Words, words, words
Are you a bit overwhelmed right now by information, requests, warnings, and questions? Are you looking for uplifting words instead?
Oh, the power of the right words at the right time! We all need to know the truth about coronavirus — in fact,we have to keep revisiting the information because it’s constantly changing — but a steady stream of COVID-19 words aren’t helping any of us find peace and perspective.
Plus, we have to converse 6 feet apart. Or on the phone, Zoom, or Webex. Or behind a mask. Today, I’m going to stick up a CVS. At least that’s how it will look with me behind my scarf. I can’t find real masks anywhere, and I haven’t gotten around to sewing.
How to lift up the heart
Words give life or suck life away. We need to speak and hear words full of humor, understanding, wisdom, and perspective. Our minds tell our hearts what to feel, based on what it hears and reads. So look for words that encourage you and others. Check out this definition:
en-cour-age–verb (used with object) [ME. encouragen < OFr. encoragier; see EN (to cause) + COURAGE (Latin cor HEART]
- to inspire with courage, hope, or confidence to; embolden; hearten
- to give support to; be favorable to; foster; help
Finding uplifting words with power and blessing in them
While we’re hand-washing and handle-sanitizing, let’s make positive statements about our situation. Let’s recognize hope, faith, and God’s protection in this quarantined life. If you read what God says about his faithfulness during seasons of turmoil, I think you’ll find that his words are not cliche, after all.
I ran a raffle this week on Facebook and gave away copies of Soulspeak and the Soulspeak Journal to three winners. Contestants had to submit a Scripture that was helping them get through their quarantine and their fears about coronavirus. Here are a few of the submissions. I hope these words encourage you also —
- Psalm 16:8 — I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
- Psalm 91:4 — He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge.
- Isaiah 40:28 — Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 — For God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.
- 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.
- Psalm 62:8 — Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge.
- Philippians 4:6-7 — Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Isaiah 55:8-9 — For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
- Psalm 46:10 — God is our refuge and our strength an ever present help in trouble.
- 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.
Support your heart
How do you lift up your own heart?
Pray about your concerns. Tell God about your fear, your doubt, your requests, your worries. He wants to hear you share your heart. (After all, he made you.)
You believe the words that come out of your mouth. Really. So choose to speak words of life and hope and faith.
This is the essence of faith. If you say what’s true, God will affirm in your heart that it is true. And your faith will grow.
Prayer is not a good-deeds action for the people who have great faith. Prayer is the process for all of us who are developing faith.
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Sue Schlesman is a Christian author, speaker, English teacher, and pastor’s wife. She has a BA in Creative Writing and a Master’s in Theology & Culture. Her second book Soulspeak: Praying Change Into Unexpected Places, is a Selah Award finalist. Sue’s material appears in a variety of print, online, radio, and podcast mediums. She has a passion for missions, social justice, traveling, reading, and the local church. Learn moreat sueschlesman.com
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