“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
(I Thessalonians 5:11).
I read a timely devotional from Joel Osteen that has encouraged all of us to be people builders. I knew that that was a confirmation from God and that I am on the right track. I love that thought because I know very well what an act of kindness can do to promte us and give us the validation and encouragment needed to run this “race”! Kisses on my forehead, prayers lifted up on the behalf of others, helping hands, listening ears, acts of kidness ease many burdens that aren’t readily apparent to the naked eye. So I take to heart the importance of lifting up another. I hope you’ll join me on the assignment of encouraging others, giving forward and remembering to do a kind gesture for someone outside of our familiar circles.
For the last two book signings I have witnessed an extraordinary occurance of people bulding each other up! There are others that have embraced this philosophy and are active participants.
Each time the giver makes no grand display, but it’s apparent that what has occured is an awesome thing!
Someone will purchase one or several devotionals and then place one in the hands of another-they will present a gift to a complete stranger, someone admiring the cover but possibly unable to acquire the book or present the devotional to someone entering the book store oblivious to my booksigning event. At first the recipient is startled but quickly bounces back from the realization that they are being presented with a gift, an unexpected pleasant surprise. The receiver’s face says it all- “Hey I was in the right place at the perfect time. Thank you God!”
It makes me smile because I am witnessing with the receiver an act of love and kindenss. No strings attached, no gimicks! I know you realize that the giver and receiver are partaking in a real blessing!
God is working through all of us and has given each of us blessings and gifts enough to share. So on this day let’s declare to be more vigilant about building up others, if it’s no more than a smile and an encouraging word we can be confident that it will go a very long way. We too can actively sowing seeds to build up another living soul. Yes, friends come on and join me in being a builder of people and don’t be hesitant about the scripture that encourages us to ” let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”Matthew 5:16
Linda Mose Meadows
PHOTO FROM THE BUFFALO CHALLENGER NEWSPAPER
And they have defeated him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of their testimony. Revelation 12:11 (NLT)
Oh my friends the past news of the Katrina victims and now more recent news regarding the earthquake in China and people suffering in our own backyard not many days ago can be disheartening! First in the distance air there was a sound of a freight train- that some described and moments later a tornado ripped through the Suffolk communities’ landscape and toppled homes. They were demolished in moments- the sturdy structures where now piles of timber and tooth picks-some even said they saw heavy steel trucks and cars being picked up with a gush of wind with ease. But thank goodness storms do cease!
We’ve all being transformed and battled daily with some really unnerving storms in our lives. Some have been our emotional storms, others have faced sickness in their bodies and some have had the actual physical storms in the environment. I can’t say that one is any better than the other. Much to our dismay it might have blind sided us, knocked us for a loop- but in the end if we are alive to tell the story we too are standing and have risen from the ashes like a phoenix.
I love this picture of my family, which is my sweet mother in law, wonderful sister in law and jewel of an aunt.
They are triumphant! Not only are they beautiful, their faith carries them the distance.
Yep they’ve encounter the blow of cancer each of them, but they are the poster women of victory!!! They are survivors, each has their own testimony, and first hand knowledge of what it means to be in a personal battle, a real health storm.
What I love and marvel at is they are here to share their story-tell the story like only they can. I am sure you too have a survival testimony?
How wonderful to know that our lives, our circumstances don’t dictate the outcomes. I praise God for each of them, And for you who are also survivors. The enemy has no monopoly over them, and over us. Go on and smile, show the world that we are over comers by our testimonies even with a handkerchief in our pockets.
As we excavate the land, dig through the rubble reclaiming our lives, our loved ones, our loss and our joy, and our possessions we are reassured that definite blessings await us!
Sing your victory song friends and know that God delights in blessing His own!
Joyfully Submitted by:
Linda Mose Meadows, author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
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