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Thursday, November 4, 2010

encouragement - a TT praise!


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"...and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart
they should continue with the Lord."
(Acts 11:23)

I am so thankful for the gift of encouragement.  There is never a time that somebody doesn't need a little encouraging word. An encouraging hug. An encouraging smile. Everyone, at some time or another, needs a little encouragement!

I am so thankful for family. Yesterday, as my sister was having surgery to fuse a few vertebrae in her neck, remove bone spurs and put a metal plate in for stability, I saw the word encouragement come to life in that hospital. Many friends from their church were there just to be supportive and show their love.  My brother-in-law received many calls during that time from people checking in on the progress. My mom, Mr. Al, my brother and myself were there to let my sister know how much we love her and to be a support system for Cari's husband and son. Encouragement was being lived out before my very eyes and it was so precious!

I saw the light in people's eyes as others reached out in true love. I saw the word 'encourage' become a very active verb. I felt the impact of how a little encouragement goes a long way to lifting someones spirit.

I saw God's presence in a mighty and powerful way yesterday. I felt His Hand. I felt His touch. I felt Him encouraging us as we were encouraging others. His love and tender care was everywhere. It was being poured out from many different directions through many different people and it was amazing.

God is the ultimate encourager. He is cheering us on and He is standing at that finish line telling us that we can do it! We are almost there! He is giving us great encouragement as we live our lives for Him.

Oh, Lord, encourage me today. Show me that I have a divine purpose in your kingdom. Guide me. Lead me. Strengthen me.  Help me to be an encourager to others. A kind word. An authentic smile. A prayer. Help me to give of myself that others might receive that gift of love and encouragement and feel a touch from You. You are worthy to be praised and exalted in all things. Thank you, Lord, for life.

10 comments:

Thena said...

Your words are always an encouragement.
Have a blessed day!!!

nita said...

Amen to your prayer. Yes how we need to encourage one another - Be Blessed - Nita.

Nana Jul said...

I'm so glad you got to see encouragement in "action"!! Praise God for hearing our prayers!! Praise God for smiles...of which YOU bring many!! And ENCOURAGEMENT...Beth you OVERFLOW...you constantly bless us by taking us to the Throne room of God. Is Cari doing OK? Still praying.
Love,
Julie

Warren Baldwin said...

Encouragement is SO IMPORTANT to the kingdom that God made it one of the great spiritual gifts. So much in this world is discouraging. To overcome its affects, God gives his people the gift/spirit of encouragement. I can tell from your blog tht you exercise your gift. Good post!

cindy said...

Oouch....what a terrible surgery to have to go through. I can't imagine how much pain she was in before she had the surgery. Hope you and your family are doing great. I love the new picture of you...your hair has gotten so long. Loveit!!

INSIDE THE SHRINK said...

So glad you focused on encouragement today. We all need to be encouraged and we all need to be encouragers. Encouragement gives hope. Without hope we are defeated and we give up. Encouragement is so much a part of what I do in my practice. God bless you for being an encourager. Dr. Bobbi

angelonwheels said...

Isn't it amazing and wonderful How God gives us gifts, that reflect his nature! Thanks for the encouragement about in His Eyes. I may take it down only because I would love it if the Lord would enable it to be published.

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

So beautiful & so true!!!! What life in speaking blessings upon one another!!

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Wylie

GrammyGoo said...

Heb:3:13: But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;

Thank you Beth for a reminder and an encouraging word.

Blessings, Ella

Jeanette Levellie said...

How wonderful to see the Hand of the Lord at work through His children. I hope your sis is recovering well.

Jen
Audience of ONE