The Power of Words

Yesterday my good friend and publicist Wanda and I drove from western Michigan to Chicago, where I did two radio interviews for the Moody radio network–one for Midday Connection with Anita Lustrea, and one with Chris Fabry Live. The interviews were a delight, and it was a privilege to be on both shows with Anita and Chris in the same day. One interview in particular focused on the power of our talk.

After fighting big-city traffic, we landed back in Grand Rapids exhausted and famished. We stopped at a favorite restaurant to pick up dinner before heading home. As I walked into the restaurant to pick our meal, I noticed a lovely middle-aged woman standing hear the door, chatting with a gentleman who appeared to be her spouse or her date. She was striking–beautiful skin, a gorgeous smile, lovely almond eyes. I glanced at her twice before I turned around.

“You’re really lovely, you know,” I stated. “Just beautiful. Have a wonderful evening.” Then I slipped into the restaurant, picked up our food, and slipped back out.

I don’t know know how long it had been since this woman had heard a compliment. Perhaps she heard them every day. I only knew that it took me two seconds to say something that blessed her, and it cost me nothing. In fact, it felt good.

When I returned to my car a few minutes later, my friend told me that the lady had turned to the gentleman with her with a look of amazement and a smile.

Every day we hold the power to change the world with a look, a tone, a word.

Look for someone today. Then change their world with a few simple words.

Heading to Chicago for Moody Radio

Heading to Chicago tomorrow to be a guest on Midday Connection with Anita Lustrea and Chris Fabry Live. I’m excited and very grateful for these opportunities to talk about two of my favorite subjects: the Dignity project for caregivers, produced by Music for the Soul and good friend Steve Siler, and my book The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk. 

Live on Midday Connection with Anita and Melinda

Anita Lustrea, Shelly, Melinda Schmidt

Anita Lustrea, Shelly, Melinda Schmidt

Last Wednesday, September 23rd, I was the guest of Anita Lustrea and Melinda Schmidt on Midday Connection, broadcast from Chicago’s WMBI and the Moody network as we sat before a live audience in Holland, Michigan and taped a show celebrating the twentieth anniversary of network affiliate WGNB 89.3 FM. After a delicious lunch, we chatted through an overview of The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk: Conforming Deadly Thought Patterns to the Word of God and fielded questions from the studio audience.

For me, the experience was different from my typical radio interview, where I’m tucked away in my home office, away from eyes that can see I’m in sweatpants, a tee shirt, and that my hair resembles the mashed forms and varied heights of crop circles, but without the symmetry.

I’d prayed for a music stand so I could attempt to discreetly hide the notes that always surround me at home, for those moments when my Swiss-cheese memory gives out at inopportune moments. (On days when my brain lesion is kicking up, I can forget my husband Dan’s name, and I hate to sound stupid when I’m talking about my own book.)Anita Lustrea, Shelly, and Melinda Schmidt But, alas, no third music stand appeared, and God gave me the challenge of “working without a net” and connecting with the audience eye-to-eye.

It was glorious — because beneath my nagging doubts, I knew I could sit back and relax, knowing God always shows up and provides exactly what I need when I need it most, even directing the flow of each interview.

I felt like a kid who’d been given the keys to a candy story as I sat with a live studio audience and talked candidly face-to-face about our struggles with inner dialogues and my story of God’s transformation of my relationships, once I understood the true purpose and power of self-talk. I

t was also an amazing gift to be able to share my story of sexual abuse and my journey to forgiving the serial rapist who molested me as a young woman. The audience response indicated how deeply the wounds of life can cut and how pain shapes our self-talk.

Many thanks to Anita Lustrea, Melinda Schmidt and the Midday Connection team at WMBI for providing this opportunity. Congratulations and thanks to Jack Haveman and the WGNB family in west Michigan in their celebration of twenty years on the air.

July 7th Radio Interviews

Be listening Tuesday, July 7th, when I’ll be hosted on Midday Connection with Anita Lustrea at 12:00 noon CST on WMBI, 90.1 FM and 1110 AM. Then on Tuesday evening, I’ll be featured on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! with host Marianne Jordan from 6:00-7:00 at I truly appreciate these opportunities to speak about my speaking and writing ministries and newest releases, Ambushed by Grace: Help and Hope on the Caregiving Journey (Discovery House Publishers), and The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk: Conforming Deadly Thought Patterns to the Word of God (Moody Publishers).

Discovery House Publishers, 2008

Discovery House Publishers, 2008



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