What encourages me?
Words...yes, as in the familiar phrase... an encouraging word.
But, not just any words... they must be truth-filled, life-giving, living words. When I think of being encouraged or (in)couraged...the living Word, God's Word is first and foremost in my mind.
Words such as:
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Wait for the LORD;Be strong and let your heart take courage;Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, " Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." Matthew 14:27
Over and over the Word of God tells us to take courage!
These words are very (in)couraging to me.
The other words that encourage me are the stories of other women who have taken courage; who have overcome their own fears and failures to become wonderful, grace-filled vessels that the Lord uses to bless others.
These brave souls who share their stories are the encouragement for me to push past my own fears and folly, to tell my own story...and His; hoping that my simple words will encourage another seeker of Truth, another thirsty soul who needs a little living water poured out for her to drink, another sorely tried and soul-tired traveler, in need of a little (in)couragement.
But Jesus turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well." At once the woman was made well. Matthew 9:22
Be (in)couraged! He has overcome the world...He (in)courages!
Come, and hear, all who fear God, and I will tell of what He has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16