March 11 Devotional Thoughts
Midweek March 11th–how are you all doing? I’ve been getting so many nice comments from many of you who are reading my blog and I do plan to respond as soon as I can. It’s really encouraging to me to hear that what I’m sharing is helping and blessing people. That’s what my Dad did throughout his life, and this blog is dedicated to him, so I’m on track to honor my Dad.
“Every time you think anything good about anyone, verbalize it. People cannot read your mind! Your thoughts have power and may affect others’ confidence level in a minor way, but your words can really lift them up and encourage them. All people need affirmation, especially those who have been emotionally wounded or hurt by someone. We have more power than we realize we do.
Not only are right words spoken at the right time good for others, they are good for us. We experience joy in building others up. We are created by God to be a blessing. Start being what you were made to be and you will start receiving what you are meant to receive!”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Lord, I praise You that the things that happened in my past, both enjoyable and painful, are raw materials for blessings, both in my life and in the lives of others. And thank You for the things in my past that appear to be limitations, hindrances, bad breaks…the wounds of old hurts, the unmet emotional needs, the mistakes or neglect of other people–even their cruelty to me, their abuse.
How comforting to know that in all my distresses You were distressed. And how I thank You, Lord Jesus, that on the cross, You bore my griefs and carried my sorrows, as well as my sins…And how comforting to know that in the present, day by day, You feel with me any pain, confusion, inner bondage, or struggles that stem from my past.
I’m so grateful that all my past circumstances were permitted by You to make me see my need of You and prepare my heart for Your Word…to draw me to Yourself, and to work out Your good purposes for my life.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
-1- I’ve never been a fan of the childhood “sing-song” saying about “sticks and stones…but words will never hurt me.” It’s really NOT true, because the effect of hurtful words can last for life. Likewise, kind and encouraging words can be just what someone needs to hear to build them up and help them make better decisions for their lives.
-2- I have found that as difficult as it is to accept that negative aspects of life can have positive outcomes, they some how do. And it is really comforting to know that God genuinely cares and is actively working in our lives to fulfill His purposes.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you agree that words are far more damaging than some people realize? Have you ever held back from saying positive, encouraging words that could have blessed someone?
Do you agree that even the negative events in our lives can potentially have positive outcomes?