Friday, August 22, 2014

3 Ways to be an Encourager

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

I’ve heard it said that laughter is the best medicine. Well, whenever my mom and I get together we have plenty of laughing fests as I like to call them. We have inside jokes like a code that get us both going and before I know it, we’re laughing so hard we start crying.

She’s also an encourager. A few weeks ago when I was feeling discouraged about my writing and some other things, she was there to be a listening ear and offer advice. With a few kind words, I knew everything would be alright.

During difficult times, we can encourage each other – we build each other up just like the verse in 1 Thessalonians talks about. Here are just three ways a person can be an encourager.

1.      Be A good listener: Sometimes we all just need a listening ear. We need to vent and get out our frustrations and troubles. A good listener doesn’t always have to give advice but being there to actively listen to someone having a hard day could make all the difference.

2.      Speak words of life: It’s amazing what one encouraging word can do. Just having one person that believes in you can make a huge difference. *For more about speaking life, click here.

3.      Offer to pray: I’m a big believer that God listens to and answers our prayers. I’ve seen amazing things happen when people gather and pray together. Mathew 18:20 (NKJV) says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Wow, what an amazing verse to think about, huh?

Challenge: Try to find at least one person a day to encourage. It doesn’t have to be anything big. One kind word,  being a listening ear or saying a quick prayer can go a long way and make a huge difference in someone’s day.

God bless and keep Shining for Him!

*Photo Credit: (Serge Bertasius Photography)


  1. I will take up your challenge and find at least one person a day to encourage! It won't be so difficult as several people I know are struggling! Thank you for this wonderful reminder.

    1. Thank you, Amy. It is an encouragement to know someone else was blessed by this post. I'm do glad to hear that you are taking the challenge! I'm taking it as well. I hope you have a blessed day. :)