Have you ever had a conversation with someone and realized the power in your words? Have you ever imparted wisdom in someone and immediately you were able to recognize the impact you just had in their life? The words that we speak are powerful and God will use the power in your words to help accomplish the work He called you to do.
Last week, former co-workers, a few of my remaining co-workers, and I all gathered for an after work get together for a”10th Floor Reunion”. Over the past couple of years so many changes have occurred within my company that we hardly see each other as a group like how when we all worked on the 10th floor. It was great to see everyone, catch up, and enjoy each others company. As I was sitting at the bar conversing with a former co-worker, a current co-worker who no longer works on my floor says “So Brandi what’s up with you? Are you still doing hair on the side?”. As I began to laugh and answer yes as I pointed to my new hairstyle for the month, I casually said “Oh yea and I’m an author now too. I wrote a book. It’s a 30 day devotional”. Before I could finish she said “OMG WHAT?! Get out of here I had no idea. You are soooo sneaky LOL”. I responded “LOL no I’m not sneaky I just didn’t broadcast it. I just told people who I felt led to share it with in conversation”. At this point she was intrigued and wanted to know more about the book. As I so I began to tell her she stopped me midway and says “I don’t know what this is, but I want what you have (with a big smile on her face). You are so excited about life”. I said “Really? WOW”. At that moment I realized she saw my GLOW (God’s Light Operating Within). Now I’m starting to get even more excited so I tell her about the Pray The Impossible blog, and show her the devotional about another co-worker’s testimony I had written a few weeks ago. Not even 5 mins later, she burst into tears at the bar. I asked her if she was ok and she responded “Brandi I can’t read anymore. I was only able to read the first 3 sentences. This is so powerful. I never knew you were like this”. I said “Well you know I go to church” and started laughing to brighten up the mood.
As our conversation deepened, I felt the Holy Spirit come upon me and immediately I got the chills. God’s presence was at the after work event because after a while I felt like it was just her and I at the place. I cannot remember exactly what I said after that because the words that came out of my mouth began to just flow. I was saying things to her that allowed her to open up to me about personal things in her life. It was so crazy, because her and I had never had a deep conversation about her personal life from her childhood. She then asked me if she could come with me to church. I said “Of course you can. Just let me know when you’re ready”. After that it hit her. She said “WOW that’s what’s been missing. I miss the presence of God. When I was a little girl I used to love going to church. I loved to go to church and sing. I don’t know what happened as to why I stopped going. I’ve had to fight my entire life and I’m tired of fighting”. I just stood there in awe because I still couldn’t wrap my mind around what was happening. I remember telling her “Life happened to you. Something happened in life that caused you to stop going to church”. That one sentence immediately brought to her remembrance the reason she stopped going to church. That was the defining moment that I realized the true power in my words flowing from my mouth.
God will align you with the right people to have the right conversation whether its at happy hour, on the train, the grocery store, or walking down the street. He will use the power in your words to help them tap into their past, pain, and purpose. All it takes is one word, one sentence, and one conversation to change someone’s life. My new motto in life is “Impacting lives one conversation at a time”, because there are power in your words.
Wow Brandi, You have grown so much since writing this devotional. It is as if you are looking at yourself along with me, even you are impressed with your growth! Thank you Brandi for allowing the Lord to use you, I look forward to Tuesday devotional reading! “May you continue to allow the Lord to speak to the hearts of your readers as he expands your ministry.” Amen
Peace and Blessings,
C. Jackie Chaney
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