31 days of living free: words matter (and a letterpress giveaway!)

Rooted in Love Living Room

When we were in the thick of adopting Joseph from Nigeria, we were intentional about being sensitive to the language we used.

Words matter.

When we created a t-shirt design to help with adoption fees, we settled on an image of a tree with visible roots. As God began to form our family, we sensed that no matter how our family grew or what paths we journeyed together, we must be rooted in love.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:14-21]

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A few years later with two little ones now tucked into our nest, our prayer for our home is the same as the ones we prayed as the young newlyweds who were beginning to follow God across the globe to a little boy waiting for a family. We continue to pray that our hearts would be deeply rooted in the unfathomable deep and wide love of our creator.

Being rooted in love means that love touches every word we say.

Words matter.

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I want to be a family who dwells in the richness of love. I want to be a family who abides in truth and walks in manner worthy of the calling.

I want to be a family rooted in love.

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When I had the opportunity to create a word out of Letterpress Blocks for our home (keep reading, because there’s a $50 giveaway for you to build a word of your own!), I started overanalyzing everything, because I’m me.

What single word would I declare on my family?

I fancy myself a bit of a wordsmith, but inspiration didn’t strike.

Although I walked by that big piece of tree art hanging on my living room wall every day, I forgot. I forgot about being rooted in love. Because the rhythms of every day schedules and calendars and expectations and disappointments wedge its way into our home and into my heart and suddenly I forget about the anchor for my soul.

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That word has so much power, doesn’t it? No matter what storms come, we can’t be torn away from the Hope we have.

Our family is planted firmly and we may falter but we will never fall out of His reach.

WORDS matter letterpress blocks

Words matter.

The Word was with God and the Word was God.

What word has God placed on your heart? On your home? On your your family?

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I’m thrilled to join forces with (in)Courage and Dayspring to offer Many Sparrows readers the opportunity to win a $50 credit to customize a word from the Words Matter Letterpress Block line. The drag & drop site makes it easy to play around with the letters to create a word that fits with your personal style and home aesthetic. (Also, these letters are handcrafted and ethically-sourced in India. Could they be any more swoon-worthy?) 

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This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here. Disclaimer: Affiliate links used when applicable. (in)courage and Dayspring provided me a credit to create my own Letterpress Block word.

30 thoughts on “31 days of living free: words matter (and a letterpress giveaway!)

  1. I love these! I love that the word for your family would be rooted. That’s such a perfect word, especially with your beautiful adoption story. I think the word for my family would just be “grace” because that is truly what has helped my family the most! Having grace with one another and knowing that God gives us more grace than we could have ever imagined, and so we should be gracious with others. love this!

  2. I would have to go with either “Free” or “Redeemed” – though I’m interested to see what my husband would say unprompted! Love “rooted” – such a rich word picture. Thank you for your always encouraging words and spirit!

  3. Saw the words matter display at Allume. Smitten. Love. And Rotted is the best. I need to print all of Ephesians 3:14-21 up and frame it by our dinner table. Everyday, with our three days, everyday reading and believing. Great post and thank you.

  4. Love this Kayla. I can’t wait to catch up on your series (we’re all just busily writing our own and so November I’m going to read!). And I love what you say here! I would totally be paralyzed by a word choice. Though I think I might choose hope or joy. I love your pictures too of your home. 🙂

  5. Amen! So often I find myself barking at my little ones all too often b/c they are not moving fast enough, or listening well. But all my words need to be spoken in love– thanks be to God that the Holy Spirit is our Helper! Oh, and I would print off Glory and Grace.

  6. Love this! So helpful to think of the ONE word that describes your family. SHINE or Radiate (shine sounds better) is mine because part of our daily affirmations is this line…”We radiate the love of Christ on everyone we come in contact with today.” So thank for the reminder!

  7. I would choose the word “home,” to remind myself daily that this is not our home, but with each passing day, we’re one step closer to eternity. And I love your photos! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  8. These words:
    “Being rooted in love means that love touches every word we say.”
    Thank you – I needed to read that statement today. I think this can relate to the healthy love we have for ourselves, knowing we are loved by God and lovable! When we believe these truths, love can overflow from us.
    I join you in wanting to be a family rooted in love!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway and I’m glad to have found your blog today because of it!

  9. I love the word rooted – something that fits your family perfectly..I am going to be thinking about what my word would be. These would be great Christmas gifts too!

  10. I like the word Hope, because God has shown me through the years that he is my hope. In Him I have all I need. This would be a wonderful daily reminder to remain in him.

  11. I love the word rooted along with that lovely tree. The word that keeps popping up for me is “shine”, a reminder that I don’t have to be an extrovert to let God’s love shine through me for others.

  12. I really like the word Rooted. I have always been drawing to trees and nature, relating back to God. The Scripture [Ephesians 3:14-21] that you shared for your inspiration was spot on. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m so sorry to read this. Sending you so many hugs as you heal from a hurt I can’t even imagine. May Jesus give you hope + peace beyond all understanding.

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