The Power of Kind Words
This morning I found a message in my Facebook account from a dear third millineum friend.

My third millineum friends are people whom I’ve never seen face-to-face, but who have become true friends through the miracle of the internet. They are rare treasures. They also remind me of my relationship with Christ, my true Friend whom I’ve not yet seen face-to-face.

I’m sharing only a snippet of the message, because I value my friend’s privacy:

….some of the ups and downs of life have left me in a place that makes it difficult to find peace…
I’ve mentioned my struggles with my spiritual life… this has resulted in my avoiding any attempts by others to bring me “into the fold” so to speak. But, my friendship with you, and my trust in who you are, led me to subscribe to your blog…

My eyes filled when I read this message.

Some days I sit down to write and words flows through me. Other days I have to “dig” for something worthwhile to share with you. These kind words affirmed for me that the digging is worth it, the discipline is worth it, and that my goal is not out of reach:


I intend my writing to be a ministry and a mission: I hope to encourage the believer and influence the seeker. You bless me with your comments.

12…My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. from 1 Peter 5:12 (NLT)

My friend’s words of affirmation bless me. And they make me think of whose work I can lift up today.

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
I Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)


  1. I'm encouraged by this, Sheila. Thank you for sharing it on the empathy post at