One Word That Encourages In Tough Times

How can just one word make a difference in your life? Kerryn shares how the source of that one word is the secret to your miracle.

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.” (Psalm 33:6)

Ca-zillions of words surround me every day. Words from my laptop, TV, movies, thoughts, conversations and Bible.

Today it struck me anew, that I need to hear just one word, from the Lord, and everything else fades into insignificance. The Lord spoke a word and the heavens were made. Wow! Now that’s a powerful word! A word began our universe, created and ordered out of nothingness.

During illness, some days feel like nothingness. . . lonely, tiring, devoid of creativity and life.

When God speaks a word, nothing else matters because He creates life and order from that one word. What a wonderful reminder this has been today. He’s also brought me back to special memories from my past.

My husband and I have both had the blessing of hearing God audibly speak to us a couple of times in our lives. They were very significant words that changed the course of our lives in wonderful ways. Once the Lord said clearly to me “it’s time!” My husband and I knew immediately that the Lord was telling us it was time to leave our home church, which my husband had been in for his whole life. This move created very important growth, career changes, friendships and faith journeys in our new church. We wouldn’t have moved without those two little words.

Another time my husband heard his name, audibly in a crowd, in China. He followed it’s direction and heard it twice more. Before long he was in a tiny shop, speaking to a lady who had just become a Christian recently and knew no other Christians. She had prayed to meet a Christian that day! Two of her friends then gave their lives to the Lord right there, simply because my husband was directed by a word.

I’ve come to realize that an audible word is a rare and treasured occurrence, but the still small voice of the Lord can happen often over a day. It might be a word jumping out at me through the scriptures, spoken by a friend, popping into my thoughts or prayers, or in an email.

Now that I’m ill, I have individual words around the house: hope, love, peace, dream, faith, create and believe. They are all placed in significant places where I can see them. Those individual words also create changes in my life on a daily basis. They speak loudly through the noisy, negative narratives of the world.

I praise God for His individual words that produce life, creativity, order and peace in my life.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the power of Your Word. Help me to listen to You and to hear the word that You have especially for me. Thank You that Your words bless and encourage me and those around me. Speak, Lord, for I am listening. Amen.

About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illness. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.

How do you hear the word of the Lord? What words give you life? Have you ever had significant times that the Lord has spoken into with a word? How has that blessed you or others?

Here is Chris Tomlin singing “Indescribable.” Enjoy! -Lisa