The topic: What encourages me?
I read about it while I was over visiting at Chatting At The Sky (you should bookmark her blog and visit everyday. So much to take in and ponder).
Now, back to (In)courage. It looks completely amazing and the grand kick-off is Monday, August 10th. Head on over and enter your encouragement story to win the super-cute tee shirt that is shown on the home page.
So, here goes...
What Encourages Me?
It is what God does with this average, ordinary, insecure and flawed girl typing away her thoughts onto an unforgiving monitor.
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
~ Philippians 2:13
What does that look like, exactly?
I am encouraged when God uses my words to minister to a sister's heart.
I am encouraged when sharing my struggles allows God to bring me healing through another's hands.
I am encouraged when I read stories of God's amazing power and ability to bring us through things that are too big to even imagine, much less get through without him.
I am encouraged by the way there always seems to be a friend with strong arms around when I need a hug more than I need my next breath.
I am encouraged when I don't think I can take anymore and from nowhere, out of nothing, I feel the desire to just stop and breathe. And remember. I am not alone. I am never called to face anything in my own power, but in the power of the one who created it all.
I went too many years and through too many things without that knowledge and power to take it for granted. If God now chooses to use me, all I can think is: "Wow. Look at little 'ol ordinary me. Doing great things for a God who shouldn't, but does, love me with an indescribable grace and mercy."
How can I not be encouraged by that?