June 7, 2011

Encouragement is a Powerful Thing

Encouragement really is a powerful thing. 

I know from experience.

I know from last week.

I love the adoption community that I have become a part of.  It is a fiercely compassionate and loyal community.  An encouraging community.  An earnestly praying group of friends--even the ones I have never met.

You know the whole love language thing?  Guess what mine is. Yep, words of affirmation. Big Time.  It feeds my soul. It makes me feel loved.

One thing that I am learning more and more of is that God is the Great Encourager.  He is the absolute best at it. He doesn’t forget. He sees all and He knows all.  We just sometimes miss His encouragement because we are too rushed, too loud, or we are looking for it in the wrong places.

As I have been reading One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp, I have been challenged to make my own list of 1,000 gifts to be thankful for.

Little things (or even big things) throughout the day that I can pause and be grateful for. 

I have come to the realization that so many times that is how God encourages us—through those little snippets of  joy in between heartache and hard times. And so many times we miss it.

My friends, pause and quiet your heart and look for those whispers of encouragement from God. Remember—sometimes He is in the most gentlest of breezes.


(keep reading for a giveaway at bottom of post!!)

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Yesterday I received something wonderful from Dayspring to help me count those blessings and gifts!

A magnetic memo board that has Count Your Blessings on it.

Here it is hanging  in our kitchen (with my sweet baby on it!)

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On this Friday, June 10th—I will give away a $20 coupon code to Dayspring’s store.


How can you enter?  Just comment on this post and share something or someone that has encouraged YOU recently!  


disclaimer stuff: DaySpring gave me the free product to review and  all opinions stated are my own. :)


  1. Why, YOU have encouraged me recently! I am blessed to be able to walk this journey with you, even from a few steps behind.

    And... the mega-buck adoption donations that God provided like manna from Heaven were pretty darn encouraging as well. :)

  2. My husband has encouraged me in my new roll as SAHM and it has been wonderful to have such great support from a loving husband :)

  3. I heard a wonderful radio show today, it was just a part of a series, it was on the commandment; you shall not covet.... he said that the first and last commandments are the same; Love only God, and don't covet. If you (I) covet then I don't believe that God will provide. If I think God won't provide then I don't put Him first. He told the His people to only take enough manna for one day - if they took enough for 2 days then they wouldn't need God on the 2nd day, GOD PROVIDES!

    I'm getting this....I'm leaning on him. This small snippet radio clip - I didn't get to hear all of it, was VERY ENCOURAGING to me.

  4. You have been an encouragement over the past week!!

    And really, The Better One?? God is so amazing!


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