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I Thessalonians 5:11 ERV; So encourage each other and help each other grow stronger in faith, just as you are already doing.

Two things caught my attention when I read this short verse this morning; Encourage each other; Help each other grow stronger in faith. The other morning I wrote about activating faith so it could grow, but did you catch this verse? Grow stronger in faith, just as you are already doing. So our faith should not ever remain the same, it should be growing so that we can encourage others and help them grow in their faith.

Every time I pick up my phone to encourage a friend via text, Facebook or email, I’m helping someone grow. It may not seem like a lot, but it’s working. Just like pouring water on a plant, I can water those who God places on my heart during the day. So if you ‘feel’ like you’re not making a difference, think again. Encouragement is like pouring water on someones parched hope and dreams. God has purpose for it and for you.

You can’t always be the one needing encouragement, you must be the one growing and giving the encouragement. Every time you share a victory, it encourages others. Each time you win a race, finish a project, get a prize, those who have forged the way are cheering you on. Remember, there are always people behind you and people ahead of you. Those ahead are pulling for you, those behind are pulling on you. It’s ok! It all balances out. Soon those behind you will focus on those behind them, and they will take on the roll of encourager. Bloom where you’re planted, just leave seed to multiply.

Father, I’m so grateful for Your Son, Jesus. Each day I read His words, they encourage me, build me up so that I can share with others and encourage them. May they benefit from what I do today and everyday I post. It may be the seed that they need. I always want to be what You’ve made me to be, and encourager. One who’s not afraid to admit I’ve made mistakes along the way, but You have been my Help, my Deliverer. May the One who runs before me find me faithful. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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