Today's reading

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. –Proverbs 15:4 NIV

November 27, 2023

Stay Out of the Ditch

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. –Proverbs 15:4 NIV

One morning, a mom was overheard saying to her little girl, “You’ve been so good today; I’m very proud of you.” It’s amazing how the simplest words can mean so much. Perhaps you grew up receiving praise for your accomplishments, but not everyone has. One woman in her sixties has expressed that she has never felt accepted, good enough, or worthy. When asked if she was ever encouraged by her parents while growing up, tears came to her eyes. “No, I was only scolded when I did something wrong.” After all of these years, the little girl inside of her still desperately needs to hear what that little girl heard—if only once. 

Past generations didn’t routinely speak encouragement. But society has gone from one extreme to the other. Today, a ribbon is given for just showing up. You can’t host your child’s birthday party unless you invite everyone; no one can be excluded. Balance is the key. Genuine encouragement is what we all need and long for. Speak words of life into the lives of others, and you just might help heal a heart or two.

prayer focuses

Pray for eyes to see others’ hurts and for opportunities to encourage them with God’s love.

Thank God that He has adopted you as His very own and for the encouragement that He offers you through His Word.


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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.