Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What I am learning Wednesday: Encouragement...

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It's Wednesday and I am starting a new little series about what I am learning.  Above all with this little blog refresh I want people to encounter Jesus and his great big love and grace.  I am a mess but I am thankful He (God!) allows me to use it for a message of his goodness and grace.  This momma needs it more than I want to admit...

I am humbled to serve some sweet women in a bible study where I get to share some encouraging words with them.  Life can be wearisome for us 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!  Everyone does!

One of my favorite scripture verse on encouragement is found in  the book of Hebrews which coincidentally most likely was written by Barnabas which means son of encouragement.  Barnabas walked along side of Paul in his missionary journeys (well most of the time but thats another story for a different day).  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.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today." So that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."  Hebrews 3:13

We all need encouragement or we may become hard, discouraged.  So say the kind word.  Text the friend you know needs it.  Pray for the person that pops into your mind.  Take a weary mom a meal.  Pray that your eyes would be open to the need that surrounds you and allow the Holy Spirit to move through you.  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 is your Barnabas?

And how can you be a Barnabas 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.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Here's the study we are doing right now on Ecclesiastes.



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