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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. What a wonderful story to start my day. I’m on staff at a local church and today is my day to share a little devotion at our staff meeting. What better message than to encourage us all to be welcoming! Many who come to church are simply looking for a smile and a warm greeting, may we all be eager and even giddy like those school children, to be that for someone else.

  2. Wonderful post Becky. I’m getting ready to volunteer at my church’s thrift shop and I will be sure to remember this and spread it around!

  3. What a great lesson from 6 year olds! Thanks for sharing Becky! I’m challenging myself & my Titus 2 girls to make every day national encouragement day! Blessings (((0)))

  4. Becky,

    This message warmed my heart!! Thank you for encouraging me to reach out to the “new gal”!! Miss seeing you and your beautiful family!! Blessings…

  5. Love this message post .. heading to my Director meeting for Senior Centre then I volunteer as a senior myself , in the coffee shop. Yes indeed .. so many hurting just want to stop by for a coffee and have someone says.. “Hello how are you doing..welcome” a little smile and sentence is all it takes to start conversation and show God’s love.. both are FREE and B.ESSINGS. “Go out and MAKE it a Great Day for others and yourself‼️

  6. I’m so glad to hear about the jump for joy encouragement that should
    be our goal every day.

    I’m so delighted when someone greets me with their smiles. My heart feels light and I want to think about butterflies and how all children enjoy watching butterflies and I do too.

    We all have the ability to be encouragers and we all need encouragement sometimes.

    Let’s look to our Heavenly Father for Guidance because He is so Gracious to His children.

    With Gratitude,

    Your Sister in Christ

  7. Thank you for this devotion. As a young girl I was bullied, and words really do hurt. They stick with you for a very long time. I know how it feels to be encouraged and acknowledged, it can brighten your day to know that someone cares. I want to be that for someone, friend, stranger, neighbor, family member, whoever God puts in my path. We really don’t know how much people are hurting out there. I want to be an example of God’s Love.

  8. Oh the memories this brought to my almost 78 year old heart. I grew up attending a very small rural elementary school. It wasn’t often we got new students but it was like Christmas when we did. The best thing was that we felt like the recipients rather than the givers. Whether it was the excitement of someone new or just the attitude of the community at large, we all tried hard to be welcoming.
    To this day I remember each of the “newbies”
    I believe that it is one of our greatest tasks, so to speak, that we be welcoming as we endeavor to preach gospel truth. Christ himself was inclusive and welcoming to all that would listen to His teachings. Should we be any less?
    A smile is the easiest way to show others our desire for a possibility of connection. Many years ago I lived and worked in downtown LA. As I walked down 7th avenue, I made it a habit to smile and say good morning to those I passed and it was almost hilarious to see the shocked looks I received on doing so. Let us continue to shock others on our journey through this world. We will never know just how much these acts of recognition may impact our world.
    But wouldn’t it be fun to watch.
    Remembering the song about “One little candle” bringing light to an otherwise dark world.
    We are also reminded to be salt and light. Amazing how something so simple can be so impactfull

  9. Children can teach us so much. We as Adults are quick to be pickie about who we be friends with and don’t be friends with. Kids are the funniest things as we can hear the funniest stories from them especially when they are talking to their friends. Some can be cruel with words that hurt of kids. Like us Adults with our words. We have to be also as Adults careful with our words. Remember as old Christian friend of mine alot older than me now in glory once said to me. It is so true to do with our Heavenly Father Bidden or not Budden or Heavenly Father hears all we says and do. So we have to be careful what we say to people as Adults. Just like some kids with their words. Remember our Heavenly Father hears all that is said from us. We want as Adults to be giving in our words God love in everything we say. So we don’t say things that are not nice. But glorify our Heavenly Father. I say Amen to that. Saying things that kind loving and caring and being those kinds of people as well to others. Like the kids song “Jesus Hand were kinds Hands doing good to all” With our words we can also encourage others too. Love today reading. Keeping you all incourage in prayer. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  10. Becky,

    Those t56 yr. olds are exactly why Jesus said we need to be like children. They are accepting of people no matter what. They have no agenda but to befriend a new comer. Why then can’t adults do that?

    God has gifted me with encouragement. Each time someone new comes to church I will stop by & say hello, welcome. Also thank EVS (cleaning) crew when they do a good job. There are a few coworkers that go out of their way to assist me in my job. They get a huge thanks from me. Constantly wanting to encourage others as I have been encouraged in the past.

    Last night I volunteered at Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. My goal is to make everyone feel loved & appreciated. You will hear me say “have a great weekend” “God loves you”. It’s my way of spreading God’s love to others.

    Blessings 🙂