The MBT Ponderers introduces our guest blogger, Amanda Dykes. She writes Christian historical romance set in the early 20th century and is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Agency. Please welcome Amanda to our blog today.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
Has it happened to you?
You’re moving through your day, sure you’re hiding that burden so well. Certain not a soul knows the heaviness of your heart. You are in stealth-mode, flying under the radar with your trial, and holding up quite well… on the outside. And then it happens.
Someone says something nice—words that seem molded to the very crevices of your struggle.
And you come unglued.
They couldn’t possibly have known what was going on, how desperately you needed to hear their words. You didn’t even know how desperately you needed to hear them.
I’ve been there (...and maybe it’s only me who comes unglued…). I’ve cherished those words of encouragement. I’ve been astounded at the lifeline God threw me, orchestrated so intimately, in the form of words. And I’ve been grateful for the willingness of the person who spoke, to take the time and say them without even knowing what I was facing.
Today I got to thinking. Who around me is fighting an unseen battle? I don’t know. But God does. Who around me needs just that simple reminder: Hi Friend~ You’re not in this alone. A scripture, a card, an e-mail? I don’t know. But God does. And if we’re willing to listen, He’s willing to lead.
Many of us here have an aching inside us to etch words that make a difference. I wonder what would happen if every one of us determined to pay attention to the people around us today, to pray over our words, and see how they might be used to encourage…
Something remarkable, I’d bet. Won’t you join me in this? Most of you are probably ten steps ahead of me and had already thought to encourage the masses long before you ever clicked over here. In that case, thanks for sticking with this slow-going gal while I got to my point. Still…I can’t help the quickening in my heart when I think of what might happen if we all tuned our souls to God’s leading, let Him bring to our attention the very people who need His hope the most, at this very moment. Words like that… they’re silver and gold, and sometimes even lifelines.
What about you? Have you ever been on the receiving end of “a word fitly spoken”?
Amanda Dykes is a scribbler of blog posts and fiction. She’d love to have you stop by and visit her at www.AmandaDykes.com, where today and tomorrow (February 5-6), she’s hosting a plethora of giveaways at her website “housewarming” party. Authors Beth K. Vogt, Michael K. Reynolds, Joanne Bischof, Sarah Sundin, Melissa K. Norris, Michelle Ule, Catherine West, Olivia Newport, and Kathy Boyd Fellure are hanging out there and giving away books… and Amanda has a very special surprise giveaway as well.