Psalm 147: 3-5 (NKJV) He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
I immediately thought of a friend going through such a dark time, grieving over a traumatic event in her adult child’s life that has affected the whole family. Deeply heartbroken. A season of silence to the world as healing takes place. A cloud so thick that she has neither the words nor the energy to pray. I’ve been there too. Needing friends to intercede on my behalf as I sit staring.
As I read those verses, she immediately came to mind. I knew I needed to encourage her. I prayed for her and then sent her a quick text.
Distractions prevent us from encouraging.
Practical ideas to help you be prepared to encourage.
- Keep blank note cards and envelopes, stamps and return mailing labels in your Bible cover or at your devotional area.
- Pre-label and stamp envelopes so that step is done. One less thing to slow down the process.
- Have a list of “Never-run-out-of items.” Stamps and note cards would be on this list.
Using your cell phone as a tool for encouragement.
In the case mentioned above, I sent a quick test to my “friend.”
You can send a photo of the verses you’re reading and tell her why you’re thinking of and praying for her. I often write names in margins of books, as different friends come to mine. I’ll take a photo of their name there along with the message I’ve highlighted and text that to them. To have your name in writing in someone’s book is kindof a really neat thing. Try it. But, don’t just write their name- send them a picture of it. When you think something nice, say it.
Addresses can be stored in your cell phone for easy retrieval. But, if that’s not where you are yet (I’m not), just add as you go or simply address it after your devotion. Be sure to have a system in place to ensure it gets mailed. My routine is to immediately stick it in my purse. My mailbox is at the end of a long, dirt driveway. If your mailbox is located conveniently outside your front door then stick then put it in the mailbox right after your devotion.
Who could you encourage today through the scripture that you’re reading?
Rhonda gograbsomestationaryandputitinyourdevolocation ellis