Posts Tagged ‘encourage’

Verbal sunshine

Posted: June 21, 2019 in heart, quotes, Relationships, weather
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“Verbal sunshine”, what a wonderful expression! But it does really give you a picture of how great words spoken as “verbal sunshine”, make someone feel.

Share some sunshine with those you meet by sharing some “verbal sunshine”, encouraging others and warming their hearts.

When you talk, are your words full of kindness, consideration and encouragement, or are they harsh, rude or even abusive?

Personally, I always think there’s nothing worse than hearing someone use abusive words towards someone else. There’s no need for that, and ultimately what does it achieve other than hurt and upset to the person the words are directed towards.

Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

So watch what you say, because ultimately I’m sure we all want to be encouragers.

Psalm 138:3 (Living bible) ~ When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need.

God’s strength is perfect. He gives us encouragement when we can see only darkness. He gives us strength when we are weak. He gives us everything we need, even during our darkest of days.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind,
I will listen and
I will be here when the laughter turns to cryin’
Through the winning, losing and tryin’
We’ll be together ’cause I will be here

In so many areas of life we find people who freely give up their own personal time and talents to help others, expecting nothing in return except the knowledge that they’ve helped others.

Whether it running a kids’ football team, working in a charity shop, taking on a position within your church, helping those with disabilities, helping to educate others by leading evening classes, or some other voluntary act, people do these things voluntarily, and that is what others need to remember.

We can all be quick to make derogatory comments about the ability of the person who has volunteered. Many will think they can do better than the person who is in charge, but can they?

From experience, probably not! Even if we were capable of doing a job better than the person who has volunteered, we should be supportive and helpful towards the person, after all they have given of their time and talents freely, while we haven’t! They may not be perfect at the job they have undertaken, but they are doing their best – They wouldn’t have been given the job if those in charge didn’t think they were capable of doing a good job.

Volunteers aren’t in it for their own glorification, but are there to help others, so if you find yourself putting your trust in volunteers to lead, help, train or educate you or your family, don’t put them down or tell others you could do better.  Instead, always give them your support and encouragement.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. When was the last time you encouraged someone?
  2. When was the last time someone encouraged you?
  3. Are you in need a hug from a friend?
  4. Are you growing in your Christian experience?
  5. Are you where God wants you to be?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Sometimes all we need are some words of encouragement, so here’s some encouraging words from J. I. Packer:

The stars may fall, but God’s promises will stand and be fulfilled.

It’s true isn’t, that no matter what may happen in life, God remains the same, forever faithful.

What better encouragement could we have!

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Who inspires you?
  2. Are you a morning person?
  3. Who is your best friend?
  4. Who is your biggest encourager?
  5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the areas of your life you need to change.

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Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Put up pictures

Pin up pictures of family or friends who have passed away, friends who you still love and who love you and encourage you as much today as they always have.

Look at those photos and remember good times, but remember to look after your current friends in just the way your friends have looked after you.

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Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Be your own best friend                                                                                                                                               

 

Many times people feel dissatisfied because they don’t feel appreciated by others, which is completely understandable. Everyone needs to feel valued by others, but we must make sure our own happiness doesn’t depend on other people encouraging us, as what happens if we don’t get any encouragement? The answer is, we feel letdown and discouraged.

So rather than count on others for encouragement, take matters into your own hands, and motivate yourself as you would others – Say things like “I know this is difficult but I know I can do it,” or, “Just think, it I put a lot of effort into this now, it’s soon all be done.”

Love yourself, encourage yourself, because you can never rely on other’s being there for you when you need them.

 

Don’t fear #2

Posted: September 22, 2015 in bible, depression, friendship, life, music, quotes, religion, stress
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Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour (Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV)

These words are just as true for us today as they were for those that God first said them to.

God says he will be with us no matter what we face, and so we too must be there to encourage and help one another. We must also ensure we work together for God, to share God’s love with those who don’t know Jesus.

It can be difficult to support one another during tough times, and it can be equally difficult to stand up for God when all around want nothing to do with Him, but there’s no need to fearful of how we can do either of these things, as God has said “I will be with you“.