Saturday, July 13, 2013

Be encouraged!

Ladies Summer Dessert Social
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." Heb. 10:24-25

 Many ladies of Lakeside Fellowship had the opportunity to share at our summer dessert social how they have been encouraged by other believers or how they have encouraged others. One of the first things women were asked to do when they arrived was to take a card and write words of encouragement. They shared ways they've been encouraged or ways they would like to be encouraged. Below are their thoughts.
--"Being invited over for dinner has been the best way to meet people."
--"A friend sent me a very encouraging text, scripture, and let me know she was praying for me before a 'big day' I had coming up.
--"II Cor. 1: 3-4 . . . the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, comforts us so that we will be able to comfort others." Encouraging others by praying, sharing or taking a meal, etc. I am continually encouraged by God's Word!
--"Send a card to someone for no special reason."
--"Everyone's smiles and friendliness and I look forward to seeing everyone."
--"To continually give thanks for all the good things in our lives."
--"Thank you notes"
--"Watching kids and bringing meals to help each other."
--"Watching other mothers and their patience towards their children."
--"I've been encouraged by others' prayers. . . for me and with me. Also, intentional acts of kindness and the building of relationships."
--"Great Christian fellowship"
--"Through prayer"
--"I've been blessed by my church family helping us with meals, prayers, support and encouragement since I've been recovering from surgery. I praise the Lord how He uses His people to bless others!"
--"Testifying God's work in similar situations."
--"Need to be encouraged to spend time in the Word each day; priorities are out of order."
--"Eph. 3:14-21 I memorized this prayer so I can pray it at any moment for others."
--"Encouraging for me to share experiences with other women and remind each other of God's grace and love for us."
--"Need to be encouraged to do more community involvement."
--"Someone encourage and hold accountable for being in God's Word daily."
--"Take notice and remember things about people. Follow up--ask them about it when you see them again."
--"Don't ignore those God moments." (When you are prompted by the Spirit, follow through with whatever He is prompting you to do.)

We hope that these ideas might spur you on "to acts of love and good works." If you have thoughts of encouragement you'd like to share, please leave a comment! We would love to hear how God's love and grace are displayed through you.

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