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Becky loves serving as (in)courage’s Community Manager. She is a speaker and author of No Better Mom for the Job. Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and championing women. She lives near Los Angeles and loves hiking shady trails with her husband and three spirited sons.

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  1. What is it about boy energy when waiting? I always feel a special connection with mum’s of multiple sons (I have four), so I will say thank YOU for loving on those rowdy boys, for doing the extra-dirty laundry and wiping the sticky fingerprints off the fridge handle, for reminding about inside voices – and then reminding again because the volume seems stuck on high.
    Blessings to you and your boys, Becky!

  2. Becky,
    I was right there with you experiencing those dreadfully long eight minutes lol. Thank YOU for reminding us to be encouragers – not just on this day, but every day. We are quick to jump on the one thing someone does wrong, but so slow to applaud all the things they do well. “Thank you” takes seconds to utter, but could resound with someone who hears it for a long time. I needed this reminder to use my words well…to use words to build others up and not to tear them down. Thank you for this much needed post 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • “Thank you” takes seconds to utter, but could resound with someone who hears it for a long time. — that’s exactly it, Bev! So glad this post resonated with you today.

  3. Becky, I have one son, but three! God bless you. I stay home too. He is 15 and goes to high school but he appreciates knowing that I am here for him when he gets off the bus. I will thank someone today. Thank you for your inspiring post.

    • Cherrilynn, my boys are 5, 7, and 8, but I know you’re right in that they will never stop needing me. What a privilege to be a mom in all seasons. Thanks for sharing today.

  4. Dear Becky,
    What a wonderful topic to remind us about…..saying “Thank-you”. It is a blessing to be able to stay home with your children, however to encourage the many single Moms is even more important. Being there for them and being aware of their many needs is very helpful.
    Hopefully we can all be a bit creative how to encourage not only in word, but through our outreach and actions.
    Thank YOU for your dedication and how you are sharing with others.
    Love and prayers,
    Eva

    • Thank you, Eva, for your thoughtful words. I totally agree! Moms (and all women!) in every life stage and season need the gift of being seen, encouraged, supported on their journey. I’m a work-from-home mom and have a single-mom sister who works full time. I’m continually reminded how much we all need God to fill in the gaps of what we cannot do…and how often he does that through the hands and words of others. Thanks so much for being a voice of encouragement and truth to those around you too.

  5. The beautiful thing about encouragement is that it’s a mutually beneficial gift. Such a warmth comes over you when you’re able to brighten someone’s day. And, as you’ve shared so well–it only takes a small word or deed to make a big impact on someone’s day. Love this, thanks for sharing, Becky. I need to go check out this #encouragementdare. ((xoxo))

  6. What a great post, Becky!! I love to encourage others, and I will put my encouragement in overdrive today and everyday! I am in Metro Atlanta, and Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma left almost one million people without power in my state of Georgia. Thankfully, we have it, but it is my mission to thank a Georgia Power worker or police officer today because they are working around the clock. Maybe I’ll give one a Starbucks card or give one a cup of coffee for a well-deserved break! 🙂

    Regardless, I cannot wait to shower people with thanks today! Thank you again for your words!

    In Him,
    Lara <

    • Lara, I love that idea! What a great way to see the tangible needs around you and bless someone with the gift of being seen and thanked. I’m so glad you are safe and will be praying for your community and state. Shine on!

  7. Becky,

    Thank you for your words of encouragement on this special day!! Isn’t it wonderful when God puts those people in our lives to “keep us going” at that perfect time! HIS timing is perfect!!

    Bless you,
    Ginny

  8. “Simple words are the uncomplicated gift we can all give one another…” LOVE this, Becky! Thank you. And I was right there with you waiting for the library to open! My two kids and I have been in the same position before. (Don’t we get gold stars for being early, or something?)

  9. Thank you for a beautiful post, Becky! I’m so thankful for the woman’s kindness in your life. We all need to remember to offer the encouragement that will change another’s day. Your post is a good reminder! – Susan

  10. It feels so good to be seen and understood as you are. I, too, have saved voice mails and text messages from loved ones that were simple to them and dear to me. Thank you for the reminder to touch someone else today and let them know they are being seen. God Bless!

  11. Hello Ladies,
    I know this is way off subject. How do you ladies deal with your husbands and other women in the workplace? My husband works at a call center and works with many women. A male friend who my husband works with has had an affair at this job. He has since repented and renewed his vows with his wife. Praise God! I’m very fearful that my husband will fall. Any advice? Wisdom? Prayers?
    Thank you all for a safe place to come and get this out.

    • Hi, Andrea,
      I’m glad you feel like (in)courage is a safe space for you to share your concerns. I feel the heaviness of your worry over this situation. My encouragement to would be to: talk openly about your fears with your husband without accusation, pray protection over your husband and your marriage every day, and remind yourself daily that his friend’s failure was a result of a series of bad choices and working in the same environment does not doom your husband to the same outcome. My husband also works closely closely with females. His commitment to me (and mine to him) is to keep conversations on a professional level and not share or process personal details with a person of the opposite sex. Perhaps voicing and affirming some similar boundaries would help alleviate some your fears. I’m praying for your heart and the upcoming conversations you and your husband might have.
      With love and hope,
      Becky

  12. Becky,

    Thank you and all stay-at-home moms. You have a thankless job. You are raising the next generation. Bravo!!! I am an encourager by nature. Saying thank you & sending nice notes to people is done all the time. It makes me feel good when people compliment me, give hugs, etc. I want to share that with others & spread the love of God around. Also I joined the Encouragement Dare. I will try to give out as much encouragement as possible-not just today but everyday.

    Blessings 🙂

  13. Thanks for encouraging us to be liberal with our thank you’s to others. Who doesn’t like to be noticed and thanked? I see how it delights my son when I thank him. How others look surprised when you thank them. Let us be thankers of others.

  14. Love how that lady spoke those encouraging words to you! As a mom with three littles I know how much I would value those words. What a great reminder to purposefully speak those words to others !

  15. I have three as well. This same scenario happened to me at a store and I went home to write about it. I didn’t want to forget the details! These thoughtful acts of kindness go so far! I am glad she encouraged you, and you us. God bless, Becky!

  16. Thanks for the affirmation. I do tend to do this to strangers even but many find my action so odd 🙂