Wellington, Cape Town



Do you understand the power of words? On your own life and others?

I discovered their power a few years back but it still amazes me.

One of the many things I feel passionate about is SPEAKING LIFE.  I believe in building people up, seeing the good in others, always trying my best to speak words of life.  Always careful what I put out there because once it is out there, the chances of it becoming real is increased.

Let me give you an example of what happened recently.

A few weeks ago I started feeling like I needed a more in-depth study of the bible, and that I needed to be made uncomfortable in my faith. *When we are uncomfortable, we grow, and that is why I try hard to embrace being uncomfortable, even when it is super scary.

So I spoke to God about this, and a few friends.  Not even a week later, I had a wonderful woman offer to do a one-on-one bible study with me, going deeper into the Bible.  It was awesome and I jumped at the opportunity.  Then this last weekend, I stood up in church and shared a very small part of my testimony – although it is awesome and it is what we should be doing, it was scary, I am by no means a public speaker.  I was shaking for 15 minutes after I was done.

Did you know that people fear public speaking more than death?

What words are you speaking?  Words of doubt, lies, hurt, anger?  What are you getting back in return?

Proverbs 18:21 

The power of the tongue is life and death—those who love to talk will eat what it produces.

Now, this isn’t some magic trick. I believe in the power of words,  in the power of positive thinking.  I don’t always feel like being positive or kind, but when those days come around, I try to keep to myself so I am not nasty to others.

Changing your mindset is possible, difficult, challenging, but possible.  You can’t have happy, positive thoughts for one day and expect your world to change.  It is a choice you need to make daily, sometimes many times during the day, but your life will change with consistent positive thinking and speaking words of life.

Speaking life will bring life. It will get rid of the bad and replace it with good.  It will remove all the toxic people from your life, and bring in the right people. Again, don’t misinterpret what I am saying, life is a rollercoaster, there will always be ups and downs, but it is in those down moments were we can be refined if we allow it.  It is in the downs where we need to focus on the good in life.  The best remedy for when you are down, and probably the hardest, is to count your blessings.

Proverbs 17:22 

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

I am not marginalising the struggles we face daily or the life-changing events.  Some events in life can bring us to our knees, makes us feel as if we couldn’t possibly go on, like we want to give up. Sometimes we are so focused on what is wrong, that we spiral downward to a dark place, continuously thinking negative thoughts, and wonder why we can’t get out of it. 

I get it, I have been there.  I couldn’t see a way out.   I felt alone like no one cared or even tried to understand.  I was wrong.  God knows everything.  He understands.  He loves us, unconditionally.  He has always been there for me, even when I felt He had abandoned me.

At times it feels like people see me as this happy-go-lucky individual who hasn’t experienced life, or hardships, or tremendous emotional turmoil.  I have, and that is why I choose, or should I say try, to be happy, to speak words of life, to count my blessings, and to keep my focus vertical.  I want to build others up because I know what it is like when people always try to bring you down and only see the bad in you.  For most of my life, people would try to bring me down – everyone – strangers, family, friends.  And you know what, you eventually start believing these people, start believing that you aren’t worth anything more than this and that you deserve bad in life. It is soul-destroying.

Then one day, enough is enough, you realise your worth and start standing up for yourself. Again, this is why I want to speak life and build others up because I know how it feels and don’t want people to think they are the byproduct of others’ limiting beliefs.

*Limiting beliefs are the thoughts and opinions, either by yourself or others, that you believe to be the absolute truth.  They tend to impact your life negatively and stop you from moving forward and growing.

Where focus goes, energy flows. How you think will determine how you feel and your actions.

If your thoughts are something you really struggle with, as I did, then ask God to help you, to change your thoughts. Allow the Spirit to change your way of thinking.  God has helped me with my thinking, and I still ask that He changes my thoughts to be His thoughts.

Is your thought life leading you to depression or to glorifying God?

Keeping it simply raw & real.

Your sister in Christ.

Proverbs 11:25

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

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