Crossword puzzles with a pen

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad”  Proverbs 12:25 (NASB)

I have been getting into crossword puzzles lately. I heard that it is good exercise for the brain of those who are getting old. Now that I am in my 50’s, I figure I need to keep my aging brain in training.

I have noticed that these puzzles usually have a couple major phrases that intersect many words. If I get these phrases, I have a huge advantage because I get letters of many intersecting words. Every letter is a hint to the clues. The more words I get, the more hints get created. The puzzle gets easier as more hints appear.

In our daily routine, our lives intersect with others. We can ignore them, or be rude to them, or throw a good word their way. People we run across all have their secrets, philosophies, pressures, worries and anxieties. According to today’s verse, we can impact their hearts in a positive way!

I once saw a sign outside a 4th grade classroom; “PEOPLE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. KIND WORDS SPOKEN HERE”.


Heavenly Father, help me to be a letter that intersects the lives of others, so that my words give them a hint toward a glad heart, and a hint toward them looking to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.



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