29 And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.
I love the way that’s worded-”let you words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help.” I truly believe there are not enough grace words in this world today. Life is hard. Scripture clearly states that “in the last days, things will grow worse and worse” or “worser and worser as one of my grandsons would say. How true that has become in the 60 years I have had on this earth.
Sometimes when we start a new writing project, we don’t know how to start. She suggests that the trick to getting started writing is simply to write. She said that when you sit down to share your heart, you often say what you didn’t even know you had to say.. You don’t need to know the end to begin.. You don’t even need to know the beginning to begin. Just begin even if the first thing you say is “I don’t know how to begin.” She suggests going to your writing with an empty, open hand, with questions and let the writing answer.
Then she said something I absolutely love. “It’s what you know after you know it all that counts. Putting your heart on paper is about so much more than writing. It’s about living a life that is connected with others.”
I couldn’t help but think that these ideas are so true when it comes to prayer. If you are having trouble praying, just pray.
~Even if your first sentence is God, I don’t know what to say. That’s okay because the Holy Spirit is our helper.
~Even if you hurt so badly, no words will come out. God sees and knows your hurt and your heart. He’s there, He cares
~Even if you don’t know where to go in prayer or what to pray about. He will lead you and you will be surprised and delighted at where He takes you sometimes.
~Even if you don’t have anything good to say. He just wants to be with you.
~Even if everything is wonderful and you have no requests. He is wonderful and loves it when you tell Him so.
And when you and He are done talking, you will know thing, things that He said to you that no one can take away. Prayer is so much more religious activity or a spiritual 911 call. It’s about connecting with God, knowing Him, enjoying Him, understanding Him, seeing Him for who He really is.
The finished product of prayer is a deeper love, a more peaceful heart, and a changed life.
So today, even if you don’t know how or what to pray, just pray. He’s waiting to meet and talk with you.