When We Need Encouragement

By Mary Stout

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up. (I Thessalonians 5:11)

I had a rough day recently and no matter what I did, I just felt bad. Everything I kept busy with seemed hollow. I didn’t feel like I had any energy left after fighting my thoughts. Even as I recited verses in my head, I  could not shake the malaise that seemed to permeate me. As the day went on, I found my face wet with tears. No amount of consoling or talking to me helped. I knew the thoughts were hurting me and I finally reached out and said help to my church family and friends I have had over the years.  WIthin 30 seconds I was called, messaged, texted, and prayed for. I cried some more. Tears of gratitude strolled down my face and seemed to heal the places in my heart and soul that were suffering all day. I heard things like:

  • It’s okay to have a bad day.
  • God is your rock.
  • Your church family has you.
  • You are a princess because your Father is a King.
  • I am praying.
  • God is holding you up.
  • God loves you.
  • Focus on the truth of who you are.
  • Don’t worry over people, places, and things you cannot change.
  • Remember whose you are in Christ.

I received lots of love, hugs, and prayers. I thought wow these people care. These people see me as relevant. These people are my soul tribe. They encouraged me today and I am so grateful I was shown His love and grace through you. You helped me remember: “For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 I am a child of the Highest King. In Christ, I am forever hidden.

I bet you have had days like that as well. Reaching out, connecting with those you do life with and keeping your trust in the Lord goes a long way to helping you quickly bounce back. Too many times, we choose to suffer when the Lord has us together for support and love. It is about walking together through the shadows, holding on and taking turns to light the path when someone’s light is dim.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the light which pierces through darkness and heals our broken places. May all of us remember to ask for help, loving one another to the heart of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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