Some days life seems overwhelming, even when it isn't. Maybe I'm wimpy or melodramatic (or both), but some days tears rest at the surface and I spend my energy keeping them at bay. I don't think I'm alone in this. I've seen you on the days you put one foot in front of the other, but would rather be laying in bed. God expects us to press on, of course, to make the best of it, to endure until it passes so we do, but He doesn't leave us floundering. Signs of his love hover all around. He sends assurances of His care if we open our eyes.
Today I am thankful for encouragement, precious little gifts from a loving God:
a pat on my leg saying, "I see" without words
an unexpected card in the mail
an email telling me my work matters
a warm hug
a "You okay?" accompanied by sympathetic eyes
an impromptu prayer
a shared verse zinging straight to my heart
kind words reminding me who I am
It's like these small gestures come directly from heaven, whispering in my ear, "Keep going. You're right on track. Let nothing move you. Don't give up. I see. I know. I love you."
And I breathe deeply, stand taller and forge ahead.
Lord, thank You for gentle reminders of Your presence. Open my eyes to the ways You love. May I be as encouraging to others as they are to me.
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