feeling seen helps us hear

I've had some incredibly encouraging conversations lately. God has been speaking straight to my heart through people who truly see me in my situation and ministry. I don't know that I can explain very well what I mean by that. But if you've ever felt invisible, I think you know what I'm talking about.

Simply feeling seen is amazingly restorative.

My pastor reminded me to focus on seeking God, not just His will. Ultimately, the only thing I need is more of Him. Yet I can get caught up in pursuing God for something rather than just pursuing God.

I need to seek God's face and not His hand.

And I needed to be reminded of that fact.

A new ministry friend spoke some freeing words to me. "You don't need to feel stained by the situation you're walking through. Because you're not. Others' decisions are not a reflection of you, your heart, or your vision in ministry."

I can't even tell you how much I needed to hear that.

It was as though I could hear the chains dropping to the ground.

These conversations fueled my passion to make others feel seen. And to use my words to build up rather than tear down.

Don't underestimate the power of your words to breathe life into someone.

Look around. And look beneath the surface to truly see the person under the layers of circumstances.

Be intentional today to speak strength and courage into someone's heart.

It's probably just what they need.