I was blessed to serve some sweet women in a bible study where I get to share some encouraging words with them. Life can be wearisome and isn't it nice to breathe in a little of God's word (it's life giving)...it just lifts those weary sails and allows us to journey on.
As it seems to happen, I am meant to encourage and disciple them but
most all of the time its the other way around. If you don't have a group of women in your life that lift you up, I encourage you to seek out a bible study or a women's group at a church where you can connect. The bible is clear we are not meant to live this life in isolation! We need each other.
Hebrews 3:13 is one of my favorite scripture verses, period. It's also my favorite verse on encouragement. It is found in Hebrews which is coincidentally most likely written by Barnabas, his name means son of encouragement.
Many names in the Bible often have purposeful meaning, Barnabas being no exception. He walked along side of Paul on most of his missionary journeys. He even stood up for Paul when he first became a Christian and no one believed him. Think about all Paul did and he had a dear friend alongside encouraging him every step of the way. If we look to Paul as an example in the bible, we surely better be finding ourselves a Barnabas and be one ourselves.
We all need encouragement or we may become hard, discouraged so here are 5 practical ways you can encourage someone today.
1. Give someone a genuine, heart felt compliment
2. Text or send a note to a friend or acquaintance with words of encouragement
3. Pray for the person that pops into your mind and let them know
4. Take someone a meal. Maybe they just had surgery, a new baby, grieving or just lost their job
5. Pray that your eyes would be open to the need that surrounds you and Act
No one is excluded from needing encouragement and we have some good examples in scripture of people living well for God who used that encouragement to keep journeying on.
Who has been your Barnabas, your vessel of encouragement?
And how can you be a Barnabas, a vessel of encouragement, today?
This world can benefit from your encouragement today!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and grad deeds, not giving up meeting together...but encouraging one another -- and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Until next time, keep on keeping on (koko) with a joyful, faith-filled life! #tribekoko