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The Power Of Encouragement

September 3, 2014 by

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Never underestimate the power of encouraging one another!

Yesterday, I shared about my experience of using Scripture to overcome a fearful situation. You can read that post by clicking here.

To recap, I was sharing about my fear and trepidation of climbing up a ladder and onto my roof so that my husband could shoot a photo for the cover of my ebook.

I shared a lesson that I learned about really believing God’s Word.

Today, I’d like to share the second lesson I learned. Back to the story…

My husband offered to go up first and give me a hand as I neared the top.

I agreed. I could see his big, strong hand reaching out to me, and even in my fear, I knew I could trust him to keep me safe.  

It made me think of my heavenly Father.

Sometimes this world can be even more frightening than climbing up that ladder and onto my roof. I cannot see my heavenly Father’s hand reaching out to grab me like I could my hubby’s, but that doesn’t make it any less true. His hand IS there, and I know He will keep me safe.

I know because His Word is true. 

I’ve heard it said that courage is not the absence of fear. I was courageous, but I was far beyond my comfort level.

My hubby was so encouraging, comforting, and patient with me. Again, I thought of my heavenly Father. Doesn’t He treat us with the same care?

Once my feet were on solid ground again, I asked my hubs how it is that he can go up and down that ladder and walk around on that roof without any fear at all while it is an incredibly difficult thing for me to do. He responded that he didn’t know, but it made me think about us as Christians.

That experience is not something I want to have to repeat. Ever. My husband, who has actually fallen off of that roof (thankfully he fell on a thick snow pack and wasn’t injured) will go up on that roof several times a year and think nothing of it (other than being careful not to fall off again).

It made me think about how we are all so different when it comes to our Christian walks. Some of us experience things that cause us tremendous stress or great fear, while others seem to not even be affected by the same experience. We need to remember to treat each other with love, grace, and kindness because we never really know the heart of another.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”                 ~1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

Let us be quick to show patience, love, mercy, and grace with one another for we rarely know all of the details.

Let us be slow to judge, criticize, and condemn one another for we don’t always know the whole story.

While quoting a Scripture verse that I believe with all my heart was a huge part of the reason I was able to get that photo done, the encouragement of my husband was the other half of the equation.

Let us never underestimate the power of encouraging another person.

Without the encouragement of a few special people in my life, this blog would never have been born. Sometimes, others believe in us far more than we ever would.

Let us be that encouragement to others.

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11 Responses to The Power Of Encouragement

  1. Sherrey Meyer

    Such truth in your post! And we share the same fear of going up and down the ladder. My husband, like yours, almost makes it look like a dance, and for the life of me, I can’t do it so easily. Thanks for reminding me to seek my Father’s strength and power for me.

  2. Chris Carter (@themomcafe)

    I love this post, Heather. It’s just so true that in our deepest fear, God is there to hold our hand and take bold (albeit shaky at times!) steps toward it. Encouragement and help from others is a gift from God to help us through those tough turns we endure.

    “Knowledge of the truth doesn’t always erase the fear, but provides a secure footing for our faith.” Oh, how I love that!!

  3. Simply Beth

    Lots of wisdom here, Heather. The reminder that God is always there to hold our hand, and to remember that our walks will be different. It’s so true that we usually do not know the whole story . . . may we choose compassion over judgement. Thank you for sharing with TWW. Blessings.

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