faith, inspiration, life

words matter

Since I got injured last Wednesday, I have been not-so-gingerly slipping up and down on the scale of optimism vs. pessimism. I admit that I spent more times on the negative end. I haven’t liked me here. It gets messy and hard and I feel like I come undone all over again. But somewhere inside, I remember how much pain I have walked through and this is just another blip on the radar of life. We weren’t promised easy. We were promised trials. Walking them out can be difficult but coming out the other side victorious is pretty freaking awesome!

So while I sulked this morning due to yet another day of pain, I am reminded that what I am going through is nothing compared to what my momma is going through right now. Please pray for her. I am reminded that during my trial, I am surrounded by many loved ones that willingly and lovingly take care of me, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I am reminded, once again, that I can do hard things. This is not my first rodeo of walking through a storm. It is temporary. And I know He is restoring His likeness in me.

So doing what brings me some comfort, I was reading some faith blogs this morning that really pour a whole of Jesus in my spirit. And as I read one blog entry, I felt Holy Spirit in me and I was moved so deeply that I began writing an email to the author of the blog. I don’t know her. It is just someone I admire and connected in the spirit with. I have never spoken to her before and she is a virtual stranger who seemingly is kindred. I honestly didn’t expect a reply. I know she is a big time blogger with a lot on her plate. Why would she ever spare time for me? It didn’t matter either way, though, because that email had nothing to do with me and everything to do with her and the powerhouse she is and how beautifully I see Jesus in her.She radiates His love.

I did get a reply. And I find it kinda funny how much love can be reciprocated in the words people share. My email was meant to uplift her and her reply uplifted me in return. The first few lines of her email are this:

“Hi Tricia!
It is so good to hear from you! I cannot tell you how much this email means to me! Your words of encouragement just breathe life into my heart! 🙂 “

and she closed with “Keep in touch!”

Don’t ever devalue the power of your words. Use them for good. Use them to share love and kindness. Nothing quite compares to unexpectedly getting back what you give out. And that is what He does in us.


Lift your head a little higher,
Spread the love like fire,
Hope will fall like rain,
When you speak life with the words you say
Raise your thoughts a little higher,
Use your words to inspire


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