Intentional Challenge: Encouragement

Monday, September 18, 2017

WEEK 3: Encouragement

"The action of giving someone support, confidence or hope" or "the act of trying to stimulate the development of an activity, state or belief".

The first two weeks of this intentional challenge have been with the hope that we could "stimulate the development of an activity, state or belief" in the lives of our children. We have began to give 5 minutes each morning to reading scripture and praying before the start of each day. It has become such a precious thing for me each morning as I work to encourage my kiddos towards the habit of seeking Jesus as the day begins.

This week the challenge is to intentionally instill support, confidence and hope into the lives of those that we do life with each and everyday. For me, those are the people I call my "crew". My 5 kiddos and my Todd. For you it may be your spouse, roommate or your parents. Each person you see needs encouragement, but we also must know how to encourage them in a way that helps them see that action as encouragement.

Action in Encouragement

1.  Be a student. Know how to encourage those that  are around you. One of the greatest things that we can do for those that we do life with is to become a student of who them. Know them, learn what they love and how how they love. When we know the language of that love, we open doors not only how to love them better, but how to encouragement them so they can see that love. Know the language in which those that are around you see love and encouragement.

2. Be selfless. Give a complement. Give hugs. Celebrate accomplishments. Listen. Help out.

3. Wait and watch. Simply wait and watch for your heart to become encouraged as you build up those that are around you. Become a stronger, more hopeful version of yourself. You may even see changes in those that are around you as you encourage them in their lives.

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