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“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15: 4 (NIV)

Omotade Alade is one of the 100 women on the BBC list of inspirational and influential women for 2016, Tade as she is fondly called had to deal with infertility, genotype issues (sickle cell) in her marriage, She went through this problem “alone” and later became depressed. She said ” After dealing with infertility, I got pregnant with twins. I thought that was the end of my journey without knowing that it was just the beginning. I lost them through a late miscarriage and I almost lost my life. After that experience, I lost who I was and everything therein. I became depressed and had no one to talk to or help me get through the struggle. ” She prayed to God and God sent her an encourager – Her grandmother.
Because of an “encourager”, Tade was not submerged by the storms of challenges but emerged on the other side victoriously. Today she is the founder of Beibei Haven Foundation, an NGO focused on infertility issues, she is researching causes of fertility challenges, discovering ways to manage the situation, emotionally, psychologically and mentally, liaising with medical experts to provide care and treatments for those struggling with fertility challenges.

1. Everyone can encourage someone and your words can bring healing to someone. There are people who are on the brink, and they are locked on just ending it all, your words, prayers and care can offer a fresh perspective, a new hope, strength and ways of coping with the challenges they face.
2. You can count the seeds in an apple but you cannot count the trees in the seed. You don’t know how far reaching the effects of your words might be. A single word of encouragement may have a positive impact on generations.
3. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t assume that when you see people who appear to have it all made, this means that they don’t need encouragement. They do. Don’t be judgmental, don’t assume a know-all status, you may not know the true reason behind the adversities that people face. Instead approach people with a loving heart seeking to see them get out of the situation.
So you can:
a) Appreciate people for who they are and what they have done
b)Affirm them for their impact on you and others
c) Express confidence in them and their ability to pull through the problem
d) Pray and show that you care
Someone said, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”
So will your tongue heal or kill?


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