Stop & Speak

Stop & Speak

I see you Kylie

It was moments before the start of the Indoor Big Ten 60 Meter Finals, Kylie was getting in her start position ready for the race when she heard those words break through silence, shouted from her dad: I see you… translation I believe in you.

Words of energy and confidence.

Words of life.

The gun went off and 7.something seconds later after straight yelling “goooooooo…” we all stared at the scoreboard as the finish was too close to tell. Minutes later it flashed up: Peterson –  3rd place. Her shoulders dropped as she rushed off the track. Ten minutes later I found her, crying, upset as she threw her medal down on the ground. I picked it up amazed at her accomplishment and asked why she was so upset. See she was expected to get 2nd place – to add more points for the team. When I saw her, her coach had just finished yelling at her for getting 3rd… In the Big Ten. C’mon. Words of disappointment and defeat. I was like “Hey you medaled in the Big Ten! This is wonderful!”

The coach is a good guy he was just being a coach, but isn’t that true of this world?

This fallen world we live in, kicks us when we’re down, sucker punches us and slaps us upside the head when we’ve already got a headache. The words we hear each day are mocking, crazy hateful words as the culture spins out of control.

You can see it in the eyes of the people you pass every day.

In the grocery store, at the cubicle next to you, at the stop light, in class.

Weariness. Worry. Hopelessness. Sadness. Despair.

It’s all there – everywhere.

And we walk around with Living Water, but we are too weary, worried, hopeless, sad and in despair ourselves to give it out. And we’re busy. When Jesus walked the earth no one was in as much as demand or as under appreciated as He was. Everywhere He looked were people who needed Him.

And He stopped and He spoke words of life, but you know He had a direct line to His Father’s power… if only we had that…sigh.

Let’s speak words of life LivingWaters people.


Look around

Speak words of life into those around us!

Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13,14



  1. Dave Phillips : May 18, 2024 at 9:00 am

    Julie, I just saw this today. Another great read! You are truly gifted in reflective writing…and I have a sneaking suspicion at motivational writing as well.

  2. Amen!

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