Join us today as we share sweet things! We are three weeks into a wonderful online Bible study about embracing God and each week our dear friend, Jana Kennedy-Spicer, has been sharing sweet extras that are just too good not to share with our friends here in blog-land. Today Jana shares her heart and a sweet challenge!

Jana is a wife, mom and Nana who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ. A woman rescued and repaired by the grace of God, she loves to share about the realness of God’s love, redemption and faithfulness.

Embarking on a new life journey, she is dedicated to using her blogging, Bible teaching, writing, photography, drawing, painting and graphic designs to bring glory to the Lord.

You can find Jana at Sweet To The Soul

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

The months of stress and conflict and arguments and battles had taken its toll.    The encumbrance of all the negativity and anger and hurt was weighing heavy and frankly, I was feeling overwhelmed, suffocated and … alone.

Almost a year earlier, I had to gird myself as I was hurled into war to fight an enemy I could have never imagined.    The army of friends I had previously enjoyed slowly, then rapidly, dissolved; most choosing only to silently observe from the sidelines, their departure left me feeling … abandoned.   Lord!  I cried, I just need a word, one word, a nice word, an encouraging word, a happy word.  A word to know that someone else sees me here, that I’m not down in this pit … forgotten.   alone. abandoned. forgotten.

Have you been there? Are you there right now? Have you felt that? Are you feeling it right now?

​“Therefore, let us encourage one another, build up one another.” 1 Thessalonias 5:17

​Birthdays in our home were normally fun times.  Parties were planned with fun and unique themes, the house was brightly decorated and the cake graciously made.  Friends and family would fill the house with laughter and love, a true celebration!    But not this year.  

Lord! I just need a word, one word, a nice word, an encouraging word, a happy word.  I’m drowning here!   As I shuffled through the mountain of bills and past due notices on the counter, one pink envelope was peeking through from underneath the pile.

a birthday card.  a kind word.  a life preserver.

Have you been there? Have you felt that?

​“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 ​

That kind word, that simple card, that moment it took to send, that remembrance of me was indeed like “apples of gold in a setting of silver”.  Lord! Thank you for sending their kind word.  Thank you for ensuring me I am not alone.  Thank you for reminding me that you see me, see my needs and meet every one!   It is said that we should meet each other with kindness because we do not always know the battle another is fighting.  I would add that we do not always know the impact just a few kind words can have on someone’s battle worn spirit.   Is there someone you see struggling today?  Someone you know fighting a battle? Has someone been on your heart, in your thoughts?   Connect with them today – send a card, a message, a text, a phone call – let them know they are not alone.  Toss them a life preserver.

Our challenge this week is to send someone a sweet note. Download and print the “Sweet Friendship” blank note card (link below). Color your card then add an encouraging word on the inside. Maybe write a thank you to someone special. Then sweeten someone’s day and pass the note along.

Embrace Something Sweet note card

Want to bring even more sweetness to someone? Fill a Joy Jar with something sweet and attach your “Sweet Friendship” note. Want to know more about One Jar At A Time? Click here One Jar Link

Blessings~ Jana

If you would like to take a peek at our online study, we invite you to stop by our FaceBook Group Online Study!