Words that bring tears

When I read the title of this blog I thought how appropriate that you can read it "words that bring tears" (rhymes with bears) or "words that bring tears" (rhymes with ears). I have been a victim of so many words that brought tears (rhymes with bears). Words that tore about friendships. Tore apart confidence. Tore apart trust. Tore apart respect. And I know I have been a catalyst of words that caused tears.

I think most women can relate to that version of the word tear (rhymes with bear). But what we lack too often is words that bring tears (rhymes with ears). And the good kind of tears.

Today I sat before a woman who has changed my life more than she will every fully comprehend. I shared with her something that had been so heavy on my heart. Her response was perfect. As usual her discernment was dead on. But what has stuck with me since that moment was something more than her wisdom, it was her affirmation.

She has always been a woman that challenged me.
Trust me, she has told me like it was (more times that I wanted to hear it).
But one, very consistent, thing about her is her total belief in me.

I sat before her today vulnerable, and left so built up. She spoke so much truth over me. Literally washed me with hope and propped me up with confidence in who I am and what I was created for.

And today as I'm sitting at home and baby girl is napping away, I am thinking, who am I this for? Who do I affirm that they are worth something?

And I realized how empty conversation can be. How foolish our mere chatter has become. Out of envy or laziness, or pride, we hardly ever encourage and build up. We withhold the good things. And why?

So whatever you are going through, I hope you know that your life is meant for so much more. At Bible study today I shared a few verses that the Bible says about what God has in store for us. These are my top 5 things to cling to about what the future holds:
  *It’s beyond what you could imagine (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  *it’s intended to make you seek God (Jeremiah 29:11-14a)
  *it will end up being good (Romans 8:28)
  *you can handle it (Philippians 4:13)
  *your needs will be taken care of (Philippians 4:19)

Don't let up on your passion. Don't neglect your calling. He has big plans for you. I know because His Word says it.

What about you? When was the last time someone encouraged you? Really encouraged you? What did they say? Is there anyone you need to encourage?