Saturday, February 4, 2012


Saturday Shout-outs!

I mentioned last week that I’d be starting Saturday Shout-outs here on the blog. My intention was to post it early but the day didn’t play out as I thought it would. Nevertheless, I want to be sure I share something before Saturday comes to a close…

Though this is kind of broad and somewhat vague, I want to give a shout-out to encouragers. I wish I had the time to get into the specifics of this past week but there were so many things that went on over the course of the past few days that it would take too long. And to be honest, I’m fried.

This week was rough. Really rough. From Tuesday on, every day (including today) was a major battle. Each day, however, God sent someone to encourage me – whether they realized it or not. One day I came home (after a horrible day) and found an unexpected card in the mail that was so timely and so encouraging. I was blown away. There were two days this week where I had amazing visits with friends – filled with encouraging iron-sharpening-iron conversation (and much needed laughter). A conversation with another person helped bring perspective. Yesterday I received a phone call from a friend that was especially encouraging as well as a few random (and yet not-so-random) texts. Last night I attended a service at church that was encouraging as well. A timely word {DREAM BIG} which I needed to hear and be reminded of (it doesn’t get more encouraging than the Word of God). There was also a specific word for my Dad which encouraged me greatly because I knew how much it encouraged him.

And, even with all the encouragement of the week, I had a rough moment today as well. But after a mini-meltdown, I sought out encouragement because I knew the Lord did not want me to be discouraged. God really ministered to me through a sermon about surrender, two encouraging phone calls and an extended text-conversation.

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

This week was an emotional rollercoaster and I see how easily I could’ve been hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. But I thank God that He met me each day and used various people to encourage me. He is mindful of me and saw my need. Our Lord always wants to encourage us - whether we're looking for it or not. I am grateful for the timely encouragement I received and I pray that I will be an encouragement to others this week.

Shout-out to encouragers!

How have you been encouraged (or been an encouragement to someone else) this week?


pamelaprocter said...

My hubby gave me a FULL day away from the little one. First time I've been thrift-store shopping in years!
I also got to spend Monday night with Shelly- it's been fun to see Annemarie warming up to her fairy godmother :)

Jennifer Roth said...

That's a whole lotta awesomeness! LOVE!!!