Boy, don’t we all need a little encouragement….we all need to feel accepted, our feelings need to be legitimized, and we need to know that someone is on our side. That’s what encouragement is. Encouraging us to keep putting one foot in front of the other, encouraging us to stay strong, keep our focus in the right place, and not get frustrated or angry at the little things.
When I think of encouragement to me lately, it’s been coming in the form of things I’ve been reading. Let me share with you a few of the things I’ve read recently that have encouraged me this week:
- This article hit home and I could relate: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samantha-rodman-phd/7-reasons-your-wife-is-st_b_6621940.html – it validated some of the things I feel
- “The Struggle of the Introverted Mother” – I thought there was something wrong with me until I read this post: http://www.scarymommy.com/the-struggle-of-the-introverted-mother/ – I love this Scary Mommy Blog
- And lastly – ANYTHING from Becky over at Scissortail Silk: https://www.facebook.com/ScissortailSilk – she is one of the most encouraging women I know when it comes to understanding and knowing when we need a little encouragement today – I recommend, even if you’re in a different stage of being a mom – read her facebook posts every once in a while – you will feel encouraged.
So, for me, encouragement is the dictionary definition: “The action of giving someone support, confidence or hope; persuasion to do or to continue something” – isn’t that what we all want. I’m not saying that my feelings are always based upon truth, but my feelings are legitimate. We long for someone to come alongside, whether in person or word and give us some confidence and some hope, to spur us on to continue the race.
I’m thankful for women to write to encourage strangers in their journey.
Comment below on what has encouraged you this week – it could be that someone said something that made you smile, you read something that spoke to you, someone did something you didn’t ask them to do – what has encouraged you this week?