There are days when the to-do lists, overflowing inboxes, and demands of the world weigh heavy on weary shoulders. It’s in those moments when the expectations seem overwhelming that my heart whispers to God “send some encouragement?” I whisper it and cling to the promise that God hears, because even a woman with encouragement as her full-time job can feel empty and need a friend.
And He does hear. And more than hears, He answers, with a quick email from a friend letting me know they’re thinking of me. In a sweetly written note tucked into my mailbox. In the lyrics of a song streaming gently through the radio at just the right time. Like little hugs that I might miss on other, less desperate days. It’s enough. Those small little moments are enough to take me out of the urgency of my day-to-day and give me space to breath and I believe again that I can do this thing God has called me to do.
There is power in encouragement. There is power in a positive word, a kind gesture, a quiet gift that can change someone’s day. It’s in the small moments when we choose to listen to God when He puts someone on our hearts and we tell them we’re thinking of them, and we believe in them, and we’re praying for them that can heal hearts and lift spirits.
I see it happen here on these pages all the time – women asking for prayer but taking twice as much time to pray for sisters in Christ they’ve never met before. Offering friendship, community, kindness in an online world that tells us we should be thinking more about “what’s in it for me” than “what can I do for her?”
Your words can change lives. Let’s encourage one another today.