Four Simple Words That Changed Everything

Feb 23, 2016

At the time it hardly grabbed my attention.

My heart was broken in a zillion pieces so I didn’t see the significance.

Empty. Dashed dreams.  Pain beyond words.

Never in a million years did I ever think I would walk this lonely path.


I remember the kindness of the man who listened that day to my heart.

Like soothing ointment on a deep gash, he softly spoke words of hope and encouragement.

“You could always adopt.”

That was it.

Four simple words.

At the time I pushed them away.  That idea didn’t fit the vision of my life.

White cape cod with a picket fence around it. Happy children looking out the windows,

A mother and a father.

No, it didn’t fit what I thought was God’s plan for my life.

So at that time after shaking my head and making some dismissive remark

I never gave any more thought to it.

But sometimes –

Many times

We have no idea the significance of a simple conversation

or phrase

or word.

Four months went by. An ordinary day.

Still empty. Hurting. Struggling to heal. To go on.

Suddenly those four words came to mind –

Seemingly out of nowhere.

You can always adopt.

Strange but this time I listened

and wrestled within.

Me? Me, Lord? Could that possibly be Your Will?

And that was the beginning of my long journey to adopt.

A journey that led to Russia.

A journey that showed me the Father’s Love in an unmistakable way –

healing my broken heart and bringing beauty for ashes in so many ways.

Four simple words.

So I ponder again our simple, day in day out conversations and writings.

We never know, do we,

the impact we are having on another life?

Speaking and writing behind the veil so to speak

our insight is limited

but nothing is insignificant.

Words are remembered whether spoken or read.

Ideas are planted for good or for bad.

So may I embrace each day with a sense of the sacredness of life

and speak and write with understanding, wisdom and compassion.

Who knows the very power our words might have to change another’s life!

Humbling. Awesome.

Guided by the Unseen One.

Used for His Divine Purpose.

One conversation can change everything.

The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take. Psalm 37:23sunrise december 1









  1. Martha Orlando

    Yes, we never know when words spoken to us or read by us will prove life-changing down the road. Beautiful reflection here, Sharon! Blessings!

    • SharonBrani

      Thank you, Martha. How kind of you to leave a comment! May the Lord richly bless you.


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