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The Watered Soul: Speak Up

Dec 29, 2010

Speak Up

As I read my daily scriptures a piece of a passage of scripture from Proverbs 31:8a resonated with me.

Speak up for those who can not speak for themselves; (NLT)


speak upImmediately my mind goes to the helplessness of children. But there are many who are without a voice.  Cut on the TV, listen to radio, or sit among people and no doubt you will hear a lot of talk. But how much of it is being used to speak for the nameless millions who are unable to speak for themselves?

On a personal level it has me contemplating this question: Am I using my voice as an instrument for others? I think back to all the times I was unable (and still am at times) to speak for myself due to fear. Fear has a way of slamming a person mouth shut tight.

Lord help us to see past the smiles and hear beyond the nice platitudes of those we encounter. May we discern the hurt, pain, or hopelessness they’re unable to voice and may we bring it before you on their behalf.  In Jesus name.


Linking up with Internet Café Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday.


At December 29, 2010 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

What a powerful and important message. Great WFW - have a fabulous day, Wanda!

At December 29, 2010 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

Awesome Message! Praying we will be able to step past the fear and speak out....

At December 29, 2010 at 8:05 AM , Blogger hip-chick said...

A very important verse. It is up to us to take care of each other.

At December 29, 2010 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Susan said...

What a powerful verse, and COMMAND!!

Great word...

Happy New Year♥

At December 29, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

Thank you that's powerful!

At December 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Powerful is a good word, for this word!!!

At December 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM , Anonymous Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Excellent points for this Word-Filled Wednesday. I've noticed a lot of news articles this past month that abuse of seniors is rising - in homes and in facilities. Another important area to monitor closely, supervise well, and listen carefully with spiritual ears, then speak up as necessary. Thanks for this timely reminder!

At December 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM , Anonymous Andrea said...

This is so powerful. There are so many people who don't have a voice of their own. Happy WFW!

At December 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

I've seen so many in my community (homeless shelters, etc.) where they only thing hindering them from getting to the next place in their journey was a voice. As a caregiver myself for someone who is very ill, I know that one of the best things we can do is be a voice.

Blessings to you, Wanda.

At December 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Angel @ Finding The Inspiring said...

Thank you for this powerful message - something God has been impressing on me recently as well. God bless you and thank you so much for commenting on my recent article on marriage. I appreciate the encouragement. Happy new year to you!

At December 29, 2010 at 3:54 PM , Blogger daylily777 said...

Amen! I agree ,many need our help & prayers . Very thought provoking WFW.

At December 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

Very powerful and thought provoking.

Happy New Year Wanda.

At December 29, 2010 at 7:25 PM , Blogger Suely - HD said...


Happy New Year,

God Bless,

At December 29, 2010 at 9:55 PM , Anonymous ozjane said...

That is a super challenging verse especially in regard to prayer for organization like Christian Mission for the Blind or CMB that work all over the world in all areas of handicaps. We need to speak up to God for them in support of their work.
I think it is also very relevant to our neighbours and workmates.....who else pleads with God for them....who speaks up for them at the throne of grace?

At December 29, 2010 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

I just read this verse today. I was touched by its simplicity. I agree with you - we must champion the marginalized, comfort the brokenhearted, reach out to the lost, and always speak on God's behalf. Even in our prayers - intercession is SO important.

Thanks for this good word, Wanda.


At December 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM , Anonymous Lorna said...

Interesting thought . . . great message.

Praying you have Great New Year! May God's blessings be with you and yours.


At December 30, 2010 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Ellen aka Ella said...

So many times I feel like we are thinking similar thoughts. I typed about fear, on my recent post and I come here and see what you said.
Amazing! You are so right,to think of the bigger picture~ I use to be shy, not many believe that, but I was!

At December 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM , Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Wanda,

There are so many silent voices that are muffled by those only want more for themselves. I am grieved to think that I live in a world where greed and selfishness continue to dominate the collective consciousness of mankind. I am however, encouraged that God extends grace, speaking through you and other believers in Christ.

May the coming year provide you with opportunity to continue sharing God's grace and love.

Thank you for your friendship and fellowship.

Blessings and peace.


At December 30, 2010 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Dean Spencer said...

Wanda -

I sincerely believe that by being the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves that we are ministering to them. Christians are called to help the less fortunate, the weak, the feeble, and the broken-hearted.

God will honor those efforts and blessings will come because of their faithfulness.

Excellent post. Have a Happy New Year! God bless!



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