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Encouragement: The Act Of Giving Someone Support, Confidence Or Hope.

1.09.2014
Friday, you have never looked so good. This week has had it's share of challenges. I was starting to wonder if I was going to be able to keep my head above water with the schedule we've had. Somehow I managed to exercise every morning, have healthy meals and snacks packed for us everyday and keep up with all the household duties, write blog posts and all while working at the remodel full time. But now that the week has come to an end and I can feel the rush catching up to me and I'm tired. So tired that I need encouragement. I find encouragement many different ways.

Quiet time for me. 
I need this time to decompress all that's floating around in my head. It's like a swarming bee hive up there. No phone, no computer, no husband, no distractions. Just me. Alone to do whatever I so choose whether it be to pray, sleep, take a bath, read. I always walk away from "me time" so rejuvenated. 

Time with the hubby.
I also need a good balance of time alone with my husband. He is the most amazing encourager and he gives me the support that no one else could. He reminds me of how strong I am mentally, and that all my worries and stresses are not something I need to take upon myself, but something that Christ wants from me. And he always knows when to remind me where I keep the chocolate stash hidden in the kitchen :)

Prayer. 
Oh the power of prayer. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7. Tell me that's not good? He will take it all. I don't have to live with any kind of burden. That's amazing encouragement in itself!

God fearing friends.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Recently Jon and I were staying in a cabin with some friends for New Year's. Just the girls were in the hot tub talking and we started talking about our faith in different circumstances. Out of the blue my friend says, "I'm so grateful I can talk about my faith with y'all." And I realized how often I take this for granted. Jon and I surround ourselves with friends not realizing that many and most are believers. What a blessing it is to be surrounded and uplifted by people who live for the same God!

Devotion.
This one is simple. Staying in the word nourishes the soul. "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-8 Without scripture we can't grow. We wouldn't know what to build upon. We would forget who we could depend on for encouragement. We would forget those stories in the Bible that are there for us to relate to. It's so important to stay in the word.

I stay encouraged with this group that exists simply to empower women to overcome the lies that this world tells us whether it be that you aren't good enough, you aren't small enough, you are too successfull. They remind you that God is bigger. Bigger than anything we will ever encounter. The community that Overcome The Lie provides is accepting of any challenge you are facing. They will give you the encouragement you need to hear when you need it most.
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11 comments on "Encouragement: The Act Of Giving Someone Support, Confidence Or Hope."
  1. Always good to relax! Self love is the best! :) Thanks for sharing

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  2. I just love you doll, so glad we got connected. I have had a rough week too, I'm making no plans Sunday to try and recuperate myself and have a little time with my husband. Have a good weekend and relaxing weekend!

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  3. Maeg! This post was exactly what I needed to read this morning. How do you do it? ;) I hope this weekend you are able to get some much needed R&R! You deserve it. I don't know how you do all that you do but am extremely impressed and grateful for our blogging friendship and can't wait to hug you in person! Loveeees ya!

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  4. You give me so much encouragement, friend! Congrats to you for getting through this week, I know it was hard for you! xo

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  5. I'm happy that bloggy land connected us too! Decompressing is crucial for the crazy weeks--or you are gonna let the crazy out on someone. :) Cling to the Lord, your hubby & friends...you can make it through anything! Relax this weekend and enjoy your time!

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  6. love your outlook on things! it's so great to find encouragement to keep us going and your resources for encouragement are great, especially prayer. prayer can certainly do great things. God bless!

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  7. loved this! and that verse in phillipians has always been one of my favorites and one that I struggle to live out!

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  8. For some reason I thought I had left a comment on here!? Anyways, I am coming back again to leave one (again!?) because I loved this post so much! I am a firm believer in quiet time now. I look forward to it each day now (& my devotion!)! If I am not able to get it that day, I feel empty. There is nothing like having God fearing friends either!! Man, does it help SO much!

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  9. I dont know why I have been missing all your posts (I think because of your name change maybe?) but this is just so perfect! I have been working on taking "me" time.

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