wanted to make his point he’d always call me Tammy Lynn. Middle names were given by mothers and fathers to make children sit up and pay attention, a sort of call to order when important things were being spoken.

Dad used to say with that, some day you’ll see that I’m right, tone of voice, “what you say is what you’ll get, so be sure to think before you speak, Tammy Lynn.”

I can vividly recall the days when I was thinking about what kind of man I might marry. I was quite certain I had absolute control over that decision and emphatically proclaimed that I’d never marry a drummer, as drummers were entirely too noisy. I’d certainly never marry a man named Jim, because that name was for whatever reason, unattractive to me at the time.

God has a witty sense of humor and never forgets our edicts.  That’s probably in order to prove how little we know.  As irony would have it- I did both.  I married a drummer named Jim.  Go figure.

That was 27 years ago this August, and in all those years I’ve had countless experiences with the power of the spoken word. Not every one believes in the creation story as presented in the book of Genesis, but I do.  I believe that God spoke the universe, the sun, moon and stars, the ocean and all living creatures into existence as an example to us.  We have phenomenal power in the words we speak to either create a life of joy, prosperity and health, or to create hatred, calamity and illness.

If you don’t believe me, take a day and make some careful observations.  Listen to the words that are spoken by those around you–at home, at work, at the grocery store, or any public place.  Pay attention to the dialogue you hear on television.  We are constantly speaking our destiny into our lives. Not only are the words we speak impacting our  direction and future choices, but they have a profound effect over other people on their direction and choices.

I remember when I began toying with the idea of writing a book.  I knew absolutely nothing about the publishing industry, or about the actual process of authoring a book. I believed I could do it, and knew I had something valuable to share with others.  But the naysayers were everywhere!

“It’s impossible to get a book published today.”

“It takes much too much time to write a book, and you will never finish it.”

“Why would you want to do something like that?  You have children to raise!”

And on and on it went…  If I had listened to every negative word spoken about my dream, my first book would still not be in print.  So instead, I surrounded myself with those who shared my vision, and understood my heart.  “That’s a great idea!”   “When will it be finished?”  “You absolutely need to do that.”  “There are so many people who can benefit from your experiences.” See the difference?

Every day I sat down at my computer and told myself I had something valuable to say.  My words could change lives.  And they have and they do.  That’s the power of the word- whether we speak it, or write it- we have incredible authority in the words we choose to use because they are an extension of the spirit within us.

If our spirits are tapped into the Creator of all things, then the way we view our world and the way we express those views is altered by the greatest force the universe has ever known. I love this promise in the book of Isaiah.  “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord.  “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the Lord. 59:21( NIV)

What an incredible promise for those who believe and make an attentive choice to speak faith on a daily basis into their own lives and the lives of their families.  We can have what we say, and we can be what we speak. I’m so grateful that my father instilled such truth into my heart, when He said:

“What you say is what you’ll get, so be sure to think before you speak.” My prayer daily is that my words would magnify and glorify God and my speech would edify my own spirit, and the spirits of those within my direct influence.  I think David put it so eloquently when he said this; May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
(Psalm 19:14 NIV)

©2009, Tamra Nashman

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