~~On the cloudiest of days, when my soul is dark and my heart is thundering~ God will give me little snippets of unexpected sunshine...
Discouragement comes in many forms and often sets up camp in the deepest recesses of our hearts and minds. It’s a mental enemy that battles against us and gains it’s strength from every wayward thought our contrite heart imagines.
God uses the smallest things to remind us of His love, but we can often miss it because that enemy discouragement is clouding every bit of sunshine the Savior throws our way.
Sadly, many times encouragement is fleeting. It can often come in the smallest gesture of another, and change someone’s day completely.
God can use all of us in this battle against discouragement. He wants us to be on the front lines, fighting for Him.
He is tapping our shoulder.
He is whispering in our ear~
My child needs your words today.
They are hurting.”
But we brush it off. We make excuses. We’re too busy. We wouldn’t know what to say. We don’t even know that person.
And we walk away, not even realizing in the moment how desperately that person needed a word from a stranger, a smile, a hug.
My grandson Ethan saw a political sign in someone’s yard last week. He asked his daddy if someone placed the sign there to tell everyone~‘Have a good day!’ 😊
We are quick to speak on politics or our favorite sports teams. We put their signs in our yards and their jerseys on our backs. We are quick to speak our disapproval of others and the choices they make- and yet, too often, words of encouragement are absent from our vocabulary.
I cannot tell you the amount of times you, the reader, have encouraged me. When discouragement sneaks in and tells my wandering heart that it has no business speaking words of truth, God sends a warrior my way. Someone that otherwise would NEVER cross my path in my normal day to day activities.
It astounds me every single time.
He uses YOU to bless me.
And that brings tears to my eyes.
Let’s wear God’s words and outwardly show others the beautiful signs of our Saviors love~~
Speak those words, give that hug, send that card, bring that meal, say that prayer.
Shine like your Savior and lift someone up out of the depths of discouragement.
Be God’s warrior today.