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For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. 
Romans 15:4-9

Encouragement. I'm not sure about you but it's something that I need regularly. 

A pat on the back to say "job well done".

A hug to show that someone acknowledges a moment of heartache.

A pep talk when the chaos of our lives becomes a bit unbearable and leaves us feeling all too weary.

A tender word when we are unable to live up to our own high standards.

A blog post of a mother who has been there and tells me it's okay.

God's word reminding me of the hope that I have in Him.

Yet as much as I need occasional encouragement, I've found that I thrive when I am able to encourage another. When I began this blog my purpose was to encourage others, to teach and love and encourage with my words. Yet I've been a bit too quiet here. I had forgotten what my motivation was to write. Fears have silenced my words. Fears of not being good enough (who am I kidding? I'm not a "writer"). Fears of where my thoughts and words would take me. Fears of exposing too much of myself (funny as I'm pretty much an open book). 

Today I am reminded of my purpose and the purpose of why I write. May that purpose awaken my words. 

Today I'm linking up with others at Lisa-Jo's (the queen of encouragement!) where writers around the globe spend five minutes writing on one word. Today's word: ENCOURAGEMENT

I encourage you to head on over there. May you be encouraged today.


  1. Attempt #3 to leave a comment (hopefully it'll work this time!) You're doing great work encouraging others; keep it up!

    Glad I stopped by from Five Minute Friday in the midst of doing my school work for the week! Looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Best of luck with your school work. :)

  2. Write on, Laurie! Fear not, keep writing! I've been there, too, with those feelings, and I am also an encourager. I'm glad you were reminded of the reason you write, and I pray that you continue! Visiting from Five Minute Friday! Blessings!

    1. Thanks for visiting Chandra! Many blessings to you!


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