Daily Truth: ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
At three years of age children have a word usage of 500-1,100 words. By five to seven years of age children have an average expressive vocabulary of 3,000-5,000 words.
These statistics are based on the work done by Becca Jarzynski, a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She further states, ” And it’s even more important to note that at least one study (Hart and Risley, 2006) found that the significant variability in children’s vocabulary at the age of three was strongly related to the amount of talking parents did with their children.”
I could go on with how to increase your child’s vocabulary through “conversational speech”, how reading books to your child is important, how active listening stimulates more conversation, and asking questions such as “why” and “how” all help to develop your child’s vocabulary and thinking ability. But, today’s focus is on the most important words…God’s.
In John 1:1 “…the Word was with God…” with Jesus and when He spoke.
Matthew 8:26 The disciples said of Jesus, “….the winds and the sea obey him.” Matthew 9:6-7 Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” Mark 1:25-26 Jesus ordered, the spirit, “Be silent and come out of him!” Luke 8:54-55 Jesus took her hand and called out, “Child arise!”
Over and over again Jesus spoke and things happened. God’s Word is what brought all things to life. Sin entered and God provided an “alive” Word through His Son Jesus.
What word has God spoken to you lately? Your sins are forgiven, do not let your hearts be troubled, if anyone has an ear let him hear. Whatever Christ is saying, let His Word grow in you. Don’t let the most important “Word” drown in the business of the day.
To spend time with God and in His Word equips us for each new day. God’s Word, Jesus’ Words are recorded for us in the Bible. God is at work re-creating us through His Word.
A suggested book to read is “The Greatest WORDS EVER SPOKEN” Everything Jesus said about You, Your Life, And Everything Else by Steven K. Scott.
Colossians 3:6 ” Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom….”
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson