Tuesday, June 14, 2011

An Oppertunity to Encourage

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 

Honestly though one of my favorite things to do is give or send cards.
I'm a BIG card person.
I like to mail them for Birthdays, Holiday, and no reason at all.
It's nice for people to get mail.  I know that may times all people get is junk or bills - at least that's how my box works.  But getting a letter or a card is just nice.
Plus sometimes I'll send one and I'll get a text or email from the person a few days later letting them know how much it meant and how timely it was.  Because they needed the encouragement.

Honestly it can be awkward at times too, when encouraging someone.
Just last week I had gotten my review packet of cards from Dayspring.
And I was SO excited about them. 

I had "plans" for these cards since the opportunity to review was presented.
And some sometimes God has plans that we weren't aware of.

See I had planned to send a card or two to some friends, ones who were going through a bit of a rough time.  And then on Saturday the 4th as I was on my way to church I was rear ended.  Which caused me to be late for service.  And I ended up parking somewhere I never usually park. 
After church I was walking to my car when I noticed one of the younger ladies that attends our Monday night Bible Study.  She was right in the path on the way to my car, so I stopped and talked to her, to see how she was.  Come to find out a few days before she had been in a car accident as well.  But her car was totaled. 
Thankfully aside from a few bumps, bruises and scrapes on her she was ok as were her 3 kids. 
But something in her eyes even as she was smiling touched my heart. 

And when I got home and saw the package of cards from Dayspring I knew. 
There was one in there for her. 
Sure enough there was.
So I got it ready for Monday night. 
And after we discussed our lesson from the previous week I turned around and handed it to her.
We had our "closing Party" for the end of the study that night so I headed back to where the food was.
Noticing shortly after that she wasn't in the room. But knowing she's a single mom of 3 I figured she had left.
But when I went to leave, walking though the church there she was.
Tear stained, talking with one of the older ladies in the church, and she came up and gave me a hug.
The older lady told me later on that the card meant so much to her.
That she is trying to keep her head up and be positive but right now it's hard. 
Her family isn't saved. And aren't supportive in all these things. 
She now has no car.
So she's very stressed.
The card meant more to her than I could have ever intended.

Sometimes you never know what God is going to use to speak to encouragement to someone.

Honestly I love to encourage people I really do.

Because I want to help people.
I like to help them feel better.
Even if they aren't going through a rough time.
Sometimes when someone who wasn't doing good but is doing good currently I like to encourage them.
Or if they are going though a rough time I like to help lift them up.
Many times I've heard people say that they want to help some one but don't know what they would say to them. Or don't know what to do.
Many times in my adult life I've found that when it comes to encouragement having those "right words" matter very little.
The big thing is to speak out, to let that person know that you care.
Some times that's a gentle pat.
A hug.
A shoulder to cry on.
A prayer.
Or Even a Card.

**Please know that DaySpring did give me the free product to review but all opinions stated are my own. I've bought many of the cards in the packet that I received before along with may other DaySpring cards.  They are truly great cards to give for any occasion.


dunlizzie said...

Love this story! I am so sorry that you had yet another tumble in life with that wreck, but am thankful you are okay. I also love how God used it to bring encouragement and peace to another one of His daughters, and to you in return. Well done! This was fantastic.

From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

Great story, and I believe in the power of "paper encouragement" as well:-) I think it's just as important as encouraging in person. Stopping over from the in(Courage) linkup. :)