I Want to Quit, Part 2
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
What does this Scripture, “Encourage one another” mean to you? Encouragement is not an option. It is not something we do when we feel good or will receive high praise and attention because we’re so thoughtful. Encouragement is a command for every child of God. That is good news when we feel inadequate, because God equips us for what He calls us to do. And remember, you are not the fixer. You are called to interact with people in a way that helps turn their hearts toward Jesus. God is the fixer. See yourself as partnering with Him in His plans for the one you are burdened to encourage. Read Today’s Treasure again, with that inadequacy in mind. God always equips us for our calling, and one way we experience His equipping is recognizing that we are helpless without Him. He is our refuge. Trust in Him.
Women who know Christ and the power of His resurrection realize that God does not leave us helpless in the face of difficulty. He miraculously transforms our meager offerings and uses even the simplest acts to bring about dramatic change (Treasures of Encouragement).
Don’t quit, friend! How will you practically encourage your friend to “love and good deeds” today? Is it time to call in reinforcements, i.e. other friends? Does she need you to help clean her house or organize a closet? Those things may seem mundane and not spiritual at all, but your friend’s mind is so cluttered and chaotic, helping her organize her home a little at a time might be a way for her to feel more in control of the rest of her life. Trust that He has already equipped you for this task.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the eating disorder audio resource titled “When Food is the Enemy” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
What gets inside the head of a young girl who almost starves herself to death because when she looks into a mirror she sees a fat, ugly, lonely girl? In this special interview, Rose (not her real name) takes us inside the heart of a girl who “cannot remember a time when I wasn’t overweight and looked different from my thin and pretty friends. I could never wear the same style of clothes as them….I couldn’t borrow PJ’s for an impromptu sleepover or a bathing suit for a spontaneous swim. I was hyper-aware of the space I took up in a car, and I was always too heavy for a piggyback ride. The small inconveniences turned into huge insecurities and I became consumed with how my weight made me different.” This story will offer help and hope to those whose battle with food has taken up prime residence in their everyday world. Rose does not sugar coat her battle and admits that even now, she must practice strong disciplines in order to fight old habits.
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