1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
I so often look for encouragement from outside sources. From other people. Through text messages. Phone calls. Facebook. And when people I know don't supply nearly enough, I go to people I don't know. Blogs. And more blogs. The internet is full of sources of encouragement.
Yet, sometimes, it's still not enough.
And while this may not sound like the most Christian thing to say, I'm going to say it anyway.
Sometimes, the source of encouragement needs to be myself.
Yes, I need to encourage me.
By acting. By changing. By realizing no one can fix my problems for me. No one can tell me exactly what to do. Sometimes, I need to consider my options, make a decision, and act on it.
I need to order that preschool workbook and commit to putting structure into my child's life and taking charge of her education, rather than just hoping everything works out.
I need to e-mail that doctor and get that 3rd opinion, even when I know it may bring news I don't want to hear. Or news that may leave me asking, how am I going to pay for this?
And when I take action, when I take a deep breath and say here we go Lord, stop me now if this isn't what I need to be doing cause I don't know what else I can do... encouragement happens.
Because I realize, I'm not a little girl anymore. I am an adult. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am responsible. I can be led by God, and I don't have to wait on someone else to tell me what to do. Because no one else has walked this exact path I'm on. I need to trust that God gave me a brain, and that He will guide me to what I'm supposed to do.
And when I need to, I am capable of doing it.