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Alia Joy is an author who believes the darkness is illuminated when we grasp each other's hand and walk into the night together. She writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope in...

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    • Such a powerful writing. So much truth in what you have penned here. Our words hold so much power for others and for ourselves. God has been bringing this very topic to my attention several times this week. Love how He uses others to speak His truth. Blessings.

  1. Alia Joy,
    I love Corrie ten Boom! Another one of my favorite quotes of hers is, “You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.” Wise woman. Having a rough day so thank you for your reminder that words matter and the Word that matters most is the God’s Word to me and His promises in scripture!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Thank you for your words of encouragement and hope. I’m going thru a particular dark, very dark, season. I need to take this and apply them to my life right now. Thank you, please whisper a Word to the Lord on my behalf because sometimes between the tears and hopelessness the Words fail to come.

  3. Thank you for this. Loved this! I love how God drops this in my mailbox when my heart is heavy from my harsh words to my child who is currently getting up every night and screaming at us in fear and uncertainty and refusing to go back to sleep. When words that don’t normally grace my lips tumble out in frustration and utter tiredness. My first words of the morning are asking my child for forgiveness. His reply ‘It’s ok mummy, it’s forgotten’.
    Thank you that you point us to the fact that ultimately God’s word can help show us and our children that He loves to help us to learn, forgive and live for Him daily.

    • Try Psalm 91 or the numbers prayer, and I bind in Jesus name the night terrors or any attack in the spiritual realm. Angels watch me through the night,wake me with the morning light.

  4. There’s nothing more powerful than a parent’s example in giving a humble and heartfelt apology. And we teach them what’s worth grieving over when they see our tears.

  5. And the other day I cried out to God not realizing I was “lamenting” the situation…since my mini tirade against the situation , Father God has put the word lament in front of me in ALL I read…it’s what will turn the brokenness back to Him and in doing that we believe He will have mercy and cover the situation with His care and love…please pray for custody battles both of my sons are facing….they are dedicated fathers, they need to see Gods mighty hand move in their situations. Thank you for this post that spoke so well of my Lords intent and for the chance to ask for prayer.

  6. Thanks for this reminder that there’s beauty in brokenness, and it’s OK for the kids to see that. Sometimes after a challenging day I feel guilty that my kids saw me fall apart, yell or get stressed. But it’s good to remember to apologize quickly and realize this too is part of life. Every day is a new day, and we’re renewed in Christ’s love. Looking forward to a new day today 🙂

  7. I really enjoyed reading this today Alia! Thank you so much for these lovely truths. Blessings always ❤️

  8. I so needed this! The past few days have left me wondering why God seems quiet to me. He’s really not, He’s teaching me to rely on Him and to have faith.

  9. Beautiful! I’m still learning these lessons after a lifetime of walking with Jesus. Thank you for reminding me of these truths!

  10. You speak such raw truth, thank you for the broken parts. I know them well and your words remind me there is help with God and in God’s tender mercies. Thank you for this post! It is a keeper and I will read it more than once.

  11. Alia,

    How true, words do matter. Teaching virtue was the topic at a parent group the other day. While the list was quite lengthy these words struck me the most: Caring, Compassion, Considerate,Courage,Creativity,Forgiveness,Generous, Gentle, Helpful, Joyful, Kind, Love, Loyal, Mercy, Patience, Peacefulness, Prayerful, Purposefulness, Reliable, Respect,Service,Tact, Thankfulness, Tolerance, Trust, Truthfulness, and Unity. Thank-you for sharing your post

    blessings for a good day,

    Penny

  12. So many wonderful faith statements in one place, Alia. Think I’ll copy them in my journal for those days when anguish, brokenness, and affliction threaten to overwhelm–statements like: “Mercy mends the broken the way justice binds truth to action,” and “Sorrow and Joy are not opposed; see the beauty amid the brokenness.” Thank you, Alia!

  13. It is not hypocrisy is true, it is also not a lie, for we must call into our lives what is not there just as God says. That’s why keeping His Word in our prayers is important. His love language is grace. To whisper His name is prayer enough and the Holy Spirit helps us prayer when we cannot. He doesn’t give up on us, we give up on Him, even death, He overcame. He is the healer but sometimes people just can’t believe in miracles, and get mercy.

  14. Alia, you are such a passionate writer. Your words speak straight to my heart. The quote from Corrie was the perfect ending.

    I’m reminded of an old hymn. My hope is built on nothing less that Jesus Christ and righteousness.

  15. The Spirit of the Living God is upon you! His words are alive & living in you & as you pen them, they will go out with power & not return void but will have the effect for which God intended them. Alleluia, I join in praise & thanksgiving, dancing & rejoicing with you!

  16. Alia,

    Words and the tone of them matter. It is important that we teach and model this to the younger generation. They desperately need mentors to show and teach them the truth. God is good ALL the Time. He is there even in our brokenness. Don’t listen to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Listen to praise music and saturate your mind with Godliness. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie Ten Boom–He already has plans for you.

    Blessings 🙂

  17. What perfect timing for this post. Your courageous words remind me that just because harsh words are being tossed around like ashes from a fire, hovering in the air, trying to cover everything around them, I don’t have to be part of it. I can speak goodness and kindness. Sometimes my words are a friendly wave to a driver who lets me into traffic, or a smile to someone whose eye I catch across a room.

    Thanks, Alia. I so appreciate your words.