Sweet as Honey…

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul,
and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24



The way we speak, the words that come out of our mouth, how we talk to our children, what we say about our husbands … it can be sweet as honey or it can hold death … {Proverbs 18:21} … this is what the Lord is reminding me through my devotions.


It can be all too easy to often speak too harshly, too quickly or too loudly in our own homes. Yes, we want to be kind and gentle and sweet tempered, but our human nature can often be so pushy, it simply takes over … and that is a shame.

I once heard someone say we would never let a stranger speak harshly or in such a rough manner to our own children … and Lord willing, we would stand up for our husbands if someone was putting them down. What makes it acceptable to have such words coming out of our own mouths?






When my children remember their childhood, my desire is to have them remember words of encouragement and praise, love and affection coming from their mother’s mouth.
Of course, there will be correction and guidance spoken, as well, but it can be spoken in love.
It is possible to have a home that is peaceful … and for a mother to rarely raise her voice in anger … we need to guard our hearts for this to happen, however.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart,
and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 6:45






This weekend, my husband of nearly 12 years gave me the best present … he put up a laundry line in the backyard. Since we’ve been living  in our new home since November, I’ve been hanging our laundry to dry beside the indoor woodstove. But now that the sun is beginning to shine and the spring breeze is sweetly singing through the trees, I’ve been itching to hang the laundry outside …


Something as simple as a laundry line deserves beautiful praise and thankfulness … Lord, let my words be sweet.


A kind country neighbour dropped off flowers to celebrate Baby Lavender’s arrival … I shall write a thank you note and whisper back kindness to a new friend …


Bright yellow flowers freshly picked from the fields beside the house, brought to me by my six year old  … hug her in return, kiss her forehead and tell her they are so beautiful …


Singing blessings of love over the new pink bundle of baby in my arms … words that show my children how wonderful and precious they all are in the eyes of Jesus …


Sewing with my seven year old in the afternoon calm … she is frustrated but we work through it … words of encouragement are needed and patient speech is required …


the final product … a clothespin bag for our new laundry line …

Now, when hanging the many loads of family laundry … let this little sewing project be a reminder to guard the words that come from my mouth …


The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 4:1

May 6, 2014 - 10:13 am

admin Jen, the sign was a present from my MIL! I think she found it a local store in Orangeville but I’m not sure! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

May 6, 2014 - 8:41 am

admin MammaH, I received your email but it was deleted by accident! Yes, you can post about the Looms for Love online! All the help is appreciated! 🙂

May 3, 2014 - 8:59 am

melissa rice my oldest and i sat here and poured through your pages after finding your blog by accident (is anything an accident?) i can tell you my heart soared with memories of a time where you are at and i am no longer. i loved it, every picture of your sweet girls speaks love and warmth into my life. we are a homeschooling family of 4 girls ages 16-9. we have one child in heaven. our lives are full and your stories are a reminder of where we came from. sometimes it can get messy and tiring in the middle so thanks for the reminders of our once sweet and innocent time.

PS our girls are all names beginning with “k”

May 1, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Jen Heemskerk I just read Luke 6:45 a few days ago and now you’ve done a post on it! It’s a gentle reminder that I need to watch the words that come out of my mouth!
As a side note: where did you get your little laundry sign?

May 1, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Erin Lynn Thanks so very much for the sweet reminders. Just praying about this, as I am trying to be gentle with my speech. I get so caught up in trying to correct my girls with their responses that I forget that “more is caught than taught.”

May 1, 2014 - 12:13 am

Rachel Beautiful reminder.

P.S. My husband just got an outdoor clothesline and he’s over the moon about it too! Simple, efficient, earth-friendly…he just doesn’t have as pretty a clothespin bag as you. 🙂

April 30, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Claire I love this reminder Gillian, we should never under estimate our words as mothers. You said it so well said! Thanks for posting!!

April 29, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Mama H I love,love hanging clothes out on the line!My girlies love sewing!Watching what comes out of my mouth and my actions are so crucial.I’ve really been focused on my homemaking lately,and want my kiddos to remember a mama who was kind and sweet and loved the Lord with all her heart!