Today, I am delighted to share some thoughts about encouraging others with hand-written love. This is an invitation to pick up a pen, jot down your heart and His Words, and send off some blessings this week. It makes a big difference- coming from one who has been bolstered up by the thoughtful, timely words of others!
Someone once told me that encouragement means to put courage into another. I like that. I have been on the giving and receiving end of that kind of encouragement. Speaking of courage, there is this guy named Napoleon (the French military leader not the teen from Idaho who hides tater tots in his pocket)…who said this about it:
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
There are times, on this writing journey, when I have been tempted to quit, flee or hide. But, then a timely word of encouragement arrives (in my mailbox- yeah #fmfpartysnailmail, in my inbox, or from the mouth of a friend nearby) and I have the courage to keep offering because of their encouragement. God uses them to remind me to keep going, even when it feels scary.
All this to say, your courage-words matter. They make a difference. Your words come at just the right time; sacred whispers to scared women. This letter writing, this extending ourselves, at 49 cents a pop- it is life-giving, invaluable work. It matters, eternally, because you are speaking His words, and aren’t those the best kind after all?
“So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech” (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17, The Message).
Sacred– connected with God; regarded with great respect and reverence.
Going Forth Together with Courage,