Your words have power. All of them. The powerful words you speak over yourself matter. Here is my experience with speaking powerful words.
This episode is a shortie episode with a quick little highlight of my experience with a topic of a prior episode about the power of the tongue. I’m trying to make an effort to record more episodes where I break down my experiences with purpose or with the topics that I discuss on the show.
In this episode, I dive into a recent experience I had where I spoke something over myself. The powerful words I spoke over myself became my reality. I detail the entire experience in this episode.
The Traumatic Incident
On Friday, June 3, I had an appointment to get a facial. This was my first real facial that I have ever had. I did have a mini facial while I was in Jamaica back in 2021, but it was really just a facial scrub as a complimentary service to my body scrub. It didn’t include any extractions or masks or anything.
But that experience motivated me to get an actual facial. I also opted to add a service called dermaplaning to the facial.
Dermaplaning is an exfoliation procedure that removes dead skin cells, dirt, and vellus hair. There are a lot of benefits of dermaplaning. The exfoliation and hair removal can leave your skin brighter and smoother. It can also soften fine lines and wrinkles and ease hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone. It’s also used to treat deep acne scars. Now, most of these things I don’t even have, but I found the idea of smoother, more even skin very appealing.
To do the procedure an aesthetician or dermatologist shaves your face with a single blade that looks like a scalpel. It’s a tiny blade. One of the possible side effects is that your face will get nicked, which is a very tiny cut, but that’s unlikely, especially if the blade has guards.
The procedure seemingly went as normal...
…that is until my face broke out in hives. I thought I was having an allergic reaction, so I decided to get an antihistamine and take it once I got home. I figured I would be fine the next morning.
Well, when I woke up the next morning, I saw that I did not have an allergic reaction. What really happened was that she cut up my face with the blade during the dermaplaning procedure.
My immediate thought was, “will I have scars from this on my face for the rest of my life??” No one could say for sure if I would or wouldn’t. It was traumatizing seeing my face cut up like that. I couldn’t even eat.
I contacted the aesthetician and sent her a picture of my face. She is a very nice girl so I know she didn’t do this intentionally, but something she did had very obviously gone wrong. She kept apologizing for my inconvenience, which I later checked her on, but for the most part, I was pretty calm, assertive, and understanding throughout the entire ordeal.
I requested a full refund and they processed it immediately. They weren’t really telling me much about what to expect and what to do so I called one of my sorority sisters who owns a spa in south florida. I sent her a picture of the cuts on my face and she was at a loss for words. But unlike the aesthetician who did the service, my sorority had a real plan for how to help my face heal.
She gave me a nightly regimen. At some point later in the day on Saturday, I prayed about it and confessed complete healing with NO scarring. I did the regimen and went to bed at peace.
We saw results after the very first night. I did the regiment that Saturday night, and when I woke up that Sunday, my face had already started the scabbing process.
The Powerful Words You Speak
Here is where the powerful words came into play. I sent one of my friends a picture of my cut up face and told her what I was believing for.
My friend responded quick with this prophetic word. She said:
Her text got me so hype. Whenever someone who knew about the incident would ask me about it, I would tell them I wasn’t worried about it anymore and I would confess what my friend had essentially prophesied over me, which was that I will heal with no scarring.
Part of me wanted to keep that to myself and not say anything. I would sometimes have the thought of, “well, what if there is a scar? Then people will question whether God heals.” To put it plainly, I was reluctant to speak these powerful words to others. But I remembered this quote and it got me together. The quote says:
That quote is from The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
I kept confessing out loud the powerful words spoken by my friend and I kept this Mark Batterson quote at the front of my mind as well.
I sent my sorority sister photos almost every morning so that she could track my progress. By the third day she texted me and said, “Girl you’re healing like Wolverine,” which lowkey is exactly what it looked like through the pictures. My skin was healing so fast.
How to Handle Sudden Change
Because God is intentional and always on time, my pastors were preaching a series they called Seasons of Change, which was teaching on how to prepare for the seasons of change in your life. Part two of the lesson was taught the Sunday immediately after the incident, and it focused on Crisis Change.
I’m going to share some of the lesson with you because it was so on point with what happened to me. He started by defining a crisis as a sudden event thrust upon us that we have no personal control over. Some examples are death of a loved one, divorce, work layoffs, violent storms, and things like that.
This is important because when we experience sudden events like this, we tend to start confessing things like, “when it rains it pours” or “if ain’t one thing, it’s another.”
During the lesson, he talked about how a crisis is not a permanent situation and stressed that we should never respond permanently to a temporary problem.
Still with me? Ok, so after that he gave some of the tips for overcoming sudden events. What was so interesting is that I did most of the things he suggested. So, what I’m going to do is list the tips he gave, then I’ll go through each tip and talk about how I implemented it.
1. Invest more alone time with God.
His first tip is to invest more alone time with God. I took that to mean whatever time you usually spend alone with God, increase it. The reason he said to do this is because spending time with God will provide stability. During a crisis we can be all over the place emotionally, but spending time with God will restore us. Admittedly, I did not do this. I spent my usual amount of alone time with God. Now I know to spend more time with Him.
2. Give yourself time to process your emotions.
He really encourages getting your emotions out by talking to God, instead of trying to suppress them. Honestly express how you feel to God. If you’re angry, let him know you’re angry. But, don’t suppress your feelings and definitely do not speak negatively about your future based on your feelings.
I was pretty careful about this and gave myself a good 16 hours to just sit with how I was feeling. I remember I snapped on one of my friends because he made a joke about it. It wasn’t a cruel joke, but it was a joke nevertheless and I didn’t appreciate it. I was hurt by how my face was cut up and I think I was slightly traumatized seeing my face look like that. I allowed myself to feel all the feels during those hours.
3. Lean on the existing support you have.
This is important because the devil wants us to feel isolated and entrapped with negative thoughts. There is something about being by yourself that really gives the devil an opportunity to fill your head with all kinds of negative thoughts that are complete lies. I think this is probably where I thrived. I kept the number of people who knew about the incident very small. One of the people that I made sure knew was my homegirl who I texted. I knew she would understand where I was coming from when I said I was believing for complete healing with no scarring. And she showed up prophesying straight out the gate!
4. Focus on what never changes
God’s love for us never changes.
God’s purpose and plan for our lives never changes.
And you know what else, God’s word will never change.
This sermon felt like a big hug. It also felt like God’s way of assuring me that I was on track. I felt seen. You know?
And just like that, by around day twelve my face was completely healed. There is no scarring. Oh, and the only evidence I have of the incident ever happening, is in these photos.
You cannot tell me words don’t matter. And before the enemy even tricks you into thinking this wouldn’t happen for you, I want you to know that God isn’t more faithful to me than He is to you. He doesn’t love me any more than He loves you. If he did it for me, then he will do it for you.
Your tongue is powerful too. I hope this gives you even more courage to believe it and use it for your purpose.
Speaking Powerful Words
This experience further solidified a few things for me: 1) your friends matter and 2) your words have power.
If you enjoyed this episode, then you may also enjoy the episode of the show about the power of the tongue and how to speak over your purpose or this episode detailing purposeful friendships: the keys to building the squad you need.
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