Sunday, December 28, 2008

Encouragement . . .

So encourage each other to build each other up,
just as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

The root of the word "encouragement' means to "put courage into."
What a beautiful picture of one person standing beside another saying,
"Take courage!"
God has given you the ability to be that person to others.
Ask Him to show you those who could use
a kind word,
an uplifting thought,
a simple prayer.
They could be strangers on the street or members of your own family.
Your encouragement may help someone walk when he or she might have stumbled.
You might help someone stand firm instead of giving in.
And encouraging other has yet another benefit~
those around you are strengthened so that they can offer you an encouraging word when you need one.

I want to thank all of you for being an encouragement & inspiration to me.

I am so blessed !!


Bo said...

Thank you Carol for this was great way to start my morning...I enjoy reading your blog! ;-) Bo

Mary said...

Carol, love the words this morning.
We should live this way every day.
Thanks for reminding me to slow down and listen to others.
Love you

Becky K. said...

So uplifting! Encouragement is helpful to all of us.

You are a sweet voice in my comment box that brightens my day often.

Thanks so much!

Hope you enjoyed your anniversary.

Dawn Marie said...

What great words to start our day with. This post is so fitting with todays hard living. Good also, to think of New Year--give us encouragement to make it an even better year than the last.

Patsy said...

Hello Carol this is going to be a beautiful and a kindness day that the Lord has made.

valerie said...

Carol, I'm so glad I found your blog. Your posts are always so sweet & encouraging.

We all need this reminder to infuse courage to others. Thank you for the verse.

I'm so blessed too!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Your just the sweetest to post that for all of us. Thank you.