Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Power of Encouragement

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I was awakened early by the sound of rain, and was so happy to hear the nice soothing sound, that I went back to sleep. However, the sun is shining now and puffy clouds are back, so it looks like another beautiful, hot day!

I have another dentist app't for 11 this morning, so I have to hurry. The traffic is so heavy going across town, I like to allow about 30 minutes for driving time.

I just watched a squirrel rush his way through the hedge outside my window, not letting close branches and leaves deter him in the least. I also see over a dozen mangoes ripening on the tree in my vision. There are so many producing fruit trees in their yard, I think they could have a fruit stand to sell extras!

My cleaning ladies are coming around noon, so I will have a busy morning. Hope you all have a great Wednesday, God is good!

From the little devotional book Knowing God:

Patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other the way Christ Jesus wants.

Romans 15:5 NCV

Here's a question only you can answer. During a typical day , how many opportunities will you have to encourage other human beings? Unless you're living on a deserted island, the answer is "a lot". And here's a follow up question. How often do you take advantage of these opportunities? Hopefully, the answer is "more often than not".

Romans 14:19 advises us to "Pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another." and whenever we do, God smiles.

Whether you realize it or not, you're surrounded by people
who need an encouraging word, a helping hand, or a pat on
the back. And every time you encourage one of these folks,
you'll be doing God's will by obeying God's Word. So with no
further ado, let the encouragement begin.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers
with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,