Daily life

The Importance Of Encouragement

“A persons most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others.”

Lately, I have really been surrounded by encouragement. Whether it is a friend encouraging me or me encouraging someone else, it has really been noticeable in my life. I love to serve as encouragement to others in my life. I can think of a few specific people who I have been able to lift us and encourage lately.

For the past few months I have been facing different things whether it be school, the loss of my friend, or just other little stressors. As I have faced these different challenges I have found that the encouragement from my friends has really helped me pull through. I have struggled to keep up with my faith lately, so trying to get back into that has taken a lot of encouragement from other people. Last night I went to Ignite and got a little overwhelmed with my thoughts towards the end but I was able to talk to my small group leader for a bit after and her words were just everything I needed to hear last night. I know that God was speaking through her. I let the tears flow down my face as she reminded me that we are all going to be reunited with our loved ones one day, and that everything was going to be okay. She hugged me and in that moment I felt an overwhelming sense of relief.

In the past I have been guilty of pushing my anger towards God when things go wrong, I often blame Him for the bad things that happen in my life. Why would a loving God let us hurt so badly? That has been the burning question for years which I have gotten no answer to. I still often think that but I have learned through the years that God doesn’t orchestrate the pain that happens in our lives, and He doesn’t like to see us hurting. I used to believe right after my dad died that God caused the pain and heartache that I was going through. But He does not. As our Heavenly Father He often gives us the strength and comfort we need to face such problems, if we allow Him to. That is where trusting Him comes into play, and that is something that is often so hard for me. I have a goal this year that I want to be able to achieve and that is placing my complete trust in God again.

Last night after we had gotten home from Ignite, I sat in the car with my roommate for a solid hour and a half just talking and crying. I was telling her everything that has been going on lately and trying to figure it out with her. I was angry and confused and through all of my emotions she sat there and listened. She has served as one of the biggest encouragements to me since I met her, and I am so lucky to be able to live with someone who is so loving. No matter what it is I am going through she always has something uplifting to say. I told her that I had not really opened my bible except for at Ignite and church and realized that is one of my main problems. I am not really pursuing a relationship with God. I know I have a relationship with God, I am just not currently doing anything to grow it. Olivia told me that she was going to start texting me every night after we say goodnight and remind me to read my bible. I think that is a great idea because it is a way we can both be held accountable for staying on top of reading our bibles and staying close to God.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Have a great rest of the week!

-Taylor Kate

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