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Your Words Speak

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This week I received a Facebook message that left me completely speechless. It contained two lines of text from a college professor I had not spoken to since graduation. Yes, posting one picture up on social media prompted him to share a piece of encouragement. The message was simple, yet profound. It was one of those messages that make you realize how God truly uses anyone to change lives.

Yes, our words matter.

His words mattered.

As I gazed down at my phone I read:

“Bethany, your book is changing lives. Do you remember the poem you autographed for me?” 

I wrote a poem in college?

I autographed a poem in college?

Of course my curiosity begged for answers.

I messaged him back, politely asking for a picture of the poem I had signed for him years ago. I will never forget his response:

“Bethany, your poem was part of a term paper focused on the Biblical interpretation of rest… The day I examined your paper, I allowed myself to dance in the rain for the first time in my life. I’ve never looked back. Thank you.”

He actually sent me the copy of my paper completed in April of 2002 (almost 14 years ago). Be blessed in knowing I dared not to share that paper on here. But the poem I will share.

I want to encourage you to let your words speak in ways that might feel uncomfortable to you. Include a poem in a term paper. Write a love note to your spouse. Write song lyrics fort a friend or hand write a card to that person you constantly find yourself emailing. Let your words speak. Let His message shine through you.

Your book is just beginning. Start living it one page at a time!

 

Rainy Days

As I marvel at Your wondrous tears,

My feet lay soaked in Your puddles,

Precious water, poured from heaven, oh so very near,

This rain comforts me in my deserted troubles.

 

Just like a child, I leap and kiss the cloudy sky above,

My feet land in a shallow puddle, peace fills the air,

In this day only, my shadow does not cover me like a dove,

For the sun is not needed, this rain shows God’s true care.

 

Though my heart will cherish the sunsets I have seen,

It will always be in the rain that I clearly see God’s face,

Tears of happiness and grace, flow directly down to me,

Oh how I love these cloudy days, that I may sing in Your heavenly grace!

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About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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17 comments
Mari-Anna Stalnacke says February 10, 2016

What a poem you wrote as a college student! Wow! And the story behind it was sweet too. And, yes, our words matter. Thanks so much for sharing. You are an inspiration. Abundant blessings to you and yours!

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Mari-Anna – I was floored when I read these words from over a decade ago! Isn’t it awesome to watch God work?

Sandra J says February 10, 2016

Bethany – Glad to be your neighbor at RaRaLinkUp. You certainly have impact to cause someone to dance in the rain! I’m smiling and awed by your sweet example and reminder that our words matter. Thank-you!

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Smiling with you Sandra! Thank you!

Susan Shipe says February 10, 2016

OH MY 100 times over. How encouraging could one text be????????

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    I know!! Thanks Susan!

Gayl Wright says February 10, 2016

What a cool story and how blessed you must have been hearing from that professor! Yes, our words matter more than we realize. Sometimes we are too timid to say them, but I think we miss opportunities for blessing when we hold back. Your poem is beautiful! Most think of the rain and sad, but there is beauty in it too! Blessings to you! I’m visiting from #ThreeWordWednesday!

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Gayl – yes we do miss great opportunities when we hold back! Great words here! Thank you!

Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros says February 10, 2016

This is beautiful! How wonderful to know that your call to write has made this impact. God bless you this week and I’m happy to have found you on Testimony Tuesday.

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Thank you Caroliba! So encouraging!!

Tara says February 10, 2016

Yes, Bethany, your words do speak. All of our words speak. But it can be so easy to forget that.

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Tara – Hello my friend!! You are amazing and thanks for coming by today!!

Lisa says February 10, 2016

Connecting with you through #Raralinkup with Kelly Balarie! What a blessing how your book is impacting others. Blessings to you.

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Thanks for your encouragement Lisa!

Karen Sebastian says February 10, 2016

Beautiful post and reminder that our writing does make a difference.

Karen

    Bethany says February 11, 2016

    Yes Karen! Thank you!

Anita Ojeda says February 12, 2016

What a beautiful poem and an amazing experience to have someone affirm your ministry! May God continue to use your words, my friend!

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