Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bread for the Journey

Kind words, affirmation, encouragement. 
I think we often underestimate the power behind these things.

"How are you?"
"I'm praying for you."
"I have a verse to share with you."
"I understand...you are not alone".
"I'm with you."
"I care."
"Here's something I think you should read...it encouraged and blessed me, and I hope it will you too."
"Want to go for coffee?"

Kind words, affirmation and encouragement bring comfort, they renew hope, and are like good medicine for a tired soul. I personally have received this kind of care from friends along life's way and I know that it pleases the heart of God when we reach out to one another with a truly caring spirit. 

I believe that God also wants each of us to be givers of kinds words, affirmation and encouragement. You may be needing to hear that you are loved and being lifted up in prayer today, and I am praying that if you came here today in need of encouragement that no matter what your situation or circumstance you know God cares for you...He loves you.

Scripture encourages us to use kinds words, and build each other up. May God help us to be generous givers of encouragement and also gracious receivers.

Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

1 Thess. 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are.




13 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post. If you don't mind,I would like to copy these words and save them to reread them at another time.

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    1. Hi Ruth, you are welcome to copy these words. Have a wonderful day. Kathy

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  2. Thank-you for your post, needed this today & am off to church...phyllis

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    1. May the fellowship, worship and message from the Word be a real blessing and encouragement to you today. Kathy

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  3. Thanks for your encouraging words today as well as your exhortation to be a generous giver of encouragement. May your day be blessed. Sharon

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    1. Thank you Sharon. Yes, let's continue to spur each other on to be generous givers of encouragement. Trust you had a blessed day too.

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  4. I had to learn to give gracious words and I started late in life to proffer them. I realized I had them in my heart all along. I agree with them bringing health to the body, your own as well as the other person's.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and honesty. I love how you said you realized that gracious words were in your heart all along. Isn't it wonderful that we are often given more than one chance at things. I'm sure you have been a blessing to many over the years through kind words, affirmation and encouragement. A good reminder from you to dig deep inside and find those treasures God has placed within us to use for His glory.

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  5. I loved reading this post..I was taken back to 1976 I think it was when i first met you Kathy. I remember you being a girl with encouraging words back then too. So nice to read these words and connect with a friend from long ago...blessings to you.

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    1. Hi Kathy, what a small world meeting you here. Yes, it was in 1976 that we first met at PRBI. Thanks for your kind words to me, and for making this connection...how special! Made my day:)

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  6. I love your words and would like to use them when I visit some ladies from my church, would this be OK?

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    1. Yes Diana, you are more than welcome to pass this one:)

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  7. We just talked about this at church today. Kind words of praise and encouragement truly are like honeycomb to the soul!

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