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Your personal relationship with Jesus: Encouragement is just a word or prayer away – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-10

Divine Note #6 – Feb. 9, 2009

All it takes is a word of kindness, a hug or a smile to tell people around us how valuable they are. The apostle Paul was encouraged when Timothy returned from visiting the Thessalonians with good news of the faith and love of believers who had limited access to the apostle’s teachings. Paul knew how important it was to encourage and to be encouraged by believers.

Over lunch a few months ago, a long time friend told me that because I took the time to listen, to ask questions and to tell her to get a grip and get help, that I prevented her from committing suicide many years ago. That’s mind boggling. What if I hadn’t taken the time to be there for her? Many of you have recently been praying for another friend’s family as they removed their loved one from life support, agonized over hospice care and are now facing funeral arrangements. As a result, I know that God is wrapping them in His loving arms during this painful time and they appreciate your prayers.

Whether or not you have the gift of exhortation (Romans 12:8) or encouragement, I believe that we are all called to pray for or lift each other up to increase the potential of introducing Christ to a hurting world. I smile when I remember my aunt and best friend, who are now in heaven, because they were my cheerleaders and biggest supporters. In a world with people who can be negative and just not nice, we all need positive people in our lives. Since I can be part of that not nice category at times, I’m going to ask my Lord to help me be a better encourager to the people around me. Will you join me?

Have week full of Big God Hugs!
Blanca

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