After we begin to accept the differences in others, we need to come alongside of one another and encourage one another. We need to be willing to reach out and speak love to one another.
Ephesians 5:19-21, “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord: always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father, and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”
I have seen this happen so many times, sisters encouraging sisters, and it is a beautiful thing. But what if we stepped it up a notch? What if we as a group of women actively pursued encouraging and promoting one another? Look around and ask yourself, Who could use a little encouragement? A little help? A little boost? Maybe there is someone who is struggling and we are so busy taking care of ourselves that we cannot even see it. “Let us not look only to our own interests but also to the interests of others.” Stef wrote a great post on this very topic!
In the blog world, what if, rather than focusing on our ourselves, our blog, our numbers, we go about the business of promoting others? Their blogs, their posts, their endeavors? And when others “succeed”, what if we truly rejoice with them?
While I was at the Relevant conference I was overwhelmed to receive a package from some of my friends and co-workers in Indonesia. They had taken the time to write me encouraging letters to be given to me on the day of my keynote (and mailed them all the way to the US prior to me going to speak!).
Talk about rejoicing with someone else. I am sure that they would have gladly traded me places and enjoyed some beautiful fellowship at the Relevant conference instead of staying in Indonesia and helped watch my kids…but no, they chose to rejoice with me and encourage me. That is a beautiful picture of true sisterhood….wow!
And this beautiful sign arrived for me at the hotel at Relevant.
Monica from The Homespun Heart saw something I had pinned on Pinterest and made it for me to encourage me on the day I was speaking! Now, Monica and I have never met in real life, but she is a true picture of a dear blog encourager.
So I want to challenge you:
Who can you reach out and encourage today?
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