I wonder if....
How radically changed our community would be
if we actually used more words.
More edifying words.
More uplifting words.
More truth words.
More encouraging words.
Encourage one another, and build each other up. ~I. Thessalonians 5:11
"...on Monday I reached out to a woman in my bible study who actually doesn't go to my church, i asked her to come over and she did. Anyway she came over and just let me cry and told me that she was going to come over every day this week and help me with whatever, laundry, organizing, cry with me, let me take a nap, whatever. A huge weight has lifted for me at the THOUGHT of someone caring about me and my family."
Oh, just the THOUGHT. Just the THOUGHT! That is all it took to feel a burdened lifted.
How is someone to know if you are praying, are hearing, are listening, if you see their pain, if you don't tell them!!!!
I just wanted you to know that I'm in prayer for your friend.
Oh, thank you, friend. You are praying. You told me. You care. I know!! I didn't know before!!
How am I supposed to know if you don't tell me?
Is there someone God has put on your heart? Someone that has come to mind? Someone who you know is struggling? Give them WORDS.
Words of encouragement, of edification, of praise, of truth:
Encourage one another and build each other up. ~I.Thessalonians 5:11
you think they are ok, are handling it.
you think they are not ok.
you are scared of how they will act.
you are scared of how they will not act.
you don't know what to say. (God will give you the words. It so simple, it could just be: "I care.")
you are busy. (make time.)
you are not busy. (write a letter! words to always treasure!)
you think someone else is encouraging them or helping them or reaching out to them. (most likely not, but even if--still do it!)
I'm thinking of you so much lately, and have been remiss in letting you know. One of the best things we can do for each other is letting each other know that you are being thought of, prayed for. ~email from Elise
31 days of encouragement....