Friday, February 25, 2011

the queen's speech

dear emily,

after enjoying the excellent movie, the king's speech, i kept
thinking about the positive influence of the queen.  her commit-
ment was inspiring, as she continued to drag her charming but
stammering husband to one speech pathologist after another.
does her loving perseverance  save the king's speech and rally
a nation?  if your history is shaky, you must watch the movie!

when i was a young bride i heard a teaching entitled, 'the power
of a woman to influence for good or evil.'  it stunned me, since i
had never thought much of my influence.  i was more concerned
with my tan in those days.

every woman from eve to deborah and jezebel to mary has
leveraged her influence toward the grievous or the worthy.  my
tally score is not as praiseworthy as i wish.  last night at dinner i
grumbled to my husband against a loved one instead of gently
urging him with kinder speech. . . the queen's speech.


"whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, lovely,
and admirable . . . "  philippians 4:8

for the brave of heart:  1 kings 19:2


Thistle Cove Farm said...

Hi Lea, the hand that rocks the cradle rocks the world, for good or ill. Sometimes the cradle contains the child, sometimes the adult. I've not seen this movie but want to; is it as uplifting as it appears from the commercials?

Farm Girl said...

Lea, I am so glad I heard that message when I was young too. The regrets I would have now if I had not been made aware of the power behind the throne. I still shiver about what I could have done to my home, my life and my marriage if I had not ran across Proverbs 14:1 A wise woman builds her house, a foolish one tears it down with her own hands. What heartache I could have caused.
Thanks for your recommendation of The Kings Speech. I am planning to see it if life ever slows down. :)

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I loved that movie. Will be rooting for Colin Sunday night. xxoo jenny

Terra said...

Oh Lea, I like your idea of the queen's speech and our power. I want to see The King's Speech movie.

Jeannie B. said...

You have given me alot to think about. I do a Ladies Retreat every year and this would be a good topic. Thanks.

Vee said...

I thought the same thing after seeing the movie...the queen was certainly a good influence and totally devoted to the king. The good far outweighed "the bad" in this movie.

Silver Strands said...

Great food for thought Lea ... thank you!

Rachel said...

Love that you call it "the queen's speech". That will prompt me to better remember next time I open my mouth to my husband!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I've even heard it said that wives "civilize" their husbands and sons. Now that's power!

Darcie said...

I haven't' seen this movie...yet! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. I have had a renewed purpose and love for my place as a wife and a mother over the past year. I have so much work to do, but thankfully my husband and children make it so easy.

Gloria said...

Great reminder that we all influence those we come into contact with on a daily basis. We do need to be careful of our speech.
I have not seen the movie, it sounds like a must to see...:) Thanks for recommendting it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO Gloria

Southern Lady said...

Lea, what a great post! I sometimes forget the power I have over situations in my home. Thank you for the gentle reminder. Thanks for asking about Carson's music. We were unable to make any contacts in Nashville. Only one person even responded to our emails. I have decided that the Nashville music scene must be a private club that one can enter by invitation only. She is not discouraged, however. She is still singing her little heart out!

Dawn said...

I love your posts. Quick, articulate wisdom that packs a real punch.

Thanks for the challenge.

Town and Country Mom said...

Loved the movie, and this post is beautiful and thought-provoking. Our influence is powerful, if not always immediately effective.

KarenHarveyCox said...


I once heard an inspiration speech by a woman years ago. She said that if we want to lean on a man then we have to fluff him up just like a pillow.

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I will. We did a semester studying the women in the Bible at Bible study. I was so taken with the strength of these women and the wisdom in which they treated the men in their life.


High Heeled Life said...

I so want to watch the King's Speech ... great post..xo HHL

Susan B said...

An excellent post Lea. I hope to see that movie soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mountain Mama said...

I have not seen that movie - yet. Have heard great things about it. Need to get my (big - these days) buns to the theatre!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Once again so much said in so few words...a true gift.
Powerful words and I am convicted. I am so glad there is new grace and mercy each day.
Sounds like a good date movie.

Sonja said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I like the message it gave!

Yes, I was pretty much all about the tan too... I see a lot more clearly now, but my 'tally' still needs the bar raised higher many days.


Hey... how was Sunday Lane's opening? I know it must have been great!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Yes it is an excellent and uplifting movie. I have been thinking of the very matters you raise in the context of my work recently ... I can join the grumbles or be a positive influence ... working on being the latter.

Cheri Bunch said...

I loved the movie, Lea! I have seen it twice already and noticed new things with the second viewing. I loved the relationship between the King and Queen. She was an amazing woman! Such an example of grace.

Your words are wise, as always! Thank you for an awesome post! You have influenced me in positive ways! So grateful for you!!!


Gwendolyn said...

So true. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." Prov. 18:21 Each word we speak influences one way or another doesn't it? Thank you for this important reminder.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I loved the movie, but did not ponder for very long what an influential role the Queen Mum played in the King's ability to overcome his stuttering. You're so right--her encouraging words probably made the difference in his willingness to give Lionel a go. What a difference her words made.

Steph said...

Appreciate this post so much.

Jenners said...

I confess that I have not yet seen this movie though it is getting so many accolades. And I love how you made the connection to "loftier" thoughts.

Deborah Ann said...

Did not see that movie, but I'm hearing a lot about it in blogland. Will def put that on my to-do list.

My tally score...not brag-worthy. But God is still putting up with me, and that's always good...

Susy said...

I loved this so much I emailed the link to my Life Group ladies, and linked to it on Facebook. We can never be reminded too often of the power of our words. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

Lea! How are you?! Good to catch up on your blog! :)

Anonymous said...

Such a good reminder! The Lord has been dealing with me about my mouth lately and I am trying to use my influence much more wisely! Thanks for the inspiring words as always!!

micah said...

A great word, Miss Lea! So eloquently put! I wish my tally score was on the more uplifting side when speaking to my spouse. I will endeavor to work on that! As always, thank you for your gentle reminders!

Bereangirl said...


How true it is that a woman has such great influence - what a joy it is to lovingly support my husband and boys, influencing them toward Godliness in word and deed, as opposed to trying to be the head of the household, which I tried - uh! -what a disaster! So I say, it is good that my husband is the king, but it is also good to be his queen =)
Thanks for the post!

God Is Enthralled By Your Beauty said...

Hi Lea...This is an awesome reminder! Wow!!! The Queen's speech...yes...we are such a powerful force when we allow the Holy Spirit to move in and through us...beautiful sister, just beautiful. I am now following you via your blog, thank you so much for coming over to visit mine.

Lana said...

Lea, I haven't seen that movie yet, but have it on my list.
Thank you for reminding me of my power to influence. I will certainly be mindful of that in the days to come.