Thursday, February 5, 2009

Encourage One Another

My sister recently gave me a book of inspirational quotes that I keep on my nightstand. I'd love to tell you that I read a quote each morning to inspire and prepare my heart for that day but quite frankly, I'd be lying.

The truth is that days go by and I forget to read my inspiration quotes. In fact, just last week, the only time I picked up this special book from my sister was to dust around it.

This morning was different though. It was as if the book was calling for my attention. As I read the quote, I just smiled. It wasn't the book that was calling me, it was God.

The quote was by Gary Smalley and John Trent.

"Take time today, if only for a moment, to lovingly encourage each one in your family."

Boy, did this sound familiar.

Just last night at dinner, my husband and I were sharing with our two boys the importance of speaking kind words to one another. They had gotten in a fight earlier that day and had started calling each other names. We needed to take action right away. We talked about how God wants us to encourage one another through our words and actions. That calling each other names is dishonoring to Him and those we love. That hurtful words can leave a lasting impression on our hearts that if left untreated, can fester into deep personal wounds. Then we prayed about it and the boys apologized to one another.

While I was cleaning up the dinner plates, God whispered to my heart "that goes for you too". He reminded me of something I had said to my husband right before dinner that wasn't very encouraging. Words that were dishonoring and hurtful. Words that could leave a deep personal wound if left untreated. How could I possibly ask my children to encourage one another through their words and actions but not hold myself to the same standard?

I immediately went to Keith and apologized. I replaced those harsh words from early that day with words of encouragement and love. I reconfirmed what a great husband and father his is. As always, Keith was quick to forgive. So was God.

Have you taken time today, if only for a moment, to lovingly encourage each one in your family? If not, I'd highly recommend it. I know from experience that it will produce wonderful blessings to everyone in your family.


  1. Great reminder today! I will be looking for ways to encourage JJ, Joshua and Andrew with my words.

    So glad you are writing!

    Love ya!

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