Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Encouraging Words Your Heart Needs to Hear

Last year, I had the privilege of being on Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dream Team. What a journey it was, but better yet, what a great team of encouraging women—a team that continues supporting, encouraging, and uplifting each other today.

This year, Holley is hosting Coffee for Your Heart: 2014 Encouragement Challenge, where she’s asking each of us (yes, you too) to encourage others and show a little love with our words.

Whether you write, tweet, post on FB, interact with your children, email a friend, or talk to your neighbor or co-worker, we can all share some encouragement with others, can’t we?

Holley’s prompt this week is…
What encouraging words do you want the people you care about to hear as they begin a new year?
My friends, I want you to know God made you who you are to be you, not someone else.

We compare ourselves to others in every way possible, and instead of encouraging us to make positive changes, it usually brings us down.

Down to disappointment in ourselves and envy of others.

Down to jealously that can destroy relationships.

Down to feelings of coveting and thinking what God has blessed us with is not enough.

God doesn’t compare us to His other children.

We do it to ourselves…and the enemy loves it.

My encouragement for you (and for me) is that we live to be who God made us to be—unique and special—each in our own way.

Whoever you might be measuring yourself against today—stop it. Your identity is not in how you compare to someone else.

Your identity is found in Christ. The One who came to save and redeem us—so that we can be the children of God He created us to be.

What encouragement can you share with others today?

In Christ,
Laura 

Don’t miss the new comparisons series right here every Monday!




7 comments:

  1. And what God wants you to know is that what you do matters, and the way you do it matters, and that those things are based on who you are. You matter. The way you do things and the things you choose to do couldn't be fulfilled by anyone else in just your special way. Thank you, from all of us out here, for being you.
    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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    1. Thank you Shelly for blessing me with your kind words! I'm enjoying getting to know you this week. :) God bless!

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  2. Thanks so much for linking up today with Coffee for Your Heart, friend! XOXO

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  3. So true! Comparison kills. I heard the words before, "God's anointing is only on the real you" and I believe it.

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  4. Love this, Laura! I am doing a mini-study of Colossians right now with Hello Mornings, and this ties into my reading yesterday in Chapter 2. Verse 10 reads, "...you are complete in Christ..." No need to compare!

    Thanks for linking up at Thought-Provoking Thursday :)

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  5. Such wise, important words to remember!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!