How to identify someone who needs encouragement?

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“do you know how  I identify  someone who needs encouragement?  If the person is breathing they need a pat on the back”

Truett Cathy quote

Just think how good it makes you feel when you are going through a challenging time and someone offers you words of encouragement.  Its energizing, isn’t it?

Who is there around you that could benefit from a few words of encouragement?

It doesn’t take much, but your efforts can go a long way 🙂

 

What is at the heart of giving hope?

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“All true hope and comfort are rooted in thankfulness for God, his character, and his help. Giving hope is about helping a person see the Lord. suffering commands our attention and clouds our vision, making it easy to forget what anchors our faith.

Because trouble has such power to blind and confuse us, it is a sweet grace to have someone come alongside and point us to the One who is a rock, a fortress, a refuge, a hiding place and a shield. We all need someone to remind us that life is not defined by our pain but by our union with Christ.

….giving hope is more than convincing people that things will get better, or helping them decide what to do. Giving hope introduces them to a PERSON (Jesus Christ)

notes taken from “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands” by Paul David Tripp

Get fueled up with high octane “encouragement”

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Have you ever felt the stress of seeing the needle on your gas tank guage at empty (or below empty)? Its not fun. Fortunately, I’ve never totally run out of gas, but I know of those who have had that experience. Ugh!

Many people today find themselves at one time or another depleted in another kind of way–encouragement and hope. These people, of which I am one, persevere day after day, often without encouragement or appreciation from others and we can get drained, so that we are just living on fumes.

When all of a sudden, someone unexpectedly gives us a word of encouragement and thanks, it just lifts our spirit and energizes us.

That happened to me last night. Although I get lots of “likes” and “retweets” of my daily posts, someone went beyond that and sent me a personal word of encouragement letting me know how much they appreciate my heart and the content of my blog.

Wow, I can’t tell you how uplifting it was to know that someone had made that extra effort to write me that word of encouragement.

That one act of kindness stirred me up to want to be on the alert for someone I can encourage.

It doesn’t take much effort, really. Just a bit of selflessness in being considerate of others and responsive.

How about you? Who can you encourage today and fill up their tank?

Fathers, take these 2 thoughts to heart…

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With all that you, as a father have going on in your head (work responsibilities, finances, etc.), please take some time to consider how things are going with your children and your vision for them.

Here are two words of wisdom from a man named Paul that I have found helpful:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.