Living Words

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

I’ve liked this Proverb since I was in my twenties, because a motherly friend gave me the book, Apples of Gold, to encourage me through some maturing times in my marriage. I still remember reading these words: “Some women are so busy trying to make good husbands that they forget to make good wives.” I had to refocus a couple of things.

Words fascinate me. I like word paintings where “wildflowers” and “meadowlarks” fill a “meadow.” I enjoy imaginative words like “kaleidoscope” or “hippopotamus.” I especially like to combine words; I can put “chocolate” together with “doughnut” or “truffle” and...