words will change you {one}

Do you remember at the beginning of the year how shared what my two words for 2012 would be?!  


Today marks the end of the first third of the year and honestly, I am shocked at the impact those words have already had on me.  

My goal has been to use my words, my actions, my avenues of social media and any other way that God provides, as a way to build up the lives I encounter.  This has included random facebook posts to friends, letting them know the gift they have been to me.  There have also been cards, small gifts, phone calls and emails.  I try to imagine the people God has placed in my life and the way that a few simple words or actions could impact their lives.

The amazing thing is this.  You know the verse in the Bible that says

"Give and it will be given you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured in your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
- Luke 6:38

I know I shouldn't be amazed, but I am.  You can literally not out-give God.  Often we think this can only mean monetarily, but I believe it reflects every bit of our lives, our hearts and our very selves that we share with those around us.  

There have been so many moments these last four months where I have been genuinely low.  Tired, exhausted and worn out from the constant drain of life.  And then, just in that moment.  An few words of love on facebook.  A package at my doorstep with the ever-addictive Peeps and other tokens of love.  An email of words speaking life and love into my heart.  A thoughtful comment from a friend building me up in just the area I feel discouraged in.

And who would have thought that one word,
Encourage, could bless and change my life so much.
It inspires me to be even more aware and conscience in the coming months.  To be purposeful in the area of encouraging.

My challenge to you is this.  Will you choose to embrace encouragement?!
Will you reach out and speak words of life into those around you?
I promise it will impact you life in more ways than
you can hope.

Can you believe that the Much Love Me, Project begins tomorrow?  I was lying in bed last night, reading one of the submissions aloud to Husband, completely and utterly crying my eyes out.  I'm pretty sure there are flecks of green eye color where I buried my face in his shirt.  

I am humbled and amazed at the way these eight woman have opened their hearts in such honest, brave ways.  So please come back tomorrow morning.  I promise it will touch your soul.

Happy Monday, lovelies!


  1. gosh i could read your writings all day ... embracing encouragement ... NOW! :)

  2. I love this, and I cannot believe it's may already. I can't wait to read the other posts!

  3. This is so inspiring! I am so excited for the much love, me project! Seriously, I can't wait :)

  4. I love this!! =)
    You have SUCH a beautiful heart =)
    Much Love,


  5. This post alone has been an encouragement to me! I accept your challenge. I do try to be an encourager, but I resolve to be even more intentional about it!


    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

  6. love this post! just wrote about a friend who encouraged me and my goal to pass that one this week!

  7. Such a beautiful message! Your posts are always such a blessing to read. You've encouraged me to try harder at being a more encouraging person!

  8. I feel like I should wrap you up and take you with me everywhere I go.. so lovely.

  9. so adoring of this post...because this is my heart... to encourage others..
    to let them know what they do matters.. or what they dont do..to let them know i love them...and even that within itself..people telling me how my words have affected them, it affects me..and makes me feel like I can do soemthing beautiful and worthwhile =) love this.

  10. I love this post! I try to do that send encouragements to people and it feels good getting encouragements from others to you.