Today’s Truth

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 16:24

Friend to Friend

I was wandering around the tourist area of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Shelves with tacky little statues, snow globes with leaning towers, and $10 T-shirts crowed small booths for tourists.

Shifty men with cases of “genuine fake” watches swarmed like bees. Rolex, Cartier, and Infinity—all for fifty bucks or less. Flashing fake gold and flaunting fake brands; their swift feet were ready to run if the authorities were to show up.

“No thank you, no thank you, no thank you,” I sang as I swam through the men hocking their wares.

Then I spotted her. She sat on a bench with colorful scarves for purchase draped over her arm. A blue, yellow and red headdress wound around her head, and a purple full-length dress hung loosely from her shoulders. The bright colors shone against the backdrop of polished mahogany skin.

Tired eyes.

Tired feet.

Tired life.

What appeared to be her “handler” shared the bench with her. I walked over and bent low to look her in the eyes. “You are so beautiful,” I said.

Deese?” she questioned as she held up the scarves for examination.

“No, not the scarves,” I replied. “YOU are beautiful!” I waved my hand from the top of her head to the hem of her dress and back up again. “YOU, all of you!”

She turned to the indifferent man beside her for translation. When she understood, her face lit up like morning and her ivory teeth flashed like a slice of sun. She simply nodded as if to say, “Thank you.”

I walked back over to the group I was traveling with, and in a few moments I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was the woman. Without words, she handed me a bracelet, one I’m thinking she had made herself.

It wasn’t anything fancy—just little white lettered cubes with alternating black beads strung together with elastic. But I wonder what it cost her to give it to a tourist.

I didn’t offer to pay for the gift. That would have taken away her pleasure in giving it. I did hand her a few coins for allowing me to take her picture.

I showed her the image of herself in my camera. “Beautiful,” I said once again. She smiled with a nod. Walked back to the bench. And handed the coins to the man.

Tears filled my eyes.

I don’t know what this woman’s life is like. I pray my assumptions are wrong. But I do know this: For one brief moment in her monotonous day of pedaling scarves, she felt lovely…because someone stopped and noticed her.

Oh how easy it is—this speaking a word of encouragement—this speaking words of life.

As you go about your day, look for opportunities to say a kind word. I promise, you won’t have to look very far.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I know that kind words are easy to speak. What I don’t know is why I don’t do it more often. Open my eyes and my mouth to speak kind words to those I come in contact with today. Use me as an instrument of Your grace to sweeten someone’s life today.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Think of a time when someone encouraged you with his or her words. How did it make you feel?

Become a sleuth today…be on the lookout for someone who needs a kind word. You could change the course of someone’s day…the course of someone’s life.

More from the Girlfriends

Words are one of the most powerful gifts that God has given us. He didn’t entrust them to zebras, cows, or cats. He gave words to man! Wow! What a responsibility. To learn more about how to tame your tongue and speak words of life to those around you, check out my book The Power of a Woman’s Words. It also has an accompanying study guide and DVD. It’s a perfect study for your women’s Bible study group.

6 Responses to “The Power of One Word From You”

  1. Inger says:

    You made me cry! Yes, I do remember how a word of acceptance, approval, changed a difficult situation for me. Thanks for reminding me!

  2. Amber says:

    Thank you for sharing this! One part of my daily prayer is “Lord, what will you have me say today?” Because I expect to do this, my husband and I always have stories about “strangers” that we meet on God’s behalf.

    One morning a few weeks ago, I was at my women’s Bible study. One of my sisters in the study said that she’d been praying for her daughter to break free of a long-time stronghold. I encouraged her to keep praying because sometimes it takes years to break free but it can change because it happened for me. She asked me to join her in praying for her daughter, I did and have been since that day. Well yesterday, she told us that over the weekend her daughter surrendered to the Lord! She said, “I saw a hardened heart soften before the Lord after my years of tears, moanings and groinings in prayer!” What great news!

    When I thought we were “just” having a conversation, she said that my reminder gave her peace and encouragement that God is still working. I’m so grateful that He is!

    Tears………..! 🙂

  3. Jealyn says:

    Thank you for sharing this devotional. It brought tears to my eyes. No monetary unit is worth more than a kind word to the soul. Every morning before I go to work I read the devotionals and every day I am touched. Thank you!

  4. Robin says:

    Thank you for this,this morning. I do try to lift up and give words of encouragement. I just love the Lord and I Pray for the People I meet and for the Right Words! God Bless!

  5. Nomcebo says:

    Pity I overslept today and couldn’t read the devotional this morning. I definitely would have made a positive impact on someone. I believe God will grant me tomorrow and many tomorrows in which I can make a difference in people’s lives through my words. May God help me…

  6. Janet says:

    I enjoy reading these devotionals daily. I read my word as well as talking to God daily. This one today really touched me! I am going through a lot in my life currently & never expected my life to be like this. I am one who God has used to encourage many others, but don’t have anyone to encourage me. I at a lot of times get the bible & encourage myself with many scriptures. Such as ” greater is he that is in me” Jeremiah 29:11 ” for I know the plans I have for you…” ” never will I leave you, nor forsake you” Many of times crying all the way through.

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