There have been many special presents over the years which I have unwrapped and enjoyed; however, some of my most treasured gifts were not wrapped with paper but spoken to me by individuals who know me and love me – individuals who have: Rejoiced with me when I celebrated and mourned with me when I mourned. (Romans 12:15)

Following is a list of some of the cherished words spoken to me:

“I believe.”


“Here is your contract.”

“Here is your classroom.”

“I love you.”

“I Do.”

“It’s a boy.”

“It’s a boy.”

“Red Right Returning.”

“Now you have two daughters.”

“I am so sorry.”

“I forgive you.”

“Thanks for being my friend.”

“You book is published.”

“I love you.”

“I’ll go with you.”

“It’s not cancer.”

“It’s a grandson.” “You have a granddaughter.” (said 12 times!)

“Happy 80th Birthday!”

“Let’s decorate cookies, Grandma!”

“You have made a difference in my life.”

“I love you.”

“I believe.”

I never tire of hearing affirming words and words of love from my family, my friends, and our God.  They give me energy.  They give me peace.  They touch my soul. I hope that you will also say affirming words to members of your family, your friends and to those you know who are suffering. Words matter. They can bring peace, joy and affirmation.

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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