Sometimes encouragement comes from random words spoken by an unknowing person. Words that have a deeper meaning to me. Words that the person speaking can not begin to understand the depth of impact on me personally. God knows that words speak to me. Words invigorate me. It seems that during my deepest struggles God had someone speak into my life that has no clue of what is going on in my world.
Like when preachers share a message and include in their preaching “That our blessing is closer.” They can not possibly understand the hope that radiates from those five words to my life. A message preached over a decade ago ministered to me in one of those dark spots in my life. It is still with my, and when I feel like giving up, God has always sent a preacher in my path that has spoke those words from the pulpit. Usually the message is not even along the same lines, sometimes it is just a word spoken. Every time it ministers to me and encourages me.
Or when I listen to the television preachers and they call seem to talk on one topic. Or times I only hear those comments of the message that are cutting straight to the core of what I am facing. Or where I have really been beating myself up over something and a friends or teacher comes along and shares something that is personal for them but encourages me as they had no clue of my private struggle.
Sometimes encouragement comes through written word. Often it is Scriptures that come alive, as if I am reading them for the first time. Scriptures that are read with fresh understanding or deeper insight. Encouragement for my soul. Encouragement for my mood. Encouragement for my life.
Other times encouragement comes in written word in books that I am reading. Most recently I was literally reading three books, and ever single one of them referenced the same story. Different authors, different genres, and yet the same story that spoke so loudly to me. Or when I read something and it literally jumps off the page at me, and usually on to my Twitter or Facebook to encourage my world. When I truly get something, when it becomes part of who I am, I am encouraged.
Some times encouragement comes through songs. Most of the time it doesn’t come from the first time I hear it. Rather when I become desensitized to the words of it. I then receive encouragement when I open my heart up to really hear the words I sing. There is something about music that cuts through to the raw emotions, and addresses what it going on in my life.
Sometimes encouragement comes through prayers. Prayers uttered on my behalf. Prayers cried in desperation. Prayers of thanksgiving and praise. Prayers answered. Prayers that didn’t get answered as I thought they would, but the answer was better than I could have imagined.
Regardless of how it comes, I am encouraged by Words. Those written, spoken, and sung. Not those words spoke to encourage, like words of affirmation. I am encouraged when words speak to the depths of my soul, the struggle that I am in at the time, and the words that I need to hear.
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