Sweet Words, Happy Hearts

SW, HH

Kind words are like honey—
   sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

~Proverbs 16:24~

I just love talking with my friends! I mean, what girl doesn’t? I’d talk every day, all day away with my closest friends if I could!

I have a friend, Naomi, that bestows an unhindered amount of love, encouragement and wisdom upon me! And sometimes even has to give me the proverbial “smack upside the head” and asks me “Are you sure you know what you’re doing? I think maybe you need to pray though this a little bit more,” And I am SO thankful that I have someone who loves me enough to confront me. 

As women, I sincerely believe we need that kind of bolstering and love in our lives. Women CRAVE love and acceptance from each other! It doesn’t even have to be from someone we know! I mean, who doesn’t like getting stopped in the store to be told “I just absolutely LOVE your shoes!”? I certainly do! 

Men find it funny. Like, you don’t see most men walking up to a guy they don’t know to gush over their clothes! I just can’t see men standing thee getting all giddy and excited over some other guys’ shoes! In fact, I would probably stop and stare if I ever saw such a sight occur in front of me!

Recently, I’ve had the sweet opportunity to get to know a fellow blogger and sister in Christ, Bethany Harper at Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots (You can check out her amazing blog HERE) and already, we have found out that we have more in common than one would ever have thought! 

There’s a pleasant sweetness that comes along when women encouraging each other. I mean, not only does the person you encouraged feel good, but so do you knowing that you did a good, kind thing! 

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)

You see ladies, we NEED to be lifting each other up! This world tells us that we need to envy, hate and compete against one another. Why? What does this accomplish? I personally think it’s because the more we envy what someone else has or looks like, the more we will buy. The more we buy, all the more money that lands in the pockets of the designers and CEO’s of the brands and corporations. Not only that, they tell us that unless we have their products, we aren’t as “Beautiful” as the women that do. That just causes insecurity and disdain towards the girls that do have those products!

This is why so many times in the Bible it is said that beauty isn’t about what’s on the outside, but on the inside. 

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.” (1 Peter 3:3-5)

This is why it is so important to be there for one another. Women need love and encouragement. We were made that way.

So, this is my challenge to you. Next time you see a lady with something you would just LOVE to have, instead of becoming envious and tempted to feel disdain toward that woman, go up to her and tell her what it is that you just absolutely love! It will do both of you a world-and heart-full of happiness!

XoXo,

~Kristen

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