Thanks to my good friends, John and Deanna Morauski – they gave me a lovely gift of 20 separate phrases that describe me. Each phrase was wrapped in a little egg and presented in a basket for me to open one at a time. It was so moving to read what my friends wrote about me and I have preserved that memory into a ‘word cloud’ to share with my readers. Some of the words will not make sense to you – the word ‘smell’ is actually ‘She smells good’ just so you don’t get the wrong idea 🙂 So on this 15th day of my birthday month – here it is!
Enjoy and God Bless!
- Walking In My Pastor’s Shoes (cindyholman.wordpress.com)
Yesterday I had some good news on a personal level. Someone I had been estranged from – had come full circle to send me a message – it was something I had been praying about for over a year.
It got me thinking about our “words” and “words” from others.
Words can be healing to us – or bring pain. How powerful are “words”!
The Bible talks about the tongue being “sharper than a two edged sword” – and I have felt the cuts over the years – from people that are casual people in my life – and worse yet – those that I love and that I thought loved me back. Words that sent me into a tailspin and left me bleeding and wounded.
I have also experienced the “lack” of words – that I so desperately needed to hear. The silence that just SCREAMS. Been there and done that – and that can hurt and cut just as deep. Nothing worse than being separated from a good friend and having no way to reconcile the situation. You feel helpless.
In one situation just recently I found that there was only one person who could say the “healing” words I needed to here. Many others tried – gave feeble explanations for things gone wrong and even said to just “forget about it”. It will get better with time. But it did not. No closure – no explanation – no reconciliation – no words of healing. I knew everyone meant well – but no one knows my heart – other than God. In the end – it was that one person that could offer the gift of stepping toward forgiveness and understanding – and that was what I needed. A healing balm over a sad and troubled heart.
Our words are powerful. They can bring healing – or death to a person. We can withhold them and it can be a slow torturous ride – sending a person to sadness and depression – wondering why there can be nothing to break the silence. We need to use our words to bring life and healing to those we are in fellowship with – those in our world and those who brush up against it. We need to let everything that flows out of our mouths – be sweet and loving – knowing that we can produce life or death to a person hearing them.
I have had my break through – it was much prayed for – and I never gave up. You see – I believe with all my heart that God wants forgiveness and reconciliation for all of us. He lovingly softens even the hardest heart that has been hurt so badly – He reaches in and begins to speak peace and healing to that hard heart. He is in the restoring business. He is ALL love.
Don’t give up. Use your words today to bring peace into a situation of chaos and hopelessness. Even if it looks like you might not get your answer – and that maybe God has abandoned you – I want to encourage you. He has not forgotten about you and your hurting heart. He has a plan for your life – he is working round the clock to bring about a miracle for your life. Keep believing. If you are waiting for those “words” you need to hear to bring your healing today – they may be just around the corner. And you may have a sweet surprise of your own to write about.