“A word spoken at the right time is like fruit of gold set in silver.”— Proverbs 25:11(NLV)
A lover of words I marvel at the way they have been used to shape my life. My husband and I spent a year building our foundation with words before we met in real life. Ten years later, I’d say that worked pretty well : )
Sometimes people were harsh and hurtful with their words—haven’t we all been—but even those words have helped make me into who I am today.
Now more than ever our words flow out, in Facebook posts, Texts, emails, coffee orders, goodbyes, and hellos. The quick “I love you” as the screen door bangs and we rush off to work. The whispered Goodnight against the lips of the one we love as we come to the end of another day.
You don’t have to know me for too long to know I am a strong believer in telling others how you feel about them. The holiday season is a perfect time to step away from our routine and be more mindful with our words. With that in mind:
To my son, “You make me proud each time I look at you with your sons. And I see the way they look at you, too. I know it isn’t always easy, and I know how much hard work it takes to keep all of you afloat. I’m proud of you for digging in deep each day. Someday, those babies will be grown, reflecting out into the world the character you’ve shown them—It makes it all worth it, it really does. ”
To my daughter, “This year was more of a struggle than you’d hoped. I am proud of the way you have not only kept going, but also kept on smiling and making me laugh almost every day. I know how hard you work, with little time for fun. I know all of your hard work will pay off, and your future will be filled with much success. I’m proud of the woman you’ve become.
To my stepdaughter, “Your high school career has begun and with that comes new pressures. I know, having a hole in your heart due to the loss of your brother only makes things more difficult, but you’ve handled your hurt with such grace, and haven’t allowed it to make you bitter. I am proud of the choices you have made this year. I know Ryan would be proud of you too, “little one.”
To my love, “The journey as of late has been a difficult one. In the past year and a half, we have faced things we prayed we would never have to face. On the days when I’ve been at my least, you’ve encouraged me with your strength, love, and most of all your faith. I pray that I have returned the favor. As we prepare to say goodbye to another year I want you to know I am a better person just for knowing you.”
To my friends, thank you: For making me laugh when I really needed to, and for caring when I cried. For sharing your pictures and pieces of your life. For offering your prayers and allowing me to pray for you. As you have shown me a part of your world, it has greatly enriched mine. I look forward to many more years of knowing you.
“I thank God for you whenever I think of you.” — Philippians 1:3(NLV)
As the Holiday season ushers in the close of another year may you find many opportunities to be an encourager with your words. And may you also be encouraged by the words of the special people in your life.