Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)
A heart lacking in love and encouragement will wither and die. I’ve learned throughout my life the importance of being an encourager, as well as allowing myself to receive encouragement. The later does not come easy for me. To open my heart to receive life giving words from others means that I must be vulnerable. When these words come, they stir up raw emotions, unlocking places in my heart where hope has been misplaced. Encouragement calls out the treasure within me, those things that I cannot always see in myself.
When I think of encouraging others, I think of speaking life into the core of another person’s being. When I first began my blog, my desire was to encourage the hearts of women, from all walks of life, in their journey with God. I try to be vulnerable here in the hope that through sharing my joys, as well as my struggles, your heart might be encouraged
You are not alone.
Someone once said, “A little encouragement goes a long way.” This is undeniably true. Encouragement doesn’t have to take a long time. It doesn’t have to even happen face to face. It can happen by anyone, to anyone, as we share the love of God one to another.
I would like to say that I am encourager. I love to pray with people at the alters at church and speak life into them. I love to bring hope and healing through God’s Word, and I love to call the treasure out in the lives of others.
Here are some ways that I love to encourage others:
- Leave a note in my child’s lunch box letting him know how amazing he is.
- Tell my husband how much I appreciate him, just because.
- Write a Post-It note to a co-worker and leave it on her computer.
- Buy a friend her favorite chocolate and surprise her with it.
- Speak the promises of God over a friend who is struggling.
- Write a handwritten note or card and mail it to a friend.
I have an amazing opportunity to encourage a new friend through the Adventures In Encouragement over at Veronica’s blog. The whole purpose behind this project is to write a handwritten note of encouragement to a new blogging friend. I was matched with Susan over at A Vintage Farm Wife. Although I don’t yet know Susan too well, I am already praying and asking the Lord how I can encourage her.
Handwritten notes of encouragement are really a lost art. I have a box full of beautiful cards from DaySpring just waiting to be used. I want to be more intentional in encouraging those whom God has brought into my life and in return, my heart will be encouraged. What we choose to give away always returns back to us in greater measure. Do you need cards? Right now you can receive 20% off all cards at DaySpring. Stock up today!
Have you encouraged someone lately? I would love for you to share with me in the comments below.
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