Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Power of Words (+ a Give-Away!)

Earlier this week, Renee Swope had a Proverbs 31 devotional entitled "Just the Right Words" and in it she shared part of my story. I am touched and humbled to think God used my story to encourage others, but the work He's doing through this doesn't end there.

No, He has me reflecting and really thinking about the power of words! If you missed the story I encourage you to go and read the devotional now...

As Renee mentioned, Leanne had just the right words for me during a very difficult time. Over the last couple of days, my mind has returned to that time of my life over 11 years ago. It hurts me to think that I really was at a place where taking my own life seemed like the only answer and escape. I still have the note Leanne sent and I tremble when I read it - sometimes because it takes me back and I feel like I'm once again all alone ready to end it all, but usually because I am amazed that God used those words to help save my life.

But, the story doesn't end there - those words that were just right didn't just save my life physically, no in time they helped save me spiritually as well. You see back then, I was a church-goer who believed I was good enough to get to heaven, but really I was lost. I knew I was empty, but I didn't know why.

In the months that followed that dreadful night, God really began to call me to Himself. And once again, one way He got my attention was through Leanne's words. In this same card she had mentioned, "I am a firm believer that God has a reason for all things." I had casually believed this, but as I walked through some very difficult times, I was challenged to see if I really felt the same.

So I started seeking Him and He revealed Himself to me, in a personal way! This didn't happen over night, but three months later I gave myself to Christ and accepted Him as my Savior! Just the right words had saved my life physically and more importantly spiritually!!!

Like I said at the beginning of this post, God has me thinking and reflecting - it is amazing to see the power words have played in my life! As I've thought about this I've wondered, "What kind of difference do my words make?" And they do make a difference, it's just is it a positive one or negative? Do they encourage or tear down? Most importantly do they point another to Christ?

Honestly, this last question convicts me! You see I know the damage words can do, so I really do try to think about what I say and don't intentionally set out to hurt another. But as I think back on my own life and how God spoke through Leanne to get my attention, I realize sometimes I don't do a very good job of sharing my faith in daily conversations. No, sometimes I worry about what others will think and don't allow God to share just the right words through me - words that may have the power to save a life!!!

Today, I'm challenged to give my voice to God as I remember the power of words and pray He will use it to share just the right words with whoever needs to hear them!! I hope you will join me!!

Now I can't close a post titled, "The Power of Words" without mentioning the power of the Word!! As Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." If you are in need of some powerful words today, read HIS! They have the power to correct and convict, encourage and equip!!

Friend today, may others be blessed and God be glorified by the words of our mouth!! On a side note, don't forget about the words you speak to yourself - there is power there as well!!

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Now for the give-away - God has put it on my heart to share a copy of "Letters from Leanne." To enter simply click on comments and leave your name and email along with the one you plan to bless with your words or share how you've been encouraged as you encourage another! Check back on Wednesday for the winner!

"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

On a side note - our small community experienced a tragedy this past weekend as we lost Brooke Elliot, a senior, in a car accident. Many are in need of the powerful words of prayer at this time and I trust GOD will strengthen them as we intercede. Thank you!

17 comments:

  1. What an encouraging post! It is such an honor to know that God is using us, isn't it? To know that life is worth living, that it is not in vain. Wow. He does have a purpose for us!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I am SOOOO excited about She Speaks, I can't even tell ya! I know it's going to be awesome!

    I want to enter the give away! :) The one I plan to bless with my words is my daughter. She is very sensitive to words and I have not always been very grace-filled towards her. But God is helping me in that area!

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  2. I plan to bless my husband with my words. The tongue is a two-edge sword...able to bring life or death. I don't want to bring death anymore but bring life, abundantly, via my tongue and my words. Lord help me!
    Thanks.

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  3. I need to bless my husband with my words. Lately I've been made aware just how sensitive he can be to what I say to him. There are times when I don't want to be careful with my words, but God is showing me its now about myself....

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  4. Amen!! What an awesome testimony of the power of words, especially HIS WORD!! About a year ago, I committed Ephesians 4:29 to memory, which says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." This was mostly pertaining to my words toward my husband...I still struggle, but God is so faithful to remind me of His Word! Thanks for this awesome post in your words...you have blessed me. :)

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  5. I, too, could do a much better job blessing my girls with my words. How easily I slip into correction, correction, correction mode. But they need me to LOVE on them with my words and build them up...no matter how tired I may be!

    And thank you for the reminder that it matters how we talk to ourselves, too. I think I may need to speak some nicer stuff to myself, as well. :)

    Hugs to you, sweet encouraging friend!
    K

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  6. The person right now that I feel most needs my encouragement is my daughter-in-law. She is about to give birth to my first grandchild, and she is already struggling with feelings of inadequacy for the job.

    Thank you for so honestly sharing your story.

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  7. Beautiful post! And I love the idea of your "Who am I" series. I'll be checking back!

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  8. I plan to bless my husband with my words. Its so easy to be critical But it should be double+ easy to bless. I'm redirecting my focus by allowing Christ to work on my spirit to bless him and blessing him ,(my husband), who is apart of me. I have to allow God to be active at all times through Love to show love. It's easy to say I will but I must do. God Love is allowing me to love myself in order to express my love to him than to be critical of myself and to him. Please keep me accountable through prayer.

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  9. Beautiful post. Thanks for the reminder of what our words can do. I came to your blog from Renee's and am so happy I did. I will bless my family with my words.

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  10. Thank you for reminding me that my words need to encourage - not discourage. I would love to read "Letters from Leanne"!
    I am blessed by your words, and hope to encourage others this week in my speech AND actions.
    Dori

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  11. Emily B (emleepc@yahoo.com)February 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Our words are so important--what we say does have an impact on those around us, even when we think others aren't listening. Thanks for reminding me to pay attention to the words that come out of my mouth---may they be edifying, not hindering.

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  12. This was meant for me,I have heard messages how our tongue is the most unrully member of our body. It can lift up or destroy, it can give life or death, it can restore or tear down and much much more. I have heard this and still have a tendenacy to not watch what I say. I want to be a woman of encouragement to my husband, daughter and friends.

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  13. I plan to bless my son with right words. I tend to use so not so nice words when I get upset with him. I have not been graceful or merciful when I get upset. I do recognize the need for the power of right words spoken to others.

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  14. Such encouraging words here :)
    I'll say a prayer for Brooke's family and loved ones.

    Thanks for sharing your story!!

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  15. We can truly use our words to speak truth and life to someone, as easily as we can deflate their sense of self and worth.

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway and I am choosing to bless my teenage children (3 girls) with words every beautiful young woman needs to hear.

    Thank you

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  16. I need to bless my husband with my words. Too often at the end of the day he gets the leftover words. And prayers for the family and your community on your loss of the young lady.

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