I Corinthians 14:3, But those who prophesy are speaking to people. They help people grow stronger in faith, and they give encouragement and comfort.
I simply love the people God has placed in my life. They’re always speaking into me, encouraging me to do things I’ve never done. They lift my arms when I’m weary, and distract me when I’m too focused on the problem. This morning, I’d like to a special thanks to just a few of the many.
First, my husband Walt. In all my life, I’ve never met anyone who emanates the pure love of God like he does. He’s the most honorable, respectful man I’ve ever known and I’m not exaggerating. Those who know him can attest to that. How I ever deserved such a gift is beyond me, but God knows, I need him. He’s so gifted with organizational skills it blows my mind. As we sat and talked about the next chapter in our lives, he agreed to free up time so that I could complete my coaching certificate and continue working. My biggest fan and daily encourager; my best friend.
If I named all the friends and family who constantly speak into me on a regular basis, who pray over me and keep pushing me toward the finish line, I’m afraid I’d leave someone out, but you know who you are. My prayer warriors. Those who lift my arms and give me a kick in the butt when needed. We’ve travailed, interceded, worshiped, sang, talked, prophesied and pushed each other. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you.
And for Holy Spirit, who is my constant guide, protector, provider, wisdom, comforter and encourager. Since you’ve filled me with your presence, I’ve never been the same. You took me from shy to bold. You enriched my life with wisdom that comes only from you. I shudder to think where I would be without you. Someday, you’ll present me to my Father, and Jesus my savior. What a glorious reunion that will be.
Until that day, I will continue pressing toward the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus. I will try to fulfill what He’s commissioned me to do so that I can hear Him say, “Well done, daughter! Enter into the joy of the Lord.” I will encourage, build up, teach and pray for those placed in my path, dragging them along with me to a deeper place in Him.
We’re in this together, my friends. I’m thankful that I can run along side you! I hope I’ve encouraged you along the way. Don’t ever give up or quit! Someone out there needs what is in you. People are always watching you because you are filled with light. Give them the direction and encouragement they need so that they can do the same for others.