Sweet to the soul, healing to the bones

There are few things I love more than encouraging others with my words. Our words are powerful! They have the power to bring life. But, I have become very aware of something I was hoping I could talk out with you. I cannot take a compliment. Let me explain.

'Words of affirmation' is my highest love language, which I discovered thanks to The 5 Love Languages (I highly recommend reading this book; it's been wonderful for our marriage). Realizing this truth, you would think that I would absorb any word of praise or affirmation I receive. But it's just not that easy for me.

When Robert compliments me or gives me some kind of praise/affirmation about something, it's usually easier{quicker} for me to accept them from him. Not easy, and I don't always "receive" it the first time he says it, but I come around a lot faster.

But when others compliment/praise/affirm me, I feel completely unworthy of whatever they're saying. Thus, it's difficult for me to accept their words. Not because I don't believe they are being sincere, but rather, because I don't feel worthy of their words.

Thankfully, the Lord has been gracious to remind me that those feelings are NOT from Him!! In fact, I believe those precious words of life are sent directly from Him at just the right moments. Proverbs 16:24 says "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."

I don't know, maybe I'm alone in my struggle to accept compliments, but just in case I'm not, let's let those words sink deep within and bring life to us. Let's allow God to love on us through those He's brought upon our path to encourage/affirm/praise us. He says we're worthy of those words, and that's all I need to know.


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  1. Although words of affirmations are not my primary love language I do understand what you are saying! I can relate completely! If it is Ryan I take it better, but if it is other people I typically change the subject fast. Sometimes realizing later even I didn't acknowledge what they had said or say thank you. I noticed it a few times and thought what are you doing!? You are not alone! Thank you for the sweet reminder!

  2. :) You are an encourager! :) I struggle too with taking compliments-love the verse you posted

  3. Yes girlie...soak em in!!! Let them sit, simmer, and stew! With graciousness and thanks to the Lord for how wonderfully and fearfully he created YOU, sister!!! xx

  4. You and me both sista, let's help each other out ;)

  5. Ahhh I do this to the point where I even annoy myself with it! Half the time the words slip out of my mouth before I can stop myself and if someone is complimenting something I so quickly say "thanks but..." and then spew out whatever is "wrong" with something else! Loving that verse!

  6. I can totally relate to accepting it SO much better from your husband! And I'm with Carly.. I do the "thanks but..." way too often! I really need to order this book.. I would love to see what our love languages are!

  7. Ahh I'm words of affirmation too, girl. And can 100% relate. Thanks for this sweet truth :) Xx.


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