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Friday, January 17, 2014

Five Minute Friday – Encouragement

Joining today with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday.  The rules are simple: one word, five minutes, no over-thinking or editing, link-up, visit and comment on at least the one who linked up ahead of you, invite others to join.  Here we go.....

Encouragement (and why it's hard)

This is the heavy lifting.  Where we hold each other up, often out of our own weakness.  It’s where arms and hands and voices are lifted high from our knees, and the dusty floor, and the depths of our own drudgery.

Encouragement is the atta girl we give, when sometimes we just need to hear the words out loud for ourselves.  To have the words enter through our eyes and ears and somehow make their way into our own hearts.

It’s not easy pouring water from a colander.  We have leaky lives and the filling can be near futile.  Encouragement is the duct tape that covers.  It’s the wonderspray that makes a boat out of screen doors.  And then we float.  We aren’t regal or indestructible, but we are seaworthy for those moments that we are afraid we might sink.

The thing about encouragement, it’s not self-administered.  We need others to do that job for us and often the asking is the first hard step.

If you are in need of encouragement I have two great opportunities for you.  First, join an (in)Courage CommunityGroup.  Registration starts on January 27. Get connected through the Facebook page to get all the details.

Second, for the flesh-on-flesh, in your neighborhood, look you in the eye kind, sign up today for the (in)RL meetups happening all over this spinning globe April 25-26.

I can tell you this for certain; my life has changed because of both of these.

Do you find it harder to give encouragement or ask for it?  Maybe both?

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  1. We linked up at the same time. LOVE IT! So glad to see your name before me in line! Yes, "leaky lives"! I love it! Can't wait for the next couple weeks and a new round of (in)couragers. Thanks for being a rockstar of encouragement friend.

    1. Oh, I've learned from some of the best. Looking forward to seeing what this session brings. Love that we linked up at the same time, too. Great minds! :)

  2. "Leaky lives"... I LOVE It! It's so true and the energy that it takes to fill someone else's colander when our own is perilously empty can be a daunting task. But it's oh, so necessary. I loved this today, Amy! Well written.

  3. Oh my goodness! I love this! I was actually just thinking of writing a second post on Encouragement because I didn't really touch on how as an encourager, sometimes we - and everyone else - forget that we need to be encouraged too! Yes - "The thing about encouragement, it’s not self-administered. We need others to do that job for us." Amen sister! (And Amen to the InCourage groups and (in)RL!)

  4. I find it hard to ask or even admit that I need encouragement. However, I have been so blessed that I now have friends that just know me so well that they know when to speak into my life. For that I am so thankful. I too can't wait for all the fun coming up with the Incourager groups and (in)RL.

  5. Thank you for being the beautiful purple duct tape in my life! What a blessing you are in so many ways. Love you!!!

  6. Love this, Amy. Leaky lives indeed. You are lovely duct tape for so many! So glad to be a part of this amazing community of (in)couragers.

  7. "wonderspray that makes a boat out of screen doors" So much I love about this post Amy. You are a blessing to so many, a fantastic mama, gorgeous wife and FRIEND. You are a loving and humble leader. Gosh Amy this word "encouragement" is you. Bless you big time friend.

  8. Amy, this is so rich! Every. Word. Giving encouragement is so much easier than asking for it, but when I'm feeling like "pouring water from a colander" I can become so discouraged. Your words are a God gift to me today. Thank you!

  9. I find it harder to ask for it but easy to give. I too have been blessed through the (in)courage website and online conference. There are so many places we can not go to receive encouragement and I love that.

    Blessings and love,