Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little Drops of Courage

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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Photo Credit: Thorsten Becker


Annie said...

The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing
Zephaniah 3:17

Love you friend!

Cindy said...

I know that there has been times when I have felt that feeling your describing and I am so grateful for the little "gentle reminders" that I am loved and I am not alone.

Loved this post, thanks for sharing.


Tami Boesiger said...

Annie--Good one babe! Now what do I need to do to make YOU believe it?!

Cindy--God is good to give us the shot we need when we need it, isn't He? I'm glad you know His grace too.

Melanie said...

What a lovely post! Yes many of us have days where we just keep the tears at bay. Thank you for your kind words on my post. I hope that "sigh" was a good one!

Rocks @ Made to Worship said...

Thank you for just become one of God's gentle reminder for me too!

God bless you!

Tami Boesiger said...

Melanie--Oh yes, good sigh!

Rocks--Go God! (Yes, I know it's cheesy. Just couldn't help it.)

bp said...

Great post, those little reminders are so valuable and important. I love how God sends them along at just the time I need them the most and they make me smile.