Most of her life she heard, “You’re so stupid.” “You can’t do anything right.” “You’ll never amount to anything.” “Why can’t you get this? It’s not hard.” She heard messages that she wasn’t good enough and that she never would be. One negative message after another, and the worst thing happened…she believed them.
Thirty some years later, after thinking that life was just okay, and it couldn’t get any better, because she was taught not to expect anything special, it happened. She moved away from those she loved, and into the arms of man, who loved her, but more importantly, loved God. After a while he recognized her insecurities, but he knew how to reverse the years of damage and pain done to her.
He begin being gentle with his deeds, and especially with his words. He had to make sure he didn’t expect perfection out of every task, as he had been raised to. He needed to find the capacity to let her do things her way, and then to compliment her on a job well done. She needed to know he trusted her, and believed in her. He had to speak love to her and to speak life. He would hide notes and things around the house for her to find that reinforced what he was verbally telling her.
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. (Prov. 18:21 MSG)
Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. (Prov. 15:4 MSG)
Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. (Col. 4:6 MSG)
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. (Eph. 4:29 MSG)
Over time, because he will be like God to her (and not “a god” over her) she will heal. Her mind will be cleansed of all of those negative comments. Each day, she will grow in confidence. She will soon stand up straight and hold her head up high. She will begin to believe that she is a child of the most high God and that He loves her, and she will start acting like she knows it. She will seek out God’s plan and design for her life and purse it with strong conviction. One day she will be God, or be like God to someone else who is currently walking where she once did.
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