The Power of Words

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Once again, this post is from a another guest author. Her name is Roxanne Hodge. Born in Kansas and raised as a military child, Roxanne Gail Hodge is a vintage soul with an honest abundance of empathy. Her walk with the Lord has been her solace through many life-changing crises. Her passions are writing thrillers, poetry, short stories, reading, retrospection, and painting. Follow her work at Aspire2accept@wordpress.com

The Power of Words

Is it acceptance, or is it giving up? Or is it peace, or is it complacency? Is it seeking experience, or is it dissatisfaction? Do we pursue truth, or do we want confirmation? Is it reality, or is it perception?

Words are fascinating. I’m not a student of languages, but I am familiar enough with the English language to understand the power of words. Changing one word in a thought can make the difference between positive implications or negativity. A word can elicit determination or passivism.

Resigning and acceptance are two words that may appear to have the same meaning but let’s consider the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition. So resignation is helplessness, “knowing” something is going to happen, and the inability to stop it. Whereas acceptance is understanding there are options but making the decision to allow a certain action or giving up a personal right to something.

My Story

I’ve spent the better part of my life resigned to what happened in my life. The act of resignation will eventually incite the blame game of bitterness, leading to frustration and finally hopelessness. Today, I want to subscribe to acceptance. The act of acceptance is a powerful statement, and at the end of the word is peace. Philippians 4:7 gives us the answer to ultimate peace.

Then, you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

The greatest acceptance we can make is for us to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior. Romans 5:1 explains the peace at the end of acceptance; “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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My Words

This poem is one of the poems God gave me as I compiled a book of poetry called “Thistles and Blossoms” Finding my way to acceptance was a journey. The way was sometimes hazardous, but the peace I found was well worth the trip.

My Poem

 Finding My Way to Acceptance 
  
 This fight I have inside of me continues to go on. 
 I look left; I look right; where do I belong? 
 These familiar words echo in my mind
  coming from a distant time. 
 Jesus Loves me this I know 
 For the Bible tells me so. 
 I Learned these words in my youth
  and believed they spoke the truth.
  
 One day when I was just a child 
 What happened I could not reconcile. 
 My baby brother died in mom’s arms. 
 God did not keep him from all harm. 
 I prayed to make the pain go away, 
 Instead, I learned the proper words to say,
  “God had a reason for what He did, 
 It was for good that he was dead.”
  
  I vaguely remember the fun I had. 
 The times I was not feeling sad. 
 I laughed and played, and I could run. 
 We put on performances, now that was fun. 
  
 As I grew older, I had a hunger
  which led me to an unknown danger. 
 When I was not yet a teen, 
 but in those years of in between. 
 My innocence ended as a girl, 
 when a tragic experience unfurled. 
 The lesson I learned blocked out the sun. 
 I could not believe what he had done. 
 I yearned to be respected and cherished, 
 but that night my purity perished. 
 I wanted comfort, his touch was crushing. 
 The tears in my soul came out gushing. 
 I did not want to be seen at all, 
 so, as I grew my world got small. 
 I lived my life behind a camera’s eye, 
 always looking for a place to hide. 
  
 I trudged on through this existence of mine
  trying to convince everyone I was fine. 
 I married a man I said I loved. 
 He tried I suppose, I should not judge. 
 God gave me two beautiful girls. 
 My daughters are more precious than pearls. 
 My youngest was three when my marriage ended, 
 even though I knew it was not what God intended. 
  
 I kept on keeping on my way, 
 listening to what others had to say. 
 I tried to do everything that was right
  so I could finally get out of the night. 
 Instead, I became confused and desperate. 
 My soul just could not seem to grasp “it.” 
 But then I did not know what that “it” was 
 and decided that I was a lost cause. 
  
 Somehow the girls survived my failures 
 and rose above with God’s help, and others. 
 My daughters grew up and I grew older. 
 I am still floundering but getting bolder. 
 Through wiser people, friends, and specialists 
 My outlook on life is not so desolate. 
 I am strong enough to encourage and inspire 
 and sometimes even understand my desires. 
  
 The last step I must finally take
  if I am to learn what is at stake, 
 is to accept God’s plan for me. 
 All through our life; I know you will agree 
 we face many challenges in between the calm. 
 When we hurt, God sooths us with His balm. 
 His promises are true and remains unchanged. 
 He keeps us close we are never estranged. 
  
 God unconditionally loves everyone. 
 The love of the Father, Holy Ghost and Son 
 Is higher than the spectrum of the universe. 
 This love is so powerful the curse of man was reversed. 
 With the sacrifice of His Beloved Son,
  the endless love of Theirs goes on. 
 I finally learned what true acceptance is. 
 I acknowledge that the depth of this love of His 
 leads to a peace that passes all understanding 
 The power of His love is what keeps me standing.  

Peace and Grace to you

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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22 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Our words have the ability to harm or to lead others closer to a relationship with Christ. I pray my words will be comforting and will help others find their way to the Lord.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I pray the same for myself too. I pray “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬
      https://www.bible.com/111/psa.19.14.niv. Grace and peace to you

  2. Michelle – Hi, I am Michelle, I am married to a wonderful Christian man & my best friend ever, in the world. We live in the Peachy state of GA. I hope to inspire and encourage you through my blog posts.
    Michelle

    The poem brought tears as I remembered my own childhood

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It is beautiful. Thanks for visiting. Grace and peace to you

  3. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Roxanne, thank you for your transparency and authenticity!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks for commenting Ava. Grace and peace to you

  4. Janice D. Green – South Carolina – Janice D. Green writes Bible storybooks. She is the author and illustrator of The Creation, a Bible storybook illustrated with hand-appliqued quilt pictures. Her second book is The First Christmas. Janice is passionate about reaching young families with the message of the Bible through her Bible storybooks, her blogs, and Bible quilts. She is a retired elementary school librarian. Read her blog posts at: www.honeycombadventures.com www.hiswhisperings.com www.biblebites4teens.com www.biblebites4you.com
    Janice D. Green

    I appreciate Roxanne’s willingness to share her painful story and am thankful that she was able to come to peace with her past through Jesus’ grace and her willingness to accept what can’t be changed and to move on.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Janice

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    Thank you for sharing your story. May God bless and comfort you and others through it.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. Thanks Nancy

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! Our testimonies vary, but they all point to God. Suffering seems to be one thing we can ALL relate to, but it’s such a comfort that God is there no matter what.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes it is. Amen

  7. Aspire2Accept – I love words and my goal is to use my words to encourage hope, inspire change, promote personal growth and share the joy​ of the Lord to whoever passes my way.
    Aspire2Accept

    Thank you all for sharing. I’m honored to be one conduit of God’s to share the words He gives me with others. We all have a personal story. The author of our lives is God’s.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Roxanne. It was a wonderful story.

  8. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Powerful and grievous words by Roxanne Hodges. Thank you for sharing your contribution, sister. Your experience is one that many of us had at a young age, not understanding why he did it, or why God allowed it to happen. Thankfully, the Lord heals. Thank you for sharing the intimate hurts, such a common experience for us women. By the grace of God, a new day and a new world will dawn.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Melinda. Grace and peace to you

  9. Linda Sammaritan – For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher. She crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” This year, Linda and her husband celebrated forty-three years of marriage. Since their three sons don’t live nearby, Linda, now retired, takes time to visit her seven grandchildren several times a year before they grow up and start adventures of their own. Read more of her blogs at http://www.scriblerians.com/.
    Linda Sammaritan

    Roxanne’s poem touches every heart. We may not have the same experiences, but we need to learn many of the same lessons.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So true Linda. Thanks for commenting. Grace and peace to you

  10. Aspire2Accept – I love words and my goal is to use my words to encourage hope, inspire change, promote personal growth and share the joy​ of the Lord to whoever passes my way.
    Aspire2Accept

    Indeed, and often times, the lessons are hard. But God is faithful.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. Grace and peace to you

  11. Aspire2Accept – I love words and my goal is to use my words to encourage hope, inspire change, promote personal growth and share the joy​ of the Lord to whoever passes my way.
    Aspire2Accept

    I appreciate your comment Karen.

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