Sometimes I don’t realize the blessings I have until they are taken away, whether for a period of time or permanently. This past month I came down with a cold which quickly developed into laryngitis. I could barely talk for over a week! During this time as a family we had two music/singing performances, so I did my best to sing with no voice! As I have gotten better, I realized the blessing the Lord has given most people of the ability to express their thoughts to one another verbally. Truly the gift of speech is something I often take for granted. I’m reminded as well of the fact that when I speak, I want my words to be meaningful and life giving. How often I speak too quickly or without regard for the person I am talking with! These verses from Proverbs have helped me to keep my perspective in how I speak to others: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 and then, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23. May the Lord remind you today of the joy of speech, and may He enable you to speak a word in season to those around you.