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Inspirational Words Are A Honeycomb

 

I’m an inspirational writer. My words are meant to kindle—rouse. But what does that mean? Sweet and wholesome words may not always change lives, but power-filled, life-generating words have potential for transformation.

This morning I pondered the verse, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24 NIV)

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Why didn’t this verse say pleasant words are like honey? That’d make more sense. Wouldn’t inspirational words be sugary? Appetizing?  Craved by others? Sounds inspirational, doesn’t it?

No. The verse says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb…” Honeycombs…

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The honeycomb is a busy place. Life is spawned in the walls of the comb. Death occurs there in secret. Growth. Miracles happen within the cells when pollen is transformed into a sweet, sticky substance filled with nutritional and medicinal qualities.

The honeycomb is a place teeming with life and power and surrender.

The choice honey, otherwise known as life honey, is that which drips directly from the comb—a raw substance and a mystery.

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Perhaps inspired words are not what we think. Words that flow from the honeycomb will be filled with grit, depth, and emotion. They’ll not be words that only talk about courage, hope, faith, or strength, but they’ll be words that pulse and breathe transformation. Inspired words will be real, burn on the page, speak, and ignite hearts and minds.

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14 Comments
  • Nichole Hall on March 10, 2015

    Great post Ann! I have found inspired words are words that induce a call to action. Words are meant to heal, comfort and bring joy, but as you say, they can bring so much transformation.

    • Ann McCauley on March 10, 2015

      Glad to have you join the conversation, Nichole. Call to action. I like that. Let’s do it!

  • Cecilia Harberson on March 10, 2015

    Very good!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on March 10, 2015

      Hi Cecilia! I am so glad you enjoyed this. The verse has given me a lot to chew on. More posts on the honeycomb are coming. Though it’s targeted toward writers, Scripture is life to us all.

  • Jenny Carlisle on March 10, 2015

    There is substance to the honeycomb, a sense of involvement with the production of the honey. Great points to ponder!

  • Dawn on March 10, 2015

    Thank you for your healing words…. So spot on! I need to remember this for those I love the most!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on March 10, 2015

      Thanks, Dawn. Writer or not–the scripture is telling us something here about our words.

  • Elsie Brunk on March 10, 2015

    Thanks for the pertinent post, Ann. Your words, “Perhaps inspired words are not what we think. Words that flow from the honeycomb will be filled with grit, depth, and emotion. They’ll not be words that only talk about courage, hope, faith, or strength, but they’ll be words that pulse and breathe transformation. Inspired words will be real, burn on the page, speak, and ignite hearts and minds.” (Those are inspired words, Ann!) and speak to a situation I’m in now. Blessings!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on March 12, 2015

      Oh Elsie! Please share with us what you are going through and how this helped. I’d love to know. But if you are not comfortable sharing here, then message or email me. I am thrilled to have been part of His answer. He is so good.

  • Sally Chambers on March 13, 2015

    An excellent post, Ann. It made me think much more deeply about the words I write and how they affect the lives of others.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on March 19, 2015

      Why thank you, Freeda. I am blessed to hear from you. I appreciate it very much.

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