Little Words

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Words can lift one up or they can bring one down.  Actually, some words can last a lifetime that will never go away, always popping up to remind just how bad of a person one might be. Some unnecessary, rude comments can cut so bad that the heart will never heal. A knife in the back would heal quicker.

It is when these words or comments come and never seem to leave, often slapping your face with the lies and thoughts and feelings of others. As hard as it is, you must not dwell there and must forgive for your own sake and sanity. Trust that the Lord heard and knows the one(s) that spoke and He knows about this hurt and pain within.

At times, it is right to speak up but for the most part, trust Him to fight your battles. Why allow their words to cause you to go ballistic and both sides appear foolish, not solving a thing but causing more harm.

Forgiveness is a must. Easy? No! Will that happen overnight? No, probably not. Will it take years? Possibly. Forgiveness is for you to move forward. It’s freeing.

Some kind words can carry another for days when 878C61CA-5D18-425B-B68F-93A892AC3FECeverything seems to be falling apart. Even a kind smile with no words spoken. Behind the masks these days, the smiles are not as evident but the eyes show care and concern, so accept them and return. Be kind.

Isn’t it nice to hear some of these phrases: I am proud of you, I am so glad you are in my life, You bless my life by being in it, I have faith in you and these are just a few. People are feeling hopeless more than ever nowadays, whether a child or up to an adult with or without degrees after their name as a professional. We all need encouragement.

At times life is just at a standstill. A timely word of encouragement will push one forward and an untimely, unnecessary word or comment can sometimes put one on the brink of giving up.

What do you want to be remembered for, to be kind or 9BBA102D-7862-44A3-B664-839B44E8097Bindifferent to rude? Let’s lift one another up instead of tearing down or leaving a moment when a kind word would be benefited to cause another to smile and gain hope.

In my own experience, I have had words almost kill me, actually they did within relationships, sadly of family members. This past year or so, if just a few words of encouragement from someone special was said in a written note as a reply, such as ‘I am proud of you,’ it would have meant the world to me. Of course, it was not expressed and my heart broke. I needed that hope.

974E6639-3F4E-480C-994A-F64404B0A84EOther times though and thankfully, words were said or in a written form that were burned within my mind and heart that I hold onto to keep hope alive and my steps moving forward to goals and dreams. Those little words of encouragement here and there are like gold. Gold is rare to find, sifting through the muck and sometimes life is trudging through the muck and then one day, a glimpse of gold is found, there is hope to keep going.

We have a choice of lifting up or tearing down.

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Distant

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Where are you? I don’t see you. I don’t know where you are. I haven’t heard from you.

With this pandemic right now, I feel as though I live in a bubble. If I allow myself to panic, it seems there is no way out. I can look out but I see no one. I don’t even see you looking for me. Are you there? Do you even care?044671DC-A646-4620-8A59-8D3487485BD6

Each day the bubble gets larger, I get lost in the space, and I feel farther away. Where are you? I’m here. Questioning 1402DBE8-7C50-422C-8173-8763659B6DF8if I should even be breathing this air.

How sad it is that the distancing is causing such a fear to be near one another. Guessing and taking a chance to go here or there, just for the essentials. If you are in your own home with your spouse, you have one another, or do you? You could be just as alone. If the children and grandchildren are out there at a distance following the rules, your hearts desire is to pull them in for a long embrace to say, I so miss you!E4B99A79-64CB-47E5-B415-A95773329B34

The masks we are now to wear, will only that much more cause such a sad, sterile look with a lack of emotion or hide a beautiful smile. Will things ever be the same? If not, what changes are ahead. The eyes will tell if one is happy or sad perhaps or that they feel dead inside.

I don’t know what tomorrow holds and neither do you, but we must hold onto hope in order to survive. We can see the good or we can see the bad, as we take each day because that is all we have.D3F0FF87-41EE-4CDB-ACEF-A66FBE0B7A5B

We will get through this, we will get through this together.

Stay Well 😷

 

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