is so helpful!
Imagine a ship on the sea 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 stagnant, but not progressing either. That’s the way life can make us feel at times. Christian encouragement helps so much. Or, at least it helps me.
The repeated sucker punches from the enemy, the spiritual attacks, and the dumb mistakes we make on our own spiritually seem to arrest us. They make us feel powerless; stalled – like that ship not moving forward or backward. Do you know what I mean?
If I said I never felt that way, I’d be totally lying. Troubles, hindrances, and hard times plague us all – it’s part of the journey.
But God, in His glorious compassion, always meets us where we are and sends armed forces to rescue us.
It may come from the 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 – another Christian right in the trenches of life with you.
That is how healing and encouragement have come to me lately and I’m so grateful.
The Power of Christian Encouragement in my life.
Not long ago, at Bible Study, a dynamic, young Christian brother walked up to me, looked me in the eye, and simply said “the race is not given to the swift or the strong, but he who endures to the end, Sister Teri”. Wow!
What a word of encouragement, right?
It was as though God breathed a steady, continuous breath of air into my soul. I felt energized to run on! Just from that one simple encounter, I felt strengthened.
See, you never know how your encouragement will impact someone’s day or even their life for that matter.
As you might suspect, the following week brought new challenges and fresh disappointments.
Strangely, I felt ready for them. I felt “encouraged.”
Another word of encouragement was waiting for me!
Believe it or not, it happened again! I bumped into one of my favorite sisters in Christ while visiting another church.
In between services, I had a chance to chat with her. She shared that Godsy Girl.com has blessed and encouraged her. Go figure!!! I was beaming from ear to ear.
Then, it happened again, WHOOSH!!!
I got another gust of air in my spiritual sail!
Who knew my little “hobby” blog could bless anyone? After all, I’m no one special and I’m not even sure what I’m doing most of the time on this thing! 🙂
To be honest, writing is more to get stuff out of my head and spirit. It’s awesome it encourages others!
Pastors need encouragement too!
In his lowest moments, my husband often speaks of how Christian encouragement helps him too. He can be feeling burdened, overwhelmed, or just plain tired, then someone will “breath” life into his spirit with a few words of encouragement. It matters, y’all! It really does.
Remember, no one is exempt from life’s pains and struggles.
It touches us all. I must yell “Praise God” for the “Barnabuses” wise and kind enough to encourage the Body of Christ with their gracious words in due season. Praise God for His people!
No matter what you are going through, Christian woman, your heavenly Father sees you and will give you exactly what you need when you need it, and how you need it. He supplies.
How… you may ask?
Is it through your Bible, through worship, or maybe through the Christian encouragement of the saints? Yes! The Power of Christian Encouragement is there for you. It is easy to miss; so, look for it. Expect it.
I love you, Christian Lady! ᕕ༼✪ل͜✪༽ᕗ