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Monday, July 21, 2014

Encouragement

Happy Monday to everyone!  I hope that y'all had amazing weekends!  I went to a wedding and saw Train in concert.  If you haven't seen them before, they do not disappoint!
 
I am so excited to have a guest post today from a fellow Kappa Delta, Haley.  Haley writes for Sorority Stylista, so be sure to check out her other posts or follow her on twitter - @_haykathryn!
 
At a young age, I was taught that the best things in life are free. Although I am a sucker for a new pair of shoes or a Lilly Pulitzer dress, those aren't the objects that bring me true happiness. In fact, the things that make me the happiest aren't even objects, they're actions. The action that I truly feel everyone should possess is encouragement. 

In this day and age, it seems like people try and put you down more than they try and build you up. As humans, we should want to see others succeed, not fail. I really feel that people shy away from encouraging others because they feel they do not have the abilities to do so. Encouraging others does not require a mass amount of money or frivolous items. It simply requires a loving heart and a motivated spirit. 

I wanted to share with you some examples of how you can encourage others with your God-given abilities: 

Want to start off a friend's morning in a positive way? Send her an encouraging text saying that you were thinking of him/her and hope that they have a great way. Have a friend that is nervous about an upcoming exam or assignment? Let them know that you believe in him/her and that you have faith they can accomplish the task. Know someone who is going through an illness or has a family member experiencing an illness? Send them a card to know that you are willing to do whatever you can to help out and that they are not fighting their battle alone. 

However, don't just limit your encouragement to the people you know. Step out of your comfort zone and share some encouraging words with some strangers. It is as simple as complimenting an outfit, or letting a new employee at your favorite store that they are doing a great job. 

As you can see, being an encourager is a very special gift that God has given each one of us. Think about the last time someone encouraged you in your time of need. It is now your time to give that encouragement to someone else. In reality, it takes minimal time to completely make someones day through your encouragement. 

Jesus said: "Therefore, encourage one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
 
What are some ways that you encourage others?
 
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6 comments:

  1. This is so encouraging, mondays always need that! I love that verse as well, it's so inspiring and definitely one I look back to often. And to encourage others, I just make sure that I am there during the hard times and I make sure to spend time with them when no one will. Sometimes the best thing to do to encourage someone who is sad is to just be there for them.

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  2. Such a great post for a Monday morning! I think just being a good listener is a great way to encourage people, if you truly listen you can learn so much
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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  3. I always try and make a point of encouraging someone or complimenting them on something! It is such a good feeling to know that you may have just made their day since I know how often it makes my day when people encourage or compliment me! Great article.
    -Kelsey
    http://littleproblemsblog.blogspot.com/

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  4. Great things to remember!
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  5. So you already went to the concert. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I was playing them almost nonstop over the weekend and given my bf a nervous breakdown by playing and singing along on Hey Soul Sister time and again, that poor poor man, lol.
    hugs honey
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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