Language Barrier - Encouragement Café - June 18, 2014

Language Barrier

Café Menu for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Today’s Special is: I Am Your Shoes

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey

Main Ingredient:

In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.

Psalm 109:4 NKJ


I was astonished by her response. With a furrowed brow and no words, she stared a hole right through me.

Each year I edit my personal mission statement, but there is one line that never gets taken out. It says, “Bless at least one unsuspecting person a day.” I might go out of my way to strike up a conversation with an elderly person at a doctor’s office or ask a homeless person how I can pray for her.

The responses have always warmed my heart… until I was caught in a stare down at the alterations store.

I recounted the sequence of events with my sister later that evening. The lady behind the counter was Hispanic and she spoke to her coworker in Spanish. I understood most of what she said. So when I came to the front of the line, I used my two years of high school Spanish to tell her that I liked her pants.

My sister asked, “What exactly did you say to tell her that you liked her pants?”

I said, “Me llamo sus zapatos!”

When she could finally speak my sister explained that I said, “My name is your shoes!”

I’m embarrassed to admit how offended I was prior to my sister’s Spanish tutorial.

When I take honest inventory, I realize that when I feel snubbed, it’s typically because there is a language barrier of some sort. It might be my own insecurities. Or someone might be offending me out of their injured past.

Naively, I have said the first half of Psalm 109:4 many times, “In return for my love they are my accusers.” But God whispers to my heart, “Sweet daughter, you don’t know the whole story… take note of the second half of the verse!” Ah yes… this is who I strive to be… a girl who gives myself to prayer!

Take Out:

Have you ever been offended? Let’s grow in Psalm 109:4 together. Before letting the offense grow roots in your heart, give yourself to prayer.

  • Start with yourself! Ask God to reveal anything in your own heart that needs attention. From my experience, God has brought my insecurities, unresolved bitterness and old wounds to the surface. Let God heal your brokenness.
  • Pray for the person who offended you. There is a hidden reason for ugly outbursts. If we could see what is unseen, I guarantee we would be filled with compassion more than offense!


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us as we grow. Thank You for showering us with deep compassion when we are offended. Tender our hearts so we can give ourselves to prayer in those tough times. We love You and pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

© 2014 by Noelle Dey. All rights reserved.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Pull up a chairHe’s been waiting for you.

Need a refill? Please join us at the Encouragement Café with Luann and Friends.

The conversation at the Café is always hot and fresh. We invite you to listen in as Luann and Friends gather around the table to discuss everyday life.

Comfort food for your soul is always on our menu, and friends are always close enough to hug. We invite you to join us daily, as our writer’s share how the Lord continues to transform them into His glorious image.

Still craving more…Join us as we grow together in grace and truth through our online bible study.

Stop by Encouragement Café and listen as the girls share life. Find podcasts, videos, Bible studies, prayer, resources and daily helpings of hope, laughter and friendship around our table. We've saved a seat just for you!

Today on iBelieve

About Encouragement Café

From the moment your eyes open to the last minute of the day, your life is filled with nonstop action. If you aren't careful you can become so overwhelmed in meeting the demands of life that you forget to spend time with your Creator and Sustainer. Our daily devotionals written specifically for women in all walks and stages of life, will change the outlook of your day and give you the inspiration you need! Spending any amount of quiet time in the Word of God will refresh and encourage. Our devotionals for women will help you draw closer to God through studying His truths in the Bible and applying it to your daily walk of faith.