I wrote about this very topic a few years ago in my post I Spy God writing a note and I can’t tell you how true it is.
“… we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:28
We all need encouragement. A kind and motivating word given at just the right time can lift spirits…cause us to forge ahead…push us to go the extra mile…help us take just one more step forward.
The other day a friend of mine asked if I had read the blog post from Girls Growing with God. She began following this blog from a list of blogs I follow and said how much she needed the message that day. Girls Growing with God is written by a dear friend of mine, so when I found out how much it touched another friend of mine, I decided to send a quick text to thank her for her post and let her know she’s making an impact… that God is using her.
The timing of my text couldn’t have been better. It seems she had been struggling and clinging to God’s truth…
“while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18
and at that very moment God knew she needed a bit of encouragement, so He used me.
What an honor.
A couple days before, God placed it on my heart to send a couple notes to some friends.
They both have been struggling in different ways, so I wrote a couple notes of love and encouragement and threw them in the mail.
Come on, who doesn’t love to get something in the mail?
Along with those notes, I included a PASS IT ON message card. And I tell you, those message cards are BRILLIANT!! Boy, have they have been the right words at the right time so often for me!! But I never imagined how much encouragement they could be! Those little gems brought tears…
For my friend who is struggling with trusting and asking God for her true heart’s desire, I sent…
Her response? “Thanks for the card!! Even though I’m crying…”
For my other friend struggling with ‘what’s the point?’ I sent…
Her response?? “I can’t tell you how much I needed your encouraging words today. Thank you for the Philippians reference. I cried!”
It is truly amazing how God works. How and why He chooses to use such a fail of creatures to do His work here on earth…it is astounding, and I am truly humbled and grateful that He loves me enough and trusts me enough to use me in that way.
Who do you know that needs a word of encouragement from you today? God placed someone in your mind, didn’t He??
Now go do something about it!!
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11