Words have the power to build empires and tear down walls.
Words offer encouragement and support when you need it the most.
Your words are the legacy you leave behind.
– The Good Enuf Mommy
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading the words of Melissa Matters from Wading Through Motherhood, I invite you to take a moment to do so. She was a woman who understood the intimacy of words and their power to affect the lives of others. These are just a few of my favourite words she has written:
“’I’m not going to focus on the future too much, the what ifs, and the I wonders because Tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6:34). Here’s to today.” – From A Letter to My Son on His 3rd Birthday
“Love is more than just an outward expression of words that we might see on some conversation hearts. I believe love is best revealed through actions. As a parent, I want my children to know what love looks like…” Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 – From 5 Things to Teach Your Children About Love
“By focusing on grace rather than perfection, I can deal with my shortcomings. Because I’m not perfect, but God loves me anyways.” – From Because I’m not Perfect
“When you’re racing around because there is too much to do and not enough time, just breathe. Breathe in the smell of your children’s freshly washed hair when they cuddle with you at night. Breathe in the aroma of your morning coffee, whether it be hot, warm, or stone cold. Breathe in the moments of beauty, the silver linings, all the small, good things. When everyone else has gone to sleep, breathe in the quiet night air. Breathe out all the negativity. Exhale and remember you can’t control everything.” – From Just Breathe
Sometimes there are no words to express the depths of the grief you feel when someone leaves this earth too soon. I am thankful for the time I had to know Melissa and her incredible heart for others. I am thankful for her encouragement and I am encouraged by the tremendous impact she had on the lives of others – even the ones she has never met.
Melissa, thank you for reminding us all that our words hold incredible power. I hope you’re smiling down on us from heaven and that your words continue to live on in your absence.
The Good Enuf Mommy