Wednesday, 15 April 2009

encouragement

Encouragement lifts our spirits and brings a smile to our faces. Some of us have the gift of encouragement. Some of us have to work at it.

Bethany has it.

Recently when we were working in the garden and Glen cut down a banana tree and was lifting it over the fence...
"Wow, Daddy! You are so strong! You are the strongest man I know!"

On an excursion with her Grandmother, who had pulled a comb through her hair to tidy up before getting out of the car and asked, "how's that?"
"I think you are the sort of woman who always looks good."

When Sophie was trying on a new dress..."
"That's a beautiful dress, Sophie. You look like a princess!"

It's a gift that can be used to build people up and truly encourage them. It's a gift that could be distorted for her own ends. Let's pray that her joy will be in Christ and will overflow always in such encouragement.

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