My love language is a near tie between “words of affirmation” and “quality time”, but as one who identifies as a writer and puts a lot of thought into word choice, words tend to mean a lot to me.
So recently, as several people in my community (both near and far) have taken the time and made the effort to make generous and genuine investments by speaking words of encouragement, affirmation, and Biblical truth into and over my life, to say I have been incredibly beyond blessed would be a serious understatement.
And I can’t not come away from those conversations – sometimes lengthy and sometimes quite short – changed by the encounter and seeking out opportunities to make the same investment in others.
There is such tremendous power in your words.
So the next time you sense the Lord prompting you to speak truth into the life of someone around you, by all means do it. And keep your eyes and heart open to the opportunities He so often provides.
Send an encouraging note … facebook messages work, too!
Go out for coffee and listen more than you talk.
Tell someone you’re praying for them … and tell them specifically what you’re praying.
Better yet, offer to pray on the spot.
Give a compliment that may seem too obvious … it may mean the world that you noticed.
Affirm someone’s actions that clearly align with Scripture … you may be the voice of encouragement in the very area they’re feeling discouraged.
And if you’ve been one of those people in my life recently, THANK YOU! I am deeply grateful and forever changed. Keep listening to the Lord and speaking truth to those around you. Your words make a difference.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”