I sat down on the stairs Monday night and had myself a good cry. (Here I pause to contemplate how many times I’ve blogged about crying. Dumb girl.) It all started the night before when I pulled Matt’s new, expensive birthday sweater out of the dryer and saw it appeared smaller than when I purchased it. (And how many times have I cried about things I’ve shrunk in the dryer?)
Then there was an email criticism the next morning and a long day full of sundry other ego-deflating experiences.
Thus I plopped myself down on the stairs and let it all out. My whole family was gone, and only the house and God could hear. I kept wishing Matt were home, because he is in charge of telling me I’m much more awesome and wonderful than I really am. This was in his marriage vows.
Except Matt was away, which left me praying, several times in a row, Lord, I need some encouragement here.
Now let me tell you, the next morning I was trying to hold onto hope but was still feeling a bit of a slumpy hangover.
That’s when I opened my email to find a note from Matt.
Matt doesn’t write me notes. I’m in charge of written words, and he’s in charge of whisper-it-in-your-ear words. But there he was writing to me good morning and that I am awesome.
So first of all, isn’t he wonderful?
Second of all, I asked God to encourage me, and he kindly sent me a note from my man.
I read it over and over.
More and more I’ve been coming out and praying it: Lord, I need encouragement to keep going. Something. Anything.
I have yet to pray that prayer without receiving.
Listen to Paul’s prayer for the believers:
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NIV)
Encouragement is an unending resource that has already been made available to us.
For every day and every minute we need it.
I pray God will encourage and strengthen you in a personal way today.