the power of encouragement
I've been thinking a lot lately about encouragement. About how much it means when a friends sends a note or calls again even though I spaced and never called back just to speak words of life to me. It is why I am ok right now- still a hot mess- but ok. One of the reasons I believe that we will get through this all is because YOU have spoken words of life over me. God's provision of kind people in my life to encourage has changed who I am & I think and pray a lot about how to offer that being seen, encouragement, & affirmation to others. I'm not very good at it but it is worth fighting for it- to always grow. I can never give what has been given to me but I will wear myself out trying because encouragement shifts something deep inside- it allows space for healing where there was once decay and it allows new growth where there was once only hard ground.
I have been praying for more of that in my kids and people's lives.
Because life is hard.
My we offer encouragement & kindness freely today because speaking words of life to another is NEVER wasted,