Encouragement Is Necessary for Life
Over a year ago, God impressed upon me the need to write. I’ve written for years, I have journals filled, I even write a monthly column for our local weekly paper. Yet, this time, when I ask Him what I should be writing, He tells me to encourage younger women and mothers. As I said, I have been writing for years. But this time, listening to God, He was quite specific. I must write and encourage younger women.
Thus, my blog was born. I wasn’t sure how to go about writing a blog, but a quick internet search turned up many helpful websites to teach me how to start my blog. But what these searches didn’t tell me was how to write to my specific audience, which God had made plain, was to be younger women.
As I prayed for more clarification of how to reach an audience of younger women, God said, and I am not joking when I heard this, He said to me “why not try learning from them?” And in my puffed pride, my inflated value of my immense volume of wisdom and knowledge, answered Him with “WHAT? What can I learn from them? I mean, really, look how much older and wiser I am, how many more years of study and learning through life’s experiences I have?”
I allowed My Arrogance and Pride To Keep Me from Encouraging Others
Oh, how I hate to write that headline. I struggled for six months trying to figure out how to “teach” younger women. I wondered what I had in my rich bank of knowledge to impart into the life of a younger woman. Do you hear my arrogance I’m writing about? I was positive God wanted me to teach and not be a student.
I thought because I had walked with Jesus now for more than thirty years, I could not nor would I learn anything from younger people but I should be the teacher. Oh, Lord, forgive my arrogant heart and my sinful pride.
I had ‘arrived’ at a place in my faith where I had quit being a student and became the teacher…because I had studied for years and taught bible studies and attended church for years upon years, I was THERE! I was the TEACHER!!
Oh, the lessons God was soon to teach me. He was gentle with me but I felt each lesson cut to my soul as I learned from each.
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He Gently Encourages Me
How did I learn the gentle lessons that cut quickly to my soul? I saw through the eyes of a new believer: the fresh, exciting birth of new faith, new hunger for the Word, wanting to not put down the Bible, the desire to tell everyone you meet something about Jesus. God sent encouragement to me through a brand new believer. I had much to learn from her.
- It was the questions asked by my new believing friend. She would start by saying “I know this is a dumb question but…?” and go on and ask something I hadn’t thought of or just had known for so long I never gave it a thought. Then I would wonder if God thought any of my questions were dumb? And I knew I never asked Him a dumb question, He loved hearing from me, His daughter.
- I heard my voice say words she couldn’t understand, words I call “christian-eze” words. These are the words a long-time believer throws out without thinking: sanctification, Theophany, Immaculate, tongues, etc. I would catch myself wanting to use a big word and then I would have this nudge in my Spirit that says, use a different word, explain it in newborn language, and I would catch the excitement of learning.
- I was stuck without answers at times. I couldn’t tell her who baptized John the Baptist. I don’t know why some of the chapters of the Bible are short and some are long. So many, many things I don’t know about God and His Word.
- I learned from her excitement as she grasped the fact she is no longer a sinner nor defined by her past. We are new creations He designed for us before the world began. He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. She never tired of hearing she was no longer a sinner and no longer needed to be controlled by her self-inflicted shame. Then I would think about myself: Am I excited to not be a sinner any longer? Do I understand the true meaning of these words? Do I allow shame to hold me back? Do I base decisions on my past mistakes?
To Learn to Encourage, Learn From Those Who Encourage Others
While God was showing me how to be an encourager and teaching me to be a student of those who are encouragers, I still struggled with where to find my way. It was while praying for help with my blog in the form of a virtual assistant when Jesus gave me more than I asked for. He sent me Angela Tyler (joyousathome.com) to help with my blog, the best VA I could have because she gives me advice on more than the blog. She will pray for me too. It was Angela who told me to find young women who blog by following Christian bloggers on Instagram. So I started my search.
I have learned much from young women who also happen to be Christians who write blogs. This morning was a great example. My husband and I had a hard day yesterday as we blew the transmission in our one and only vehicle, the truck we use to transport our fifth wheel trailer to different job sites as we work as Missionary carpenters. I found myself at a loss as to what this meant for my husband and myself in ministry.
As I picked up my phone this morning, I was feeling perplexed and somewhat down. I looked at Instagram and saw posts from younger women who, just six months ago, I thought could never teach an oldie like me anything. As I now seek to be not only a teacher of the Word, but also a student, all I can say is, Thank You God! for giving these young women the gift of encouragement. I am blessed by all they’ve written and the pictures they have posted. I also ask forgiveness of all young Christian women bloggers for my arrogance and pride. I am a student again and hungry for all you can teach me.
Here is the list of the women who blessed me and I know will also be a blessing to you also. I am sure there are more of you, but this was just from this Sunday morning, the day I needed to feel the Encouragement and dedication of others to our Jehovah Jirah, the provider of all my needs.
Encouraging Women on Instagram:
And I have one male on this list, John Bevere.
I hope this incomplete list will be a start for you as you seek encouragement. Or if you find yourself doing the encouraging, please add your name. Please comment below any comments you may have. If you have an Instagram account you would like us to visit, please feel free to leave that as well. I look forward to reading and seeing your postings.