Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Therefore encourage one another...

In my early days of marriage and motherhood I struggled and longed for encouragement from others. I couldn't articulate my particular need at the time, but many years later I look back and can see that I would have benefited greatly from a genuine and uplifting word of encouragement. We were very young, newly married, and experiencing the beginnings of full time ministry all at the same time. It was a dangerous mixture. I longed for an older woman to let me know if I was heading in the right direction or if somewhere I had gotten off course. I remember one particular day when a lady I had admired from a distance walked towards me after church one Sunday. As she approached me from across the room, my heart was filled with expectation and excitement at the thought that she seemed genuinely interested for a moment in my seemingly small life. To find out how this little encounter ended come visit me at CWO's blog here.

3 comments:

momzie said...

Oh, you rascal! Now I have to "tune in next week" (a phrase used in the old days of TV). Actually, I am on my way to hear the end of the story! See you over there. I have a feeling the Lord is going to stir my heart!

Natalie Joy said...

Thanks for those words of encouragement. I remember those days of longingly looking for encouragement from another woman and often coming away disappointed. Since it wasn't that long ago, I try so hard to give that to others who are only just a little behind me. Thanks for reminding us to be God's voice to others who are hurting. Somedays, I still need it myself.

Carol said...

That lady...the one that approached you...I think that might have been me.

Thanks for the wake-up!