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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Thanks Jessica!! I love this reminder. As we’ve moved overseas I realize how much I miss the gift of words from heart language to heart language. It’s so easy to take it for granted that you simply have the words of another’s heart to give! I am thankful for the God bless you’s and thanks I can give even in another language and I’ve learned enough to say more. I guess I just want to encourage everyone what a gift it is when you share heart language and to give this gift often and much!

  2. Jessica,
    I had been in the practice of texting my grown children a few words of encouragement each day. Then life gets crazy and I fall out of the practice. I get lazy. Though they may not tell me my words mean a lot, your post reminds me of what a balm our words can be to another’s heart. I’m going to get back into the practice – thanks for the gentle reminder that I needed!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  3. Thanks, Jessica, for reminding us of the power of WORDS! Really it takes so little time to stop and speak an encouraging word. I guess we get busy and distracted and don’t think of it, but it IS amazing the difference one little sentence can make. I’ve been on the receiving end and know how it can make my day.

  4. Love, love, love! I love that you saw her and took the time to tell her. It’s not always easy being a woman in workplace…I’ve said it before…your co-workers are blessed to have you!

  5. We influence with every word, movement and action…and only occasionally are we reminded by their recipients. Oh to leave His footprints wherever we go.

  6. That is so true. Thanks for sharing. We never know what someone might be going through at the moment we share a kind word with them that might make the biggest difference in their lives…

  7. So very true and we always need a reminder of just how powerful our words are. They can be unforgiving, unforgetting when they are angry or nasty or hurtful. The written word can so easily be misinterpreted and so, I read and re-read before hitting send on that text message or the email… Good word for this day.

  8. O good and kind words are so nice. If but everyone would be nice and kind and use kind words. When I was young and wild and used to run about wildly in school .. no one stopped me and when I was naughty I was asked kindly not to do it again. I was amazed and did not do it again. It was a loving way to teach me, I thought. I honestly did not do it again. I was wild and would love to run free.
    Kind words are so good for our well being. Loving words.
    Every day I say loving and kind and good words to my husband and tell him how much I love him and he smiles though he finds it so …. encouraging and good for his heart and health.
    If but everyone would know how to be nice.
    I’m nice to my friends and use loving words to them.
    Sometimes they are so mean to me and I do not know why they abuse my loving nature. So, I think ….. they are best with people who use unkind words to each other.
    So, I just hang out with those who know how to use kind and loving words.
    I’ve just got to a point in my life where it’s just no longer worth the abuse.

    • Yes, words can hurt, can’t they? I have been in that situation too. You are wise to protect yourself from those that hurt you. You are in my prayers today.

  9. Jessica, thank you so much for this reminder today. Your philosophy is one I truly try to live by each day, going about my routine with home, work and family. Right now as I type this, I am on business travel with a group of people I don’t know well. They are perfectly nice but the description “sarcastic” would most accurately describe their language. A recovering cynic myself, I don’t take offense but notice that – maybe in order to keep up? Fit in? Be accepted? – my words are veering in that direction. I hate it! I wooke up this morning feeling so out of balance. Thank you for reminding me that kind words ALWAYS make a difference. And even when (maybe especialy when?) those around me are not using them, I still should. Bless your heart for this post!

  10. I love this – but I feel I have to share what has been on my heart over the last few months:

    As I leave home to head for the office – I see various young people heading off to school, some in groups and some on their own and I always think of how tough it was when my daughter took that walk, then I had a ‘eureka’ moment – now for every one of them I see I pray that they will be blessed with ‘kind words’ both in their ears and in their mouths.

    I know it wasn’t my idea – but the balm it gives me to know I am praying for these people helps me no end and I am sure the Lord is answering my prayers – He always does, doesn’t He?

    I feel this has made me stop and think – I need to pray that blessing on more people that I see / encounter not just the youngsters going to school.

    Thank you for prompting me x

  11. So very true! I didn’t have a lot of kind words spoken over me growing up, so maybe that’s why I feel so compelled to do just the opposite now. Besides, we all need a cheering section some days! I’m so glad you shared your story today.

  12. My brother was a pilot in Europe during WW11. Every time he got in the cockpit he prayed a very simple prayer. God make me able and keep me stable. Simple but what we all hope for in our day to day living.

  13. You are so right. Being nice can make all the difference in the world. I remember sweet things people say to me for YEARS. Even now, looking back years, I can remember specific people and what they said to me especially when I was going through a tough time. It matters.

  14. Jessica,

    “Proverbs 16:24: β€œKind words are like honey β€” sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” That speaks right to my soul. I get a bounce in my step when people compliment me or say I’m doing a good job. Know how that makes me feel I try to reciprocate/pay it forward with others.

    I send e-cards, notes, cards, etc. to people who need to know that I’m praying for them or to tell them how much they mean to me. It might not be much, but it just might be the spirit lifter they need.

    Blessings πŸ™‚

  15. We all need kind words of encouragement spoken to us every day. Our husband and children. I send encouragement cards to women, and sick children and children with disabilities to let then know I am thinking about them and care about them.