Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THANKFUL THURSDAY...encouragement

It seemed like if anything could go wrong this week , it did. I'm not just talking about having a flat tire, I'm talking about some heart wrenching stress in my life. It just about crippled me this week. It was the kind of week that I found myself dependent upon feeding my spirit with His Word in order to stay afloat.

Have you ever been so discouraged that you had to submerge your whole being into Gods Word to make it thru?

In such times, I could not make it without having a relationship with God. We need a relationship with Him. We also need relationships with others. Relationships play a huge part in Christianity. When we do not tune into God and others, most likely we will isolate. Isolation is not a good place to be. It is a place where we will feel alone, and not cared about. Many times this place of isolation will lead to depression and distress.

Encouragement can change things. It can change people.

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

Without encouragement a hurt can fester into a deep wound, anger can become bitterness, and temptation can end up as sin...all because nobody offered a listening ear, an earnest prayer or a word of encouragement.

Relationship with God and with each other can turn a bad day into a good one. It can turn a frown upside down. But it all starts with us. Not only do we have to choose to have good relationships, but we must choose to encourage someone.

Is there someone that you can impact with lending a listening ear, saying an earnest prayer or speaking an encouragement word? Encouragement starts with you today!

DEAR LORD: Thank you for lifting my spirit by promising that You will always be near. Thank you for those who spoke encouragement into me this past week, especially my family. Thank you for encouraging me so I can now encourage someone else. May You be honored thru my words of encouragement to someone in need today. AMEN

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY, we all need encouragement in our lives and I can't think of a better place to begin encouraging others than right here at TT! Your words and attitude of thanks always inspire and encourage me! Share your grateful heart with us by linking up below. :)

8 comments:

It Feels Like Chaos said...

You are so right! Encouragement is really, really important! Praying to be good encouragement for those people God puts into my life this week!

myheartsmission said...

I have entered a lonely period in my life. I don't have many friends that are local, and that has been hard. But God has used it to draw me near to Him- I think He knew that unless He drew me away from close relationships- I would always seek them first. Finally, I have learned to truly seek His kingdom and His righteousness first in my life- and I am so thankful. What a blessing to cling to Christ alone. I am still praying for friends, but I am no longer distressed or discouraged. For I trust God- that He works all things in the proper time. God bless you, thank you for the opportunity to link up.

Garden Tenders said...

Thank you for the chance to link up this thursday. It really is a blessing to me.

Ms. Kathleen said...

Oh wow, keeping you in prayer! Encouragement is powerful and is also I think in our society somewhat underrated. I am so sorry you went through such a rough time... God be with you and bless you mightily!

Laurie Collett said...

Praise God for encoursgers, and may we all encourage one another (as you do so beautifully in your blogging)!
Thanks for the great post and for hosting the linkup, and God bless!
Laurie

A Godly Homemaker said...

thanks for putting this on for us bloggers!

Sylvia phillips said...

Once again, thanks for hosting this opportunity to meet, greet, and share!

Denise said...

Be blessed.