1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us. Christ died for us so that whether we are dead or alive when He returns, we can live with Him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
A few months ago my family and I had the privilege of meeting up with beautiful friends from overseas. We met for lunch; them and their two sweet girls and John and I and our boys. As most “mom” conversations go, it was fun, crazy, a bit chaotic and seemed schizophrenic at times. Who can relate? Haha.
Her girls weren’t feeling well and hadn’t been feeling well for some time. That’s hard on any mom, let alone a traveling one. But she continuously had a smile on her face and grace in her actions. I myself had been stuck in the house with my two year old who had a bad cold for two weeks and I can tell you, I wasn’t always so joyful.
You know the biggest thing I took away from that lunch? How she encouraged me. My son Isaac, was just three weeks old at the time, and like any new mom, I was adjusting to my new body, the physical demands, the weight gain, the “scars” and the hormonal imbalances that were trying to right themselves. Hearing words like, “you look lovely”, with such sincerity, just meant the world to me. She had no idea that I had been feeling insecure, and all of these emotions were continuously bubbling up resulting in mini meltdowns.
The power of her simple and sincere sentence just blessed me and was like salve on my insecurities.
I love what Elizabeth Lesser says, “Look for a way to lift someone up. And if that’s all you do, that’s enough.”
We’ve all been crushed by a hurtful sentence. Research shows that it takes anywhere from 5-7 positive comments to cancel a negative one. So let’s be people who look to encourage each other. To cheer each other on and champion one another instead. You never know what a simple sentence can do in someone’s life.
Since the beginning of the year, during my quiet time, I’ve been asking the Lord who should I encourage today? He gives me a name and a scripture to pray over them and then I just send a simple text. I don’t say this to look good, but to spur you on to encourage others. It literally takes me 5 minutes, and the feed back about how God used that encouragement is even better.
Sometimes I write cards to encourage friends and family. You can do the same! Feel free to download this postcard and bring a smile to those around you. You never know how one card, one encouragement will change someone’s day, week, month, life.
How do you encourage those around you? Let me know! I’d love some more ideas!
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