Thursday, February 4, 2016

little words

little words
can pack a punch!

little words
can hurt so much

little words
can heal so much.

little words
have power!

sometimes it's easy 
to ignore those
hurtful words
and sometimes it is not

sometimes a simple
word of kindness
means more than
we will ever know

those little words
can either
knock someone down
they can pick someone up!

melody-mae 2016

I belong to a couple online running groups
and have signed up to 'run the year' 2016 in 2016.

These groups are very active on facebook 
posting runs/mileage but, also posting 
personal triumphs and struggles.

A few days ago, someone posted about her run.

Jennifer said she was out running and a couple
other runners said some very hateful and mean words
about her, thinking she couldn't hear them
because she had headphones on.
Well, guess what? She heard them...and the words
were just plain ugly!!
So ugly in fact, that she turned around and went
back to her car.
When she posted this story on to the running group,
the support and love were ASTOUNDING.
I am still amazed at the outpouring
she was shown!

Yesterday, Feb. 3rd we were prompted to dedicate our runs/walks
to Jennifer and to wear red. (Jennifer was wearing red
the day of her run)
I couldn't even tell you how many miles were dedicated to
Jennifer or how many pictures of people in RED
popped up in my newsfeed on facebook!
It was moving, to say the least.

It was awesome to be a part of this.
To witness the goodness in people,
the support that was shown.

It was also a HUGE reminder
that even little words matter.

Words can have an impact,
positive or negative.
Words matter.

Little words offered up in kindness
can truly matter.
they can make a difference!!

The power of simple words.

Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him." C. S. Lewis


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 word

in the past i have chosen a word
to concentrate on for the year.

words such as:
and last year's word which was

i decided to really wait on God
what was the word He would whisper
in my ear?

i prayed about it.
that He would show me.

while doing my bible journaling
i decided instead of using my
many sets of devotionals
i would pray and then open the bible
to where He led me to.

i read the whole book from paul  to the

words kept popping off the page:
hope, faith, promises, glory, grace
believe and TRUST.

over and over
verses stood out about
believing and trusting.

believe. trust.

i journaled in three different bibles.
three completely different versions...
The Living Bible.
New International Bible
and The English Standard Version
all were consistent. all had the same result...
same words jumped off the pages at me.

hope, faith, promise, glory, grace
believe and trust.

today as i prayed for His words
to touch me.

TRUST was the underlying
meaning to all...
to trust and believe in Him and His promises.

my word for 2016
i believe is...TRUST.


Monday, December 14, 2015

tis the season

tis the season
all is merry and bright.
deck the halls... and that jazz!

the twinkle lights are up
all around the house.
to be truthful, they haven't
been taken down!
last year, i liked the glow from
the twinkle lights so much i left them up!
yes, i have twinkle light all over my
kitchen, living room and even our
i love the glow and warmth they bring,
so they stayed up all year long.

but, the rest of the house is also
decorated now.
the tree is up and there are smatterings
of christmas everywhere.

one thing has been tugging at me though.
it has been resonating in my heart
and whispering in my ear-

the fact, that there are people around us
who are hurting.
hurting deep inside
where no one else can see.

they want no part of what christmas
brings them or reminds them.
no part at all.
they are hurting!!

according to an article in
better health--
Christmas is meant to be a happy and joyful time, this isn't how everyone feels at this time of the year. Christmas can be a stressful and depressing time for many people. 

Some people find that the Christmas spirit can be undermined by:

  • Financial and time pressures
  • Isolation
  • Family tensions
  • Separation and divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Becoming a step-family
  • Reflecting on another year gone by.
the fact is, they are hurting.

so, yes...i get that not everyone wants
to deck the halls and sing, jingle bells!!

what can we do?

i have decided to really
challenge myself
to reach out in kindness.
to pay it forward.
shine my light.
show love.
show compassion

when i see someone, whether they
are a loved one, an acquaintance or
even strangers...
to ask myself:
what does this person need right now?

now, i don't profess to know what people need...
but hey, maybe a smile or a hug would remind them
they matter. their life matters!?

is a young mom looking frazzled
because her kiddos are acting up?
let her know, she is doing a great job.

maybe this person needs a few dollars?
a kind word? a sympathetic ear?
help out to the car with the groceries?

sometimes it's hard to know when
to step in and help
but, if it feels right...i plan to act on it.

just think what a difference you can
make on people you encounter during this
hectic season.
just think of the difference you can make
in your own life!

merry christmas
my sweet friends!

you are loved.
you matter.
be blessed.