If my body did not breathe on it’s own after the fatal car accident of our son Mark and his friend Kelly, I am sure I would have died. Through biblical encouragement friends and even people we did not know well made visible the grace of God in a way that helped us believe that God is sovereign and we could trust Him. We thought we were dying, but God used their encouragement to fan the sparks of life in the ashes of death into purposeful living.
In this series, readers will recognize biblical encouragement has the potential for not just making someone feel better, but ultimately the power to help turn a person’s heart toward Jesus, the source of Life. With Jesus as our Life Source, we begin to see a bigger purpose for encouragement. We recognize that while our actions might make life easier for another.
This Life-Giving Encouragementdevotional series will help remind us of the Source of all of life and how embracing that Source compels us to become channels of God’s grace. What a privilege to partner with the Lord in displaying His grace through our interactions with others.
Sharon W. Betters is author of Treasures of Encouragement, Treasures in Darkness and co-author of Treasures of Faith. She is Director of Resource Development and co-founder of MARKINC Ministries, a non profit organization that offers help and hope to hurting people.Sharon enjoys quality time with her husband, children and fourteen grandchildren and if you were Sharon's neighbor you would often hear lots of loud story telling and laughter coming from the home where Sharon and Chuck have lived for over 30 years.
Jane Anne Wilson, wife to David and mother of four adult children, earned her nursing degree from University of Delaware and worked in pediatrics. Jane Anne experienced and grew in her love for Jesus in her childhood home and learned servanthood and leadership in many ministries in her local church. Jane Anne presently serves on the women’s ministry leadership team at her local church, and is the Northeast Regional Advisor for her denomination's national women's ministry team. Cuddling her two grandbabies, long walks with her husband, and family reunions are her favorite blessings.