Finding JOY in ENCOURAGEMENT!!!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I'm sure everyone LOVES to be encouraged! I know I do. And I have received lots of encouragement over the last year or so from all my friends - who wanted me to get WELL! I have also received lots of encouragement from all my friends during this time of loss, missing my friend who just passed.
But...I'm actually writing about the encouragement of two dear sweet ladies at my church. They are both precious in my eyes and the last week or two they have just given me that EXTRA bit of encouragement that I needed.
Lisa is the one of these ladies. She and her husband have encouraged me over the years especially when it comes to me and worship. They have often commented to me about how pleased they are when I am singing with the choir! That has always brightened my day. BUT this Sunday Lisa came up to me and ....well it was just so sweet. She put her hands on either side of my face and just SMILED really big and said "I loved watching you up there playing bass. You were so focused on what you were doing. It was as if I could read your mind. And you were all "moving" to the beat...it was just precious to see". Then she leaned over and kissed my cheek!!
What a doll - such encouragement. Now mind you - she has raised 5 boys. 5 of them. No girls..just boys...but I think God has put a few of us GIRLS in her life!!!! P.S. she is also the agent who helped me find my home!!! And when we were searching for a place..and we THOUGHT this was the house....she prayed with me right there on the spot!!!! And then we watched the DOORS OPEN ONE BY ONE and this house is mine!!! WHOO HOOO!!!
Anyway...it was really sweet to have someone encourage me on my bass playing!!! What a doll.
The second lady is Harriet. She is an older lady at the church who has just ADOPTED me as her grandkid!! LOL She is always so sweet and kind and is always always always telling me how much she loves me!! I saw her last night (at band practice - her son plays the electric guitar in our band). Once again she wrapped her arms around me and told me HOW MUCH SHE LOVES ME!!! She told me she is so amazed that after everything I have gone through I am always there with a SMILE. That she just sees me LIGHT UP and SHINE wherever I go! And she told me that I am looking SO GOOD!!! After being so sick, and she was sooooo worried about me....she said she was so happy to see me BACK TO MY OLD SELF!!! And then she said "YOU JUST KEEP BEING YOU"!!!!
Ya know....I love being encouraged....and when someone speaks those kind words to me..and you know they aren't WORDS ..you know they really MEAN what they say....I tell you it just makes me WANT TO SMILE!!
It makes me HAPPY TO BE ME!!! It makes me feel So loved and VALUED FOR WHO I AM!!!
So...thanks to everyone who has ever encouraged me...but thanks especially to HARRIET AND LISA who I will always HOLD dear to my heart!!!!