Monday, August 8, 2011


Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

Isaiah stood in the sizzling sun, brown toes curled over the deck boards, knees bent and spring-loaded for action. Then he pulled his goggles over his eyes, the band creating wild, wet tufts of white hair at the back of his head.

“Hey, Mom, watch this!”

Then took a leap. When he hit the water, cool drops rained over my own legs. Within a second, Zay’s head broke the surface, and his tiny face turned upward, back toward the deck, for my approval.

Honeycomb, I thought, as I sensed the Holy Spirit’s gentle prompt. My sweet golden boy is looking for honeycomb.

Pleasant words. God says they’re like honey. They taste good. They’re nourishing. Good for the soul. Healing.

“Zay,” I said. “That was an awesome jump. Purely athletic!”

My son’s smile stretched wide.

I smiled, too.

Thanks, God, for the reminder. May my words, in Your good grace, be sweet nourishment for my sons.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens, was released last week. “The Prize” and “Hard Truth”, two stories from my own preteen years, are included.

If you'd like to order, follow this link:  Just for Preteens

Glory to God!


  1. Pure honey my dear, pure honey! I think God drizzled honey on your soul, it seeps out in magical words spurred by precious moments in your life that you so gracefully craft into beautiful amber colored jems for the rest of to flavor our lives with :) You are amazing.

  2. My dear friend Sarah you are an inspiration and encouragement to me. And right. Back. At. You. Girl. I love you deeply. Thank you for the kind words - but most of all, for your frienship.:)

  3. So thankful for the reminders that God is grace. Congratulations on your Chicken Soup stories! I've been published in a few of those too and it's such fun to receive a big box of books. :)

  4. Thanks, Amanda! The box of books is fun:) Which books are your stories in?