Week 5 of 52 Weeks of Thankful Thursday
The Letter E for Encourage
Hmmmm….The word encourage is a big one for me.
Ya know how some people are just God-made one way and it takes years, many, Many, MANY prayers for them to change?
Well, I am that type of person.
My tempermant is to first critisize then compliment. Ugh….
It absolutely never fails.
It takes sheer willpower for me to shut my mouth, really look around, then make a compliment to the receiving party. Oh my, that sounds so cold, hard and uncaring. But the truth of the matter is this…I Need God. Because otherwise I totally suck at being a parent, wife, sister, friend. I hear myself trying to first compliment but it still sounds forced most of the time. I was not blessed with that sweet genteel voice that I imagine Caroline Ingalls was blessed with. You remember right?! She always, always spoke kindly, softly and it was full of encouragement and love, even when she was rebuking one of her girls. I want to be like her….but to my utter disbelief, I am not created that way. I am loud. I laugh loudly, I cry loudly, I speak loudly, I argue much too loudly.
So my goal with encouragement is to be able to pass out compliments on a job well done and let God handle how it comes out. I want my children to grow up with the memories that mama always had a kind and encouraging word for them. So today, I want to make the added effort to make sure I have that kind and encouraging word for them. That God will help me to place these encouraging words in their hearts and memories and that He will let them be remembered as sweetly and softly uttered as Mrs. Caroline Ingalls. Because that is how my heart wishes to be and maybe…just maybe with enough prayers my words will be remembered that way to the hearts that hear them.
In His Grace.
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