Words are a powerful tool! Placed together in a certain order, words become a tender note tucked into a child’s lunchbox, a blunt comment to the cleaner about the damaged carpet, an encouraging word to a
distraught friend, an angry word directed at your spouse in the heat of the moment, a soothing lullaby to settle the infant, or a story shared with others as a way to give a heartening message of hope. The many methods of interaction are passed along and interpreted by the receiver. Those personal thoughts that were once yours alone are suddenly showering others for good or bad, forever. They can never be retracted.
Yes, words have incredible power. Words have the power to heal or to wound, to inspire or tear down, to torment or give comfort. Perceiving individuals often recognize the key to interacting successfully with others by using verbal words that are both honest and kind at the same time. Ancient Bible texts are a flawless example of God imparting His truth through penned expressions meant to strengthen and encourage;
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave
you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
In view of the above biblical verses one can see that the written word, much like the verbal word, is a powerful tool. As with any author’s written word, I have a choice. I can either demolish with a hostile implication or honestly convey an enriching message with fortifying words. The responsibility is mine.
Keeping that in mind, I published my debut faith-inspired memoir 'A Vision Beyond Abuse' in December of 2010. The book is a true account of my journey through and beyond the brokenness of an abusive
relationship with someone who professed their love in a twisted manner, because they did not know any better. I needed to write my memoir as a way to confront and bury my inner monsters. Upon arrival on the
other side of healing, I was described by my pastor as a wounded healer, an encourager for others facing similar challenges. My story honors God the Father who draws us into His free gift of grace and mercy as He heals and binds our wounds.
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.