Let Our Words Speak Life

Let our words speak life | Faith and Composition

Last week, I treated my daughters to breakfast at a local restaurant. As I was filling my coffee cup—the baby in my arms, the three-year-old hanging on my leg—a woman who appeared to be a grandmother put her hand on my arm. “You are so pretty,” she said. “And your girls are just precious!”

Then she smiled, and that was it. She wasn’t looking for anything from me, she wasn’t trying to coerce my assistance in any way, she simply saw me, a busy young mother, and chose to speak words to bless me.

Honestly, I was a bit dumbfounded for a split second (I may have even glanced behind me to see if she meant the comment for someone else), but I recovered quickly enough to be able to smile and thank her sincerely. I told her that her comment meant a lot, and truth be told, she doesn’t know how much her simple words spoken in kindness blessed me. A gracious comment like that can be healing rain to a frazzled, harried mother of littles. Please understand that I don’t share this exchange to brag. On the contrary, I share it because this woman chose to look beyond the crazy, hot mess that I was at the moment and see beauty … and then she shared her view with me! Sometimes we need the perspective of others to see the beauty right in front of us. 

And as I thought a bit more on our brief exchange, I realized that it was just more confirmation that God sees! Throughout the past few days, I’ve considered her kind comment and the power of our words. Each day we have the option of choosing to be instruments of His grace by speaking life-giving words to bless others. 

Proverbs 16:24 says “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” And Colossians 4:6 tells us, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt … “

Words hold such power, and we have a profound opportunity to use them as a tangible blessing in others’ lives, if we so desire. We can encourage and edify, uplift, soothe a parched spirit if we’ll only choose to speak words of grace.

That sweet woman’s comment was more than mere words spoken in kindness; they were a beautiful ministry right when I needed it. On one of my busiest mornings, when I’d thrown some makeup on in a hurried five minutes and hustled three kids out the door, the Lord used a grandmother to send rain on my dry soul. She may never know what her comment meant, but in the moment I was feeling exceptionally frazzled, it was as if God used her to lean close and whisper “You are the apple of my eye” (Psalm 17:8).

Let our words speak life | Faith and Composition
Friend, if you’re anything like me, you need to hear that too. So please listen … You are the apple of His eye, and He is enthralled by your beauty (Psalm 45:11). He takes great delight in you, and He rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). Let those words fall like the spring rains on a dry and parched ground.

And after those words have watered your soul, would you choose to pass them on? Today or tomorrow would you opt to speak words that give grace? Would you send rain upon a parched soul, be the tangible proof that God sees? Consider choosing a family member, a friend, even a stranger, and share a life-giving word to encourage his or her spirit. You never know when God may use you to lean into the weary and remind them that He sees!

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17 thoughts on “Let Our Words Speak Life

  1. Rachel Foote

    I look forward to reading your blog everyday and have even shared a few posts with friends and family….you are truly a blessing! God bless you in your life and your daily journey with Him. He is amazing!!

  2. Kelsea

    I agree with Ashley 🙂 I am always very encouraged by your blog and I look forward to reading it as well. Thank you!

  3. Katie

    So beautiful Shalene. I am really enjoying your blog as it blends the craziness of lives with our Lords love for us. Excited to read more.

  4. alanham73

    Hopping over from the Influence Network. I loved this post. I actually wrote a similar one recently. We often forget the power of a just a few words shared without pretense!

  5. Kati Schmucker

    Thank you for your anointed and heaven-inspired blog posts. So soothing. I often share these with friends or on the multiple facebook pages I manage for groups I am in. Would it be possible to get a jpeg version of the graphic you designed using those scriptures (and permission to make prints of them). I lead a small group for mothers and I think this would be something they could/should post on their fridge or mirror at home. Talk about life words….those very scriptures are some of my favorites. Thanks for your help!

    1. shaleneroberts Post author

      Kati, thank you for your sweet words. I can certainly provide you with a jpeg. I will upload it and share the link here a bit later, that way you and anyone else can print as desired. They may be distributed, but please keep in mind that they are for personal use only (meaning no commercial use). Thank you for asking!

      1. Kati Schmucker

        Thank you, Shalene. Yes I will certainly not use it for commercial use! bless you!

  6. katrinamadchen

    Another wonderful piece. Do you ever write anything not inspiring? Probably not 🙂 This reminds me of how the Holy Spirit moves through all of us, and how we can use it to help others.


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