Dear Grace: The Power of Words

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Dear Grace,

I am humbled by the words of encouragement we’ve received through this series. I don’t want it to end! It’s beautiful to hear the words God has given you for the women of this church. It’s also encouraging to see similarities in your stories and the clear themes in your prayers for this community, as a whole.

When we first explored this idea of an open platform for encouragement, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would be received. On one hand, I thought (and hoped) our inbox would be flooded with requests to get in on the action. The world is so heavy with expectation, comparison and hateful words these days. I expect every hand to be raised at the opportunity to empower women through God’s word. Between the Bible and my Pinterest board of inspirational quote graphics, I can drop words of encouragement for days!

On the other hand, I worried that you would run into the same uncertainty I did when faced with such a simply phrased question.

If you could say one thing to the women of Grace Chapel as a whole, what would you say?

But, it’s such a loaded question! I am just one person. What can I possibly say to these women that will capture the hope I have for them and the love I want them to feel, and then leave them feeling empowered? I have so much to say, but does it matter? Will it change anything?

Here’s the thing:

Encouraging words are underrated.

Words are incredibly powerful. They can carry comfort and inspiration. They can spur change. They can easily hurt and devastate. We know how powerful our words can be, because we’ve been on the receiving end of both sides of the spectrum. The problem is, I can easily list more hurtful words said to me, than encouraging ones. They stick. They continue to linger long after they’re said and the hurt can resurface at any point. Why don’t the kind words stick, just as well? How do we change that?

When I think of our women’s community at Grace, my prayer is that it will be a place of constant encouragement. I saw this quote on Pinterest and I just love it (I’m not kidding about the full board of inspirational quote graphics):

 

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I love this! I want our church to be exploding with kindness every day. I want women to walk in our doors and physically feel the difference in the way we interact with each other. I want women to feel welcome and loved. And days later, I want them to find confetti in their hair or tucked in their pocket and continue to feel that difference. Kindness is free. Encouragement is free.

Back to my original struggle with this whole topic: I am just one person. What can I do to change this? How can I use this platform to encourage the women of Grace, as a whole?

It starts with me.

It starts with you.

We are one and many. We are a community of women empowered by the love of Jesus. Our words carry such power – so, use them! Your voice is so important. Your heart and how you express the words that flow from it is unique. We need your voice!!

I would encourage you to:

Keep on encouraging each other, whether it’s through this platform or in your own way.

Throw kindness around like confetti – really!

Be empowered to encourage, because your words will make a difference.

~ Alyssa

alyssaHi! I’m so glad you’re here. My name is Alyssa Wise and I’m one of your AG blog administrators. I can usually be found hovering around the coffee station on Sundays and would love to meet you in person. I’ll happily show you pictures of my fur baby, Rogue, or point you toward my favorite Portland coffee shops. Coffee is my love language. 🙂

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Dear Grace: The Power of Words

  1. Sharon Osterhoudt says:

    Thank you for your words of affirmation and encouragement that bring hope and awareness that life is hard but we hold onto the truths that “we can make it.” Encouraging words are not that hard to find and I pray we all walk with a knowing we are not alone.

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  2. Kathleen Smith says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words Alyssa.
    You are right that our words are powerful, just as the book of James teaches. In fact, our words create worlds!
    I love your confetti illustration! That picture will stick with me.

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