Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 7
I appreciate uplifting words. And I am sure you do too! So what are the ingredients for encouragement?
Ingredients for encouragement:
Everyone deserves a kind word! King Solomon said, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” I like that! I appreciate using honey in my cooking, and I prize sugared words that are not flattery but valid words of appreciation.
Need a friend? Here am I! Whenever I find myself looking for a friend, I find being a friend to others is the quickest way to dispel any wrong thinking. I find that when I give freely to others, expecting nothing in return, I always get so much more than I give. It just works that way, somehow. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” is so true.
Compassion is companionable. Showing concern for others when they are suffering or experiencing misfortune helps people feel like they have a friend who cares.
Oh, say can you see? When our soul is blind to others needs, they can experience pain. When we see others’ needs, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental, they feel seen and valued as a person.
Unique and beautiful. There are no two snowflakes that are alike. Each snowflake is individual, distinctive, and magnificent. And each of us is a ‘one of a kind,’ an outstanding example of God’s design released into the world.
Rare and valuable. There is no one like you. Really! You are an unusual, remarkable, precious treasure. Just as the sunbeams its rays to lighten our path, so we can encourage and brighten other people’s lives.
Ageless and timeless. Some principles that endure for all generations. These principles or truths are unchanging, never failing, imperishable, indestructible, and permanent. Love never fails. Love goes on and on and on – forever. God is Everlasting, and He is love. And Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Generosity grows. I find it amazing that when I give, others join in. I can prepare a meal or clean up from a meal, and another family member will come alongside me and ask if I need help. They are so giving! And I am inspired and drawn to share when other people rally to help someone that has experienced a house fire or flooding.
One person’s generosity and selfless giving ignite the desire in others to join with them until the mission is complete. Whether tonight’s dirty dishes or gathering donations for someone who lost everything in an unfortunate accident, generosity is so fertile it causes excessive growth in others.
Eternally yours. One of the most encouraging phrases from the Lord is, “I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Wow! We are never alone. He is always present and available. Whether we are experiencing good times or walking through a challenging season, He is here with us.
Encourage and Persevere
Encouragement is such a valuable gift to offer someone else freely. We must not withhold our encouraging words or acts of kindness. We need to continue to provide unconditional love by giving our kind words or presenting our acts of goodwill to those in need of cheering.
“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.” Who can you encourage right now in word or deed? Step out and speak it or do it. Go!
Inner Quietness illustrated Inner Quietness – Strength with Dignity
E – Proverbs 16:24 WEB
N – Acts 20:35e WEB
A – Isaiah 40:28b NASB; 1 John 4:8b WEB; Hebrews 13:8 WEB
E – Hebrews 13:5 NASB
E & P – Romans 15:5 NASB
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