Who do you know who needs encouragement? The list of names coming to mind is probably huge. In reality, we all do. Often people appear to be strong, brave, moving forward unchallenged in their lives, however, if you asked them honestly to say how they are doing you might be surprised at the response.
Scripture tells us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 In my own life, I can definitely testify to needing power in weakness.
I recently began having a constant ringing in my ears after a cold created inflammation. Two courses of antibiotics took care of the inflammation but did nothing for the ringing. I tolerated this for about a month until my annual doctor’s appointment. My physician suggested a referral to an ENT specialist, whom I saw a week later. An exam and an audiogram revealed my Tinnitus was related to my hearing loss. Being aware that my response to a good deal of conversation at home was, “What?”, I did not realize that hearing aids were in the near future. After a significant financial investment and multiple appointments for adjustments in the digital settings, I have improved hearing and some Tinnitus relief. Who knew that there was such a thing as Tinnitus maskers (like white noise) in hearing aids now? Who knew how prevalent this ringing ear, annoyance is. I am not alone. Many other folks are dealing with this every day, too. For me somedays are better than others. Somedays I pray for strength to cope looking to Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Experts say your brain habituates/acclimates to the sound so that it is less intrusive – still waiting for this.
Who do you know who needs encouragement? We all do, even when we don’t seem as though we do. Thankfully, it is often the simplest gestures that encourage…a smile, holding a door, asking someone how they are, listening to what they say, and offering to help. Caring enough to notice is an encouragement itself. See what happens!
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Work continues on my second book, Not as Planned, which explores the lives of three women who impacted my life in ways they never anticipated simply by caring enough to encourage me. My grandmother Nellie, my mother Lorraine, and my aunt Helen. Each had challenges to overcome and decisions to make demonstrating strength of character, perseverence, and a dedication to doing what is right. Watch for updates!