words

May 29, 2016

i’ve been thinking so much lately about the power of our words. the life-giving power tucked in to the words that we speak.

i’ve always “known” this on some level; known the verses and understood the concept. but now i am living the real application.

specific words spoken to me and over me lately have literally gone to the deepest of my core and breathed life in dark and weary and scared places.

i have reached out in desperation to a trusted love and immediately been met with the energy and thought and prayer behind specific words of counsel.

GOD has been so gracious to soften and open my heart to the deep, deep value and gift of what we can offer each other – life and hope and true encouragement.

“death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (proverbs 18:21)

death and life!

it can be so easy as we move through our lives and are met with outreach from someone hurting – to respond quickly, superficially. because we don’t get the gravity of their situation; the desperation and hurt behind their need. i’ve so been there. but being on this end – at times, so scared and desperate and fearful – and experiencing the reality of this biblical truth: life and death … LORD,  i pray this remains with me.

i have read and reread texts and emails that felt like soul-liberation … words that so perfectly lifted and eased the anxiety gripping my heart.

“anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (proverbs 12:25).

and i’ve felt this in big and small ways – words that spoke to my dark fears and anxieties, and those that simply  boosted my spirits.

i walked through the grocery store yesterday, just feeling some lifting from my last chemo, nose and mouth awash in sores and cracks, hat covering nearly-hairless head, and a lady looked up on the pasta aisle and said, “you are gorgeous.” and i said, “no way! i sure don’t feel like it.” “but you are,” she said. her words made me cry, and were such an encouragement to my spirit. i am so not gorgeous but that moment reminded me how much we can impact someone simply by a simple sentence spoken.

“gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (proverbs 16:24)

i feel an eternal gratitude for the gifts of deep, faithful friendships in my life … i couldn’t be walking this journey alone!

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