Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Text from Heaven?

The text couldn’t have arrived at a better time. After an incredibly difficult week, I had just read a chapter about the power of encouraging words in Sally Clarkson’s book, The Ministry of Motherhood. Hundreds of other women around the country have joined in reading this book as part of an online Bible study at Good Morning Girls, and so far, it has been an amazing, profitable journey in the Word!

The message came from my almost-70-year-old mother –- THAT in itself was precious –- like God had chosen her to reaffirm all I had just read in Sally’s book. But even more priceless was the fact that MY MOM had used a text and texting lingo as her vehicle of encouragement! (Did I mention she’s nearly 70 and not very “techie”?) Her words instantly brought a smile to my face and made my day:

You r a wonderful daughter. I love u a whole lot. Thanks for loving the Lord n following n His ways. Pray n 4 u. Be safe. Mom

Such simple words of love and affirmation. Yet so incredibly powerful and life-giving.

Moms (and Dads), never underestimate the power of your words. Whether you are praising a toddler for putting his cup in the sink, a teenager for taking out the trash, or an adult child for trying his best to live for God... Your words matter.

Sally’s prayer at the end of this chapter summed up the cry of my heart so perfectly:

Father of Encouragement, Thank you for taking the time to show love to your disciples by affirming and encouraging them. Help us remember that our well-aimed words will carry life to the hearts of our children. Teach us to extol their positive characteristics whenever we can and to resist the temptation to use words only for correction. Give us lips that speak grace and that show the heart of your love through the things we say. Amen

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