At Home with Winsome Words

Come on in the house.

I’m glad to see you.

You’re such a blessing to me.

I’m thankful you’re my friend.

God bless you.

You did such a good job!

Good night, sweetie.

Words matter. In fact, they can encourage, enlighten, and edify a person’s heart. Winsome words stir warm memories, make us think, inspire us, and extend welcome. Those are the ones I want to speak and display in my home.

Join me for a brief tour of our house to see some words I’ve chosen to display.

Well, y’all, I’m Southern and that’s what we say here. Doesn’t this greeting cultivate a sense of welcome?

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. –I Peter 4:8-9 ESV


Erin, my dear friend, asked me one day which accent colors I intended to use in a newly painted room. Months later, I found this treasure under my Christmas tree. Do you agree with the words she cross-stitched on this sampler?

10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. . . .19 We love because he first loved us.  –1 John 4:10, 19 ESV


This little piece of art in my kitchen reminds me to take concerns to God instead of worrying about them or uttering complaining words. Do you need reminders like I do?

Pray without ceasing. –1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV


My sweet friend, Susan brought an assortment of pretty magnets to a birthday gathering for high school friends. This is the one I selected. Can you imagine how these words encourage me to focus on blessings?

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24 ESV


From the time she was about four years old, our daughter would respond to “I love you,” with “Love you more.” What perfect words for this moment we shared just before her wedding! (I do love that girl . . .more!) Would you agree that the memory of  joyous words is worth capturing?

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. –Proverbs 17:22 ESV


This custom-made postcard sparks memories of my dear friend Lisa visiting from Kent, Ohio. We laughed a lot and prayed together. Time with friends is time well-spent. Which words come to mind when you think of dear friends?

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. –Proverbs 27:17 ESV


I enjoy sharing encouragement through words, acts of kindness, and meaningful gifts to brighten someone’s day. Knowing this, my talented friend Katy painted this canvas just for me. How can our words serve as blessings to other people?

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. –Proverbs 16:24 ESV

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick “tour of words” in my home and that you’re thinking of ways to use words to bless others.

Your words will brighten my day!

In the comments below, please tell me if this post has been a blessing to you and how you use words in your home or conversation to encourage others.

Thank you for reading.


A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold

in a setting of silver.

      –Proverbs 25:11 ESV

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16 thoughts on “At Home with Winsome Words

  1. Thankful today for this! You are so true, words are powerful and used this way is so lifting to the soul. Love you

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      Linda, we are in agreement about the words we speak and display. Thank you so much for reading.

  2. I am so thankful for this today. A reminder how powerful words are and used in this way, a blessing to the soul

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      You are right about words being powerful. They can destroy or build. I’m thankful you were blessed by the post.

  3. Amen, Sister!!

  4. What lovely, simple but sweet ways to say what you believe and convey it to your guests. Im going to look around at the words used in my house and remember who and when they got here. Also what a meaningful gift idea,especially for just little ‘Happies””to give for no reason at all except you wanted to share a friendship. Much love to you , Jeannie!

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      Paula, you’re probably a word lover like me, so I’m sure you’ll do just as you said. I appreciate your kind words.

  5. Loved these warming words and that picture of you and that special girl!

  6. Post Author Jeannie Waters

    Thank you so much, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  7. I loved this post! I hadn’t thought about it, but we have lots of words around our house too. Words are so powerful, aren’t they? Blessings!

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      Yes, words are powerful, Alynda. Maybe that’s why the Bible gives so much instruction about our words. Thanks for reading!

  8. This is beautiful, Jeannie. Thank you for reminding us of the power of positive words.

  9. Thank you for encouraging me through your words. It is such a joy and blessing to know you!!
    And this reminded me to look around at the words displayed in my home. God is so good!! Thank you my friend.

    • Post Author Jeannie Waters

      Yes, He is, Brandi. I’m glad you found the post encouraging and that it prompted you to notice words in your home. Trust me, once you start, it’s hard to stop.

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