The Sustainability of Words -Feature Post at (in)Courage

The wonderful women at (in)Courage online community invited all interested writers for submissions. 

Today, I am blessed and privileged to be featured here

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“That’s my song playing on the radio!” We stop everything we’re doing and hone in on the words. Now we’re dancing up a storm, crying our eyes out, or filled with strength to face the day. Something we’ve read encourages us to live our dreams or make “that” change. Their sheer expression of delight tells us they love the gift we’ve given. The perfect timing of “I Love You and I really appreciate all you do”can’t be compared.

Words can be written, spoken, sung, or even unspoken in body language and gestures. It can lift you up and fill you or break you down and defeat you. It’s amazing how much power a simple word can have when a certain tone or expression accompanies it.

We are surrounded by words in all shapes and forms everyday and all day long. What are we reading, listening to, watching, or saying? Is it replenishing or depleting?

During one of my quiet times I clearly heard God ask me, “Are you living a sustainable life, Jeri?” I knew he wasn’t speaking about the environment. I knew in my spirit he was asking me about my everyday living. Again I heard him, “My words are a gift for you to use. How are you using it?” Wow! It blew me away. My words really aren’t mine. They are His gifts to me. Yet, so many times I don’t even think about it. I just start talking.

My favorite form of words is writing. I love to write cards, tweet, and send emails to encourage people. I especially like to write to authors and speakers and let them know that what they’ve shared has affected me. Just recently, I’ve started to write articles. It’s so amazing how many different ways you can say “one” thing!

So, I’m choosing what I’m talking about, writing about, and listening to. As often as possible, I’m going to practice speaking life – into my husband, adult children, neighbors, friends, and family. I’m inspired to be an encourager even if the person in front of me is going through something that makes me feel uncomfortable.

I’m praying God can use us to speak, write, and sing sustainable words from Him that will carry them and strengthen them when they’re away from us. More importantly, I’m learning and growing in the truth that apart from Him I can do nothing. As long as I’m having daily time with Him, He’ll give me all I need – even the right words!

I’ll leave you with these life words that are filling me right now:

Proverbs 11:25 - A generous man will prosper. He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 30: 19 - This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…

Sustainable words prosper, refresh, and speak life into us and others - forever.

What's your favorite form of speaking life?



Calandra said...

"I’m inspired to be an encourager even if the person in front of me is going through something that makes me feel uncomfortable."

Thank you for those words today!


Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe Ⓥ said...

@Calandra - you are very welcome. Thank you for sharing what touched you. I appreciate that and am encouraged by you today.

Mahina said...

Thanks for this post! Every now and again I need a reminder to really encourage others. I like to speak life by writing. And speaking comes second. :P

Once again, Mrs. Taira, you have encouraged me as well. :)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I love this. It's so true and it hits especially close to home to a wordy-girl like myself.

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe Ⓥ said...

Hi Shannon :D "wordy-gir" that's exactly what I am :D Thank you.

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe said...

Update: This post can only be read here now. My wordpress account at inCourage had to be deleted as it wasn't working properly.

Apologies for the missing photos as well.

God Bless.