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Listen while you read: "God Sees The Little Sparrow Fall"1 (Lyrics)
Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (KJV)
Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. (ESV)
Years ago, after I had injured my ankle, I went to the doctor's office to pick up my new ankle brace. After receiving it, I took it back to my car to try on. I was quite discouraged when I realized that I had been given the wrong size of brace.
I put on my shoe and limped back to the doctor's waiting room, where I explained everything to the receptionist. She told me that I'd need to wait until the doctor was finished with his next patient.
I decided to go back to my car to wait, and soon turned on the radio.
Joyce Meyers was sharing a story about a time when she had been in an airport waiting for her luggage. She didn't want to draw any attention to herself. But soon, she noticed a woman staring at her, so she quickly looked away. A little later, she discovered herself now staring at the woman. Finally, she got up the nerve to go over to the woman and explain that she was staring because she thought that she was so beautiful, and she just wanted to let her know that.
The woman said that she was going through such hard trials in life. She mentioned that she was even contemplating suicide.
After hearing the woman's story, Joyce wondered if her kind words to her may have given the woman the strength that she needed to go on.
Joyce then asked the audience, "How often do you have a kind word or a compliment for someone, and you don't share it?"
I was called back into the doctor's office to pick up my new brace, this time with the correct size.
As the receptionist handed it to me, I thanked her, and I said something like this: "You know, I'm really glad that I got the wrong size brace, because when I talked to you before, I thought that you had the most beautiful, bright, sparkling eyes that I have ever seen! And I'm so sorry that I didn't tell you this before!" She smiled and thanked me, and as I walked to the door, a very handsome young man jumped up from his seat, and thanked me for being so brave and having the courage to tell her that. In fact, he said, he thought the exact same thing when he saw her. He also regretted not telling her sooner and said that he never wanted to do that again.
I left with a smile on my heart as he stood there telling the receptionist how beautiful her eyes were!
Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (KJV)
How quick are you to offer someone a kind word or compliment?
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, You alone know the secret hurts on the hearts and minds of those with whom we may come in contact each day. May Your Holy Spirit give us words of encouragement to share boldly with those whom we meet along our path. Thank You, also, for putting people in our lives who have said something that lifted our spirits in our times of need. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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Thanks for the good reminder, Rosemary.
Thanks, Rosemary, for encouraging us to encourage others.
Good advice indeed Rosemary.
Thank you, Rosemary, for this encouragement. I’m learning to do this more and more.
How wonderful! Thank you for sharing that! God has so many ways to touch our days and teach us His ways!
Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. For sure, kind words readily flow from a kind, redeemed heart. Blessings.
Hi Rosemary, Thanks for your positive and encouraging message this morning, I find the words of your prayer very meaningful to me.
Well-said, Rosemary. A necessary reminder. As I began to write to you, I prayed that you will continue writing your understanding and hope today to share with those who need to hear your words of inspiration today. Helps me. Blessings to you (especially in the U.S. in these dark times).
Dear Sister Rose,
Thank you for your focus on Kind Words devotional today. I am so encouraged each time the Holy Spirit prompts me to be gentle with words to uplift another person. You have inspired us to show kindness, the gift that keeps on giving. Have a wonder-filled day with our Lord Jesus.
Great devotional! Very good words for us to take seriously and remember to say kind words to those people we encounter especially in these days when kind words are so needed everywhere.
Blessings to you for this very thoughtful devotional.
Thank you and I could not agree with you more. It is sad when people will take the time to complain or say something negative but not take the same amount of time to say something nice.
May this be our daily goal, it is sweet to the bones for sure.
What a beautiful message Rosemary, and so true.
I try to do exactly as you describe. As a man, I have little problem complimenting a woman, but get all twisted when the person is male. Guys get all weird when we compliment each other. Somedays I do say something, and sometimes I do not.
The other day I bumped into a man I know a bit. He had the nicest shirt on. It looked crisp and new. I told him his shirt was really nice. I stopped short of asking him where he purchased it because I got awkward after I told him I loved his shirt.
I still need to work on compliments between guys. Some guys just don’t do that well.
I knew from the title this would be an encouraging devotional which it is. Joyce Meyers is a powerful Christian speaker who can motivate us when we take the time to listen and respond. If we only remember what “kind words” do for ourselves, we would be more motivated to share them with others.
Thank you for encouraging all of us to say our “kind words” and not to just think them. The Holy Spirit will be there to help us if we pray for strength and guidance. The world will be a better place if we use our “kind words”. May you be encouraged to continue to inspire others by sharing your experiences and may your ankle heal quickly so you can get about to share more “kind words”. Blessings.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us all. You are so right that even a little kindness can be a blessing in God’s hands. It is a good reminder to welcome those opportunities when they present themselves (when God presents them) and the blessings are in both the giving as well as the receiving. Praise God!
Thank you again.