Take Words With You


While taking my early morning walk, the phrase— take words with you, kept resonating in my mind. I needed to go back and look at the verse again. Sure it would take extra time but what

better way of spending my morning to find fresh manna for the day?

I like the way the NIV started; Take words with you…but I chose the King James version because of the strange phrase – render calves of our lips.

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips—Hosea 2:14.

I had never seen the word calves used as a metaphor to describe the offering of our lips. Have you?

In my study I found the Hebrew word means Par– with the biblical use meaning young bull, steer, bullock. When I did the commentary study the correct meaning of the verse opened up.

“Literally Hosea 14:2  says;  for we will offer the calves of our lips. Since bull calves were often brought for sacrifice, the translators felt justified in putting it…for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

However, the more literal rendering shows just how plainly our words of praise, worship, confession, petition, or intercession can be a sacrifice before God.” Quote taken from www.DavidGusik.com.

My thoughts: Is not this the better sacrifice we can present before God? Can we make the decision to take the needed time to offer the Lord the first fruit of our lips…calves of our lips…to give Him our praise and worship, confession, petition and intercession?

I believe Mary understood it to be so when she chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She must have taken his words into the day as she greeted others and shared the nuggets of truth he spoke.

My Prayer:  Lord Jesus, remind me of the importance of spending time with you each day so I will be able to take your words with me whereever I go. 


Praise Him!

The little rough brown package came late that day. I eagerly tore into the box and found the little plastic solar gadget my friend had promised to send. Along with the gift was a card explaining it would take the morning sun to make it work. Smiling, I placed the gift on my kitchen windowsill.

When I awoke the next morning, the sun was just starting to rise and the gadget had already begun to respond to its rays.

Praise Him I stood there smiling as I watched the dancing flower and reread the sweet message God had spoken into Nancy’s heart. And now mine!

“As the sun’s rays poured through my window, this little mechanism gradually moved its petals and flower more and more, until it looked like it was worshipping the Lord!

What a picture of what happens to us, when we allow the rays of His precious Holy Spirit to permeate us with His Presence. The more I invite Him to ‘shine’ in me, the more I want to raise my hands and shout: 

Praise Him! Praise Him!”—Nancy Heaney

Nancy is a survivor of breast cancer and a picture of perfect health with the glow of Jesus on her face. She has learned to praise God in all circumstances.

I want to add my praise: When my husband Dave and I received the news we would never be able to have children, we were devastated. Yet within six weeks, the Lord blessed us with a baby girl through adoption. Four and a half years later, our miracle son was born. Years later, God blessed us with seven grandchildren!

Praise Him…Praise Him!

He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me. (Psalm 50:23 NASB)



Come and Heal

pink rose with due
Weary and worn out from my journey
I sat down one day to pray.
 the Master who knew my heartache,
placed his hand on my head and prayed.
He prayed, Father, this is your daughter.
Come and heal her soul today.
Pour your oil upon her heartache,
and wipe all her tears away.
Don’t you know how much I love you?
Can’t you see I died for you? 
And dear child if you love me,
take my hand and trust and obey. 

Come to me when you’re weary and I will give you rest. Mathew 11:28