I have also been reading and participating in two online communities focusing on two different books. One is A Confident Heart by Renee Swope. The study is being led by Melissa Taylor and the Proverbs 31 OBS team. It’s a good and hard book- focusing on my developing a confident heart trusting God’s promises.
The other book is titled A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman. The book group is through the in Courage book club, Bloom. Emily’s book is also good and hard as she gracefully shows me the now and not yet of living this life as the poeima of God (read the book! It’s so worth it!)
In holding out what I am learning from each book I recognize that I am a giver. Part of how God shows Himself to the world through me is through encouragement offered to others. In a.million.little.ways. It may be greeting the clerk by name at the store when I check out(they wear name tags for a reason). It may be an email, or text, or tweet, or blog post. It may be a handwritten note sent through the mail. Lots of ways to give encouragement.
So I am going to challenge myself to give to others through encouragement for the next 30 days.
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Will you open the door and come along with me?