The sun floods in on this lazy Saturday. Its beauty reveals the neglected dust resting like a sleepy cat on ignored furniture.
There is always something demanding attention, pulling time, sucking energy.
The house is quiet. I am alone. I move to begin chores, but words swirl. They always swirl. So instead I sit and allow the sun to pool on my stillness.
I remember a conversation with a friend who believes we are all imposters, all filling roles too big for our idea of us. We’re small girls walking in Momma’s lady shoes. Honestly trying, but undeniably awkward.
I think of writing, the book birthing, the making something out of nothing. And I feel too small to wear it properly, to stay balanced, to move with the grace of one all grown up. My heart whispers a prayer, “Are you sure?” I pray it often, always whispered.
Then it comes. A memory 30 years old. A professor who shares, “It shouldn’t work, but it does!” She liked it. My writing. A five paragraph paper, each paragraph beginning with the same sentence. It was risky, bold. But she liked it. Enough to have me mentor others, all 19 years of me. And after traveling these decades, I remember. I am steadied.
I remember those words, that life giving encouragement. Even though they feel pulled from a time capsule buried long ago, today they satisfy what I am desperate for. They assuage the doubts and stumbling. They quiet the imposter monster. They gift me shoes that fit.
So, I write. In this sunny, dusty room I hold onto words spoken long ago, but words spoken. Because they were uttered they hold power to give life. How thankful I am for encouraging words spoken.
My grateful heart pauses and then nods to a deeper truth penned by Solomon. “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances” Proverbs 25:11.
And here we have the invitation to dovetail with the Divine. We can speak, life giving encouragement; He reminds when hearts whisper, when souls doubt.
May my words offer others life giving encouragement.
May He remind when our hearts are desperate.