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March 11 Devotional Thoughts

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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.

 

 

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“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”

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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”

 

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-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.

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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?

11 Comments

  1. Maria Hass

    Life and death are in the tongue and we shall eat the power thereof! I find it interesting that in Genesis, the way some fathers “blessed” their sons wasn’t a blessing at all – it was a prophetic declaration of their future! I don’t think that God-given kingdom authority has faded with time.
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    11 . Mar . 2015
  2. Barbara Bianchi

    Oh dear, I pray that I would not hold back from speaking a good word to bless others. I especially made it a point to thank my parents when they were elderly. I wanted them to know how much I appreciated them. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
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    11 . Mar . 2015
  3. Summer

    This is such a great idea for a blog! Love the encouragement and I pray that you are blessed this week!
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    12 . Mar . 2015
  4. Michelle Westbrook | The Happiness Blogger

    I wholeheartedly agree that even the most negative events can lead us to positivity! the phrase “blessings in disguise” are so real. I love this site!! I look forward to your encouragement 🙂
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    12 . Mar . 2015
  5. Mary Burris

    This is terrific! Isnt it amazing how our parents can leave an impact on our lives? My dad used to collect thoughts and anecdotes. He literally had file cabinets FULL of them. He was so organized. Had them categorized by subject. Every year, he’s pull a few pages from different subjects and make copies of the thoughts – enough for every day of the year, and then he would give that as a gift.
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    14 . Mar . 2015
  6. Francene Stanley

    I often wish I’d given words of praise or support to my husband. I make sure I do so the next day. Encouragement is so important to a person’s well being.

    14 . Mar . 2015
  7. Jenn Alex brockman

    The first one …….. speak the nice thoughts…. I find this hard to do. I’m not sure why.
    I notice how my sister in law does this at work often with our customers and while I think it, I rarely say it.

    Some of it is that I have to be pretty single minded at work about what I’m doing or I can easily get lost and screw something up. We run our own very busy retail store and deal with some very important paperwork too.

    I live very much in my own head and always have. Maybe because I’m a single child?
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    15 . Mar . 2015
  8. Brittany

    “Every time you think anything good about anyone, verbalize it.” – I have been working on this. I know it can really change my day for the better when someone speaks positively to me, so I need to be mindful of helping improve their day too!
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    17 . Mar . 2015
  9. Kristy Omelianuk

    Assuming others are mind readers is one of my defects for sure. Such a good reminder to vocalize the positives, especially to those who I see everyday like my husband!
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    17 . Mar . 2015
  10. Maria Hass

    I used to listen to a lot of discouraging words someone else spoke over my life. And now I’ve learned that I need to listen to only what God’s word says about me. Easier said than done. Every time I hear that old voice, I have to quote scripture to myself out loud!
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    17 . Mar . 2015
  11. Joy

    You are so right that words really do go father than we ever realize in a person’s life! Let’s all try to be more aware of what we speak, and speak good things into people’s lives!

    17 . Mar . 2015

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