Years ago I wrote in the cover of my Bible a quote that simply reads –

“Endurance is not just the ability to endure a hard thing but to take that hard thing and allow God to turn it into glory”

I’m not sure who’s quote this is, and yes, it’s now faded and can barely be read, but at the time I wrote it – I believed it, and today – I know it to still be true.

We’ve all been there – facing and enduring those hard things that come with life itself, and yes – somewhere in the mix and somewhere down the line – God placed someone in our path to encourage us along the way.

Iit could have been the grocery clerk with a single thank you – a preacher with a sermon that touched our heart in just the right place – or maybe – even a stranger who reached out not even knowing what they did.

No matter who or what it was – we thank Him for the ability to make it on through, and yes – for these people along the way.

And now here we are – winding through the year – moving into a new week with that feeling of newness and our right to a fresh start – to be a little better – and – to do a little more than we’ve done thus far.

This is something we should do everyday – we don’t have to wait for a new week or new year to roll around.

The truth is – God gives us newness every single day of our lives – it’s there for the taking, and as brothers and sisters in this circle we live – it’s our job as His children to encourage and love one another along the way.

Simply meaning – we can trust this is important for us to do. Without encouragement life would sooner than later feel totally pointless and burdensome – without simple encouragement from one another – we could become overwhelmed by the very real pains of life, and yes – without encouragement from one another we can feel unloved while actually starting to believe the enemy’s numerous lies.

Beginning with the ridiculous thought that God Himself is not telling us the truth nor is He concerned with our welfare – these are in fact outright lies.

He is with us and He is in us, and no – it can’t get any better than that.

So yes – we do as He asks us to do – We encourage one another as we remind each other of this simple truth – He loves us and equips us to be able to endure whatever may come our way, for yes sweet friends, we are treasured by Him.

And in the end we’ll find – our struggles have been worth it – for today – we’re right where we’re suppose to be.

So yes! we soak it up – we let it grow within while taking this opportunity given to be all that He wants us to be. It’s a new day to get up – to get out, and yes – to get our encouragement on.

Someone out there needs us and we need them, and yes – as we take on this task we’ll find – it’s “boomeranged” straight back into our very own heart.

We are loved by love Himself. He loves us big and He loves us strong, and yes – love wins period

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3: 22-23

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