The Power of Encouragement

Recently a friend told me how he had been having a bad ‘day’. Someone who knew he was battling sent him an SMS that simply said “Have a great day”. There was nothing profound in the words, there was no wisdom to write in stone, it was simply the words of a friend saying “I’m with you”.

When my friend got this SMS he said it brought tears to his eyes. I read between the lines and felt he was saying that it was good to know he wasn’t alone. Someone knew, someone cared, someone acted.

Back in 1999 I cried out to a friend that I wasn’t coping. He sent this email. It hit home so well I printed it out and put it where I would treasure it. Reading it today I felt to send it back to this friend. I’m praying for him just like I believe he did for me back in ‘99.

Sent:   Tuesday, 23 February 1999 10:39
To:   Andrew Pitchford
Subject:   God

I’ve got this little Bible Society thing on my noticeboard. It reads…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your woulds and easing your pains. Honour the Lord by making Him an offering from the best of all that your land produces. If you do your barns will be filled with grain, and you will have too much wine to be able to store it all.

Proverbs 3:5-10

Encouragement for you.

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