Air in My Sail:The Power of Christian Encouragement


Imagine a ship that begins to slow down because the wind has grown too weak to propel it. You’ve seen it in old movies, one lonely ship rocking to and fro in the vast blue-gray ocean-not totally still but not progressing either.

That’s the way life can make us feel at times. The buffets (or punches) of the enemy, the spiritual attacks, and the dumb mistakes we produce can spiritually arrest us and we may feel like that forlorn ship. If I said that I never felt that way, I’d be lying. Troubles plague us all – it’s part of the journey.

But God, in His glorious compassion, meets us where we are and sends armed forces. It may come from personal insight you get from scripture. Or your pastor will deliver a fresh, “right now” word for just you. Other times, it comes fresh from a fellow Christian soldier. That is how healing and encouragement has been coming to me.

Last week, at Bible Study a dynamic, young Christian brother walked up to me, looked me in my eye and simply said “the race is not given to the swift or the strong, but he who endures to the end, Sister Teri”. It was as though God breathed a steady, continuous breath of air in my soul. I felt energized to run on. Hallelujah!

As you might suspect, the week brought new challenges and disappointments. Then I bumped into one of my favorite sisters in Christ at church. In between services, I had a chance to chat with her. She shared that Godsy Girl has blessed and encouraged her. Then it happened again, WHOOSH!!!- Another gust of air in my spiritual sail!

My husband often speaks about the encouragement of the saints in his lowest moments. Remember, no one is exempt from life’s pains. Even so, praise God for the “Barnabuses” wise enough to encourage the Body of Christ with a word in due season. Praise God for His people!

No matter what you are going through, Godsy Girl, your heavenly Father sees you and will give you exactly what you need when you need it and how you need it. How is God speaking to you? Watch for those little blessings this week. I love you, Godsy Girl!

Without Him I could do nothing

Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail”

“Endure hardship like a good soldier” 2 Timothy 2:3
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