|Susie modeling a darling outfit from Carrie|
I am so thankful for a sweet friend that I know who constantly uplifts me with random words of kindness as well as gifts for Susie. Carrie is one of the most generous women I know, and I know that she sincerely does it out of love for us. She is a working mom who adores and enjoys her children, and she wants me, a working mom who also feels the same -- to be encouraged. What a gift she is to me! How blessed I am to know her! She may never quite know how thrilled I am with the adorable little things she creates for my daughter, not only because I think they are fun and cute, but also because SHE thought of ME (and Susie). It's like "how can I bless (fill in blank)" is at the top of her mind all the time without trying.
|My Aunt Pat with me and Sus|
|Me with my friend Katie when Susie was born|
I have a friend who is the mom of 2 and her husband is on staff at their church (it is not the church I attend). She recently shared with me her struggle for joy in her position as a mom, and told me how much she'd appreciate my prayers. Today when I told her I'd been praying for her, and asked how things were, she replied with this: (and I have her permission to share this)
"So anyway, thank you so very much for your prayers. I really don't have too many people actually tell me they are praying for me so it is nice to hear. You'd think I'd hear that all the time with my husband being on church staff but I think we are looked at more to be the encourager than to be encouraged...I've learned that everyone needs to be encouraged, especially if they are trying to encourage others."
I am SO SAD that this is the case! It opens my eyes to think of many people who probably would love to hear that they are loved and prayed for! Who can you think of? Perhaps start with your own mother (if you are blessed to still have her), or pastor's wife, or other kind and godly woman you know. And as the True Woman post challenged -- put teeth to your encouragement!