as I dried my hands in the ladies’ room.
“I can’t pick just two things to practice from your speech,”
said an attendee as I walked out of the conference room, “It was all so good!”
"I'll never forget you as long as I live!” said a young man,
“You said things I really needed to hear.”
These are a few of the “treasures” I brought home a few weeks ago
from the CMTA Impact Convention in Pasadena.
Then after my last blog, I also received comments.
Some, you can see in the April 26 post.
Others, here below, are from email responses.
A hard-working city servant was truly "at the end of her rope”
when the blog came and encouraged her.
Another person has applied insights from the stress workshop
and has found peace in a very stressful situation.
Then a barren woman who read Hannah’s
Promise almost a year ago
recounted how that story healed her pain--
and now she is five and a half months pregnant!
Appreciative words. (Can you see me smile?)
Exactly what I need to motivate me to put in long hours alone
to produce the next novel and the first devotional study guide.
Appreciative words are true treasure for a novelist, a speaker—
and for anyone else.
Appreciation refreshes the heart like cool water in a desert.
How long has it been since someone expressed appreciation for you?
How did it affect you?
Did you let it sink in so that it could feed the roots of your soul?
I hope so.
How long has it been since you expressed appreciation to another?
Do you make it a habit of letting people know you noted their kindness,
that you value their efforts to make your life more pleasant?
Many times we don’t take the time to think
about how much the contributions of others enhance our lives.
But what if we did?
Would being more thankful add joy to our own lives?
Might gratitude make us more pleasant to be around?
And if we took time to express our appreciation,
how would it benefit those whom we encourage?
Could our words be the dew that puts sparkle back into their eyes,
the shower that lifts drooping shoulders?
Let’s do the world a favor,
ourselves as well.
Just for today, let’s liberally voice our joy at others’ kindnesses to us.
Let’s note how it affect us, how it affects that person, how it affects our environment.
Then, sometime when we have a quiet moment today—
driving, dressing, walking, bathing, or preparing a meal--
let’s think back to someone whose kindness made a lasting impression on us.
What would happen
if we found a way to express our appreciation to them—
or to those close to them, if they are no longer with us?
Could drawing attention to their contribution reactive its power to bless?
Most of all, let’s habitually thank God for those who encourage us
for all those He uses to lift our spirits from day to day.
P.S. And don’t forget—Sunday is Mother’s Day! (At least in the USA)