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It Only Takes a Spark


“Gracious words are like a honeycomb,

sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

— Proverbs 16:24

Words can be powerful. It was the subtle encouragement from a dear friend late last night that reignited my desire to blog again after a season of silence. At the end of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018, I was energized to write, and it seemed to be flowing effortlessly, I posted many entries and received great feedback, and it seemed to be encouraging those who were reading. I had an entire document of ideas for numerous blog entries, and in one moment after posting my latest work, a small word of criticism was accidentally posted where I could see it. I was crushed. The words stifled my ability to put a single word to paper. Oh, I tried. Numerous times. But the wound was deep. Even though the criticism was unfair and unfounded, I allowed it to crush my creativity and drive me to a place of silence.

Nearly 8 months have passed with the exception of one entry for another venue since I’ve written. (For those of you tracking carefully, Gail has been slowly releasing a few entries that I had previously written.)

Words are powerful. So I sit here thankful for my dear friend who spoke life last night. One who spoke freedom. One who cast a spark to reignite my willingness to be vulnerable again and write, in the hopes that someone might be encouraged by my experience.

Maybe you’ve been hurt or allowed someone’s criticism to keep you silent. Maybe you’ve been meaning to encourage someone lately, and “the right moment” hasn’t presented itself. Let ME encourage you. You are valuable. Your perspective and story matter. You can breath new life into others. Do it today. Call, text, e-mail, message a friend or loved one today. It might just be the spark that leads to healing and a new place of creativity.

(And so many times, the person who hurt you may not realize the impact it has had, so be gracious and forgiving and allow God’s love to cover an offense.)

You have the power to be as honeycomb to those around you. May our words bring sweetness to the soul and health to the body! #ThanksMJV #WordsOfLife #TrueFriends #BeginNewToday

© 2018 by Joel and Gail

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