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Bread For The Journey

Being a Cheerleader

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 NIV 

I have so enjoyed watching my grands run races or participate in sporting events these past few years.  As the long distance runners came by our place, I went out to cheer...and noticed our son running alongside his girls.  What an encouragement for them to have someone spurring them them words of hope and cheer.  The race became somewhat easier...the finish line came into focus...and they just knew they could do it!

We are called to be 'encouragers' give hope to others along the journey of life.  We have a wonderful example of one who did that well in the New Testament...the apostle Paul.  He knew that the early Christians needed to be urged on to 'fight the good fight of faith' in 1Timothy 6:12. Things haven't changed a whole lot since those days.  Believers still need to hear words of encouragement.  Are we handing them out?

We get so wrapped up in our daily living that we tend to forget about others that may be in need of a little message of hope.  Do those in your household...those closest to you...hear words of encouragement from you?  What about your you spur them on...cheer them up and  make them smile?  Those around us need to know that we care about them. They will be capable of great things just knowing they have cheerleaders!

Dear Heavenly Father...Teach us to be encouragers. Help us to give hope to those who have lost sight of the finish line...and to run alongside of those who feel they can't go on.  May our words be ones of refreshment and cheer.  Give courage and strength to those who are needing it today.  Amen.


  1. What a great reminder, Judy. The photo of your son running with his kids is just so cool - what a caring Dad.

  2. That made me cry. Every girl should have a daddy like that. Grateful that I have Abba who runs alongside me.

  3. This post is a great reminder of how important it is to encourage the people in our lives and those we meet. As we encourage others we ourselves are encouraged and our loads lightened...God does it through wonderful. Thank you and God bless you.

  4. Thanks for this encouragement to us!

  5. What a beautiful reminder to be an encourager! Judy, you have encouraged me so much with your love for family, the Lord, and your example of being a wonderful mother and grammie just to mention a few! I hope that you have many people in your life who in turn encourage you too! Thanks for your sweet "bread" today!

  6. Yes we do all need encouragement ,, but am a bit envious , when I see pictures like your;s with grass as we sit with 3 feet of snow to melt and months for green grass ,, and flowers

  7. It is good to be reminded that giving enocouragement is giving balm for the body and soul! Every day should be celebrated!

  8. You are such an awesome blessing! Thanks for todays post. It's something that's on my heart a lot lately.

  9. Thank you for sharing this. I am guilty of being too self-absorbed lately :( I have decided now to focus more on lifting others up, it´ll help me not to always just think of "me". Bless you!

  10. Rosemary Bolton at icloud dot comApril 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Beautiful. This is a lovely photo and a wonderful reminder.
    I am so glad to follow this blog

  11. Wonderful! I love that photo and it certainly is easier to have a companion in life's race.


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