Encouraging words stimulate our spirits. They give us a boost, brighten our day, and strengthen us for our tasks. Wow! All of that can be accomplished with a few encouraging words.
Recently my husband told me how much something I said had encouraged him. I’d said, “I never take it for granted that we can talk about anything and everything. Our relationship feels as comfortable to me as a favorite pair of slippers.” Apparently, those twenty-or-so words meant more to him than I had realized.
When Moses’ leadership over the children of Israel was coming to a close, God asked him to encourage Joshua – God’s choice for a new leader. Part of God’s plan for equipping Joshua for leadership was accomplished through Moses’ encouragement. That is still God’s plan in our families today. What abundant opportunities we have in our homes to encourage our husbands and our children. Does your husband travel? Tuck a few cards in his suitcase – one for each day he’ll be gone, with an encouraging verse from the Bible. And don’t be fooled by age – even high school boys enjoy getting notes in their lunches! “Kind words,” said Mother Teresa, “can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Father, Thank you for people who have encouraged us. Help us to be encouraging to our families and friends. Amen.
One Year Devotions for Moms, by Ellen Banks Elwell, copyright 2005. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.