You are…

You are… GIFTED!

To be gifted means "having exceptional talent or natural ability; to be endowed with something; talented; skilful; skilled; accomplished; expert; consummate; masterful; first-rate; polished; adroit; dexterous; able; competent; capable; apt; deft; adept; proficient." I have written a post about being gifted before (see: http://www.mrswords.com/different-gifts-by-his-grace/ ). I truly believe that every single person has been gifted. The Bible says that we all have different gifts, according to the grace that has been given to us (see Romans 12:6). That means that each one…

You are… JOYFUL!

Joy is defined in the dictionary as: "a feeling of great pleasure and happiness; delight; great pleasure; jubilation; triumph; gladness; exhilaration; glee; exuberance; elation; euphoria; bliss; ecstasy; rapture; radiance; happiness over an unanticipated or present good". Sounds pretty full-on doesn't it? I'm not sure that I can think of many times in my life when I have felt like this. Can you? To be joyful is to be full of joy. Simple huh?!? Well, not really. I think this is a really hard one…

You are… WISE!

The word WISE in the English Dictionary, means: having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgement; become aware of or informed about something; having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion; sensible or prudent; having knowledge in a specified subject; aware of, especially so as to know how to act.  To be wise is to have wisdom. Wisdom is: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise. I believe that…

You are… COURAGEOUS!

Courage means "not deterred by danger or pain; brave; the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery; to have the courage of one's convictions, to act in accordance with one's beliefs, especially in spite of criticism; possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching". The adjective courageous derives from the Old French word corage, meaning "heart, innermost feelings, or temper." In fairy tales, the courageous knight battles the fire-breathing dragon…

You are… GENEROUS!

This past week, I have been absolutely blown away with the generosity around me. My husband and I have been blessed with many invites to enjoy meals with friends, we've received unexpected gifts, we've received food parcels and hampers and we've had many people express their gratitude and lavished encouragement on us. A particularly kind friend even put a little bit of money in our bank account to help pay for some much-needed medication. Blown away, I tell you, absolutely,…

You are… LOVELY!

LOVELY in the English dictionary is said to mean: very beautiful or attractive; pleasant or enjoyable; delightful; something genuinely beautiful or grand; someone or something attractive or inspires love; used to describe a person who is kind, friendly and pleasant to be with. It originates from the Old English word luflic, which evolved to become the word love. The word lovely was used to describe something or someone who was loved. So, that hasn't really changed over time. We still use the…

You are… GENUINE!

The word GENUINE is defined in the English dictionary as "truly what something is said to be; authentic; possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality or origin; not counterfeit; properly so-called; free from pre-tense, affection or hypocrisy; descended from the original stock; pure in breed." The word originated in the late 16th century (in the sense ‘natural or proper’): from Latin genuinus, from genu ‘knee’ (with reference to the Roman custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn child by placing it…

You are… ENCOURAGING/ENCOURAGER!

The word ENCOURAGE means to give support, confidence or hope to; to persuade to do or continue to do something by giving support and advice; stimulate the development of; promote, advance, boost, further; contribute to the progress or growth of; inspire with confidence. I've been told that the word encourage comes from the Old French word encoragier, meaning "make strong, hearten". I just love the idea of someone coming alongside, to build you up, to make you strong and be heartened. To be encouraging (or an…

My new blog series:

Today, I am launching my new blog series called "You are..." As a lover of words and a lover of God & people, I've been really contemplating how I can bring these three things together. So, I've finally got some clear direction and now I'm so keen to run with it and share it with you. "You are..." is all about speaking life into people. Each week I want to highlight and unpack one word that encourages. I will explore the words…