Woot woot for Friday!!! I’m seriously pumped! Aside from celebrating Porter and Charlie Ruth’s first birthday party tomorrow, we have absolutely NOTHING on the agenda. I’m hoping to get in some quality time with my running shoes and the couch.
After reading through some negative comments on social media yesterday (why?!?!), I couldn’t help but address something. One of my life mentors, Cathy Makinson uses the word, “ENCOURAGE” on a regular basis and I’ve always LOVED that word (and her). I personally strive to be an encourager – it kind of goes hand in hand with my training job, as well as a home educator and mama. Speaking & showing praise can go a long way and I want to be someone who lifts others up!
Today I’m sharing a few (easy) tips for anyone who wants to work on their encouraging game. If you have any additional tips, leave them in the comments. <-I encourage you to do that.
How Can We Encourage One Another??
When an encouraging thought comes to mind, speak it! Tell the person right then and there. Your words might be the very thing they need to hear at that moment.
Leave a note with praise in your child’s lunchbox or on your husband’s dashboard.
When you see someone hurting or discouraged, stop and pray with them.
HUG! Pat someone on the back. Physical touch is often helpful (but sometimes not preferred so don’t be creepy ).
When you see someone hurting or discouraged, ask them, “Would it be helpful if I …..?” Then HELP.
Be present! The simple act of presence can often be more impactful than encouraging words, notes or gifts.
Celebrate both big and small victories! Take a friend out for coffee to celebrate her promotion or make a big deal out of the fact that your 4-year old can now say her “L’s.”
Speak with conviction AND humbleness. Don’t let your “encouraging words” sound like “I know better than you”-words.
Praise someone in public….and in private. Both are meaningful in different ways.
Keep the cycle going! Tell people how they’ve encouraged you!! I promise it’ll make their day!
QUESTION: What are some other ways we can encourage one another??