As we walk through the daily grind, the type of conversations we have with God make up our spiritual vocabulary.
As a parent of young children, I am constantly bombarded with new gadgets to buy. A lot of the marketing out there plays on the parental fear that something I do — or neglect to do — will mess up my child.
Since my prominent love language is words, one tool I came across recently definitely
tapped into that fear grabbed my attention.
“The LENA Digital Language Processor (DLP) can capture up to 16 hours of your child’s language environment… it collects the sounds and words that your child says and hears.”
This tiny electronic gizmo drops into your child’s clothing and actually tracks what they call conversational turns — “those moments when you speak to your child and your child responds, and vice versa”.
Why would people pay up to $699 to track words exchanged between adult and baby?
The Power Of Talk
The answer lies in the LENA Research Report called “The Power Of Talk”. The study conducted by PhDs Betty Hart and Todd Risley determined that a child’s intellectual success is directly related to the amount of talk the child hears from birth to age three.
Children that hear 30 million words by age three versus 10 million words later scored 40 points higher in IQ tests.
Interestingly enough, the type of word spoken was also noted.
Words of encouragement spoken to them outnumbered words issued as commands or disapproval. By a ratio of 3 to 1.
Although this study prompted me to do a reality check on how much conversation I initiated with my children, I immediately thought about my relationship with God:
- How much of God’s words am I allowing to soak into my daily world?
- When I speak to God, am I pausing long enough to actually listen and anticipate an answer?
- How many conversation turns am I having with God?
If there was a spiritual equivalent to this conversation tracker, I wondered what words would fill my spiritual vocabulary?
As I walk through the daily grind of life, I encounter countless words that command me to trust myself more than God’s love and provision.
Sometimes it’s the words I say to myself when I fall short of my own expectations. Worry, weary, incomplete.
On the days my disposition is sunny, the world has plenty of messages to disparage me. Just be more, do more, have more… you are not enough.
Even church culture can fall culprit to performance-focused importance: be spiritual via achievement and prominence.
On the contrary, whenever I turn to God’s vocabulary, I find His words are full of life.
His words of love reign independent of human reality.
Conversational Love Turns
Whenever I wander off too long on my own words or the words of others, I inevitably end up unsettled and restless.
Each time it happens, I return to the Author of unconditional love and provision.
Here are some of our conversational love turns, Scripture I’m soaking in, to take to memory.
To be reassured that I am valued by God–
“For your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.” Psalm 26:3
In my desire to be noticed —
“The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
In my fear that it’s too late —
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten–the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm–my great army that I sent among you.” Joel 2:25
What are the words that fill your spiritual vocabulary?
Is there Scripture that has caught your attention? Share something you’ve been soaking in.
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68
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