I must say you all have been so encouraging to me in writing this series. I thank you for that.
I hope that I haven't communicated a sense that we've got it all together. We don't. We are still learning and growing, and being exercised by the things the Lord brings our way.
But we want to grow and we want the Lord to use us, so we try to be open everyday to what He may bring our way. We have found that the very things that have been struggles and painful for us, God has used having us be able to encourage others going through the same or similar things.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
I want you to know that no matter what your circumstance, you are not alone. As Solomon wisely said in Ecclesiastes "There is nothing new under the sun." There is someone who can understand and empathize with you.
We have all gone through discouraging things in our lives - received outcomes that we wouldn't have chosen for ourselves, or our children, have rebellious kids, illness...the list could go on and on.
Sometimes we just need encouragement in the midst of many little ones and not enough sleep, or in the years of raising teenagers. The years of caring for aging parents brings its own need of encouragement.
During these times, we often feel all alone and isolated. I would encourage you to reach out and find someone to talk to. You'd be surprised to find that their are people around you who have empathy for your situation.
Also it is good to reach outside of ourselves to help others and in the middle of that we find ourselves encouraged.
What are your thoughts about this? Have you had the opportunity to encourage someone because of something you've gone through? Or have you been the one in need of encouragement, and someone used what they had gone through? I find a great sisterhood here in blogland of woman who have gained wisdom through their lives and use it to encourage others. Isn't it great?