We all face life challenges in many different and often unique ways. I want to share my journey to help give you the courage to face yours full of faith and hope!
The word 'encourage' literally means to give courage. It is much more than just patting someone on the back and saying “good job” as important as that can be at times.
Giving courage requires vulnerability and willingness to share your journey. That isn’t always an easy thing to do!
On the other hand, to 'discourage' is to take away courage. Rather it’s by the things we say, actions we take or don’t take.
Perhaps more subtly, by retreating to our private world and never sharing our struggles.
I do realize that there is wisdom in what you share and with whom you share it but life, especially Christian life, was intended to be lived in community not isolation.
If I want to give courage to others I must let them see how I face challenges, and believe me I do.
Sharing your struggle is a key part of encouraging others.
The people that inspire me most are those who have faced huge obstacles, struggled along the way, and overcame.
These last several months have brought one significant challenge after another. We are being required to move from our family home after 26 years.
A good thing in that it is helping us downsize, but a huge undertaking and very emotional.
In the middle of that, I am currently being treated for bone marrow cancer. Notice I said "treated" and not “I have”.
I want to be open and honest with this but I don’t own it, it’s not mine! I have great doctors and an even greater God. Honestly, I’m full of hope and vision for the future.
Jesus said; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV).
Thank you for praying, believing, and standing with us during this time. You never know how much it means to us.
I’ve come to realize that God's love for us is the definition of perfect and it destroys the power of fear!
Nelson Mandela said it this way, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”