Words are powerful! They have the potential to tear down our relationships or build them up. Ever since I (Joanna) was a young girl, I loved words. I would spend hours writing stories and poems. When I went to college, it just made sense to pursue a major in communications. Even though I took numerous writing and even a public speaking class, I was never taught was how to talk to people with kindness and express my thoughts in a way that protected other people’s hearts.
If we are honest, we all could use some help understanding the power of words to impact our relationships. That’s why we are excited to have Sarah Molitor with us. Sarah is a wife, mother of seven kids, and the author of Well Said: Choosing Words that Speak Life, Give Grace, and Strengthen Your Faith and Family. You may know Sarah from her thriving social media community at Modern Farmhouse Family.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- The power words carry in our relationships
- How God can sometimes do more in our lives when we hold our tongue
- Common pitfalls our words can lead us into
- And so much more!
This conversation was such an honor, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
- [BOOK] Well Said: Choosing Words that Speak Life, Give Grace, and Strengthen Your Faith and Family
- Connect with Sarah on Instagram, Facebook, or her website
1) We aren’t called to say everything in every situation. There are times when holding back and holding our tongues can be just as powerful as speaking up. It’s important to be just as good of a listener to other people’s words as it is to cultivate our own words well. There are absolutely times when it is important to speak up, but it’s important to remember that there are also times when it is best to stay silent.
2) It’s okay to step away sometimes. This is different from running away from a conflict or saying, “I’m leaving.” What we are referring to here is recognizing your triggers and knowing when you get to a point that nothing good will come from continuing the conversation in the present moment. When this happens, it can be the healthiest thing to give yourself a break and return to the conversation when you can approach it from a healthier place.
3) We have to hold ourselves accountable for what we have said. Repairing our relationships begins with taking accountability for the things that we have said. Forgiveness isn’t just saying “I’m sorry.” It’s important to show that we remember the words we said, acknowledge how they may have hurt the other person, and genuinely apologize for them.
Meet Our Guest
Sarah Molitor is an author, former Registered Nurse, wife, and mom to seven kids. She runs a thriving social media community called Modern Farmhouse Family where she encourages, challenges, and prays for women all over the world. Sarah loves candy (but dislikes chocolate) and finds extra joy in photography and baking.