Words – they have power.

I don’t know if y’all remember my post a few months ago about how I felt like I had no voice. It’s funny. I kind of still feel that way, even though I can see evidence of how women are being encouraged day in and day out by something I’ve posted on social media. Sure, it’s friends I’ve made being an author and with Vox Dei, but it’s someone. And that’s all that matters.

Friday night, I was headed out with a friend from church and her friend (my new friend) to watch a movie. (War Room is HIGHLY recommended if you want a deeper, more meaningful prayer life or marriage.) We were almost to the theater when I noticed a Twitter notification on my phone from my awesome book manager, Becki Brannen.

The tweet read:

See how uplifted a girl two states away simply by showing Shining Bright http://t.co/Z4gjeKPLNg

Well, completely clueless, I clicked on the link and followed it to my publisher’s site. An author, Amy McCoy Dees had written a blog post for that day. As I read through it, I was in awe. Was this real? Had someone actually written this post? About me? I was in tears at how my words had impacted someone.

But then I realized something, it’s not about me. It’s about this girl who needed encouragement, reassurance that she was beautiful. It was about how I didn’t give up when I felt like it so many times. It’s about how one story could make one girl have a newfound confidence. It’s about learning to love yourself enough to share your story and encourage others. It’s about God using me to reach a child who needed help. It’s about words and how powerful they are.

No. This story isn’t mine. It’s all of ours. It’s about finding our voice and learning to love ourselves for who we are. It’s about being confident in your own skin. It’s about not giving up when you can’t go any further. It’s about encouraging others and not tearing them down.


Words can tear you down or lift you up. I’ve been on the receiving end of both, and I’ve given both. I’ve torn people down, but I have to change that now. I have to be better. I choose words that give life, not death.

Today, you have the power to change someone’s life. What will you choose?

Amy said this in her post, “To me, Emerald Barnes is much more than a writer. She is an encourager, a mentor, and an empowerment to these young middle school girls struggling with body image issues.

To my young chorus student, she is a hero.”

I don’t see myself as a hero, but I do know that if I hadn’t posted what I posted for Amy to see, this young woman might not have any confidence at all.

Please take a moment to read the article here.

Maybe, just maybe, you can change someone’s life, too.