Saturday, July 24, 2010


There are two words the experts advise not to use when having a "discussion" with your spouse. They are "always" and "never." (as in: "You never listen." or "You always say you'll call and then you never do.")

I must confess that I have been guilty of the over-use of these two culprits. It never (and here the word is quite accurate) works out very well. They have the power to short-circuit any possible chance of a rational conversation. Instead of focusing on the issue, we end up "discussing" whether it really is always or never. There is no good place to go from there.

I have, however, found Someone who uses those words with great accuracy. They have the power, when used by Him, to bring encouragement and hope.

"...and lo, I am with you ALWAYS, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28: 20

"Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall ALWAYS be with the Lord."
I Thess. 4:17

"Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS; and again I will say, rejoice!"
Philippians 4:4

"but whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall NEVER thirst;..."
John 4:14

"Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall NEVER see death."
John 8:51

" ...for He Himself has said, 'I will NEVER desert you, nor will I ever forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5

Oh that my words would be more like His words.
"The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times."
Psalm 12:6


P.S. "His love will ALWAYS, NEVER fail."
(from the song "Illogical Case of Love" by Janet Paschal)


  1. so very true... I have been guilty too Linda.


    He is ALWAYS faithful.


  2. Wise words again, Linda. I wish someone had pointed this out when I was much younger! But we are never too old to learn, are we.....

  3. Lovely, as always. So so true.

  4. Such truth. I'm so glad His words
    never fail and are always true.
    Blessings to you,

  5. so nice to be back and catch up on everyones blog
    great lesson you taught here today (o:

  6. He is our "Always and Never" ... there is great comfort in that.

  7. Oh, yes. Those absolutes. They only work if we are perfect, don't they? :)

  8. Yes! Yes! Yes! I like His use of those words much better than my own :) And yes, that He would fill my mouth (and my heart) with "pure words"... to think of the difference that would make in so many, many relationships!

  9. Thank you Linda for putting it so clearly with the different passages of Scripture. It is *always* a treat to come visit you because you inspire me to get to know God more. {hugs}

  10. Where would we be without the Promises of God? We can only live by these Promises if we know what they are...and in order to know what they are, we must read His Word. Thanks for reminding us of His great Promises! The promises we can ALWAYS count on.

  11. Powerful words indeed when they come from our Source of strength. I know I have used them with my husband, but the outcome was never great :)

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom, my friend.

  12. this post is so wise, and so very convicting that it hurts. i've been failing in regards to this with my husband lately. i love you linda, and how you remind me of who i serve. xo

  13. So true...God is a ALWAYS God. Glad to see you back. Love & Blessings

  14. Hi Linda!
    Oh you have a great post honest {about people} and so true {about God}.

    Always and Never!

    and yesterday, I posted about Old and New
    Thank you for keeping me in scriptures, Linda...
    I know there are many old/new verses...
    and here's one~
    "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The old things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind."
    Isaiah 65:17.

    Thank you so much for your gentle teaching and reminders to seek God in His Word ♥

  15. Linda, I love this. He gets to say all kinds of things that of course I should steer clear of. But He can say them because He makes them true.

    See your comments over at HCB and keep thinking I should get over to say hello. I'm glad I did!