Friendship On Purpose

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Have mercy!  It’s been too long.

We’ve arrived.  That’s what the friendly GPS lady said upon pulling into our new home here in Oklahoma…”You have arrived.”

I felt anything but like I had arrived.  I was tired, too tired.  And, a little sad even.  “It’s a fresh start.  A new adventure”  so many were saying, but in my heart of hearts I was apprehensive and even fearful.

So new.  So strange.  Yes.  A little scary.

And that brings me to today’s link up at (in)courage…Friendship On Purpose.

I have choices.  To spend my time pining for what could have been, should have been.  Pining for the loss of community.  Hostile at the thought of starting over, again.  Or, I can embrace God’s plan with enthusiasm and gratefulness.  I can acknowledge in my heart and with my feet and hands that—

“I don’t think the way you think.
    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
        God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
    and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
    producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
    not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
    they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

***The Message

Before you begin to think, “She’s stronger than I am, I could never do that.”  Me too.  I’m not strong.  I can’t do it.  I can’t be encouraged 24/7.  I can’t make the right choices every day.  I can’t help but get down and want to give up.  But Christ in me says different things about me.  Different than I even believe about myself.  So as I cry out to Him, He changes me.  He changes my mood.  My outlook.

So I stepped out my front door, on purpose.  I hung out in my front yard, on purpose.  I go to the pool with my kids, on purpose.  I make eye contact, on purpose.

I choose to be here, in new community as His hands and His feet.  I choose to forget past hurts while Christ does healing work in my heart.  I choose to forget now, so I can remember later.  Sometimes, you have to do that.  You have to forget so you can remember.

Her name is Courtney.  She’s the start of new community.

On purpose.

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The Power of Encouragement

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One word.

A text.

An email.

A cup of coffee or a Route 44 Cherry Limeade.

One of my girlfriends calls it a “happy”.

A well-timed hug.

That’s all it takes to be encouraging to someone.

Showing up when someone’s low and building them up in love.

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It’s why we’re here.  In addition to the Great Commission, the church collectively is called to build each other up. To be a place of encouragement.  Not only within the walls of a building at a set time of the week, but each and every day.  In the marketplace as we do our lives.  On cyberspace where we land multiple times a day.  Every where we go.  Encourage.

How many times do we have the thought, “I should do this and that for someone…”  or “I should call her.”?  My challenge to you and myself is to take it beyond the thought.

Do it.  Don’t make excuses for looking the other way, embrace someone with an encouraging spirit.  Follow through and send that text, go the extra mile to pick up that favorite drink for someone today.

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You may never know the difference it makes in a person’s day or life.

Encouragement is your super power because it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  You bless someone, and it always find its way back to the giver again.

Listen to the Spirit’s whisper today.  He’s calling you to encourage someone, don’t miss it.

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Blessed to be a part of an amazing group of (in)couragers.  Linking up with them today here.

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