I grew up in an alcoholic home where both my parents drank and were verbally and physically abusive.
There were not a lot words that brought life or encouragement. Maybe that is why I remember two moments so vividly.
When I was in my early teens, a lady who was like a second mother to me said, “Mike, you are a good boy!” I remember thinking, “Am I?” No one had ever said that to me. Those six words gave me a new picture of myself.
When I was attending university, my father said, “One of the neighbors told me that you were on the dean’s list. I’m proud of you.” I can’t remember any other moment quite like that one, in terms of my dad’s words to me.
Solomon says that “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
Bring healing and sweetness to someone’s life today through your words. Bring some as well to yourself by embracing what God says about you as His child in Ephesians 1:3-10 and Ephesians 2:10 You are:
1) God’s Best Work/Creation,
2) Chosen/Adopted as His Child,
3) Forgiven and Redeemed as His Wayward and Disobedient Son/Daughter and
4) Blessed with Everything that a Loving Father can give His Child.
by Mike Woodard
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